Massachusetts Department of Correction
Military Peer Support Program

CO Bruce Hale, MPSP Coordinator
Phone: 978-514-6759
Email: BAHale@doc.state.ma.us

Today's military family faces a lifestyle that is comprised of frequent deployments, which results in increased family separations. This often proves to be a stressful challenge for military families. To assist our military personnel and their families, the DOC has established the Military Peer Support Program (MPSP) to assist its employees and their family members while they undertake their military obligations; before, during and after their military commitment. All volunteers of the MPSP are DOC employees who have served for our country or are non-military employees who have been impacted by a service member and are willing to volunteer their time to assist one of their own, as well as their family members. Most importantly, any information and/or services provided is with the utmost confidentiality.

The Peer Support Team members will act as a link for the service members and their family with the Department of Correction and other state and federal agencies. This service is also intended to educate all DOC staff of the potential needs and concerns of our military personnel surrounding their return to the workplace. Our goal is to create a welcoming environment, supportive atmosphere and a smooth transition back to work. Education will include deployment, return to work issues, impact of the deployment on the service member’s family, friends, and co-workers.

Families during Separations

When a member deploys, family members go with them in a sense. For most families a deployment isn’t the happiest of occasions. Long separations are hard on every member of the family, especially those who are left at home. But as military families, they learn to cope. Experience has shown that a deployment is much easier on families if they prepare for it and know the resources that are available during the separation. The DOC’s Military Peer Support Program was put in place to be the support system and help with all aspects of deployment for the employee and their family.

Pre-Deployment- Our goal is to meet with staff member and their family and review the DOC resources and how we can support your family while you are away.

Active-Deployment- While you are away we will stay in touch with you and your family members through email,  letters and phone calls. We are here to support your family with their needs, such as shoveling the driveway in the winter to helping with home maintenances, car issues, etc.

Post-Deployment- Welcome Home events, helping with processing paperwork and supporting back to work needs, such as: mandatory training requirements; in-service; on-the-job training; field training refresher, all to support a smooth transition back into the workforce.

Additional Resources

Massachusetts Department of
Veteran’s Service

Phone: 617-727-3578
Website: www.mass.gov/veterans

Military One Source
Phone: 1-800-342-9647
Website: www.militaryonesource.com

 

AMVets Department of Massachusetts
Phone: 617-727-2972

United Veteran of America, Inc.
Phone: 617-582-3059
Website: www.unitedveterans.org

 

Veterans Benefit Clearinghouse, Inc.
Phone: 617-541-8846  
Website: www.vbcboston.org

 

Department of Veterans Affairs
VA Benefits 1-800-827-1000

 

Home Base Program
Phone: 617-724-5202
Website: www.homebaseprogram.org
Yellow Ribbon Program
Phone: 1-800-772-1237
Website: www.operationtotalwarrior.us
 

“Giving our correctional professionals along with their families support as they make the personal sacrifice-freedom”

~ Sgt. Esther Gonsalves & Sgt. Robert Dunn