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Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

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Bureau of Substance Abuse Treatment

(850) 410-4430
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The Bureau of Substance Abuse Treatment is responsible for identifying inmates who have substance abuse problems and coordinating their treatment based on the severity of their addictions, time remaining on their sentences, and their adjustment history while incarcerated. The bureau coordinates services through a combination of DC administered programs and a coalition of private vendors who are contracted to provide these services. Services are provided through a "Tier" system consisting of a continuum of treatment approaches ranging from substance abuse education to highly structured treatment and relapse prevention.

Accomplishments in 1997-98

  • Developed a new data management component that will permit individual screening of all inmates entering the prison system and provide cost analyses of the programs in operation;
  • Established Phase 2 of the department's tobacco cessation programs for inmates. Inmates unsuccessfully completing the first phase offered by Wellness Education may enter a Tier II, III, or IV treatment program to assist them in their desire to cease tobacco use. A third phase is offered to inmates through Health Services;
  • Opened two dual diagnosis programs designed to be long-term, specialized treatment for inmates who have a substance abuse problem and a co-occurring mental disorder. The inmates' treatment issues are explored through group and individual therapy, and;
  • Developed guidelines for the Simple Screening Instrument to identify inmates for further assessment and treatment. Trained all Clinical Social Workers and Classification and Substance Abuse staff in the use of the tool.

Substance Abuse Treatment for Incarcerated Offenders

Comprehensive Substance Abuse Treatment Programs are provided at 40 major institutions and 27 community correctional centers. These programs annually serve over 19,000 inmates with substance involvement, abuse, or related problems. The programs' principle objectives are to identify substance abusers, assess the severity of their drug problems, measure their readiness for treatment, and place them in the most appropriate treatment modality. These objectives are accomplished through inmate testing and interviewing at the time they enter reception centers for classification. Offenders assessed as being in need of services are either sent directly to appropriate programming or placed on a waiting list pending availability of such programming.

  • Tier I
      Tier I is a 40-hour psychological-educational component specifically designed to address the needs of inmates who have never had drug treatment.
  • Tier II
      Tier II is a 6-month intensive outpatient Modified Therapeutic Community (MTC) program. Tiers II and IV include Alternative Tier programs at four institutions that are designed for inmates who object to participation in substance abuse services which may contain religious content.
  • Tier III
      Tier III is a nine-month intensive residential MTC Program.
  • Tier IV
      Tier IV is a 12-month full-service residential Therapeutic Community (TC) program. It is the most restrictive and intensive of all the Tier Programs
  • Tier V
      Tier V is a four-month program designed to provide counseling services to inmates assigned to community correctional centers or major institutions.

Dual Diagnosis - This is long-term treatment intervention for inmates who have a co-occurring substance abuse problem and mental disorder. This specialized therapeutic community deals with the inmates' treatment issues through daily group and individual therapy, psychological-educational skill development curricula, and a fostered therapeutic environment and structure.

Substance Abuse Programs: Openings Available by Facility
# of Slots in Facility Tier I Tier II* Tier III Tier IV* Tier V Dual Diagnosis
40 Institutions 3,247 540 720 615 1,052 180 140
27 Community Correctional Centers 811         811  
1 Forestry Camp 20   20        
Grand Totals 4,078 540 740 615 1,052 991 140
INSTITUTIONS   Tier I Tier II Tier III Tier IV Tier V Dual Diagnosis
APALACHEE EAST 40   40        
APALACHEE WEST 40   40        
AVON PARK CI 72       72    
BAKER CI 45 45          
BREVARD CI 192 45     147    
BROWARD CI 40   40        
CALHOUN CI 45 45          
CENTURY CI 68       68    
COLUMBIA CI 40   40        
CROSS CITY CI 60       60    
DADE CI 135 90     45    
FLORIDA CI 85 45 40        
FSP/O UNIT 20   20        
GAINESVILLE CI* 330     300   30  
GULF CI 40   40        
HARDEE CI 40   40        
HENDRY CI 60       60    
HERNANDO CI* 270     210   60  
HILLSBOROUGH CI 32       32    
HOLMES CI 40   40        
INDIAN RIVER CI 45 45          
JACKSON CI 40   40        
JEFFERSON CI 195       105 30 60
LAKE CI 120 45     75    
LANCASTER CI 81 45     36    
LANCASTER WORK CAMP 20   20        
LAWTEY CI 40   40        
LIBERTY CI 40   40        
MARION CI 190       190    
MARTIN CI* 105     105      
MAYO CI 40   40        
NEW RIVER EAST 20   20        
NEW RIVER WEST 20   20        
OKALOOSA CI 45 45          
POLK CI 40   40        
PUTNAM CI 20   20        
QUINCY CI 20   20        
RIVER JUNCTION CI 45 45          
SUMTER CI 90       90    
TOMOKA CI 72       72    
UNION CI 20   20        
WALTON CI 40   40        
WALTON WORK CAMP 20   20        
ZEPHYRHILLS CI 125 45         80
Totals 3,247 540 740 615 1052 991 140
* These facilities are devoted entirely to substance abuse treatment.

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