Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

Transitional Services Program


PROGRAMS



AGGRESSION REPLACEMENT TRAINING (ART) PROGRAM

Description

Aggression Replacement Training (ART) is a cognitive behavioral intervention program designed to assist individuals in improving social skills, moral reasoning, coping with and reducing aggressive behavior through the use of self regulating exercises and mindfulness. ART is comprised of three coordinated interventions; anger control training, structured learning and moral reasoning.

Goals

Participants will learn to understand what causes them to feel angry and act aggressively, learn techniques to reduce anger/ aggressive behavior and self regulate, stop "automatic" aggression by practicing anger reduction techniques and build skills to make better choices.

Length

The program is comprised of five modules consisting of 32 sessions with the sessions based on two hours of content.

Admission Requirements

Inmates who are assessed as having the need for ART are assigned to the program by the facility Program Committee.

Assessment

Locations

Adirondack
Albion
Altona
Attica
Auburn
Bare Hill
Bedford Hills
Cape Vincent
Cayuga
Clinton
Collins
Coxsackie
Downstate
Eastern
Elmira
Fishkill
Five Points
Franklin
Gouverneur
Gowanda
Great Meadow
Green Haven
Greene
Groveland
Hale Creek
Hudson
Lakeview
Livingston
Marcy
Mid-State
Mohawk
Ogdensburg
Orleans
Otisville
Riverview
Shawangunk
Sing Sing
Southport
Sullivan
Taconic
Ulster
Upstate
Wallkill
Washington
Watertown
Wende
Woodbourne
Wyoming

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COMMUNITY LIFESTYLES

Description

The Community Lifestyles Program is an open ended residential therapeutic program. It provides a structured dormitory program that supports the essential correctional goals of order and safety.

Goals

Length

The program is continuous in the facilities where it is operated.

Admission Requirements

All inmates assigned to applicable facilities.

Assessment

Locations

Greene
Washington

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INMATE PROGRAM ASSOCIATE PROGRAM

Description

An Inmate Program Associate (IPA) is an inmate who has completed the standardized IPA Training and has been placed in the IPA title. IPA positions are by definition paid assignments where carefully screened and trained inmates assist Transitional Services, Education, and Vocational staff in providing approved programs under staff supervision. The IPA position is not a clerical or a technical position.

Goals

Training

Staff directly provides 45 hours of training in accordance with the IPA training curriculum.

Admission Requirements

Criteria:
IPAs must not be refusing any required program(s) and also meet or exceed the following criteria:

Education:

HSE or higher academic

Disciplinary:

No Tier II convictions within the previous 6 months.
No Tier III convictions within the previous 12 months.

Signed Commitment:

Upon initial IPA assignment or reassignment, inmates must agree in writing to the terms specified in the IPA Standards form.

Assessment

Staff evaluates the inmate’s performance during the program with regard to each participant's willingness, attitude, and demonstrated ability.

Locations

The Program is operated in all general confinement facilities

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NETWORK PROGRAM

Description

The Network Program is designed to promote the positive involvement of participants in an environment which has as its focus their successful community reentry.

Goals

To assist inmates in learning cooperative work and leadership skills, while demonstrating responsible behaviors.

Length

Program length varies.

Admission Requirements

The program is open to all inmates who are willing to abide by both Department and Network rules. Admission is strictly voluntary.

Assessment

Locations

Clinton
Fishkill
Otisville
Sing Sing
Taconic
Woodbourne

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PHASE ONE

Description

Phase One - Introductory Phase - is provided for all inmates entering the state correctional system. Phase One consists of the following courses: relating to the correctional situation, maintaining significant relationships and positive community ties, developing work ethics, decision making, goal setting and time management, and socialization skills. Inmates are required to participate in and complete Phase One. Participation is required for all inmates upon arrival at their first general confinement facility. An inmate will complete Phase One once during their incarceration.

Goals

Assist inmates with their transition to incarceration and to begin preparation for a successful reentry to the community as law abiding and productive citizens.

Length

Phase One - Introductory Phase - shall not exceed three weeks and consist of one or two paid modules.

Admission Requirements

Phase One - Introductory Phase - mandatory for all inmates new to the correctional system.

Assessment

Attendance -- all scheduled sessions.
Participation -- quantity and quality of interaction.
Departmental staff will evaluate all materials prepared in accordance with the curriculum.

Locations

The program is operated in all facilities, with modified versions at specialized facilities.

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Thinking for a Change (T4C)

Phase II Cognitive Behavoior Treatment

Description

Thinking for a Change (T4C) Program is an integrated, cognitive behavioral change program designed for inmates and delivered by trained staff in small group (12-15 participants) settings. The program is closed ended and is intended for general population inmates. It includes cognitive restructuring and the development of social and problem solving skills. Participants learn how to take charge of their lives by taking control of their thoughts and feelings. T4C is a close-ended program consisting of three major components:

  1. Stop and Think - keep control of a situation by thinking rather than acting based on our emotions. Participants learn to identify thoughts, emotions and physical reactions that tell them they are in a problem situation (warning signs) and it is time to be quiet, calm down and get some space so they can stop and think.
  2. Problem Description - participants learn to describe the problem in objective terms and identify their risk reaction to the situation. They identify how their thoughts, feelings and physical sensations pose a risk of their reacting in a way that makes the problem worse.
  3. Getting Information - to set a goal, participants practice gathering information about a situation by considering the objective facts, others’ thoughts and feelings, and their own beliefs and opinions. They use the information to state a goal and to determine the preferred outcome of the situation.

Goals

Assist inmates in identifying and paying attention to thoughts, feelings and physical reactions that lead them into trouble situations, identify core beliefs and attitudes that impact those thoughts and feelings, and to change the thought process to obtain a desired outcome, thus avoiding trouble situations.

Length

Thinking for a Change is lesson driven and it is comprised of 22 lessons. The program is designed to be delivered in the following way:

Admission Requirements

All general confinement inmates who have not satisfied their Phase II need.

Assessment

Locations

All male general confinement facilities.

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MOVING ON

Phase II Cognitive Behavior Treatment

Description

Moving On is a gender-responsive, evidenced based intervention program designed specifically for women who are involved with the criminal justice system. Moving On is delivered by trained staff in small group (10 - 12 participants) settings. Moving On is a structured program that is also designed to heighten self-awareness, build on existing strengths and competencies, and teach new skills. Moving On is based on theory and research concerned with women. The development of Moving On was influenced by three complimentary approaches; Relational Theory, Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Intervention.

Moving On Group Format

Each session is subdivided into three parts:

  1. Exploring is a 30 minute segment designed to provide group members with the opportunity to process information, enhance skill transfer, and practice & assist in building self-efficacy.
  2. Discovering is designed to introduce information & provide opportunities for skill acquisition. It is typically offered over 90 minutes.
  3. Reflecting - Group reflection consists of 3 activities that are introduced at various times in the module.

Goals

Assist women to mobilize and develop personal and social resources that mediate the impact of risk for future criminal behavior. The program also aims to reduce criminal behavior as well as increase the health and well being of women, their families, and the community.

  1. Creating an environment that is supportive, respectful, accepting and challenging.
  2. Introducing women to new options and opportunities.
  3. Giving women the opportunity to make meaningful and responsible choices.

Length

Moving On is made up of six distinct Modules. There are a total of 26 group sessions. The program has been designed to operate in 12 - 14 weeks in DOCCS. The program is usually delivered in this format: one session per day followed by a group process day; Moving On can only be delivered a maximum of two sessions per week. The Aftercare Group component is delivered once or twice a month for six to ten months.

Admission Requirements

All female inmates who have not satisfied their Phase II need.

Assessment

Locations

All female general confinement facilities.

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PHASE THREE

Description

Phase III is designed to assist inmates with their planning for reentry into society as crime free, productive citizens. The participants are provided a "portfolio" to assist in organizing documents (e.g., birth certificates, social security cards, resumes), keeping vocation and education certificates in one place, locating reentry strategies and plans, and preserving service referral information and employment related materials. The curriculum calls for the inmate to prepare and for Departmental staff to evaluate the following:

Goals

To prepare inmates to enter society as crime free, productive citizens in possession of a fully developed portfolio that contains personal documents, educational and vocational certificates, service referral information, and employment related materials.

Length

The curriculum is a minimum of 60 contact hours. The contact hours are based on the "actual time" required for group instruction, discussions and exercises.

Admission Requirements

Phase III is mandatory for all inmates as part of their final pre-release preparation for community reentry within 120 days of release.

Assessment

Locations

The program is operated in all facilities, with modified versions at specialized facilities.

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TRANSITIONAL SERVICES PROGRAM

Description

The Transitional Services Program is a three phase program that is designed to assist inmates in preparing for their return to the community. Additional activities have been developed to assist inmates as they transition within the correctional system. Transitional Services is operated in accordance with the Transitional Services Directive #4780. The program is conducted primarily out of the Transitional Services Center under the supervision of a Transitional Service Counselor. The program phases are:

Phase One - Orientation/Introductory Phase -- is provided for all inmates entering the state correctional system.
Phase Two - The Core Phase -- is provided for inmates to assist them in developing the basic skills necessary to live a productive, crime free life in society.
Phase Three - Transitional Phase -- is the final preparation for community reentry.

Goals

To assist inmates throughout the stages of their incarceration to fully participate in programs designed to prepare them for a successful reentry to the community as a law abiding and productive citizen.

Length

Phase One - Orientation/Introductory - shall not exceed three weeks.
Phase Two - Core Phase - shall not exceed 90 days.
Phase Three - Transitional Phase - shall not exceed 90 days.

Admission Requirements

Phase One - Orientation/Introductory - mandatory for all inmates new to the correctional system.
Phase Two - Core Phase - mandatory for all inmates at General Confinement facilities where the program is provided.
Phase Three - Transitional Phase - mandatory for all inmates as part of their final pre-release preparation for community reentry.

Assessment

Locations

The program is operated in all facilities with modified versions at specialized facilities.

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