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CFO Jimmy Patronis Appoints Jim DeBeaugrine to the NICA Board of Directors


For Immediate Release: Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Contact: Office of Communications,, 850.413.2842
CFO Jimmy Patronis Appoints Jim DeBeaugrine to the NICA Board of Directors
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced the appointment of Jim DeBeaugrine to the Florida Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Association (NICA) Board of Directors. This past legislative session, CFO Patronis submitted many reforms to the Legislature ensuring NICA fulfills its obligations to provide medical care to children with the NICA program. As a result, the Legislature passed SB 1786, which became law July 1, 2021, 766.315(1), Florida Statutes. Additionally, the new law made changes to the board of directors, increasing the board from five to seven members with qualifying attributes.
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “I am honored to appoint Mr. Jim DeBeaugrine to the NICA board today. I am confident that he will bring tremendous experience and will be an important asset to NICA’s Board of Directors. These families will forever deal with challenges, but with the recently passed legislation, they will get more relief and support that they so badly deserve. I would like to thank Governor DeSantis, President Simpson, Speaker Sprowls, Senator Burgess, and Representative Koster for working together to help families in need. I sincerely appreciate Mr. DeBeaugrine’s willingness to serve the state of Florida and the families who participate in the NICA program.”
Jim DeBeaugrine
DeBeaugrine, of Tallahassee, currently serves as Chair of the Family Café. He previously served as the Executive Director of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, CEO of Opportunity Works, a staffing agency focused on providing employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities as well as Interim CEO of the Arc Florida, where he was responsible for serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He also previously served as Co-Chair of the Governor’s Task Force on Autism Spectrum Disorder, he was a member of the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, and a member of the Governor’s Commission on Disabilities. His appointment is effective immediately and expires on June 30, 2024.
About CFO Jimmy Patronis
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a statewide elected official and a member of Florida’s Cabinet who oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Patronis works each day to fight insurance fraud, support Florida’s firefighters, and ensure the state’s finances are stable to support economic growth in the state. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).