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June 2009:

Background and Methodology

At the request of Washingtonfs Sex Offender Policy Board, the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center, Puget Sound Division, Washington State University (SESRC) conducted a survey of the sex offender treatment providers (SOTP) licensed by the State of Washington to assist sex offenders transitioning into Washington communities.

Working with the Benchmarks Committee and SOPB staff, SESRC prepared a protocol of questions regarding the SOTPfs observations of sex offender transition. The survey investigated issues of housing, employment, and community support for the offender, as well as the operation of the transition gsystem.This included the SOTPfs assessment of the coordination of services, management of supporting records, and other issues identified as salient by "The Comprehensive Protocol: A Systemwide Review of Adult and Juvenile Ex Offender Management Strategies," prepared by the Center for Sex Offender Management.

Invitations to participate in the on]line survey were sent to treatment providers identified by the Washington State Department of Health, the Washington Association of Treatment Providers and the Sex Offender Policy Board. Eighty]five invitations were issued. Nine invitees responded that they did not find the survey appropriate. (Most were not treating adult male sex offenders, the subject of the survey.) Of the 72 remaining invitees, 26 completed surveys, a 36 percent response rate. The survey was completed during June 2009.

For the remainder of this paper: by KYRA KESTER, PH.D.

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