2930 Kerry Forest Parkway, Suite 101

Tallahassee, FL 32309

(850) 536-6225

info@twinoaksfl.org

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twin oaks forensic outpatient services

Setting: Community

Gender: Boys & Girls

Ages: 9 - 18 years old

Contract: Florida Department of Children & Families

Population: Juvenile Incompetent to Proceed

Capacity: 211

Twin Oaks Forensic Outpatient Services (TOFOS) is a statewide community based competency restoration program that serves clients referred by the Department of Children & Families and the Agency for Persons with Disabilities.  The program serves juveniles who have been charged with a felony prior to their 18th birthday and do not have the ability to participate in legal proceedings due to their mental illness, intellectual disability, or autism.  Diagnostic categories include all major DSM mental disorder classifications that are noted as mental illness under Chapter 394 & Chapter 916, Florida Statutes, or an intellectual disability or Autism diagnosis as defined in Chapter 393, Florida Statutes.

The goal of the program is to provide assessment, evaluation and intensive competency restoration services to allow the juvenile to return to court and proceed with their court proceedings.  Referrals are solely accepted from the Department of Children & Families, Juvenile Incompetent to Proceed Administrative Office located in Tallahassee, Florida.

service area

TOFOS Region

TOFOS Location

Judicial Circuit

1

Tallahassee

1, 14, 2, 3

2

Gainesville

4, 5, 7, 8

3

Tampa

6, 10, 13

4

Sarasota

6, 10, 12, 20

5

Orlando

9, 10, 18

6

Palm Beach

15, 19

7

Broward

17

8

Dade

11, 16, 17

Administrative Office

804-A Northwest 16th Avenue

Gainesville, FL 32601

Program Director

Venisha Buchanon

1

CASE MANAGEMENT

The program provides comprehensive case management services to include: assessing, planning, coordinating, referring, monitoring and linking the client and family to needed services.  The Case Manager monitors the child’s training and progress by conducting monthly visits and utilizing the reports from the Competency Trainers. The Case Manager also assists client/family with referrals for Psychiatric services, social services, educational services, language services and behavioral training.

2

competency Training 

The goal of the program is for each client to become knowledgeable about the delinquency process and their legal situation to ensure appropriate due process in the legal system.  We accomplish this goal by delivering competency training to the client on an individualized basis in the least restrictive environment. 

 

Upon completion of the training clients should be able to:

 

  1. Appreciate the charges against him or her

  2. Appreciate the range and nature of possible penalties which may be imposed

  3. Understand the adversarial nature of the legal process

  4. Disclose to his/her attorney facts pertinent to the case

  5. Display appropriate courtroom behavior

  6. Testify relevantly

The training is implemented through activities that include but are not limited to verbal exercises, written exercises, and role play.  It is provided by a statewide network of independent contractors, who have been background screened, possess minimum education requirements and been trained to deliver our proprietary competency restoration curriculum. 

3

forensic psychological evaluations

The program utilizes a statewide network of Psychologists and Psychiatrists to perform competency evaluations. These Forensic Evaluators are all licensed in the State of Florida and have completed the Juvenile Forensics Evaluator Training, administered by the Florida Mental Health Institute, USF. 

 

Clients are evaluated:

  • Upon the TOFOS staff recommendation of achievement of competency.

  • Six months after the Court’s initial Adjudication Order of Incompetency

  • Two years after the Order of Adjudication

  • At the age of 19 years old, as ordered by the committing Delinquency Court

 

the process

 

contact us

Twin Oaks Forensic Outpatient Services

804-A NW 16th Avenue

Gainesville, FL 32601

(877) 338-1881 toll free

(877) 338-1882 fax

tofos@twinoaksfl.org