Programming at the Centre County Correctional Facility
PRIDE and Choices are reentry programs offering participants the opportunity to acquire the skills they need to increase pro-social behaviors. The classes provide basic tools to identify and practice sober, socially acceptable skills to ensure successful community reintegration. This program is provided by the CCCF Counselors.
Job Skills (part of PRIDE/CHOICES)
The Job Skills curriculum was developed to assist the offenders in gaining knowledge about themselves, the skills they possess to obtain gainful employment, teach them valuable job interviewing skills and have them complete a comprehensive resume.
Drug and Alcohol Services
Crossroads Counseling Drug and Alcohol: Crossroads Counseling, Inc. is fully licensed by the PA Department of Health Division of Drug and Alcohol Licensure & the PA Department of Public Welfare Division of Mental Health. They provide weekly groups with both our male and female population.
Celebrate Recovery: Class is held one (1) time per week to male offenders only at this time by a Volunteer Service Provider. For more information please visit: www.CelebrateRecovery.Com.
Life Recovery: Class is held one (1) time per week to both male and female offenders by a Volunteer Service Provider.
Alcoholics Anonymous: Meetings are held one (1) time per week to both male and female offenders by a Volunteer Service Provider. Meetings are approximately one (1) hour in length.
Centre County Drug and Alcohol: Meet with our offenders to complete assessments. CCCF Counselors work closely with them to coordinate outpatient and inpatient treatment for our population upon release.
Mental Health Services
Crossroads Counseling Mental Health: Crossroads Counseling, Inc. is fully licensed by the PA Department of Health Division of Drug and Alcohol Licensure & the PA Department of Public Welfare Division of Mental Health. They provide weekly groups with both the male and female population at CCCF.
Penn State Psychological Clinic: Meets individually with offenders on a weekly basis, consults with staff regarding issues/concerns, and provides staff training.
Centre County Mental Health Case Manager: A Case Manager is available daily to meet with our offenders with identified Mental Health needs. The Case Manager works closely with all treatment staff at CCCF.
GED: Provided by Central Intermediate Unit (CIU) 10 two (2) times weekly.
Incarcerated Youth Program: Provided by the CIU 10. Offenders 21 and under are eligible to earn credits toward their High School diploma. This program is conducted daily.
Work Keys: Provided by the CIU 10 two (2) times weekly. Offenders work independently on an online program that helps develop skills that will make them job ready upon release. They can earn an ACT’s National Career Readiness Certificate (ACT NCRC).
Volunteer Chaplains are available once a week to meet individually with both the male and female population.
- Yoke Fellowship
- In-Prison Community Bible Study
- L.I.F.E. Ministries
- Various Church services
- Various Bible Studies
- Muslim Prayer Service
Programs Coordinated with the Pennsylvania State University
Nutrition Links: The Penn State Extension Nutrition Links classes provide our offenders with the knowledge that they have a choice in their overall health and well-being. It empowers them to make these healthy decisions for themselves and their family members. The classes provide them and their families (children) with the tools they need to eat healthier on a limited budget and to be able to extend their resources more efficiently.
Creative Writing: Offered by Penn State University once a week. A variety of activities are provided for the offenders to be able to gain a better understanding of who they are and what their goals are when they return to the community.
Legal Literacy Class: The course is an introduction to concepts and skills that facilitate the use of legal search engines. Participants learn technical skills like how to use terms on LexisNexis, limit search options, and use supplementary tools to maximize search results. The course also includes an overview of foundational legal concepts including the constitutional, statutory, and jurisdictional rules governing what courts can and cannot do and how citizens can navigate this network. Additional topics include the application of legal reasoning and the fundamentals of U.S. government and the judicial system.
Change- Where Do I Go From Here?: Offered by Professors from Penn State University and staff from Centre Peace. The first four weeks focuses on the class participant and the development of a mindset that will create opportunities for oneself. That will include freeing one’s mind to communicate effectively along with the development of critical evaluation and feedback skills. The last two weeks of the course will focus specifically on the entrepreneurial spirit and learning how to create value from the ideas one generates and how to turn those ideas into a career as an entrepreneur.
Building Hope Mentorship Program: Building Hope is a mentoring program created to assist returning citizens in becoming constructive, contributing members in the community. Through Building Hope a community member will be matched with an inmate to begin meeting weekly at CCCF while the participant is incarcerated. The pair will continue to meet in public locations upon the release of the participant in a similar role to a ‘sponsor’ from AA or a ‘big’ from BB/BS. A mentor is a caring, responsible adult volunteer, who serves as a positive role model and guide to a returning citizen. The mentor helps to ensure that the participant develops important life skills, is exposed to new opportunities, and a wide array of resources. Our hope is to establish trusting relationships with accountability and responsibility by both parties working together to foster positive life choices. This program is coordinated by a CCCF staff member and a community member.
Programs Coordinated with Community Agencies
Parenting Program: This program consists of six weeks of parenting classes taught by service providers from the Centre County Youth Service Bureau. Once the classes are complete, participants are eligible to have contact visits with their children. Visits are granted once the court and CCCF administration approves them, based on the behavior and participation of the incarcerated individuals in the classes.
Meditation Studies: Provided by a volunteer service provider. Participants are provided resources on the art of meditation. They actively engage in practices that benefit their emotional and spiritual wellbeing. The class is held biweekly for women only.
Women’s Resource Center: Volunteers from the Women’s Resource Center meet individually with our offenders biweekly. Provide support to our offenders working through issues of domestic violence/sexual assault.
Prison Society: Provides a variety of programs that address the needs of our inmates i.e. custody issues for incarcerated mothers, budgeting/financial, sober living activities.
Sober Living Activity Examples:
- Fly Fishing
- Line Dancing
- Music Therapy
- Drawing/Art Therapy