twin oaks forensic outpatient services
Gender: Boys & Girls
Ages: 9 - 18 years old
Contract: Florida Department of Children & Families
Population: Juvenile Incompetent to Proceed
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.
804-A Northwest 16th Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32601
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.
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:
Appreciate the charges against him or her
Appreciate the range and nature of possible penalties which may be imposed
Understand the adversarial nature of the legal process
Disclose to his/her attorney facts pertinent to the case
Display appropriate courtroom behavior
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.
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
Twin Oaks Forensic Outpatient Services
804-A NW 16th Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32601
(877) 338-1881 toll free
(877) 338-1882 fax