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State Mental Health Treatment Facilities

North Florida Evaluation and Treatment Center (NFETC)

About The Center


To provide necessary services to men committed by the criminal courts in a safe and secure manner with the goal of a timely discharge to the court or a less restrictive setting.


We will work together to improve ourselves, our services and our environment as an effective and efficient organization.


  • Safety
    Keeping our community safe is the first consideration in all that we do.
  • Compassion
    Our work is driven and guided by our compassion for those in our care.
  • Integrity
    We strive to stay healthy, alert, knowledgeable, and current in fulfilling our responsibilities.
  • Community
    Our continued success depends on how effectively our facility functions as one team. This requires that each of us take responsibility for the whole and encourage and support one another.

Opened in 1976, this facility is operated as an evaluation and treatment center for people with mental illnesses who are involved in the criminal justice system.

Today NFETC has 193 beds open for the evaluation and treatment of residents who have major mental disorders. These residents are either incompetent to proceed to trial or have been judged to be not guilty by reason of insanity. Our mission is to evaluate, treat and discharge in a manner which ensures proper safety, security and respect of rights. We are a maximum security treatment facility, not a jail or prison.

The Center is a part of the mental health system in Florida which includes services ranging from out-patient community mental health treatment, hospitalization at a state hospital, and evaluation and treatment at NFETC.