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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

Substance Abuse Treatment Programs

Inmate Substance Abuse Program Participation

Results of a drug test.

There are four primary categories of inmate substance abuse programming:

Intensive Outpatient - A four to six month substance abuse intensive outpatient licensed program provided to inmates at designated institutions throughout the state. Treatment occurs for half a day, at least four days per week and inmates participate in a minimum of 12 hours of counselor supervised activities. These activities include group and individual counseling. The inmates spend the remainder of their days performing institutional work assignments.

Residential Therapeutic Community - A nine to 12 month Therapeutic Community (TC) program housed within the institution or at a designated community based facility. The program is divided into four phases. Inmates are housed together in the same dormitory, segregated from non-program inmates. Services are provided in a positive, supportive environment wherein participants share similar problems of chemical abuse and patterns of criminal thinking. They live and work together to change their lives while residing in the therapeutic community. The TC model emphasizes structure, responsibility, credibility, accountability, discipline, consistency and limit setting with consequences.

Program Centers - The Department of Corrections Substance Abuse Transitional/Re-Entry Programs is a 16-24 month program model designed to assist inmates nearing release in making a successful transition from the correctional institution to the community. They offer a continuum of substance abuse services. Inmates who successfully complete the initial intensive programming component (9-12 months) are eligible to participate in the work release component.

Outpatient/Aftercare Services – In April of 2012 contracted Substance Abuse Counselors were placed in nineteen work release centers to provide outpatient services (four months in length) and aftercare services to inmates based on their identified needs. Inmates work in the community while attending treatment in the evenings or on the days they are not working.

The pie chart below shows that of those inmates receiving Substance Abuse treatment in FY 2011-12, 56.6% received Intensive Outpatient treatment.

Total Inmates Participating in Institutional-Based
Substance Abuse Treatment Programs - FY 2011-12
TOTAL - 7,1999
Program Center: 1,635 - 22.7% | Residential Therapeutic Community: 1,487 - 20.7% | Intensive Outpatient: 4,077 - 56.6%

Community Corrections Substance Abuse Treatment Programs

Offenders on supervision often participate in substance abuse treatment programs in one of the following forms.

Outpatient - Provides substance abuse treatment for offenders who maintain residence and employment in the community. Services are provided on a variety of intensity levels including individual, group or family sessions along with drug education classes.

Non-Secure - Non-secure substance abuse treatment is a six-month program consisting of a two-month intensive treatment component followed by a four-month employment/re-entry component.

Secure - This long-term treatment program involves a structured, live-in, non-hospital environment focusing upon all aspects of substance abuse rehabilitation including vocational and educational programs. This therapeutic community consists of up to twelve months of intensive treatment and up to six months of an employment and re-entry component.

Total Offenders Participating in Community-Based
Substance Abuse Treatment Programs - FY 2011-12
TOTAL - 32,984
Outpatient: 29,472 - 89.4% | Non-Secure: 2,791 - 8.5% | Secure: 721 - 2.2%

* The pie chart above shows that the majority (89.4%) of those on community supervision who are participating in community-based substance abuse treatment programs do so on an outpatient basis. The other types of programs available to these offenders include secure (movement beyond the facility is restricted), and non-secure (movement is less restricted).

Released Inmates Participating in Substance Abuse
Transitional Housing Programs - FY 2011-12
TOTAL - 740
Post Prison, Released to Supervision: 417 - 56% | Post Prison, No Supervision to Follow: 323 - 44%