Crestview Sex Offender Program fails to alert DJJ of two sex offenders until months after assessment

The Crestview Sex Offender Program, run by Gulf Coast Treatment Center, was cited by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) for not appropriately identifying youth as sex offenders. The DJJ found that in 2 of 7 files reviewed, youths were not identified as sex offenders until several months later. DJJ found that in one case, an alert regarding the sex offender status was not entered until 6 months, and in another case until 3 months, after patients were identified as such. DJJ noted that the root cause of this violation was the “lack of sufficient Management oversight to ensure all appropriate alerts for sexual offenders or sex offense history are entered immediately upon intake.” The facility submitted a plan of correction to address the citation.