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

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

Health and Wellness Services

GOAL SIX

Ensure a holistic approach for meeting appropriate
physiological, psychological, and substance abuse
needs of female offenders.


Objectives:
6.1 By November 1, 1999, pilot the motivational curriculum for female offenders entitled "Your Way Out to Stay Out: A Road Map to Making Better Choices." Compliance will be monitored by the Compliance Monitoring Report (CMR). (See Appendix II.)
  • Lead Units: Female Offender Program Unit & Office of Program Services
  • Support Unit: Assistant Wardens of Female Institutions
  • Estimated Fiscal Impact: TBD
6.2 Annually, each institution for female offenders will host a health fair in order to increase health awareness among female offenders. Staff working with female offenders under community supervision will also be required to disseminate the following health awareness information and/or make the appropriate referrals. Compliance will be monitored by the Compliance Monitoring Report (CMR). (See Appendix II.) Health Fair information should include, but not be limited to the following topics:
  1. STD
  2. Reproduction
  3. Nutrition/eating disorders
  4. Exercise
  5. Substance abuse
  6. Life choices
  7. Hygiene
  8. Breast cancer awareness
  9. Child health care
  10. Depression
  11. Menopause/hormone replacement therapy
  12. Osteoporosis
  13. Self-esteem
  14. Smoking
  • Lead Unit: Assistant Wardens of Female Institutions & Community Corrections Supervisory Staff
  • Support Unit: Female Offender Program Unit
  • Estimated Fiscal Impact: Utilization of Female Offender Program Unit and existing resources
  • Additional Funding: -0-
6.3 On an on-going basis, provide a continuum of services to ensure that appropriate prenatal and post-partum care includes: 1) drug education and awareness classes, and; 2) exercise and nutrition counseling for all pregnant female offenders. This may be accomplished through the use of videos, guest lecturers, volunteers, reading materials, support groups, etc. Compliance will be monitored by the Compliance Monitoring Report (CMR). (See Appendix II.)
  • Lead Units: Health Service Department at Lowell Correctional Institution-Female Unit, P&P Circuit Administrators & Office of Health Services
  • Support Unit: Female Offender Program Unit
  • Estimated Fiscal Impact: Utilization of Female Offender Program Unit and existing resources
  • Additional Funding: -0-
6.4 By September 1, 1999, the Assistant Warden for Programs, in conjunction with other institutional program staff will recruit volunteers to facilitate monthly support groups and other activities that address issues and needs of female offenders over 50 years of age. Issues and needs should include, but not be limited to:
  1. Depression
  2. Wills and Trusts
  3. Death and Dying
  4. Menopause
  5. Terminal Illness
  6. Self-esteem
  7. Health
  8. Nutrition
  9. Exercise
  10. Stress
  11. Goal-Setting
  12. Life Skills
  13. Projects (quilts, Toys for Tots, etc.)
  14. Social Security
  15. Maintaining Family Connections
Compliance will be monitored by the Compliance Monitoring Report (CMR). (See Appendix II.)
  • Lead Units: Assistant Wardens of Female Institutions and Majors of Works Release and Probation and Restitution Centers
  • Support Unit: Female Offender Program Unit
  • Estimated Fiscal Impact: Existing institutional staff and volunteers
  • Additional Funding: -0-
6.5 By March 31, 2000, standardize a consistent and adequate operational procedure that provides availability, quality, quantity, and individual selection in the sensitive distribution of personal hygiene items and undergarments to include: Internal and/or External Feminine Hygiene Products Tampons and/or Sanitary Napkins), Soap, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Razors, etc. Compliance will be monitored by the Compliance Monitoring Report (CMR). (See Appendix II.)
  • Lead Unit: Assistant Wardens for Programs of Female Institutions
  • Support Unit: Female Offender Program Unit
  • Estimated Fiscal Impact: Existing institutional staff
  • Additional Funding: -0-
6.6 By October 1, 1999, appoint an internal representative work group to address the special diet and nutritional needs which affect the overall health and well-being of female and youthful offenders. The work group will produce a report with recommendations by December 31, 1999. Compliance will be monitored by the Compliance Monitoring Report (CMR). (See Appendix II.)
  • Lead Units: Secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections
  • Support Unit: Female Offender Program Unit & Office of Health Services
  • Estimated Fiscal Impact: Utilization of Female Offender Program Unit and existing resources
  • Additional Funding: -0-