Braille Program: Staff facilitated program, which employs up to seven inmates. In conjunction with the Department of Education, this program produces Braille books for Massachusetts Schools. In addition Braille books can be made available for in-state private orders.

Catholic Rosary Group: Staff facilitated program in which inmates pray the Rosary.

Catch the Hope: Vendor facilitated program that provides medical and social services to pregnant and post­partum inmates.

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.

Cooperative Parenting Project Program: Developed by the Department of Revenue Child Support Enforcement Unit, this program targets single fathers with child support issues. This program is offered at MCI Plymouth and Boston Pre-Release Center.

Cultural Groups: Staff supervised, inmate coordinated programming that works toward broadening inmates understanding of their culture and ethnicity through education and social interaction. Groups include Italian American Heritage Club, Irish American Civic Club, Spanish United Project and African Heritage Coalition.

Daily Living Skills Program: Staff facilitated program designed to teach committed patients daily living skills, with primary focus on personal hygiene issues.

Day Activities Program: Vendor facilitated program that allows patients to participate in non-athletic leisure time activities such as craft groups, educational videos, book discussions, music appreciation, board games and fitness group. This program is geared toward the special needs patient population at the State Hospital.

Day Treatment Program: Vendor supervised program for treatment resistant patients who are chronically mentally ill. This program enables patients to develop the skills to gain insight into their disabling behavior. Patients are taught skills in the areas of basic living, hygiene, social skills, work habits, substance abuse and health. This program is geared toward the special needs patient population at the State Hospital.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy - Skills Group Program (DBT): Staff supervised program that teaches patients social skills that will enable them to meet needs without engaging in violent and/or self-destructive behaviors. This program is geared toward the special needs patient population at the State Hospital .

Domestic Violence Program: Staff coordinated program that focuses on treatment and prevention strategies for women involved in domestic violence.

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

Family Violence Reduction Program: The Family Violence Reduction Program (FVRP) is a vendor-facilitated eight week program designed to decrease, eliminate or prevent abuse and violence in intimate relationships through the specific skill based teaching of violence reduction and problem solving techniques. Behaviors, attitudes, verbal expressions and thinking patterns associated with violence in a family setting are addressed with a goal of assisting participants in understanding the direct link between the way that they think and the way they behave.

Gambler's Anonymous: Twice monthly self help volunteer facilitated program at MCI Norfolk.

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

Healthy Survival Skills: Short-term program that teaches skills to reduce stress and assist inmates in eliminating negative thoughts and behavior. A smoking cessation component is also included.

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.

Introduction to Treatment: A four week twelve session program designed to prepare inmates to utilize the basic information and skills that they will receive through participation in future programming.

Lifer's Group: Staff supervised program, which provides education and information for those inmates, serving a life sentence. Volunteers attend meetings to address issues specific to this group.

Mentally Ill/Mentally Retarded: Staffed and funded by the Department of Mental Retardation, this program prepares patients for release by making referrals and placements into community based programs. A major component of this program is vocational skills training. This program is geared toward the special needs patient population at the State Hospital .

Occupational Therapy Life Skills Groups II and I: Staff facilitated program designed to provide services to patients who require assistance in learning the skills necessary to lead independent, lives. This program is geared toward the special needs patient population at the State Hospital .

Pathways Program: This program is offered through the MA Parole Board and is geared toward inmates within six months of release. Inmates participate in vocational assessment, life skills/career counseling and a variety of training opportunities. Following the training, inmates are assisted with job and training placement in the community.

Poetry, Writing and Book Discussion Workshop: Staff facilitated program that allows inmates to read and write poems and other forms of writing, listen to one another's writing, and revise their own work.

Project Assisting Women Achieve Reintegration and Employment (AWARE): Staff facilitated program that provides individualized discharge planning and is designed to teach inmates the skills necessary for reintegration. The philosophy of the program is that education and structured plans for re-entry into the community mean a greater possibility of reducing the risk of recidivism.

Project Youth: Staff supervised program in which inmates discuss with high school students their personal experiences and consequences that resulted in incarceration.

Self-Esteem Group: Staff facilitated four-week program designed to examine self-esteem and its development.

Speaking Without Fear: A staff facilitated six-week prerequisite program to Toastmasters designed to enhance the inmates' ability to communicate more effectively.

Support 55: Staff supervised, inmate-coordinated program that meets weekly and is geared toward inmates over the age of 55. Inmates share concerns about being a senior citizen in a correctional facility.

The Bridge Program : Previously known as SEALS. A vendor supervised program that provides patients with an opportunity to learn basic fundamental work skills and at the same time contribute to the Department's goals for community reparation. This program is geared toward the special needs patient population at the State Hospital .

Reading for the Blind Program: Staff facilitated program in which inmates read and record text books on audio tapes for Framingham State College students with disabilities.

The Re-motivation Program: Implemented and run by the Rehabilitation Services Department, this motivational group is designed to engage patients who are presently not attending any treatment groups. This program is geared toward the special needs patient population at the State Hospital .

Veteran's Group: Staff supervised program that provides information and support for incarcerated veterans. Guest speakers attend meetings to address issues specific to incarcerated veterans. The national organization American Veterans in Prison provides support for these groups.

VOSH/NECO: Eyeglasses recycling program: staff coordinated program in which inmates repair donated eyeglasses to be repackaged and sent to developing countries where members of VOSH/NECO will examine patients and distribute the eyeglasses. Volunteer Optometry Services to Humanity / New England Council Optometrists (VOSH/NECO) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of human sight, mainly in developing countries where there is no welfare.

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.

Youth Outreach: Staff supervised program geared toward at risk youths coordinated through local high schools and the Department of Youth Services. Students attend inmate presentations during which inmates speak about their own personal experience with peer pressure, substance abuse, crime and incarceration.