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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Executive Summary: Faith-Based Substance Abuse Transitional Housing Programs

Faith-Based Substance Abuse Transitional Housing Programs (FBTH) assist released offenders by providing substance abuse re-entry and relapse prevention services, transitional housing, and other support services. The program also provides housing, three meals a day, electricity, access to local phone service, job placement assistance, and other transitional services. The target population for this program is recently released inmates with histories of substance use/abuse problems, particularly those who have completed a Department in-prison or community-based drug treatment program, and are in need of transitional housing and services upon their release from incarceration. Program participants do not have to be under Department supervision to participate. Enrollment in the program is strictly voluntary, however, all enrolled program participants are required to participate in program activities and abide by program rules. Program participants may not be discharged for failure to participate in faith-based components of the program.

Profiles of Faith-Based Substance Abuse Transitional Housing Programs
On June 30, 2004
Facility Population Number of Program Slots
Male Female
Abiding Hearts, Inc. Male 42 0
AGAPE Family Ministries Female 0 5
Caring People Ministries Female 0 5
Family Crisis Help Center Male 20 0
Freedom Outpost Ministries Male 8 0
Fresh Start Ministries Male 10 0
Good News Foster Home Male 11 0
Harbor House Group Male 15 0
Integrity Place Male / Female 15 15
Jim Russo Ministries, Inc. Male 15 0
Lamb of God (Pompano) Male 25 0
Lamb of God (Okeechobee) Male 10 0
Living Hope International Ministries Female 0 5
Noah Community Outreach Male / Female 10 5
Prisoners of Christ Male 18 0
Resurrection Ranch Ministries Male / Female 10 4
Salvation Army ( St. Petersburg ) Male / Female 18 7
Salvation Army ( Bradenton ) Male 8 0
Salvation Army ( Jacksonville ) Male 10 0
Sanctuary Mission Male / Female 6 3
Sisters, Inc. Female 0 5
Time for Freedom Male 60 0
TOTAL   311 54


TABLE 8A: Faith-Based Substance Abuse Transitional Housing Program Enrollment Data, By Fiscal Year
  • Faith based programs began with only 75 new enrollments in the start-up year FY 2001-02, and increased in FY 2003-04 to 656.
  • As seen in the June 30th offender counts for the year, there were 153 offenders in the programs on 6/30/04.
  • Since program start-up, 1,550 different offenders have received services.
TABLE 8B: FY 2003-04 Faith-Based Transitional Programs Treatment Program Enrollment Data, By Facility
  • Four programs had 60 or more new enrollment events during FY 2003-04.
  • On June 30, 2004, eight (8) programs had no offenders enrolled; however, all programs were utilized to some extent during FY 2003-04.


TABLE 8C(1): FY 2003-04 Faith-Based Transitional Programs Outcome, By Fiscal Year, By Inmate (3-YEAR FOLLOW-UP AFTER INITIAL PROGRAM ENTRY)*

* There is no data to report at this time, as program did not begin until April 2002.

TABLE 8C(2): FY 2003-04 Faith-Based Transitional Programs Outcome, By Fiscal Year, By Inmate (2-YEAR FOLLOW-UP AFTER INITIAL PROGRAM ENTRY)*
  • This table shows outcomes based on a two-year follow-up after the offender first entered a program of this type. For FY 2001-02, Faith-based transitional housing programs had a 46.4% success rate (successful exits divided by successful and unsuccessful exits.
TABLE 8D: FY 2003-04 Faith-Based Transitional Programs Exit Data (Event-Based), By Program
  • Reviewing the outcome of the offender’s experience in each program from which they exited, the success rate varies from 13.6% for Freedom Outpost Ministries to 80.8% for Prisoners of Christ (Victory) for those programs having at least 20 participants during the year.
  • On average, faith-based programs had a 45.2% success rate with each offender exiting their program during this fiscal year. Administrative exits averaged 7.0% for the year.
  • Eight (8) of the 34 program facilities providing services on June 30th had success rates above 75%.
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