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72% of Youths Restored to Competency, Able to Move to Delinquency Proceedings, Report No. 00-27, December 2000
 
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  • The Juveniles Incompetent to Proceed Program restores the adjudicative competency of 72% of the mentally ill and mentally retarded children court-ordered to participate in competency restoration training.  Training is most effective for mentally ill children.  The $4.2 million program served 266 children in Fiscal Year 1999-2000.
  • More than half of children complete training within six months; 90% complete training within a year.  After training, children are returned to the juvenile justice system to continue with delinquency proceedings.
  • The program is an improvement over the way juvenile competency was handled before Florida’s juvenile competency statute was passed in 1996.  However, community partners raise concerns about methods used to assess juvenile competency; delays securing services and placements for children; and delays discharging children from the program.  Some of these issues are outside the department’s influence.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Mental Health Services

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • 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. 02-54 Progress Report: Delays Reduced But Persist in the State’s Juvenile Competency Program, published in October 2002.

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