Council on Sex Offender Treatment Council Information - Council Mission

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Mission Statement
To enhance public safety by developing and implementing standards and policies to protect the citizens of Texas through research based assessment, treatment, and management of adult sex offenders and juveniles with sex offending behaviors.

Philosophy
The Council believes public safety is served by contributing to the general knowledge of adults and juveniles with sex offending behavior through research and education and by ensuring offenders receive offense specific treatment designed to reduce their individual risk of offending.

Objective

  • No more victims
  • Increase awareness by educating, training, and disseminating information to the community and professional organizations whose purpose is to assess, treat, and manage sex offenders or prevent sexual assault
  • Provide and promote a network of professional in the field of sex offender treatment and to ensure continued competence of professionals
  • Enhance public safety through the management and treatment within the outpatient sexually violent predator treatment program
  • Provide guidance and recommendations regarding legislation and public policy
  • Promote research in offender assessment, treatment, and recidivism

Functions
The Council has four primary functions: 1) public safety by administering the civil commitment of sexually violent predators and preventing sexual assault, 2) public and behavioral health by treating of sex offenders, 3) regulatory by maintaining list of licensed sex offender treatment providers and establishing the rules and regulations regarding the treatment of sex offenders, and 4) educational by disseminating of information regarding the management of sex offenders to the public. The Council’s functions are synergistic with maintaining the highest level of public safety and preventing sexual assault through effective treatment and interventions in the management of sex offenders.

CSOT Mandates
Section 14.005 (a) Subtitle A, Title 3, Occupations Code, Chapter 462, Chapter 110

  • To develop and implement policies and treatment strategies for sex offenders
  • To set standards for treatment providers of sex offenders
  • To develop, research, and implement the risk assessment tool(s) in determining a sex offenders risk to the community.
  • To recommend to licensing and regulatory boards current program methods of improving programs to meet the Council’s standards
  • To develop and implement by rule licensing requirements and procedures for sex offender treatment providers.
  • To maintain a list of qualified sex offender treatment providers
  • To collect and disseminate information about sex offender treatment to judicial officers, community supervision or parole workers, state and municipal agencies, and public
  • To distribute money appropriated to the Council by the Legislature to be used for the development, operation, or evaluation of sex offender treatment programs
  • To advise and assist agencies in coordinating procedures to provide treatment services
  • To design and conduct continuing education programs for sex offender treatment providers
  • To establish, develop, or adopt an individual risk assessment tool that evaluates the criminal history, the likelihood that the person will engage in criminal activity, and determine if the person is a continuing danger to the community
  • To study the ways in which sexually violent predators and other persons who commit sexually violent offenses use the internet to meet or otherwise establish contact with potential victims

Texas Sexually Violent Predator Act-Civil Commitment
Article 4, Title 11, Health & Safety Code Chapter 841

  • To administer Chapter 841
  • To adopt rules consistent with the purpose of the statute
  • To develop policies, procedures, and standards of treatment and case management for persons committed under this chapter
  • To serve on the Multidisciplinary Team which reviews sex offenders in TDCJ-ID who have more than one sexually violent offense for civil commitment and refers potential sexually violent predators for a behavioral abnormality assessment
  • To provide by contract appropriate treatment, supervision, transportation, residential housing, and drug/alcohol screening for the committed person
  • Shall hire two full time case manager employees for Dallas/Tarrant and Harris County for the supervision and Global Positioning Satellite Tracking of SVPs.
  • To contract with the Department of Public Safety who provides surveillance and monitoring of the Global Positioning Satellite Tracking in areas outside of Dallas/Tarrant and Harris Counties.
  • To contract with an expert to perform a biennial examination to determine if the behavioral abnormality has changed.
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Last updated April 05, 2010
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