Programs Available at This Facility

Catch the Hope: Vendor facilitated program that provides medical counseling, education, re-entry plans and social services to pregnant and postpartum inmates. This program is facilitated at MCI Framingham.

DCF Visit Coordination: Contractors coordinate meetings between inmates and DCF social workers, in addition to supervising inmate/child visits and coordinating foster care reviews. These services are available at MCI Framingham and South Middlesex Correctional Center.

Domestic Violence Program: Is a Contractor coordinated program that focuses on treatment and prevention strategies for inmates involved in domestic violence. This program is facilitated at MCI Framingham.

First Step Program: Vendor facilitated two-phase detoxification and residential substance abuse treatment unit for detainees and inmates. This program is designed to provide initial substance abuse education and comprehensive discharge planning. This program is facilitated at MCI Framingham.

Fully Alive Program: Contractor coordinated, volunteer facilitated program that focuses on spiritual growth and choosing responsible living. Topics include relationships, recovery, anger management and understanding the relationship between attitudes, choices and consequences. This program is facilitated at MCI Framingham and South Middlesex Correctional Center.

Healthy Human Relationships: An eight-week, Contractor facilitated program designed to assist inmates in distinguishing between healthy and unhealthy relationship. This program is facilitated at MCI Framingham.

National Education for Assistant Dog Services-Puppy Program: A program designed to utilize inmate handlers to teach dogs basic obedience and other skills needed to prepare them for future "careers" as Service Dogs assisting people who are physically disabled. Following their training with the inmates, the dogs will then learn the more advanced Service Dog skills at NEADS' National Assistance Dog Training Campus in Princeton, MA. This program is facilitated at MCI Framingham, North Central Correctional Center - Minimum Unit, Northeastern Correctional Center, Pondville Correctional Center and MCI Plymouth.

Opioid Treatment Program (OTP): OTP is a program for all inmates who are pregnant and on Methadone within the institution run by a First Step Program (FSP) case manager.  OTP meets once a week as a support group for the inmates.  Many topics are discussed such as women's health, relapse prevention, and healthy relationships development. The program is rolling admissions and is discontinued once the inmate is off methadone.

Criminal Thinking:  The Criminal Thinking Program is an eight-week program designed to make inmates aware of their thought process and its affect on their decisions and actions. 

Peer Support Program: The Peer Support Program is a system of giving and receiving help founded on key principles of respect, shared responsibility and mutual agreement of what is helpful.  Inmates assist other inmates, in a supportive way, connect with other people who can help towards healing, they also share their experiences to help cope with negative effects of a traumatic background.

Cognitive Skill Workshop: This volunteer facilitated program designed to teach cognitive social skills through active listening, problem solving, negotiating, using assertive communication and self-control.  This workshop includes modeling of these learned skills through role play. These learned skills will develop a process thinking that will be utilized while incarcerated and upon reentry into the community, and change patterns of thinking that lead to re-offending.

Re-Entry Workshop: This program is a ten-day workshop offered to inmates at MCI-Framingham.  Eligibility requirements are one year to release and need to be sentenced for more than 120 days.  Re-Entry planners work with the inmates on a comprehensive Re-Entry Pland that is intended to promote a successful transition into the community including topics such as living arrangements, employment, social support, goals, crisis planning, financial planning, and victim awareness.  As part of the plan a daily activity schedule is created.

Transitional Housing Program: The goal of this program is to focus on strengthening the relationship between parent and child. The program provides progressive intervals of 2, 4, 6, or 8 hour visits that afford the inmate direct care with their child as well as building strategies together for managing challenges during and after the visitation.  The Transitional Housing Program (Trailer) provides the inmate/parent and opportunity to begin providing a nurturing and stable home environment for their child.

America's Vet Dogs:  The Guide Dog Foundation provides service dogs to those who have served our country honorably and who now seek the enhanced mobility and independence of an assistance dog.  The service dogs are taught by inmate handlers who are instructed by an American Vet Dog trainer.


Assessment and Counseling:  The Education Department employs a full-time assessment counselor who administers the TABE test (which determines academic level and class placement) to every inmate who is serving 60 days or longer. The counselor provides assessment, interview, and referral of inmates to appropriate classes or programs. 

Academic Education:  The Adult Basic Education program is designed for inmates whose performance is below the grade level 6.0 and who can function successfully wither independently or in a group setting.  ABE provides basic skills in reading, writing skills, math, science and social studies.

The Pre-GED program is designed to prepare intermediate level inmates (performance at grade level 6.0-8.9) for entrance into the GED Program.  Studies include all of the five- (5) areas of the GED test.

The GED program is specifically geared toward preparing inmates performing at grade level 9.0 and above to successfully take the GED exam.  The GED class covers the five areas of GED testing: Language Arts Writing, Social Studies, Science, Language Arts Reading, and Math.  The test is given at least twice during the school year. 

Title One classes supplement academic instruction in math, reading and writing skills for inmates under 21 years of age.

College courses are provided in partnership with Boston University, which provides instructors and books at no cost to the DOC.  Courses offered can lead to a Bachelor's Degree.

Special Education/Literacy support services are available to adults with learning differences who need accommodation in order to provide equal access and opportunity.

Parenting Education Program: A Contractor facilitated program that addresses pregnancy, child development, nutrition, diapering, health issues, behavior management and issues surrounding being an incarcerated parent.  This program is facilitated at Boston Pre-release Center and MCI Framingham.

Parenting Family Preservation Services: Contractor provided programs, which range from skill building, basic education, and reintegration information to support groups.  This program is facilitated at MCI Framingham, MCI Norfolk, MCI Plymouth, MCI Shirley, North Central Correctional Institution, North Central Correctional Institution - Minimum Unit, Northeastern Correctional Center, South Middlesex Correctional Center and Souza Baranowski Correctional Center.

Self Esteem Group: Contractor facilitated four-week program designed to examine self-esteem and its development.  This program is facilitated at MCI Framingham.

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.

Steps to Recovery: Short-term substance abuse treatment program for female inmates at MCI Framingham and South Middlesex Correctional Center designed for the female offender addict, and services the gender-specific and unique characteristics displayed by female offenders. Included among the primary treatment goals of this program is: abstinence from alcohol and other drugs; recognizing one-self as an alcoholic/addict; confronting and breaking through denial; beginning the recovery process; maintaining sobriety; and the promotion of pro-social norms and behaviors. This program is facilitated at MCI Framingham and South Middlesex Correctional Center.

Cosmetology: will train 12 inmate-students at a time in all aspects of hairstyling, skin care and nail beautification. The 1000-hours of training will prepare the students to take the Massachusetts State License Examination in Cosmetology.

Culinary Arts: is a year long program in which students will earn their Serv-Safe Certificate and work towards a certificate in Professional Cooking. As a part of the program, students will staff a 60 seat staff restaurant which will serve luncheon 4 days a week.

WRA - Women's Recovery Academy: Open enrollment 6 month Program. Substance Abuse Recovery Program meets M-F and focuses on criminal thinking.  Topics include Basic concepts of addiction, principles of recovery, countering negative thinking and errors, negative behaviors and Relapse Prevention and Reentry Planning.