The Florida Department of Corrections has comprehensive substance abuse services at major institutions, community correctional centers, work camps, and community facilities. The Bureau of Substance Abuse, Office of Program, Transition, and Post-release Services is responsible for the coordination and delivery of substance abuse program services to the offenders. Of the 71,000 inmates in the general prison population, an estimated 63% need substance abuse services. All incoming offenders are screened during the Reception and Classification process with regard to their needs, if any, for substance abuse services. Offenders assessed as being in need of services are either sent directly to the appropriate program or placed on a waiting list, pending availability of such programming. All of the programs are delivered through contractual agreement with private providers throughout the state. All programs are licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services, in accordance with Chapter 65D-30 FAC.
Institutional substance abuse programs are provided to the inmate population at approximately 45 major institutions, 8 work camps and 28 work release centers.
On July 1, 2000, the Department implemented mandatory substance abuse program participation for inmates meeting select criteria. At the same time, an automated screening and priority placement system was implemented to identify inmates meeting the criteria for mandated programming and to prioritize them based on risk to public safety and severity of addiction.
In addition to the programs listed below, the Department offers programs that are modified to meet the needs of specialized populations such as youthful offenders, female offenders, and offenders with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders.
The following substance abuse programs are offered in prison:
COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS PROGRAMS
The Department provides the following substance abuse programs for offenders on community supervision:
Regular urinalysis testing is an essential component of all substance abuse programs provided.