Miami-Dade County

Such a deal ... Clear your criminal record and get a health test, too

Rocio Vivas, an outreach worker at Community Health of South Florida, conducts a free glucose screening during a health fair. Similar health screenings will be held at the Seal and Expungement Program Wednesday afternoon.
Rocio Vivas, an outreach worker at Community Health of South Florida, conducts a free glucose screening during a health fair. Similar health screenings will be held at the Seal and Expungement Program Wednesday afternoon.

Miami-Dade County residents may be able to clear a criminal record — and get a health screening at the same event.

Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle and Community Health of South Florida are partnering to offer an event Wednesday afternoon at the Doris Ison Health Center where people who been charged, not convicted, with a crime in Miami-Dade County can see their eligibility to have a single criminal record sealed or expunged. Health screenings will also be available for free.

“You basically sit down and start the process,” said Ed Griffith, a spokesman for the attorney’s office.

While the program has been held several times a year since at least 2009, Griffith said, this is the first time free health screenings will be offered at the event. The health fairs have been held, but never together with the expungement program.

“We thought if we married the two together, we’d have a home run,” said Tiffani Helberg, a spokeswoman with Community Health of South Florida. “If you can come to one place, and address everything at one time you’re saving yourself effort, time, money.”

The last time the expungement event was held, more than 600 people came looking to remove a record, Helberg said.

The only cases reviewed at the event are ones from Miami-Dade County and cases that do not involve a conviction. And while beginning the process at the event is free, processing fees to FDLE and other costs to officially submit the application can range up to $200.

However, Griffith said it’s a process that could be much more expensive if done with an attorney. And that’s why Helberg says it’s a win-win situation for anyone who comes out to clean their record and get a health screening.

“They should look at themselves as a whole,” she said. “It’s definitely a great benefit to our community.”

If you go

  • What: The Seal and Expungement Program, which offers the chance to expunge a criminal record and receive free health screenings.
  • When: Wednesday, June 22 from 4-7 p.m.
  • Where: Doris Ison Health Center, 10300 SW 216 St., Miami, FL 33190
  • For registration and more information, call the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office at 305-547-0724
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