According to Florida Statute 20.315 (5), “The department shall report annually to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives recounting its activities and making recommendations for improvements to the performance of the department.” The following accomplishments and recommendations are provided to fulfill those requirements.Office of the Secretary
Bureau of State Investigations
Bureau of Internal Audit
During FY 2006-07, the Bureau’s Audit Section completed seven audits, five follow-up audits and six reviews. The areas audited included:
Areas reviewed included a special analysis of the Aramark contract’s per diem costs; an Operational Review of Hendry C.I. and a review of the staff housing program. During FY 2006-07, the Bureau also created and implemented the “Contract Management Review” (CMR) Section.
Office of Information Technology (OIT)
Bureau of Grant Management
In January of 2007 the Bureau of Grant Development was established in the Office of the Secretary to assist in successfully acquiring grants, yielding non general revenue funds that would help the Department fulfill its mission. By April, the Bureau had a policy and procedure in effect to establish guidelines for the acquisition of grants, and began submitting grant requests to various federal agencies.
Bureau of Inmate Grievances
Office of Governmental Affairs
The Office of Community Corrections encompasses operational areas such as probation and parole services, interstate compact, and program areas including community and substance abuse programs.
The Office of Community Corrections training section coordinated the training of Correctional Probation Officers in the following areas during the fiscal year:
Bureau of Substance Abuse Programs
Recruitment and Training Management
The Department’s recruitment program has accomplished the following since its inception in November 2006:
Trust Fund and Audit Section
The Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC) trust fund purchased for each of the four regions a state-of-the-art Firearms Training Simulator to help train officers in different scenario set-ups, which will be beneficial for our Special Tactical Teams, and to provide the training to satisfy the CJSTC scenario requirement. In addition, we now have the capability of creating our own corrections scenarios for training purposes.
Bureau of Reentry
Bureau of Research and Data Analysis
Bureau of Community Relations
Bureau of Institutional Programs
Bureau of Security Operations
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Bureau of Classification and Central Records
Bureau of Facility Services
Repair and Renovation
Included re-roofing more than 30 buildings at facilities statewide, re-working door locks and controls at Quincy Annex, constructing a duplex at Wakulla C.I., relocating arsenal at Lancaster, completing interview rooms at Lowell C.I. and Annex, and installing video surveillance system at Indian River C.I. Also relocated an emergency generator and renovated dorms at Hendry C.I. and completed repair work on Abattoir building at Glades C.I.
The environmental engineering section of the Bureau of Facility Services ensures compliance with environmental regulations associated with water and wastewater treatment facilities, storage tanks, storm water and asbestos management. Other duties include evaluating potential sites for new prisons and expansion of existing prisons, contract management, coordinating with both public and private utility service providers for water and wastewater services, and implementing the design, construction, and renovation of water, wastewater, landfill, groundwater monitoring, and related utility programs in correctional facilities statewide. Some of the many projects completed this fiscal year included:
Bureau of Field Support Services
Safety and Environmental Health
Tuberculosis case finding - The Office of Health Services, in collaboration with the Department of Health (DOH), Bureau of Tuberculosis, conducted a Tuberculosis (TB) case finding at Lowell C.I. A team of DOH and OHS employees worked around the clock for three weeks in order to stop the spread of TB to inmates and staff. Three of the TB nurses working on this team were recognized by DOH at their Annual Statewide TB meeting for their contributions.
Continuing Medication Education - Fisher Medical Communications, a non-profit organization that provides continuing medical education in cooperation with the University of South Florida, is working with the Office of Health Services to provide free continuing medical education to Department physicians over the next year.
Taylor C.I. Transition – Successfully transitioned health care services for the almost 2,500 inmates at Taylor C.I. from a contracted vendor to DC with no interruption of services by implementing the successful hybrid model first developed for Region IV.
Psychology Internship Class Established - Established Pre-doctoral Psychology Internship program at Lake C.I. and selection of first internship class to enhance recruitment and retention of correctional psychologists.
Continuity of Care – Renewed Department of Corrections/Department of Children and Families Interagency Agreement to coordinate and enhance post-release continuity of care for mentally ill inmates.
Partnership with NAMI - Developed collaborative arrangement for Office of Health Services-Mental Health to partner with NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) to provide continuing education training (at no direct cost to the Department) to Mental Health providers in the community and DC clinical staff.
MMPI Training - Developed cooperative agreement w/ Pearson Assessments Inc., to provide a training workshop (at no direct cost to Department) at Lake C.I. by a leading expert in use of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI). The event served as kick-off for the internship program and initiated a collaborative training arrangement with the Federal Bureau of Prisons facility in Coleman, FL. It also led to ongoing negotiations with Pearson Assessments to develop a pilot program where Pearson will provide testing materials, software, data analysis, and additional training at no direct cost to DC.
OHS Psychiatry Handbook Completed - The Office of Health Services (OHS) has completed the Psychiatry Handbook: An Orientation and Resource Guide for Psychiatrists & Psychiatric ARNPs. OHS recognized the need for an orientation and resource guide for psychiatry staff that was both user-friendly and provided sufficient information for psychiatrists and psychiatric Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNP) working in DC institutions.Given the Department’s reliance on temporary psychiatrists, OHS recognized that a resource that provided a brief orientation to the Department’s mental health delivery system and policies pertinent to psychiatric care was needed. Accordingly, the Psychiatry Handbook will provide psychiatry staff with a compendium of the policies, acceptable prescribing practices, and procedures for the delivery of psychiatric care in DC. The Psychiatry Handbook was developed over a three-month period by the Director of Mental Health Services and a Psychiatric Consultant, with input from Central Office, regional, and institutional staff.
Mentally Ill Inmates - The current DCF/DC Interagency Agreement requires a collaborative creation of a web-based database system that would serve as the referral and tracking mechanism for the DCF/DC aftercare program for mentally ill inmates.Staffs from both agencies have been working together for over a year on this project. The new system is now complete and became operational in October 2007. We will be field testing the new system in Region I with Regions II through IV going online in December 2007. The new system will significantly enhance the referral process and should reduce the paperwork requirements for DC and DCF staff.
HIV Program - The HIV Pre-Release grant was renewed for FY 2007-08. The Pre-Release Planning Program offers transitional planning services to all HIV infected inmates prior to their end of sentence. This is a grant program funded through the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of HIV/AIDS. Services provided include:
ACA Audits - Hernando C.I. and Putnam C.I. met all American Correctional Association (ACA) audited mandatory and non-mandatory standards.
CMA Audit - Zephyrhills C.I.’s medical Department was audited by the Correctional Medical Authority (CMA) and staff was commended for the quality of care being provided to the inmate population.
Contracts - Mental Health Management, Inc. (MHM), who has a comprehensive contract in Region IV, has agreed to increase from 100 to 290 the number of mentally ill inmates served at Charlotte C.I., at no additional charge to the DC. MHM will have to hire additional mental health staff to accommodate the increase.
Training - Central Office Mental Health staff conducted training for Security staff at Dade C.I. The training focused on mental health issues pertinent to managing inmates with serious mental illness in an inpatient setting.
To execute its duties effectively, the Department is diligently working to implement cost-effective and efficient practices in order to meet its mission. To help reach this objective, the Department will pursue the following and recommends support to that end:
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