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Effectiveness and Monitoring of Martin Treatment Center for Sexually Violent Predators, Report No. 00-12, September 2000
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  • This report assesses the performance of Liberty Behavioral Healthcare, Inc., the contractor the Department of Children and Families hired to operate the Martin Treatment Center for Sexually Violent Predators, and examines the department’s monitoring of the Liberty contract.  The United States Supreme Court has held that civil commitment programs such as Florida’s are constitutional if they provide bona fide treatment in a non-punitive environment.
  • Our review found that Liberty’s treatment team leaders had appropriate education and experience, though the department and Liberty should establish standards for continuing education for staff.
  • The physical space at Martin Treatment Center is not conducive to treatment and restricts the routine provision of vocational and recreation services.  However, Liberty has taken steps to improve the living and treatment environment and some of the constraints should be addressed when the program is moved to a specially renovated facility at DeSoto Correctional Institution in November 2000.  Nevertheless, the program should develop a vocational education plan to prioritize use of vocational resources.
  • Liberty’s treatment model has evolved over the course of the first year, and treatment planning is improving.  However, treatment progress has not been well documented.  The program needs to develop and implement a data collection plan to better track resident progress.  The Legislature needs to revise the Jimmy Ryce Act to address the need to supervise and treat committed individuals in the community as the final stage before release from the program.  One person has already been released from the program without transition.
  • Residents at the facility have sexual impulse problems and sexual activity does occur between residents.  The program should continue to monitor such activity and, from a therapeutic perspective, take necessary steps to address such behavior.  In addition, the department should investigate an after-hours, off-site event at which sexual misconduct of Liberty employees was alleged to have taken place.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Dept. of Law Enforcement

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 08-10 The Delays in Screening Sexually Violent Predators Increase Costs; Treatment Facility Security Enhanced, published in February 2008.
  • Report No. 05-17 OPPAGA Report: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Corporation Has Not Addressed Its Responsibilities Fully, published in March 2005.
  • Report No. 05-07 Centralizing DCF Substance Abuse and Mental Health Programs Provides Benefits But Also Challenge, published in February 2005.
  • Report No. 99-58 Special Review: The Escape from Martin Treatment Center for Sexually Violent Predators, published in June 2000.
  • Report No. 99-36 The Sexually Violent Predator Program's Assessment Process Continues to Evolve, published in February 2000.

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