In-Custody Behavioral Services
The In-Custody Behavioral Services Division provides programs and treatment services to inmates in Broward County's Jail System. The Substance Abuse (SAP) and Life Skills Programs target the criminogenic factors resulting in an inmate's incarceration. The programs promote pro-social attitudes and behavior change in an effort to reduce criminal behavior. Both programs provide inmates with a set daily schedule of activities that include group sessions, lesson plans, workbook assignments, and video learning. SAP is a didactic modality of substance abuse education using a best practices curriculum combined with 12 Step Recovery (AA/NA) groups. The Life Skills Program includes instruction on domestic violence, parenting, anger management, financial management, leisure and peer association planning, problem solving, self-control skills, coping skills, and stress management. Both programs are available to male and female inmates, are by court order only, and for a duration of 30 days. The SAP may be followed by 30 days in-custody in the Alcoholic Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous Unit within the jail. Both programs may be followed by 30 days of aftercare upon release through BSO's Day Reporting and Reentry Program. The Mental Health Program takes a holistic approach to offender mental health treatment including psychological assessment, individual and group counseling interventions, and discharge planning. The division provides services to offenders located in the Mental Health Unit of the North Broward detention facility and monitors the contract with BSO's mental health services provider. Counseling services are individualized to meet the needs of offenders with varying levels of psychological functioning.
For more information, please contact BSO's Department of Community Programs at (954) 535-2373.
Dr. Timothy Ludwig
BSO Inmate Mental Health Coordinator
Dr. Timothy Ludwig is a licensed psychologist who obtained his doctorate degree from the University of Miami. He has served as the BSO Inmate Mental Health Coordinator since March 2002.
He began working in the mental health field in 1988 and much of his efforts and experiences have focused on helping individuals with chronic mental illnesses and involvement in the criminal justice system.