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Misdemeanor Probation Office
712 S. School Ave., Lecanto, FL 34461
contact: Eve Childs, Director   
email Eve_Childs@uss.salvationarmy.org
(352) 513-4985
Hours of operation:
M-Th, 7am-12noon, 1pm-4pm
 
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211 Connects or (877) 700-8177

Salvation Army Social Services (352) 621-5532

 
Clerk of the Court 
http://www.clerk.citrus.fl.us/nws/home.jsp
 
Misdemeanor Probation Client FAQs

How does the client make their first appointment?

If the client is sent directly from court, what is the procedure once he/she gets to the probation office?

How does the client set their next appointment?

How does the client cancel an appointment?
What should the client bring to the first appointment?
What forms will need to be completed at the first appointment?
What services and classes are offered?
What is the process for community service work, insurance, etc.?
What about referrals?
What are the client's rights and responsibilities?
 

How does the client make their first appointment?

See answer below.

 

If the client is sent directly from court, what is the procedure once he/she gets to the probation office?

The client completes and receives a copy of the client information sheet in court. At the top left hand corner of this paper will be their given intake appointment. Additionally on the backside of this paper will be a map to our offices.

In the instance that our office court representative is not available in court to assign intake appointment, the clients are instructed by the courts to contact our office to set an intake appointment within 48 business hours.

In the instance that a client needs to be placed on mail-in or transferred to another county and is unable to make an initial intake appointment, the court representative will send them to our office directly from court. When arriving at our offices, copies of the client's court order, payment plan with the Clerk of the Court and the client information sheet will be taken and they will be given the list of requirements needed to be met in order to process a mail-in/transfer.

The following is required to be placed on mail-in probation:

1. Signed copy of the Clerk of the Courts' payment plan or receipts showing fines paid in full.

2. Payment of all outstanding Cost of Supervision fees. Minimum amount due will be $55 for 1st month ($50 COS and $5 admin fee).

3. Payment of a $15 Administrative Mail-in Fee for 6 months probation; $30 for 12 months.

4. Copy of some form of photo identification.

5. A valid mailing address, phone number and social security number.

6. If client is court ordered for random screens he/she will be required to submit to a screen at this time. Payment of the $30 Screen Cost is expected at time of transfer.

 

The following is required to transfer probation to another county of residence:

1. Signed copy of the Clerk of the Courts' payment plan or receipts showing fines paid in full.

2. Payment of all outstanding Cost of Supervision fees. (Minimum amount due will be $50 for 1st month)

3. Payment of a $15 Administrative Transfer Fee.

4. Copy of some form of photo identification.

5. A valid home address in the county of transfer, phone number and social security number.

6. If client is court ordered for random screens he/she will be required to submit to a screen at this time. Payment of the $30 Screen Cost is expected at time of transfer.

 

How does the client set their next appointment?

During the intake class, the client is assigned to a counselor and given a first appointment. At the end of each appointment session thereafter, the counselor and the client will schedule the next appointment together.

 

How does the client cancel an appointment?

Cancelling appointments is not accepted. All clients MUST see their counselor once a month. Scheduled appointments may be rescheduled once, if it is deemed necessary. Any request for rescheduling must be made directly to the client's counselor and must be made a minimum of 48 business hours prior to the scheduled appointment time. To request an appointment change, the client may call the office at (352) 513-4985 and ask to speak to their assigned counselor.

 

What should the client bring to the first appointment?

Clients are expected to bring photo identification and a copy of their signed Clerk of the Court's payment plan to their intake appointment. Juvenile clients have the same rules and expectations as any other client placed on probation.

 

What forms will need to be completed at the first appointment?

Clients will be provided all forms to be completed in class.

 

What services and classes are offered?

Vehicle Impoundment

An Impound Officer will come to the client's home and install a "CLUB" on the steering wheel, immobilizing the vehicle(s). If the vehicle(s) is at another location, the client must inform the Impound Officer of its location. The client will be required to give the Impound Officer complete directions to the location and all vehicle(s) information. The client is required to be present at the installation and removal of the "CLUB".

Fees: 10 day Impound $ 125.00

30 day Impound $225.00

90 day Impound $325.00

There will be an additional fee, based on the location of the vehicle(s), for out of county impoundments. A charge of $35 for a distance of up to 50 miles past the county line will be added to the standard impoundment fee. The charge for over 50 miles past the county line will be calculated at the Impound Officer's discretion.

Missed appointments will result in an additional charge of $50 and must be paid in full before the Impound Officer will schedule another appointment. The Impound Officer will wait 20 minutes after the scheduled appointment before leaving.

Shoplifter's Anonymous Course

The client will be required to purchase a home study course kit through The Salvation Army Correction Department. The cost of the course is $85 and must be paid in full before the course can be acquired. Once the fee is paid, the counselor will issue the client a Home Study Kit containing: a workbook, 2 CDs and an answer sheet. The client will be required to listen to the 2 CDs, and answer the questions from the workbook on the provided answer sheet. When the client has completed the course, he/she will need to give the answer sheet to their probation counselor for grading. The course kit is the client's to keep. A CD player is required to listen to the program. If the client does not own a CD player they should ask a friend or contact their local library or school; The Salvation Army Corrections Department does not provide CD players.

 

Should the client fail the test for any reason, there will be a $10 retake fee per additional answer sheet issued. This fee will be due before an additional answer sheet will be issued.

The client is provided a list of providers that offer all other services/classes during the intake class. This is also available at the front reception office.

 

What is the process for community service work, insurance, etc.?

If the client has been court ordered to complete any term of community service hours, they will need to obtain a timesheet and insurance card from The Salvation Army Corrections Department before beginning the hours. Any hours performed prior to obtaining the timesheet and insurance card will be null and void. The following is an outline of the requirements and guidelines of community service:

  • Payment of all insurance fees in full is required before a timesheet and insurance card will be issued. Insurances fees are currently $6 for every 50 hours ordered and a placement fee of $29.

  • Any hours preformed before acquiring a timesheet and insurance card from the Salvation Army Corrections Department will not count towards the required hours.

  • The client must keep the insurance card on them at all times while performing their community service hours.

  • Contact information is to be filled out in full by an authorized agency representative. Timesheets missing any agency contact information will not be accepted. Knowing the agency the client wishes to perform their hours at beforehand is helpful so the counselor may fill out the necessary information fields upon issuing the timesheet.

  • The Salvation Army Corrections Department must be able to verify all hours with an agency representative; if unable to verify hours, they will not be accepted.

  • An agency representative must sign the bottom of the timesheet upon completion of required hours; if a timesheet is not signed it will not be validated.

  • The agency, at which the client wishes to perform their community service hours, must be approved by the Salvation Army Correctional Department in order for a timesheet and insurance card to be obtained. A list of pre-approved agencies is available at our office.

    • If the client wishes to do community service with an agency outside of Citrus County, they must provide a letter from the agency, on company letterhead, to the Salvation Army Corrections Department stating that the agency agrees to allow them to perform their hours at that location.

    • Only non-profit, county or state agencies will be approved.

  • The client may not perform community service hours for credit at any agency that employs them or any relative to them.

  • Upon completion of their required hours, the client is to bring the completed timesheet to the Salvation Army Corrections Department office for verification. Timesheets not verified by the Salvation Army Corrections Department will not be accepted by the court.

In the event that the court ordered the client to perform community service only, without being placed on probation, the client is still required to obtain a timesheet and insurance card through our office. All the above stated rules and guidelines are still applicable; however there is an additional $10 administration fee if not currently on probation. This fee is required to be paid prior to obtaining the timesheet and insurance card.

 

What about referrals?

On occasion, in order to address a specific need, The Salvation Army will refer you to another community agency. Your counselor can provide you with a list of local providers.

 
What are the client's rights and responsibilities?
 
Client Rights

Be treated with consideration and respect for human dignity

Receive quality service
Be provided confidentiality with regard to HIPAA compliance
Be provided clear information regarding the conditions of your probation

Submit suggestions, recommendations, or grievances regarding your probation experience to:

The Salvation Army Corrections Department
712 S. School Ave., Lecanto, FL 34461
P.O. Box 485, Inverness FL 34451-0485

(352) 513-4985

 
Client Responsibilities

Meet all conditions of probation as assigned by the court

Keep all appointments
Be honest and open with your counselor
Pay your fees/fines according to the conditions of your probation
Show respect and concern for other clients of The Salvation Army and to respect their privacy

Show respect and consideration for the staff of The Salvation Army

 


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