Tri-County provides adult
outpatient services at locations in Lakeland, Winter Haven, Sebring and
Wauchula. Services provided include substance abuse assessment,
individual counseling, group counseling, family/couples counseling,
alcohol/drug education, and urinalysis drug testing. Each client,
working with their own clinical specialist, develops an individualized treatment plan which specifies the type,
frequency, and duration of services most suited to his/her needs.
Length of stays in outpatient services range from three to nine months.
services are available in Winter Haven, Lakeland, Sebring, and
Wauchula. These services include substance abuse assessment,
individual counseling, family counseling, group counseling, alcohol/drug
education, and urinalysis drug testing. An intensive outpatient
program is provided at some locations. Individualized treatment plans
are developed with each adolescent with input from the client's
parent/guardian. Parental participation in all aspects of treatment is
Florida Center for
Addictions and Dual Disorders
The Florida Center for
Addictions and Dual Disorders is a 50-bed residential facility for the
treatment of adults with co-occurring substance abuse and psychiatric
disorders. This program provides simultaneous treatment of these
disorders utilizing individual therapy, group therapy, recreational therapy,
and occupational therapy. The Florida Center accepts referrals from
throughout the State of Florida.
and Stabilization Unit for Women
Tri-County operates a
twelve bed assessment stabilization unit for pregnant/postpartum females
with substance abuse problems. Located in Bartow, this facility
provides assessment/evaluation of each client's needs in the following
- Substance abuse
- Mental health treatment
- Medical services
- Counseling services
- Financial support
- Drug-free, safe housing
- Child care services
- Parenting skills
- Vocational and education
Identification of needs is
in the aforementioned areas is accomplished during individual assessment
sessions as well as through participation in the self-assessment
exercises/discussions in a group setting. As each client's needs are
identified, the client and their primary counselor develop a comprehensive
service delivery plan. Clients are actively involved in the process of
making contacts with the community-based programs/services that they will
utilize to meet the goals of their service delivery plan.
Winter Haven Halfway
The Winter Haven Halfway
House (Agape House) is an nine bed residential facility for women with
substance dependence disorders. The program provides a structured
schedule of activities with a primary emphasis on rehabilitation.
Individual counseling, group counseling, and case management services are
provided. Agape House residents are required to be employed or
involved in job training, educational, or employment search activities.
The facility is staffed 24
hours per day by counselors or counselor aides. Length of stay at the
facility is from 3-6 months. Admissions may be arranged by calling
The Lakeland Transitional
Living Facility (Transition House) provides transitional housing for women
and their children. No treatment services are provided, however, a
case manager is available to advocate for residents and to assist them with
identifying and assessing needed services. Transition House residents
are required to be employed or involved in job training, educational, or
employment search activities. Women may reside at the Transition House
for 3-6 months. Admissions may be arranged by calling (863) 299-7003
Unit provides medically supervised alcohol/drug detoxification to adults
residing in Polk, Highlands, and Hardee Counties. Located in Bartow,
this 20-bed facility also provides substance abuse evaluation and referral
services. Length of stays vary from 3-14 days depending upon the
detoxification protocol utilized. Admissions to the Detoxification
Unit are accepted 24 hours a day and may be arranged by calling the unit at
Through an agreement with
the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Tri-County operates DUI
programs in Polk, Highlands, and Hardee Counties. Florida Statutes
dictate that individuals convicted of DUI must participate in a substance
evaluation and an approved DUI education Course in order to regain their
driving privileges. Tri-County offers these services at the following
Lakeland - 5421 U.S. Highway 98, South, Highland
City Registration Appt Call (863) 701-1919
Winter Haven - 37 3rd Street S.W.
Registration Appt Call (863) 299-9631
Avon Park- 100 W College
Registration Appt Call (863) 452-2685
Wauchula- 202 S. 9th Avenue
Registration Appt Call (863) 452-2685
Drug Alcohol Traffic
Individuals seeking their
initial Florida driver's license must complete five hours of alcohol and
drug traffic education. Tri-County offers this education course at the
DUI program locations listed above. To register by telephone call 863
299-5714 or 1-800-267-4747.
Assessment and Referral
Referrals are accepted on
both a voluntary and involuntary basis. Services are provided without
regard to race, religion, national origin, sexual preference,
disability/illness, or socio-economic status.
All clients receive a
thorough substance abuse evaluation prior to or at the time of
admission. Information gathered during this evaluation is utilized to
make treatment recommendations and to developed an individualized treatment
plan. Treatment services are provided in the least restrictive setting
possible. Those clients in need of services not provided by Tri-County
are referred to an appropriate resource for these services.
Tri-County Human Services,
Inc. acknowledges the importance of self-help groups in the treatment and
continuing care programs of individuals with a substance abuse/addiction
disorder. Consistent with this understanding, our treatment teams
encourage clients to participate in 12-step programs such as Alcoholics
Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. Many clients receive an
introduction to 12-step groups through their involvement in a Tri-County
Prevention services are provided within schools in
Polk, Hardee, and Highlands counties. The focus is on identifying risk
factors displayed by youth within special school populations, followed by
provision of educational services to groups within the services setting.
In-Jail Substance Abuse Treatment Program
Polk County Central Jail
Tri-County Human Services, Inc. manages
the State Award Winning JASA program in cooperation with the Polk County
Sheriff's Department. We are extremely pleased to have provided treatment
for four years to the inmates in the Polk County Jail system. The Polk
County Sheriff’s Department and the Board of County Commissioners recognized
the increasing costs in drug related criminal behaviors and became proactive
in establishing the program to lower the crime rate in Polk County and
positively alter the lifestyles of addicts.
The taxpayers of Polk County expect
something in return for the dollars spent to provide this program. The JASA
Program is highly cost effective. It has saved County and taxpayer funds and
has freed space in the existing jails, limiting the need for new facilities.
Highlights of the accomplishments of the JASA program include:
JASA is an award-winning program. In
August 2002, the Department of Children and Families and the Florida Alcohol
and Drug Abuse Association presented JASA with a Best Practices Award.
Recently, during the Florida Correctional Accreditation Commission’s review
of the Polk County Jail, JASA was identified as an exemplary program.
The JASA Program Saves Polk County money.
The Polk County Sheriff Department
reported that the “economic benefit of inmates successfully completing drug
treatment is $68,000 per inmate in reduced crime, arrest, prosecution,
incarceration, and health care costs.” From January 2002 through March 2003
105 inmates successfully completed the program.
Independent auditors projected savings to taxpayers of $1,000,000 for
every 50 graduates of the program.
Closing the JASA will cost Polk County and its Taxpayers 1600% more than
it would cost to continue to fund the JASA program.
Independent auditors identified that 67.1% of those individuals that
completed the JASA program have remained out of jail compared to only 52.3%
of those individual who did not receive JASA services.
JASA has continued to improve its performance. At this time, 81% of JASA
graduates have not been re-jailed.
According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, it costs less to
maintain security for JASA program participants.
Positive benefits have also been noted for those participants that enter
the JASA program but do not complete treatment. They have a lower recidivism
rate than inmates that did not participate in the program. This underscores
the effectiveness of treatment as a positive force in lowering recidivism
The continued effectiveness of the JASA Program in the men’s jail was
positive factor in the Sheriff’s Department’s award of a Federal grant to
begin a JASA program in the women’s jail.
Participants learn new skills while in treatment that improve their lives
and the lives of their families; allowing them become contributing members
of society and assets to the community..
An average of 18 participants work towards acquiring a High School Diploma
each week they are in treatment.
An average of 7 participants complete a parenting program each month while
Participants receive anger management classes to help control aggression
and improve their ability to appropriately deal with others in the
Crimes related to the use of substances
continue to be a burden on local law enforcement agencies. These crimes
increase law enforcement costs that must be shouldered by the citizens of
Polk County. Additionally, this results in property loss, higher insurance
rates, personal injury and, possibly, death. Research has demonstrated that
programs targeting substance abuse offenders lower recidivism rates, thereby
lowering the cost of crime to the community.
The JASA program focuses on helping the
participant gain an understanding of the disease of addiction; the phases
and physiology of addiction; gain increased personal insight and develop an
improved self-concept; learn anger management and communication skills; and
development of a positive and socially acceptable system of values and
In August 2002, the Department of
Children and Families and FADAA (Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association)
presented JASA with a Best Practices Award. JASA was chosen from “an
outstanding field of applicants that represent substance abuse treatment
services.” The application process began in February 2002 and culminated
when a select panel of reviewers determined the recipients based on specific
criteria established in the Awards application. JASA was awarded 2nd Place
in Treatment Programs. During a recent review of the Polk County Jail by
Florida Correctional Accreditation Commission, JASA was identified as an
The goal of the JASA program was to
reduce the recidivism rate as well as the illegal use of substances by
program graduates by 25%. Our program was audited at the end of our third
year by an independent agency, Bolduc & Associates. The JASA Program has far
surpassed this goal.