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BSO’S DRUG COURT TREATMENT DIVISION ACHIEVES PERFECTION

The Broward Sheriff’s Office Drug Court Treatment division has earned a rare perfect score on its tri-annual Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) re-accreditation. Surveyors assessed the division on more than 1,300 clinical and administrative standards and will submit their recommendation to the CARF board of directors for approval.

The Drug Court Treatment Program, which is run by BSO’s Department of Community Control is an alternative to traditional incarceration for those charged with drug-related offenses. The one-year program helps end addiction and associated criminal activity through treatment services designed to help the participant return to being a productive member of society. The program blends tools like group and individual counseling, social adjustment, drug screening, Narcotics Anonymous and/or Alcoholics Anonymous. All participants’ progress is continually monitored by the drug court judge through regular court hearings. Failure to comply results in a variety of graduated sanctions.

Less than 3 percent of the thousands of international agencies that receive CARF Accreditation ever receive a perfect score. It is the second perfect score the division has received out of the four surveys it has done.

“This is an exceptional honor for an important program,” Sheriff Al Lamberti said. “Sometimes in law enforcement and detention, it seems that arresting and incarcerating drug addicts is part of a never-ending cycle, but the Drug Court Treatment division helps stop that cycle.”

The surveyors lauded the division’s plans for risk management, IT and quality improvement, as well as its clinical charts, a drive to constantly implement new and best practices for clients, a willingness to be transparent about weaknesses and a drive to improve them and that the commitment to CARF standards was evident daily.

 

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Dani Moschella / PIO

 

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