Mental Health Services

North Florida Evaluation and Treatment Center

Sending Items to a Resident

Residents often want personal items to make their stay at the Center more comfortable.  Our desire is to ensure an orderly process by which approved items can be sent to a resident.

NFETC provides all residents standard clothing:

1 Bathrobe (belt attached)
2 Pajama sets
7 Underwear (boxers or briefs)
7 Undershirts (white)
7 Socks (pairs)
2 Collared shirts (maroon, blue)
3 Colored T shirts (green, black and tan)
2 Sweatshirts (black and gray)
1 Sweat pants (gray)
3 Jeans trousers
2 Khaki trousers
3 Shorts (blue, black and khaki)
2 Athletic shoes-(black and white)
1 Shower shoes (as needed)
1 Ball cap (black
1 Cold weather cap (fall/winter only)
1 Jacket (fall/winter only)
1 Pair of Gloves (fall/winter only
1 Swim trunks (open pool season only)

Upon discharge, Residents keep 1 ball cap, 1 pair of jeans, 1 collared shirt, 1 pair of athletic shoes, and all underwear, t-shirts, and socks. If issued, the cold weather cap, shower shoes, and gloves are also given to the Residents

Money:
Residents do not keep any money on their person.  Each resident's money is deposited into an account for his use.  Items purchased at the Canteen are deducted from his account.  The quickest way to send money to a resident is by money order or cashiers' check.  Personal checks are permitted but please remember it may take 14 days to clear a personal check with a bank.  This means there may be a delay in the resident receiving his money.  Any amount may be sent so long as there is a verifiable name and address of the sender.

Should visitors want to personally leave money for a resident, our Accounting Department is open from 8:00 am - 4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.  Security can accept money for residents on weekends and holidays.

Package Permits:
In order to ensure items are consistent with the Resident's needs (treatment and comfort) we have developed a package permit system.  Residents may only receive in a package those items listed on the back of the package permit form (see below), however, the Recovery Team may approve special items to improve his treatment.  Please limit packages in size and content.

All items MUST be PRE-APPROVED by the Resident's Recovery Team.  Before sending a package, please contact the Resident's Counselor (call 352.375.8484, Ext 220 or mail to c/o NFETC, 1200 NE 55th Blvd. Gainesville, FL 32641-2759).

Items not listed on the Package Permit form will be returned to sender or placed in storage.  The Resident must arrange with the sender to either pick-up the item or have it shipped out at their expense.  Food items will not be returned but destroyed and so noted in the Resident's property file.  Violation of the Package Permit authorization will result in packages being refused and returned to that sender.

Radios/Tape Players:
The Package Permit form outlines the size requirements for radios and tape players.  CD's and CD players are not permitted.   We ask that you make sure that any radio or tape player sent to a resident does NOT have recording capability.  Because of Florida laws on confidentiality we must restrict tape recording devices on campus.  Electrical cords must be permanently attached and not removable.  Only factory recorded tapes are allowed (no home recordings).

Useful Items
Residents may be allowed the use of certain specialty items which are controlled and subject to approval by the Recovery Team.  Included are musical instruments, handicrafts and recreation equipment, such as racquets and baseball gloves.  Please do not send any of these items until written approval from the Recovery Team is obtained.

Prohibited Items (Do not send)
Animals, Binoculars, Bottles, Cameras, Home recorded cassette tapes, Mobile (cellular) phones, Clothes and clothes hangers, Compact Discs (CDs), Drugs, Electric fans, Extension cords, Female apparel, Firearms, Food items, Glass, Hot plates, Jewelry, Metal, Obscene or Violent magazines and books, Phonographs, Photographs showing picture of resident, Shoes, Tobacco products, Toiletry or shaving items, Telescopes, Televisions, Video games, Internet enabled gaming and/or device-to-device communication electronics (including game platforms such as Nintendo DS).

Residents may purchase telephone calling cards from our Resident Bank. Telephone calling cards from other sources are not permitted.

Permitted Items (Maximum allowed are in parentheses)
Books (5)
Cassette tapes (pre-recorded factory sealed-non-rated) (5)
Envelopes/Writing Paper (no metal or Plastic)
Magazines (violent, obscene or sexually explicit are not allowed)
Newspapers (only national or local newspaper)
Pens/Pencils (Pens-no metal or springs/ Pencils-not mechanical) (2)
Photos (violent, obscene, sexually explicit or photos of the resident are not allowed)
Prescription Glasses and Case (2)
Ring (non-jeweled Wedding Band) (1)
Stamps (10)
Sunglasses (plastic lens and frames) (1)
Wallet (No Photo Holders or Clear Plastic Inserts) (1)
Watch (valued under $50) (1)

Approved on a Case-by-Case basis:
Handicrafts, Art supplies, Games, Puzzles
Medical items (must have Doctor approval)
Musical instruments
Religious items (e.g. prayer rugs, oils)
Special grooming or shaving items