Substance Abuse Unit (SAU)

This forty-five day program is a highly structured series of cognitive-behavioral (CBT) based group sessions and educational classes drawn from the current literature on best practices in corrections, targeting both substance use and criminal conduct.

The SAU treatment model is based on:

1) Teaching the facts on the development, progression, effects, and options for treating drug and alcohol addiction.
2) Reinforcing that information with CBT skill based approaches to positive self-change.
3) Doing so within the supportive setting of a treatment community.

Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Intensive Reentry Program (RSAT-IRP)

RSAT/IRP is a twelve-week program that assists offenders in returning to the community. The program addresses social, cognitive, behavioral, and vocational aspects of recovery and re-entry.

Substance Use

Substance Use is an eight week program that utilizes a cognitive behavioral approach to address issues of addiction to drugs and alcohol. The course is designed to assist offenders in gaining an understanding of the dynamics of addiction, such as: identifying external and internal triggers, addressing guilt and shame, identifying challenges to recovery, and formulating a plan to prevent relapse.

Heroin and Opioid Prevention Education Program (HOPE)

Program focuses on educating offenders on opiates, reentry, and medication assisted options. This program works with offenders in the correctional facility and post-release to assist with the recovery process after incarceration.

12 Step AA/ Narcotics Anonymous NA

This is a program that follows the history of the individual’s involvement in the fellowship and the program of 12 Step Recovery.

Science of Addiction

An 8 week course that looks at the neurobiology of addiction and the impact addiction has on the decision making process. Many topics are discussed including internal and external cravings and strategies for intervention.

Individual and Group Counseling

Positive Psychology

Positive Psychology is the modern scientific study of the individual’s unique strengths and abilities to maintain happiness and live a meaningful life. Increasing self-esteem is a goal as well as improvement in all areas of life, for example: relationships, careers, etc. One of the key ways in which it accomplishes this is by teaching people how to discover, and live by, their unique strengths.

Each week group members will be assigned practical exercises that will need to be completed between the weekly sessions. Sessions will consist of group members sharing their responses to the weekly exercise, review of positive psychological theories and an ensuing vibrant discussion amongst the group participants.

Sex Offender Treatment

Sex offender treatment is offered to any incarcerated individual who has a history of sexual offending behaviors. This program is run by staff trained in sex-offender treatment.

Men's Health

This program provides staff and volunteers who conduct orientation, men’s health education, HIV antibody testing, case management and counseling to offenders. Staff is also able to provide onsite services such as case management and discharge planning to HIV positive offenders.

Anger Management

This eight week program, using SAMHSA CBT manual, is designed to help participants learn ways to control their anger and explore their actions and behaviors involving violent situations. Participants are taught to control abusive outbursts and aggressive behavior.

Domestic Relationships

This eight week program is designed to help offenders examine, evaluate, and explore their thoughts and beliefs that play out in their domestic relationships (partner, family, and children) while giving them the education to develop alternative, non-abusive, non-controlling, and non-violent behaviors.

Parents Helping Parents

A support group that offers fathers the ability to discuss topics regarding their children and family. Some topics include relationships with children and their mother, challenges once they are released and how to work with the Department of Children and Families.

Parenting Program

This ten week course is designed to promote positive parenting and to address other family relationships and family reunification issues. It provides the offender with an understanding of the stages of child development, responsive nurturing, discipline management and pro-social behaviors.

Thinking for a Change

This eight week course is a cognitive behavioral program designed for offenders who may recognize that they have repeatedly behaved in ways that were not in their own best interests, yet seem to fall back into them again and again. Participants pay attention to their thoughts, feelings, attitudes, and beliefs, and how these connect to their problematic behaviors. Then they develop new ways of thinking and work to re-shape their behaviors.


The Lifestyle Curriculum is an 8 week program that utilizes various media formats to present expert opinion and true life experiences about a wide range of topics including, but not limited to: Genetics, recovery medication, men in media, relaxation/stress response, etc. Primary Goal: Group Discussion in a comfortable, confidential and relaxed setting, providing deeper understanding and greater insight into issues facing us today.

Coping Skills

This eight week course focuses on training offenders to analyze situations in which they have gotten into trouble and to develop alternative ways of thinking and feeling about those situations. Offenders are taught a variety of re-entry coping skills including interpersonal coping, positive self-talk, social skills, and assertiveness training.

Compulsive Behaviors

This eight week program is a “cognitive behavioral treatment model” based course that addresses addictive and/or compulsive behavior. Addictive thinking patterns are very similar to criminal thinking patterns. Anyone using criminal and addictive thinking patterns is going to behave in destructive ways that will continue to lead to incarceration. Correcting the behavior starts with correcting the thinking.

Reentry Repeat Offender Reentry Program

Program which provides re-entry support for high-risk offenders via collaboration with law enforcement and community providers. Transportation to re-entry centers upon release is provided.

Transition to Community

Transition to Community is a 10-week program that provides an offender with Self-Help, Education, Employment, Housing and Administrative resources he may be need to be a successful returning citizen.

Mentorship Program

This program provides an opportunity for offenders to be paired with community volunteers who begin to meet while the individual is incarcerated. The goal of the program is to continue to develop the mentor relationship in the community upon release.

Mental Health Education

The mental health education group is held for offenders that are housed in the special housing unit. It is an ongoing group to allow for continued support and psychoeducation programming for those that are interested, with topics such as: mindfulness, distress tolerance, effective communication, accountability, relaxation, coping with incarceration, emotional intelligence, current events, and others. The offenders can bring topics of interest to be considered and are encouraged to be active in their learning process and growth as they prepare for their release to the community.

Veteran Services

The Re-entry Veteran's Services is a joint collaborative between veteran assistance service providers, including but not limited to providers such as the Massachusetts Veteran Services, Veterans Administration and Volunteers of America. Re-entry staff and the aforementioned providers address the needs of incarcerated veterans, both sentenced and pretrial.

Veterans Workshop

Project Welcome Home Troops conducts group workshop and individual counseling for all veterans, using a Prison SMART (Stress Management and Rehabilitation Training) focus.

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