skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 194060 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Evaluation of the Florida Department of Corrections Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) for State Prisoners Program, Final Technical Report
Series: NIJ Research Report
Author(s): C. Aaron McNeece Ph.D.
Corporate Author: Florida State University
Institute for Health and Human Services Research
United States of America
Project Director: C. A. McNeece
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 196
Sponsoring Agency: Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32304
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Grant Number: 97-RT-VX-K007
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America

Florida State University
Institute for Health and Human Services Research
Tallahassee, FL 32304
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation; Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents the methodology and findings of an evaluation of Florida's Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program (DDTP), a residential substance abuse treatment program for State inmates.
Abstract: In 1997, the U.S. Department of Justice granted funds to the Florida Department of Corrections to establish within correctional facilities a largely self-contained therapeutic program of integrated mental health and substance abuse treatment for inmates diagnosed with both types of disorder. A combination of research methods was used to evaluate the implementation of the DDTP. The two principal methods were face-to-face interviews with individuals in key positions and the observation of planning, training, and treatment activities. These methods were supplemented with a review of relevant documents and correspondence. The evaluation determined both the extent to which DDTP implementation progressed according to plan and the adequacy of responses undertaken when the process did not develop as intended. Most of the delays and departures from the initial implementation plan resulted from inadequate planning and preparation for the new program. The low rate of referral to the DDTP was largely the result of the failure to include those who would screen and refer inmates in planning and training sessions. The evaluation recommends that early in implementation, responsibility should be assigned for active oversight at a sufficiently high level in the department to ensure timely and appropriate actions by each division and staff category for which the new program will result in new or additional responsibilities. As early as is practical, lines of authority should be identified for specific aspects of program implementation and subsequent operation. All staff categories for which the new program will result in new responsibilities should be identified, and appropriate training and instructions should be provided for each. There should be follow-up in-service training for DDTP treatment staff, as well as other staff who participate in screening or referring inmates to the program. Finally, adequate attention should be given to establishing the external links necessary to ensure the effective movement of inmates from the institutional phases of the DDTP to the community-based final phase. 38 references, 4 tables, and appended listing of DDTP inmates by offense, category, diagnostic category, and program, along with interview questionnaires
Main Term(s): Inmate drug treatment
Index Term(s): Corrections effectiveness; Drug treatment programs; Florida; Mentally ill inmates; NIJ final report; Offender mental health services; Program implementation; Treatment/Therapeutic Community
Note: Dataset may be archived by the NIJ Data Resources Program at the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.