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

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

Executive Summary: Faith-Based Substance Abuse Transitional Housing Programs

Faith-Based Substance Abuse Transitional Housing Programs (FBTH) assist released inmates by providing substance abuse re-entry and relapse prevention services, transitional housing, and other support services. The program also provides housing, three meals a day, electricity, access to local telephone service, job placement assistance, and other transitional services. The target population for this program is recently released inmates with histories of substance use/abuse problems, particularly those who have completed a Department in-prison or community-based drug treatment program, and are in need of transitional housing and services upon their release from incarceration. Program participants do not have to be under Department supervision to participate. Enrollment in the program is strictly voluntary, however, all enrolled program participants are required to participate in program activities and abide by program rules. Program participants may not be discharged for failure to participate in faith-based components of the program.

Profiles of Faith-Based Substance Abuse Transitional Housing Programs
On June 30, 2005
Facility Population Number of Program Slots
Male Female
Abiding Hearts, Inc. Male 0 5
Caring People Ministries Female 0 5
Family Crisis Help Center Male 20 0
Freedom Outpost Ministries Male 12 0
Fresh Start Ministries of Central Florida Male 10 0
Good News Foster Home Male 11 0
Harbor House Group Male 15 0
Jim Russo Ministries, Inc. Male 15 0
Lamb of God Ministries (Pompano) Male 25 0
Lamb of God Ministries (Okeechobee) Male 10 0
Living Hope International Ministries Female 0 5
Noah Community Outreach, Inc. Male / Female 10 5
Prisoners of Christ Male 18 0
Resurrection Ranch Ministries Male / Female 7 7
Salvation Army (Bradenton) Male 12 0
Salvation Army (Jacksonville) Male 15 0
Salvation Army (St. Petersburg) Male / Female 30 7
Sanctuary Mission Male / Female 6 3
Sisters, Inc. Female 0 5
Society of St. Dismas/BOA (Orlando) Male 22 0
Time for Freedom, Inc. Male 60 0
Total   298 42

WORKLOAD

Table 8A: Faith-Based Substance Abuse Transitional Housing Program Enrollment Data, by Fiscal Year
  • Faith based programs began with only 76 new enrollments in the start-up year FY 2001-02, and increased in FY 2004-05 to 670.
  • As seen in the June 30th counts for each year, there were 174 offenders in the programs on 6/30/05.
  • Since program start-up, 2,333 different inmates have received services.
Table 8B: FY 2004-05 Faith-Based Transitional Programs Treatment Program Enrollment Data, by Facility
  • Five programs had 50 or more new enrollment events during FY 2004-05.
  • On June 30, 2005, 5 programs had no enrollments; however, all programs were utilized to some extent during FY 2004-05.

Outcomes

Table 8C(1): FY 2003-04 Faith-Based Transitional Programs Outcome, by Fiscal Year, by Inmate (3-Year Follow-up After Initial Program Entry)*

* There is no data to report at this time, as program did not begin until April 2002.

Table 8C(2): FY 2002-03 Faith-Based Transitional Housing Programs Outcome, by Fiscal Year, by Inmate (2-Year Follow-up After Initial Program Entry)*
  • This table shows outcomes based on a two-year follow-up after the offender first entered a program of this type. For FY 2002-03, Faith-based transitional housing programs had a 49.3% success rate (successful exits divided by successful and unsuccessful exits.
Table 8D: FY 2004-05 Faith-Based Transitional Programs Exit Data (Event-Based), by Program
  • Reviewing the outcome of the offender’s experience in each program from which they exited, the success rate varies from 23.4% for Time for Freedom to 87.5% for Abiding Hearts, Inc. for those programs having at least 20 participants.
  • On average, these programs had a 48.6% success rate with each offender exiting their program during this fiscal year. Administrative exits averaged 9.1% for the year.
Table 8E: FY 2002-03 (2-Year Follow-up) Faith-Based Transitional Recommitment Data, by Level of Participation
  • For a 2-year follow-up on faith-based participants released in FY 2002-03, program completers were less likely to be recommitted to prison or community supervision than non-completers (23.3% vs. 43.6 %).
Table 8F: FY 4/1/02-6/30/02 (3-Year Follow-up) Faith-Based Transitional Recommitment Data, by Level of Participation
  • For a 3-year follow-up on faith-based participants released in FY 2001-02, program completers were less likely to be recommitted to prison or community supervision than non-completers (35.5% vs. 51.2 %).