The Florida Department of Corrections has developed Correctional Substance Abuse Programs at institutional and community-based sites throughout the state. These programs serve offenders with substance involvement, abuse, dependence or related problems. The Department of Children and Families, in accordance with Chapter 397 Florida Statutes and Chapter 65D-30 Florida Administrative Code, licenses all in-prison and community-based substance abuse programs operated or contracted by the department. The programs' principle objectives are to identify substance abusers, assess the severity of their drug problems, and provide the appropriate substance abuse program services.
All inmates are screened at reception, and those inmates identified as being in need of services become Mandated Program Participants (MPP's). They are then assigned a ranking score and are placed on the department's centralized Statewide Automated Priority List for placement in a substance abuse program. Inmates screened as being in need of services are either referred to a substance abuse program or placed on a waiting list pending availability of such programming. The Bureau of Substance Abuse Program Services is responsible for the coordination and delivery of substance abuse program services for offenders under community supervision and in prison.