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Programs Available at This Facility

Advanced Communication Skills: This group is offered to committed patients. This is a time limited psycho educational group designed to introduce participants to effective communication skills. Patients need to be able to tolerate a group setting and have the ability to process abstract concepts. This group will learn to identify communication styles and to express their needs assertively in every day situations. This program is geared toward the special needs patient population at Bridgewater State Hospital.

AL-ANON: Volunteer supervised substance abuse program designed to help family members of alcoholics. The goal of this program is to offer an opportunity for the inmates in the Cadre Unit to gain knowledge from the experiences of outside volunteers with similar background issues as their own. This program available at Bridgewater State Hospital.

Art Therapy: Staff supervised art program which offers morning and afternoon classes, five days per week. Classes are offered in all art modalities. This program is geared toward the special needs patient population at Bridgewater State Hospital.

Computer Program: This program is facilitated through Library services. Basic computer skills are taught to patients. This program is facilitated at Bridgewater State Hospital.

Daily Living Skills Program: Staff facilitated program designed to teach committed patients daily living skills with a primary focus on personal hygiene issues. This program is geared toward the special needs patient population at Bridgewater State Hospital.

Family Issues Group: Staff facilitated group designed to help patients begin to explore feelings related to family issues and learn the skills needed to survive/cope with separation/conflict due to incarceration/hospitalization. This program is geared toward the special needs patient population at Bridgewater State Hospital.

Greenhouse and/or Garden Program: Staff supervised program during which inmates grow flowers and vegetables in designated individual garden plots. In some institutions volunteers provide basic horticultural education and/or the produce grown is donated to local charities. This program is available at Bay State Correctional Center, Bridgewater State Hospital, Massachusetts Treatment Center, Old Colony Correctional Center - Minimum Unit and South Middlesex Correctional Center .

Intramural Community Basketball Program: Both staff supervised and volunteer facilitated program. Volunteers, through members of the Raynham Athletic Club, provide inmates/patients an opportunity for interaction with the community through recreational activities. In addition the program promotes the practice of team sportsmanship. This program is available at Bridgewater State Hospital.

Jericho Circle Project: Volunteer facilitated group that targets a variety of criminogenic risk factors that are pre-cursors to criminal behavior in an effort to develop integrity, accountability and emotional intelligence. This program is facilitated at MCI Cedar Junction and Bay State Correctional Center. This program is facilitated at Bay State Correctional Center, Bridgewater State Hospital and MCI Cedar Junction.

Music Theory Program: Staff supervised program that enables participants to learn basic music theory, comprehension and practice. Inmates join bands to rehearse and perform. In cell use of instruments varies among facilities. It is often limited to those inmates that can be utilized with headphones and do not disrupt the housing unit. This program is facilitated at Bridgewater State Hospital, Massachusetts Treatment Center, MCI Norfolk, MCI Shirley, North Central Correctional Institution, North Central Correctional Institution - Minimum Unit, Northeastern Correctional Center and Old Colony Correctional Center.

Responsibility Group: This group is offered to committed patients who repeatedly deny responsibility or externalize behaviors related to their criminal offense. Patients must be able to tolerate direct feedback in a group setting. This group focuses on the patient's behavior and how that may have lead to his criminal behavior. This program is geared toward the special needs patient population at Bridgewater State Hospital.

Self Help/Twelve Step Programs: Volunteer facilitated substance abuse support groups based on abstinence. Self Help/Twelve-step programming includes Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Al Anon. Programming is available in both Spanish and English. This program is facilitated at Bay State Correctional Center, Boston Pre-release Center, Bridgewater State Hospital, Massachusetts Treatment Center, MCI Concord, MCI Framingham, MCI Norfolk, MCI Plymouth, MCI Shirley, North Central Correctional Institution, North Central Correctional Institution - Minimum Unit, Northeastern Correctional Center, Old Colony Correctional Center, Old Colony Correctional Center - Minimum Unit, Pondville Correctional Center, South Middlesex Correctional Center and Souza Baranowski Correctional Center.