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Programs Available at This Facility

Aid to Incarcerated Mothers: Volunteers from Aid to Incarcerated Mothers provide child custody education workshops and transportation for children from the Boston area to visit their mothers. These workshops and services are available at MCI Framingham and South Middlesex Correctional Center.

Catch the Hope: Vendor facilitated program that provides medical and social services to pregnant and post­partum inmates. This program is facilitated at MCI Framingham.

Choices : This program is designed to have an impact on young girls who are risk to be violent and participate in criminal activity. Inmates discuss their own criminal and violent histories in an attempt to provide a new perspective to these youthful offenders. This program is facilitated at MCI Framingham.

Current Events: A volunteer facilitated program focused on informing the inmates of issues that are occurring in society that affect them now and will continue to affect them upon release. This program is facilitated at MCI Framingham.

DSS Visit Coordination: Staff coordinate meetings between inmates and DSS 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: Staff coordinated program that focuses on treatment and prevention strategies for women involved in domestic violence. This program is facilitated at MCI Framingham.

Eldercare: Chaplain supervised and volunteer coordinated program in which inmates create small crafts for senior citizen centers. 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: Staff 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.

Girl Scouts Beyond Bars: Volunteers from the Patriots Girl Scout Council hold a Girl Scout meeting with inmates and their daughters every other Saturday. There is also a community Girl Scout Troop for the daughters. This program is designed to promote positive parenting and encourage communication. Inmates are required to attend parenting sessions weekly while involved in this program. This program is facilitated at MCI Framingham and South Middlesex Correctional Center.

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

HIV/AIDS Education: Programming ranges from basic education and awareness to support groups for inmates who are HIV positive. Instructors include vendor and Department staff, volunteers and inmates. This program is facilitated at Bay State Correctional Center, Boston Pre-release Center, MCI Framingham, MCI Norfolk, MCI Plymouth, MCI Shirley, North Central Correctional Institution, North Central Correctional Institution - Minimum Unit, Old Colony Correctional Center, Pondville Correctional Center and Souza Baranowski Correctional Center.

National Education for Assistant Dog Services-Puppy Program: An 18-month 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.

Parenting Education Program: Staff 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 Services: Volunteers and staff provide 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.

Parents Anonymous/Parenting Support: Offered weekly, volunteers facilitate a child abuse prevention self-help program. This program is facilitated at MCI Framingham.

Reading for the Blind Program: Staff facilitated program in which inmates record text books onto audio tapes for Framingham State College students with disabilities. This program is facilitated at MCI Framingham.

Self-Esteem Group: Staff 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.

Teacher Assistance Program: Through the coordination of the Catholic Chaplain at MCI Framingham and South Middlesex Correctional Center, the volunteers will reach out to 8-12 primary school teachers about classroom needs, bulletin boards, posters, classroom decorations and other projects similar in nature. This program will benefit various communities by providing school districts and teachers with a resource to help with the classroom aids. Inmates benefit by providing them with the opportunity to participate in a positive and meaningful activity that benefits the community. This program is facilitated at MCI Framingham and South Middlesex Correctional Center.

Women's HIV and AIDS Network: Through DPH and Great Brook Valley Health Center, Inc., inmates are provided HIV/AIDS education, support groups and individual counseling. Aftercare case management services are also provided for HIV+ inmates to set up substance abuse treatment, medical care, and social and support services in the community. An advanced education component is provided for those inmates who serve as peer educators. A component of this program includes crocheting afghans for donation to hospitals with neonatal intensive care units and programs for HIV+ infants. This program is facilitated at MCI Framingham.

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.