ABOUT AVON PARK CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION
Avon Park Correctional Institution, located in Avon Park, Fla., houses up to 956 adult male inmates. Among many programs and services offered at the facility, the institution offers substance abuse treatment programs including an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), Readiness Group Program, and an Alumni Program.
This correctional institution was first established in 1957 for minimum to medium custody inmates. In 1977, the facility started accepting close custody prisoners.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
All inmates are screened for substance use upon arrival to the facility. Inmates identified as being in need of substance abuse services become a Mandated Program Participants (MPP) and are put on the department’s Statewide Automated Priority List to be placed in a substance abuse program; there may be a waiting list for placement into a treatment program.
Programming is implemented by the Bureau of Substance Abuse Program Services who is responsible to coordinate and deliver treatment services. The goal of the treatment program is to identify substance abusers, assess the severity of their addiction and place them in the appropriate treatment program.
IOP services have variable lengths of treatment depending on the individual’s needs. Typically, inmates remain in this treatment program for up to four months but may stay as long as six months. During the program, participants must complete a minimum of 12 counselor-supervised hours of program activities throughout at least four days each week.
The Readiness Group Program help inmates who are contemplating sobriety. The groups are hands-on and focus on topics such as denial, addiction, recovery principles, program motivation, self and mutual help ideas, and other substance abuse education topics. Anyone can stop by the group at any time with no commitment necessary. The classes are usually held once per week. Inmates who decide they are ready for treatment can be placed directly into IOP as soon as there is an opening.
Alumni Groups are held each week for inmates who have completed IOP and attendance at these meetings is a requirement for alumni as long as they are offered at the facility. Alumni groups are often led by peers but a counselor may be present for support when the group is occurring.
The treatment team includes substance abuse counselors. The correctional facility also employs 315 total staff members, per the facility’s website.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Treatment takes place within the setting of a correctional facility. The facility houses up to 956 inmates at a time within three open bay housing units, one cell housing unit, and three room housing units.
At the time of this writing there has been one staff member polled by Best-rehabs.com. The anonymous staff member gave the facility a positive review including five out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, five stars for accommodations & amenities, and five stars for meals & nutrition.
The employee indicated that since the program occurs in a prison setting, family and loved ones were not able to participate in treatment through facility programming. She did strongly agree when asked if the facility was adequately equipped and staffed to treat co-occurring mental health problems in addition to substance use disorders and if the facility staff were experienced and well-trained.
The staff member felt that a strength of the facility was the fact that such a good quality program was offered to inmates before their release. She identified that a weakness of the facility is that there is not enough room in the program to help all inmates in need. The employee also added, “All Prisons should offer this rehab before release as most crimes occur due to drug addiction.”
At the time of this writing, there are no additional reviews from alumni of the facility available.
There is no cost of treatment at the facility as it is housed within a correctional institution.