Program Name: Outpatient Mental Health/Sex Offender Treatment Program
Program Duration:Determined by the offender’s Court Order or based on the individual needs of the offender as assessed by the treatment provider.
Program Description: Contracted community-based programs that provide outpatient mental health/sex offender treatment services to felony offenders on community supervision with the Department which meet the therapeutic needs of the offenders. All mental health and/or sex offender treatment providers shall be Psychiatrists licensed under Chapters 458 or 459, F.S. or individuals licensed by the State of Florida Department of Health pursuant to Chapters 490 or 491, F.S. and authorized to evaluate, assess, diagnose, and treat emotional and mental disorders. This does not include individuals who are provisionally licensed under Chapters 490 or 491, F.S. or registered interns under Chapter 491, F.S. (See the attached sample Contract for further details.)
The services to be delivered include assessment, psychological evaluation, individual and group treatment services to include general and specialized counseling and referrals to other treatment services. Additionally, sex offender treatment will minimally include an annual polygraph examination.
The goal of these treatment programs is to offer services and interventions to motivate and assist offenders while allowing them to maintain residence and employment in the community.
Recipients: The recipients participating in Outpatient Mental Health/Sex Offender Treatment Programs must be felony offenders on supervision with the Department of Corrections.
Criteria for admission: The offender must be under community supervision with the Department of Corrections and must be either court-ordered, required through Interstate Compact, be in accordance with the terms of a pre-trial intervention agreement or referred by the probation officer to participate in an outpatient mental health/sex offender treatment program. Refer to CRITERIA tab in this document for further details.
Agency Wide Implementation: These contracted programs are located in various Judicial Circuits throughout the State.