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Rick Scott, Governor
Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

Community Corrections
Bureau of Programs and Quality

Richard Nimer
Bureau Chief
(850) 488-4595
SunCom 278-4595

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The Bureau of Programs and Quality is responsible for policy and program development, bidding and contracting, contract monitoring, and data collection of the following intermediate sanction, community-based offender programs: long-term residential drug beds, non-secure residential drug beds, diversion center programs, and contracted jail beds. The bureau is also responsible for the following features of community-based offender programs: psychological services, education, employment, specialized sex offender, youthful offender, outpatient substance abuse, and electronic monitoring. The bureau manages certification and monitoring of batterers' intervention programs for domestic violence. In addition, the bureau focuses on quality assurance and improvement and completes program reports.

Accomplishments in 1997-98

Probation & Parole
Statewide Drug Tests

Shows the increase in statewide Drug Tests from 229,315 in 1993-94 to 364,733 in 1997-98.

  • Assisted the Office of Information and Technology in developing a system to download and upload offenders' urinalysis results from its contracted vendor, PharmChem Laboratories. Downloading consists of electronically transferring offenders test results from the files of PharmChem Laboratories and automatically uploading the laboratory results into the offender-based information system. This saves work hours by alleviating the correctional probation officer or criminal justice information technician from inputting the drug test results manually into the database. By eliminating the data entry work hours, the DC saved $15,000 per year, and improved time management.
  • Continued moving forward with its Office of Certification and Monitoring of Batterers' Intervention Programs. The Office has continued to show growth with 110 certified programs and 175 certified assessors in all 20 judicial circuits in Florida. The OCMBIP has brought nationally recognized training programs to Florida for Community Corrections staff and others.