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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, 2007
Facility Number of Program Slots
Population Male Female Non-gender Specific
THE TRANSITION HOUSE MALE / FEMALE 0 0 33
POSITIVE IMAGES FEMALE 0 6 0
FAMILY CRISIS HELP CENTER, INC. MALE 36 0 0
FREEDOM OUTPOST MINISTRIES, INC. MALE / FEMALE 12 4 0
FRESH START MINISTRIES OF CENTRAL FLORIDA MALE 12 0 0
GOOD NEWS FOSTER HOME MALE 11 0 0
HARBOR HOUSE GROUP MALE 19 0 0
JIM RUSSO MINISTRIES, INC. MALE 15 0 0
LAMB OF GOD MINISTRIES (POMPANO) MALE 15 0 0
LAMB OF GOD MINISTRIES (OKEECHOBEE) MALE 5 0 0
NOAH COMMUNITY OUTREACH, INC. MALE / FEMALE 22 3 0
PRISONERS OF CHRIST MALE 20 0 0
NEW LIFE OUTREACH (CLOSED 2-5-07) MALE 10* 0 0
SALVATION ARMY (BRADENTON) MALE 20 0 0
SALVATION ARMY (JACKSONVILLE) MALE 18 0 0
SALVATION ARMY (ST. PETERSBURG) MALE / FEMALE 28 9 0
SANCTUARY MISSION MALE / FEMALE 4 2 0
SISTERS, INC. (DESTINY VILLAGE) FEMALE 0 10 0
SISTERS, INC. (MEN OF PROMISE) MALE 8 0 0
FLORIDA CROWN WORK FORCE MALE / FEMALE 8 4 0
HOUSE OF REFUGE MINISTRIES MALE 6 0 0
TOTAL ON JUNE 30, 2007 330 259 38 33
* Program closed February 5, 2007. Not included in total number of program slots.

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 of FY 2001- 02, and increased in FY 2006-07 to 996.
  • As seen in the June 30th inmates counts for each year, there were 247 offenders in the programs on 6/30/07.
  • Since program start-up, 4,338 different inmates have received services.
Table 8B: FY 2006-07 Faith-Based Substance Abuse Transitional Programs Treatment Program Enrollment Data, by Facility
  • Seven programs had 50 or more new enrollment events during FY 2006-07.
  • In the FY 2006-07, the program had 1,083 different inmates enrolled in the program during the year.

Outcomes

Table 8C(1): Faith-Based Substance Abuse Transitional Programs Outcome, by Fiscal Year, by Inmate (3-Year Follow-up After Initial Program Entry)*
  • This table shows outcomes based on a three year follow-up after the offender first entered a program of this type. For FY 2003-04, faith-based transitional housing programs had a 52.4% success rate (successful exits divided by successful and unsuccessful exits.)
Table 8C(2): Faith-Based Substance Abuse 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 2004-05, faith-based transitional housing programs had a 51.5% success rate (successful exits divided by successful and unsuccessful exits).
Table 8D: FY 2006-07 Faith-Based Substance Abuse Transitional Programs Exit Data (Event-Based), by Facility
  • In reviewing the outcomes for each program, the success rate varies from 20.6% for LAMB OF GOD MINISTRIES INC to 86.7% for GOOD NEWS FOS.GRP/MERIDIAN for those programs having at least 20 participants.
  • On average, these programs had a 54.7% success rate with each offender exiting their program during this fiscal year. Administrative exits averaged 5.0% for the year..
Table 8E: FY 2004-05 (2-Year Follow-up) Faith-Based Substance Abuse Transitional Recommitment Data, by Level of Participation
  • For a 2-year follow-up on faith-based participants released in FY 2004-05, program completers were less likely to be recommitted to prison or community supervision than noncompleters (26.4% vs. 48.3 %).
Table 8F: FY 2003-04 (3-Year Follow-up) Faith-Based Substance Abuse Transitional Recommitment Data, by Level of Participation
  • For a 3-year follow-up on faith-based participants released in FY 2003-04, program completers were less likely to be recommitted to prison or community supervision than noncompleters (35.5% vs. 54.7%).