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 license all in-prison substance abuse programs. 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) 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.
Residential Therapeutic Community encompasses a diverse curriculum that encourages participants who have similar problems of chemical abuse or dependency to live and work together to change their lives. The TC model emphasizes structure, responsibility, credibility, accountability, discipline, consistency, peer-to-peer interaction, and consequences/limit setting. Residential Therapeutic Community services are dedicated to facilitating change, growth, and improved self-worth for each member of the community.
Clinical staff are available to provide and supervise activities a minimum of six (6) days per week, for a minimum of sixty (60) structured program hours per week. Program services attempt to instill educational, vocational and other work and social skills necessary for the inmates' successful re-entry into society.