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Progress Report: Delays Reduced But Persist in the State's Juvenile Competency Program, Report No. 02-54, October 2002
 
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  • Since our prior report, the Department of Children and Families has made progress in reducing admission and discharge delays in the Juveniles Incompetent to Proceed Program.  Average admission delays have been reduced from 61 to 39 days, while average discharge delays have been lowered from 58 to 47 days.  These reductions have resulted in more children attending competency training and lower costs to restore competency.  The reductions are attributed to the creation of a 48-bed facility exclusively used for secure competency training, and better communication with stakeholders.
  • Despite an improvement, significant discharge delays persist.  These delays reduce the number of children who can be served and consume 10% of the program’s budget.

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 00-27 Justification Review: 72% of Youths Restored to Competency, Able to Move to Delinquency Proceedings, published in December 2000.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Mental Health Services

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 13-04 Juvenile and Adult Incompetent to Proceed Cases and Costs,published in February 2013.
  • Report No. 05-07 Centralizing DCF Substance Abuse and Mental Health Programs Provides Benefits But Also Challenge, published in February 2005.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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