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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

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Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

Program Types

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, and other related problems, including employment issues.  The substance abuse programs’ principle objectives are to identify substance abusers, assess the severity of their drug problems, and provide the appropriate substance abuse program services.  The Department of Children and Families, in accordance with Chapter 397, Florida Statutes and Chapter 65D-30, Florida Administrative Code, licenses all substance abuse programs.

Offenders screened as being in need of services are either referred to a program or placed on a waiting list pending availability of needed programming.  The Bureau of Substance Abuse and Treatment Services is responsible for the coordination and delivery of these services listed below for offenders under community supervision.
  • Short-term Residential (Nonsecure) Substance Abuse Treatment Programs are six (6) month community-based substance abuse therapeutic communities with two (2) components.  The Intensive Treatment Component (ITC) generally lasts two (2) months depending upon an individual offender’s progress in the program and clinical need.   During the ITC, the offender participates in counseling, therapeutic and educational/vocational activities at the residential facility.  The Employment/Re-Entry component (ERC) lasts four (4) months with a primary focus on successful re-entry into the community.  During the ERC, gaining and maintaining employment is incorporated into the offender’s treatment plan.  The offender resides in the treatment facility while maintaining gainful employment in the community.  In this component, the offender participates in a minimum of four (4) hours of counseling activities per week; one (1) individual counseling session each month or more frequently if clinically indicated; twenty (20) hours of therapeutic activities per week.  The residential program is staffed by paid awake staff twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week.

  • Long-term Residential (Secure) Substance Abuse Treatment Programs are programs that generally last up to 18 months. The community-based, long-term substance abuse therapeutic communities (secure indicates a long-term program, not a program in a locked facility) with two (2) components.  The Intensive Treatment Component (ITC) generally lasts four (4) to twelve (12) months depending on clinical need.  During the ITC the offender participates in counseling, therapeutic and educational/vocational programming as appropriate at the residential facility.  The Employment/Re-Entry component (ERC) generally lasts six (6) months with a primary focus on successful re-entry into the community.  During the ERC, gaining and maintaining employment is incorporated into the offender’s treatment plan.  The offender resides in the treatment facility while maintaining gainful employment in the community.  In this component, the offender participates in a minimum of four (4) hours of counseling per week; one (1) individual counseling session each month or more frequently if clinically indicated; twenty (20) hours of therapeutic activities per week.  The residential program is staffed by paid awake staff twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week.

  • Probation and Restitution Centers (PRCs) are highly structured community-based residential prison diversion programs.  The length of stay in the program is based on individual offender/resident needs and program design.  Offender/residents participate in group counseling and case management sessions.  The social learning environment provides offenders/residents with continuous peer support and challenges in daily living skills.  The major learning themes are criminal thinking patterns, life skills, budgeting, personal responsibility and accountability, and employment readiness or skills training.  Offender/residents prepare for re-entry into the work environment and transition into the community.  The program provides a sentencing alternative and a resource for supervised offenders who are experiencing difficulty complying with their conditions of supervision and meeting their court ordered financial obligations.  The program also provides transition assistance to recently released inmates.

    The PRC program consists of two (2) phases.  Phase I, the Intensive Programming Component Phase (IPC) and Phase II, the Work Component Phase (WCP).  The total time in the PRC Program shall be based on the individual offender needs and shall not exceed twelve (12) months, unless otherwise stipulated by court order.  During the WCP offenders/residents will begin to make payments on their court-ordered financial obligations and pay a daily subsistence fee to the contractor.
  • 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.