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Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Cancels Private Provider Contract

For Immediate Release

August 20, 2014        


Contact:          

Heather DiGiacomo

heather.digiacomo@djj.state.fl.us

(850) 717-2710


Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Cancels Private Provider Contract

Milton, Fla. – The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) cancelled the contract for a 40-bed residential commitment program in Northwest Florida due to default of the contract requirements by the private provider. The termination of the contract is effective midnight tonight. The residential program, Santa Rosa Substance Abuse Treatment Center (SATC), is a low- and moderate-risk program operated by Youth Services International (YSI).  SATC provides gender-specific programming for adjudicated delinquent males, ages 14 – 18. 

 Secretary Christina K. Daly said, “The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice is entrusted to care and provide treatment for troubled youth during what are often some of the most trying times in their lives. While these children are in the custody of DJJ, it is our job to ensure that effective treatment services are being provided and youth are in safe and nurturing environments. Due to a failure to correct deficiencies and sustain those corrective actions, the agency determined that this provider could not meet its contractual obligations, which puts the safety of these youth in danger.” 

The 40 boys at the facility have been moved temporarily to four North Florida detention facilities.  DJJ has prioritized admission of these youth to existing residential commitment programs that have vacancies and are designed to meet their substance abuse treatment needs. 

Youth Services International failed to correct deficiencies and sustain those corrective actions in areas involving safety and security, effective behavioral interventions, and appropriate reporting of incidents for this program.  This failure, as well as concern for the safety and welfare of the youth, left the agency with no choice but to terminate the contract for cause. 

 “DJJ takes very seriously the safety and welfare of the youth currently in our care and does not tolerate actions which could place the youth for whom we are responsible in harm's way, including those under the supervision of our contract providers,” stated Secretary Daly. 

 Youth Services International will be precluded from participating in the Intent to Negotiate process for any new contract with the agency for the next 12 months. 

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