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MEDICAL ASSISTANCE GROUP

Broward Correctional Institution established a partnership with Hospice Care of Broward County in 1985 and formed a combination process and psycho-educational group for women diagnosed with a chronic or terminal illness. Health issue lectures, facilitated by a registered nurse from Hospice, are given to the volunteer offender program participants. These predetermined lectures include subjects on specific disease/disease processes (e.g., hypertension) as well as informed classes on physical anatomy. After the lecture, the offender volunteers engage in discussions regarding the materials presented. This program is offered at Broward Correctional Institution.

IMPAIRED OFFENDER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

This program trains offenders to assist physically and mentally-impaired offenders in the activities of daily living. This important program helps to develop basic assistance skills while encouraging compassion. When a member of the offender community becomes gravely ill, her fellow offenders reach out to help her, both physically and emotionally by becoming an active participant in the program. This program is offered at Broward Correctional Institution.

WELLNESS EDUCATION

This is a program to help inmates maintain and improve their health and fitness and includes both mental as well as physical needs of the individual. The ultimate goal is to educate and motivate inmates to implement positive habits that will improve their quality of life and longevity. Various activities are offered to encourage active inmate participation and interest in their personal well being. A comprehensive 60-hour Wellness Education Course is also offered to inmates participating in our substance abuse program as part of their overall treatment plan. Institutional staff provide this program as well as our hobby craft program. This program is offered at all of the Correctional Institutions.

HEALTH AWARENESS

This program is observed and taught by Wellness Specialists statewide concentrating on teaching principles associated with reducing health care costs and making healthy choices. Wellness Education staff, however, work daily to promote health awareness within the confines of the institutional structure by advertisement, classes, promotions, and special projects including health fairs. This program is offered at Broward Correctional Institution.

THE HEALTH AND WELLNESS CONFINEMENT PROGRAM

This program addresses the issue of incarcerated persons losing muscle mass while in confinement. The problem is reduced and/or eliminated with a few simple exercises that were developed in cooperation with the American Medical Association Committee on Prisons and Jails. These exercises are designed to be done within the small space allotted to most confinement cells. Offender Confinement Exercise Packets are given to those offenders and are encouraged to begin a daily exercise program, as well as utilize the activities and wellness equipment currently available to them. This program is offered at Broward Correctional Institution.

MEDICATION MANAGEMENT AND EDUCATION

This group is aimed at teaching S3 offenders reasons for and effects of psychotropics on their clinical symptoms as well as possible side effects. This group also provides increased knowledge about medication dosages and routine as well as importance of compliance and chemotherapy regime. This program is offered at Broward Correctional Institution.

THE HIV/CHRONIC ILLNESS SUPPORT GROUP

This program is aimed at helping women to become more self-aware regarding the disease and to also receive support and advice from others who have been diagnosed with a chronic illness. This program is offered at Broward Correctional Institution.

HIV/AIDS/STD BASIC AWARENESS

This is no longer offered as a teacher-guided program; information in these health areas is now provided through a collection of handouts to offenders participating in the new-inmate orientation program. Medical staff are available on request to inmates who have questions or need additional information. This information is offered at Lowell Correctional Institution.

THE SEXUAL DISORDERS GROUP

This program is intended to facilitate acceptance of responsibility for deviant sexual behavior, awareness of the grave impact that sexual assault has/had on their victims, early recognition of danger signs that often precede sexual assault, and awareness that successful treatment and prevention of relapse will require continued and long-term treatment within the community after release from prison. This program is offered at Broward Correctional Institution.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

This program is available to general population inmates who desire participation and support to combat alcohol and drug abuse through a weekly group meeting. Volunteers lead the meetings and ensure that discussions include the primary focus of The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. This program is offered at all of the Correctional Institutions.

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS

This program is available to inmates who seek encouragement and support to maintain positive attitudes and behaviors for drug-free living and lifestyles. Volunteer participants lead the meetings and a substance abuse counselor ensures that meetings include the primary focus of The Twelve Steps of Narcotics Anonymous. This program is offered at all of the Correctional Institutions.

THE STRESS MANAGEMENT GROUP

This program is intended to teach identification of stress signs, appropriate ways of coping with stress, and stepwise utilization of stress-reducing techniques. This program is offered at Broward Correctional Institution.

FULL FIGURED AND FINE

This program is geared toward educating the offender about the benefits and significance of participating in a lifetime fitness and wellness program. The class concentrates mostly on awareness of the importance of diet and nutrition, and learning behavior modification techniques that help a person adhere to a lifetime weight management program. Exercise classes are held and modified to benefit these participants. It provides less strenuous physical activities in order for the women to reach their health-related goals and build higher self-esteem. Participants are also involved in activities of: goal setting; skin fold testing; writing objectives, counseling, fitness planning and utilizing vitals and national score cards. This program is offered at Broward Correctional Institution.

YOGA

These classes provide the participant with an awareness model for quieting the mind and discovering one's peace while in prison. This program improves flexibility and coordination while developing inner peace and unity through the use of various meditations, balancing, and center physical postures, and stretching exercises. This is an ongoing meditation program that educates and demonstrates actual yoga exercises by way of video tape or a certified yoga teacher or volunteer. This benefits all inmates, especially those who are in recovery from addiction or abuse issues, and/or to help inmates cope with illnesses as well as a means of stress management. Yoga classes are offered at Broward and Dade Correctional Institutions as well as Hollywood Pre-Work Release Center.

AEROBICS

Offenders use videos and facilitate the cardiovascular exercises to improve muscle tone, flexibility, balance and relief of everyday stress. Different classes are offered for different levels of endurance and ability. Aerobics classes are offered at Dade Correctional Institution and Hollywood Pre-Work Release Centers.

TAEBO

An exercise class, video and inmate instructed. This class is offered three times a week at Dade Correctional Institution.

MEDITATION BY MOVEMENT

This program combines meditation with the "non-martial" aspect of Tai Chi. It promotes relaxation, relieves stress, and increases self-awareness. Tai Chi is a soothing exercise that emphasizes the value of relaxation, the power of yielding and the principles of flexibility. Meditation by Movement is advocated as one of the best methods of preventing illness and promoting good health and well being. This program is offered at Broward Correctional Institution.

HEALING BREATH

This program involves the practice of breathing techniques that have been found to release physical blocks, emotional toxins, pent up anger, fears, and anxieties. Healing Breath provides the offender with the opportunity to improve their health, develop self-awareness, and increase self-control. Non-martial Tai Chi Chaun, along with a variety of traditional meditative techniques are discusses and practiced. These practices are intended to, among other things, bring about a strong sense of tranquility, while offering insight into the "here and now" concept of reality. Finally, the program affords offenders the opportunity to discover their true selves so as to better relate and adapt to their environments, inside and outside of prison. This program is offered at Broward Correctional Institution.

WEIGHT TRAINING

This program is video and inmate instructed. It is offered three times a week at Dade and Broward Correctional Institutions.

WALKING EXERCISE

This program promotes the idea that one does not need any more than their own two feet to get into shape. This program is offered at Dade Correctional Institution.

SMOKING CESSATION

This program promotes effective methods of kicking the cigarette addiction. The class meets once a week at Dade and Broward Correctional Institutions.

INMATE THEATER GROUP

This is an ongoing group that writes, produces, directs, and acts in plays written by them. Creative writing, acting and set-designing are aspects of the group which raises self-esteem and self-worth. It is open to all and all activities are done on the offenders' free time. The performances are open to all offenders and staff. Full attendance is a norm. The group members experience a real feeling of accomplishment following each performance of a play they completely structured. This program is offered at Broward Correctional Institution.

CREATIVE WRITING

An inmate instructor facilitates this class and meets once a week at Dade Correctional Institution.

ART CLASS

An inmate instructor facilitates this class and meets once a week at Dade Correctional Institution.

PARENTING CLASSES

Family Development Program is a core betterment/personal improvement program, divided into two phases, and is open to all offenders. It emphasizes varied approaches to assisting incarcerated mothers, aunts, and grandmothers to strengthen relationships within the family unit. It stresses interaction with children and others through story reading, special approved mailings, journaling, and more. Participants are also exposed to a variety of critical family unit issues through viewing videos as well as through discussion. The women are given certificates upon completion of each phase. This program is offered at Broward and Dade Correctional Institutions as well as Hollywood Pre-Work Release Center.

The Parenting Group is intended to provide offenders with basic tools that help them improve their ability to relate better to their children. Participants reflect not only on their parenting styles, but also on the ways in which they were parented. This program is offered at Broward Correctional Institution.

Parenting is taught by volunteers from the Miami-Dade Extension Center. This program teaches different approaches to family conflicts and effective ways of parenting through the use of videos, current literature, and discussion groups. This program is offered at Dade Correctional Institution.

Parenting Skills is a faith-based program that provides spiritual guidance in parenting. Volunteers teach Biblical principles in discipline and rearing children. Participants are allowed a chance in a group setting to share their feelings and emotions concerning being separated from their children and they also learn helpful suggestions on reunification. Classes are held over 6 weeks and the program is in 2 parts. This program is offered at Lowell Correctional Institution.

PRE-NATAL ORIENTATION AND EDUCATION

This program is available to each pregnant inmate and provides a 1-hour orientation and general discussion along with a Q&A session. Medical staff discuss services available to pregnant inmates, explain the hospital procedures for labor an delivery, explain infant care services through the Department of Children and Families, and describes after-delivery care and activities. Also included as the education component is a discussion of healthy pregnancy practices including diet, rest, exercise, fluids, drug use, dangers of smoking, danger signs in pregnancy, and the signs of labor. Pregnant inmates are provided educational handouts and receive information on scheduling prenatal visits, ordering vitamins, having sonograms, and obtaining medical passes. This program is offered at Lowell Correctional Institution.

READING FAMILY TIES - FACE TO FACE

This program is a grant-funded parenting/visitation program designed to promote literacy for and to enable healthier bonds for estranged mothers and their children. The inmate mothers participate in a literacy class and create journals and reading materials for their children. Each participant is then able to send a book home to her child that they may read together during video-conferencing visitations. Their visits are conducted via the Internet utilizing a computer and web camera providing a live image of the mother and her child(ren), using a telephone to speak with each other. The program is supervised by the Face to Face coordinator at each institution and offered at Lowell and Hernando Correctional Institutions.

EVEN START

This program is made possible by federal grant funds in an effort to break the cycle of crime by enhancing the development experiences of the children of incarcerated mothers. It provides a family literacy model, early childhood education, adult literacy, and basic education and parenting to offenders, their children, and the caregivers. Incarcerated mothers receive parenting instructions that include child development, effective communication skills, age-appropriate discipline methods, life skills, and career guides and information. Parent and child together time is also provided and allows the incarcerated mother and societal caregiver to participate in independent enrichment activities with the child. This program is offered at Broward and Lowell Correctional Institutions as well as Hollywood and Atlantic Work Release Center.

WOMEN HELPING WOMEN

This program is represented by a twelve-week course of instruction regarding recovery steps related to spousal abuse, domestic violence, incest, and parental childhood issues. Pre-selected volunteers trained in course principles facilitate the course. Women Helping Women is presented to the general compound in two phases. Once an offender graduates from Phase 1, which focuses on the problem, they then become eligible for Phase 2, which is geared specifically toward recovery and permanent processing. This program is offered at Broward and Lowell Correctional Institutions as well as Hollywood Pre-Work Release Center.

ALTERNATIVES TO VIOLENCE

This phased program hones in on the causes of violence and how to break the cycle. The group discusses, role plays, and spend concentrated time together. The goal is for the offender to develop non-violent behavior modification and reject violence and impulse as a first choice. The group is open to all. This program is offered at Broward Correctional Institution and Hollywood Pre-Work Release Center.

ADULT CHILDREN OF ABUSE

This is a volunteer facilitated group that concentrates on self-action and taking charge of one's life in the face of the past. It is open to all. Women are encouraged to feel that they can make decisions that will serve as a break from their former circumstances. This program is offered at Broward Correctional Institution.

THE ANGER MANAGEMENT GROUP

This program is intended to teach awareness of the experience of angry and frustrated feelings, knowledge of its source and how to address, channel, and manage it in a socially desirable fashion. This program is offered at Broward Correctional Institution.

THE HOUSES OF HEALING ANGER MANAGEMENT

A program that offers not just a mode of curtailing the symptoms of anger (violence, substance abuse, personal illness, etc.), but it guides the participants toward a recognition of the source of anger and violence, thus allowing them to facilitate real change. This type of program-one that is not a quick fix, but supports and demands a participant's own work toward rehabilitation-reduces recidivism in a way that goes beyond an inmate not returning to prison. This type of program has the potential to create productive, responsible citizens for our communities. Anger Management is a 12-week, 72-hour program that can serve up to 20 participants per class. This program is offered at Hollywood Pre-Work Release Center.

THE VICTIM AWARENESS PROGRAM

This program is designed to improve knowledge and sensitivity concerning crime and the victims of crime. Also a core betterment/personal improvement program, it works toward a Restorative and Community Justice model that involves the offenders, the victims of crime, the community, law enforcement, the judiciary, criminal justice, and the department in fighting crime and its impact on society. Through the use of journal writing, the Victim Awareness curriculum, guest speakers, trained facilitators, and Victim Impact Panels, offenders in the program work toward understanding how crime effects others and themselves. This program for women is offered at Hollywood Pre-Work Release Center.

PROJECT ECHO

This is a sister-to-sister, faith-based program dealing with daily women's issues such as sexually transmitted diseases, sexual molestation, drug abuse, etc. A volunteer counselor provides each participant the chance to emotionally cleanse herself by releasing stressful and painful memories. This program is offered at Lowell Correctional Institution.

EMOTIONAL REPAIR

This program is offered to inmate participants to reduce emotional disturbance. It is conducted by volunteer staff who counsel individuals or small groups depending on the needs of the participants. This program is offered at Lowell Correctional Institution.

THE SELF-ESTEEM GROUP

This program is oriented toward increasing participants' self-esteem. The group provides an interactive learning experience utilizing a combination of group exercises, role-playing, homework, and special techniques to help boost self-esteem. This program is offered at Broward Correctional Institution.

SOCIAL SKILL TRAINING GROUP

This program is aimed at providing exercises designed to enhance awareness of one's interpersonal impact on others, reduce negative and unhealthy interactions and increase adequate patterns of interpersonal communication. This program is offered at Broward Correctional Institution.

RELATIONSHIPS

A volunteer facilitates this group for three hours per week. The focus is upon exploring all types of relationships and encouraging open dialogue concerning them. The group is open to all and emphasis is placed upon guided interaction by the facilitator. This program is offered at Broward Correctional Institution.

THE PROBLEM-SOLVING GROUP

This program is intended to identify emotional and behavioral symptoms that might indicate that a problem exists, problem recognition, and stepwise introduction of alternative solutions and methods of solving problems. This program is offered at Broward Correctional Institution.

THE SUPPORT GROUP IN SPANISH

This program is aimed at providing supportive therapy to those Spanish speaking offenders who suffer adjustment problems, acculturation difficulties or mental health disorders and cannot benefit from the mandated psycho-educational groups in English. This program is offered at Broward Correctional Institution.

GOLDEN GIRLS CLUB

This is an informal group for women 50 and up. It meets twice a month and incorporates guest speakers. Topics range from being content with who you are to a variety of mental, emotional and health issues specifically effecting older women. This program is offered at Dade Correctional Institution.

TRANSITION SKILLS PROGRAM

This program is specifically aimed at women who, in the near future, will re-enter society. The aim is to offer real life, hands on instruction in what they will face. The program is oriented toward learning by doing and to lessen the apprehensions they might have upon release. The program is one hundred hours in length and graduates receive formal recognition upon completion. This program is offered at Broward and Lowell Correctional Institutions.

PRE-RELEASE ORIENTATION

This is a 6-hour videotaped program available for inmates preparing for release. It is available to those inmates who are unable to take the 100-hour Transition Skills program. Classification staff supervise the program and answer any questions the participants may have. Information for referrals is available and provided as needed. This program is offered at Lowell Correctional Institution.

PRE-RELEASE PROGRAM

This program is aimed at reunification of the offender with the community that she has been dislocated from due to incarceration. Emphasis is placed on familiarization and skill development in interviewing, employment-seeking, employment maintenance, value clarification, goal development, personal life-plan development, achievement, aftercare concerns, familial counseling, healthcare, childcare, substance abuse counseling, training, inspiration, motivation, and education issues. Additional aspects of the program include exposure to information concerning post-release supervision where required, decision/choice making, and exposure to post-release community resources to accomplish the desired reentry plans with law abiding behavior. Furthermore, the program seeks to bring offenders in contact with those persons in the community at large who have a positive history of giving second chances to those who are law violators as well as community programs that provide assistance and resources to such persons. Finally, the program seeks to give instructions on overcoming personal faults through cognitive restructuring. This program is offered at Broward Correctional Institution.

LIFE SKILLS

This class, taught by Wellness Coordinator, promotes activities, discussions, and works through a curriculum that teaches coping skills for everyday events and situations for problem solving in an effective manner. This class meets once a week and is an ongoing program. This program is offered at Dade Correctional Institution.

The Broward CI Chaplaincy Department offers a faith-based Life Skills Program that includes Anger Management and Parenting Skills for the betterment of incarcerated women.

THE LIFE AFTER PRISON GROUP

This program is intended to help offenders identify and develop short-term post-release goals, teach them to access and effectively utilize community resources and services, and facilitate processing of anticipatory anxiety and concerns associated with release into society. This group is for offenders within 180 days of EOS. This program is offered at Broward Correctional Institution.

THE SISTERS PROJECT PRE-RELEASE PROGRAM

The program is offered by The Sisters, Inc., and is called "Life After Prison." The focus of this grant-funded program is to assist released inmates who return to the Jacksonville community. The Stages of Victory outline of this program includes (1) pre-release preparation while at the institution, (2) transitional housing available upon release, and (3) post-release residential participation in the Destiny Village in Jacksonville. The program is coordinated by institutional substance abuse program staff. This program is offered at Lowell Correctional Institution.

TUTORING

This is a program for offenders not currently enrolled in a formal education program who have expressed a desire to continue their educational interests. All levels of student are welcome. The only limit is that the offenders' work supervisors agree to her coming to tutoring. Hours of study are tailored to work needs. There are offenders utilizing "Hooked on Phonics" to GED preparation. It is a program that includes those who desire education but are unable to enroll in a program at present. This program is offered at Broward Correctional Institution.

AN EVENING GED STUDY HALL

This program, for students not enrolled in the academic classes, has been instituted so that they may continue to study for their GED. The students who are in the study hall are on the waiting list to enter academic classes and will be placed when openings occur. This class is designed to help them continue to gain an education while waiting for placement, so they do not fall behind. The librarian supervises this program, with materials provided by the academic teachers. This program is offered at Hernando Correctional Institution.

A COLLEGE STUDY HALL

This is for inmates working on college degrees or post high school vocational courses has been created. The students are afforded a place to work in a quiet environment with access to controlled computers for classroom assignments. These students also help as tutors for the evening GED study hall. The Placement and Transition Specialist supervise this program. This program is offered at Hernando Correctional Institution.

LITERACY

This program provides academic education for offenders who test lower than ninth grade.

THE TOUR PROGRAM FOR JUVENILE OFFENDERS

This program gives juveniles an opportunity to learn about offender life in prison and the prison experience. They have a chance to see the inside of the prison and learn the realities of prison life and the conditions by which an offender lives. A tour of the prison compound by juveniles gives them first-hand information on many aspects of prison life such as the food and conditions under which offenders have to eat, shower, and other limited controlled areas where an offender's personal privacy is limited. Staff explains the rules of confinement and what happens when rules are violated. Offenders describe how violent prison life can be and how they have to live with offenders of different lifestyles. Juveniles hear offenders describe what it means to lose personal freedom and access to family and friends. And finally, staff and offenders explain to our tour participants how they must learn to abide by rules of society and laws of their community. This program is offered at Broward Correctional Institution.

RELIGIOUS STUDY

This provides inmates the opportunity to study various religions depending on their upbringing and their needs. Volunteers provide as many religious services as we can schedule weekly to meet the individual needs of our inmate population. This is offered at all of the Correctional Institutions.