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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

Outpatient Substance Abuse Programs

Outpatient Treatment Programs are community-based contracted programs that provide individual, group and or family counseling sessions and activities for offenders who are ordered by the court or releasing authority to participate in treatment.  Outpatient services are provided on a variety of intensity levels statewide based on the individual offender’s needs.  These therapeutic activities and interventions focus on changing the offender’s behaviors to assist them in their recovery from substance abuse and successful termination from community supervision.  Offenders continue to reside and work in the community while participating in treatment.  All programs are licensed by the Department of Children and Families.

  1. Transitional/Re-Entry Program (Aftercare) provides counseling for offenders, generally in a group setting, who have completed a secure, or nonsecure residential treatment program, probation and restitution center Phase I program, or an outpatient program. This type of program usually lasts from three (3) to six (6) months and focuses on relapse prevention.

  2. Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment services are provided on a variety of intensity levels statewide based on the individual offender’s needs.  These therapeutic activities and interventions focus on changing the offender’s behaviors to assist them in their recovery from substance abuse and successful termination from community supervision. 

  3. Treatment Alternative to Street Crime (TASC) is an integral part of intervention programs. TASC agencies primarily serve substance abusers involved in the criminal justice system. TASC services include screening, case identification, court liaison, offender referral and tracking.

Workload

Table 5A: Outpatient Enrollment Data by Fiscal Year
  • In FY 2010-11, 34,400 different offenders were enrolled in Outpatient programming.  These individuals included DC funded offenders, co-pay offenders and offenders responsible for all costs of their treatment.
  • The number of offenders participating on June 30, 2011 was 14,099.
Table 5B: FY 2010-11 Outpatient Enrollment Data by Facility Type
  • In FY 2010-11, of the various outpatient programs, the largest number of offenders was enrolled in outpatient substance abuse programs.
  • On June 30, 2011, 13,664 offenders were enrolled in outpatient substance abuse programs, 61 in TASC, and 400 in Transition/Re-Entry (Aftercare).

Outcomes

Table 5C(a): Outpatient Program Outcomes for Offenders by Fiscal Year
  • This table shows outcomes based on a three (3) year follow-up after the offender first entered outpatient treatment of any kind. On average, the outpatient programs had a (66.1%) success rate (successful exits divided by successful and unsuccessful exits) over ten (10) years.
  • Success rates were highest for offenders entering in FY 2007-08 (69.9%).
Table 5C(b): Outpatient Program Outcomes for Offenders by Fiscal Year
  • This table shows outcomes based on a two (2) year follow-up after the offender first entered outpatient treatment of any kind. For (FY 2008-09) the outpatient programs had a (74.5%) success rate (successful exits divided by successful and unsuccessful exits).
Table 5D: FY 2010-11 Outpatient Exit Data (Event-Based) by Facility Type
  • Reviewing the outcome of the offender’s experience in each program type from which they exited, the success rate varies from (80.7%) for Transition/Re-entry (Aftercare) to (73.5%) for Outpatient Substance Abuse.
  • On average, these programs had a 73.7% success rate with offenders exiting their program during this fiscal year.  Administrative exits averaged 13.4% for the year.

Recommitments

Table 5E: FY 2008-09  (2-Year Follow-up), Outpatient Recommitment Data by Level of Participation
  • Program completers averaged a (11.7%) recommitment rate, compared to (35.4%) for non-completers.
  • Program completers had consistently lower recommitment rates for all four (4) types of recommitment categories.
  • Only (2.6%) of completers had returned to prison for a new offense at two (2) years after program entrance.
Table 5F: FY 2007-08  (3-Year Follow-up), Outpatient Recommitment Data by Level of Participation
  • Program completers averaged (17.4%) recommitments, compared to (41.8%) for non-completers.
  • Program completers were consistently lower, in all types of recommitment. Returns to prison (new offense or technical) were (10.4%) for completers compared to (31.5%) for non-completers.