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Bismarck, ND 58501

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Adult Corrections: ND State Penitentiary

Inmate Programs

Classes all Treatment Unit residents attend:


II. Other classes given to help reduce risk on the LSI domains

Job seeking Skills 2 hours
Resume Writing 1 hour
Video Job Interviewing skills ½ hour
Money Management 3 hours
Problem Solving / Goal Setting 6 hours


The curriculum for the Positive Parenting I (Toddlers to 10 years old):

The curriculum for Positive Parenting II (Toddlers to 10 years old)

The curriculum for Positive Parenting Teens (10 years old to teenagers)

Cognitive Education Class

6-9 hours of instruction and homework; a basic introduction into the cognitive program.

Cognitive Program Phase I Guidelines

As an individual enters Cognitive Classes and continues through the process, Credit Hours will be scored to the participant’s program record. The Credit hours will be based on the following:

As the participant enters in and participates in the class, credit hours will be scored accordingly.

1. Attendance 24 credit hours
2. Thinking Reports 2 credit hours each for a total of 8
3. Risk Check-Ins 1 credit hour each for a total of 6
4. Participation Active participation for a total of 20
5. Journaling 18 credit hours
6. Risk Assignment 24 credit hours

Total hours possible to accumulate = 100

Total Credit hours to Graduate 85 (85%)

The residents can either take Computer class or Restaurant Management Class as their vocational program while attending the treatment unit.

Computer class consists of the following components for a total of 72 hours of college credit. They receive a certificate upon successful completion.

1. Pc Concepts 12 hours
2. Word 12 hours
3. Excel 12 hours
4. Power Point 9 hours
5. Publisher 12 hours
6. Front Page 15 hours

Restaurant Management class consists of the following components for a total of 18 college credits.

HRM 101 Introduction to Hospitality Industry 2 credits
HRM 102 Food Production Principles 1 3 credits
HRM 102L Food Production Principles 1 lab 2 credits
HRM 106 Basic Sanitation 3 credits
HRM 108 Mathematics for Commercial Foods 3 credits
HRM 201 Supervisory Development 3 credits
HRM Breakfast Cooking Principles 2 credits

We are in the process of setting up anger management class and batterer’s groups in the Treatment Unit. We have staff attending training on both programs this month.

The Treatment Unit residents also attend seven one hour classes with the chaplain.

1. What is spirituality Chaplain Dave
2. Knowing right from wrong Major Dale
3. Honesty Major Dale
4. Community Resources Sister Brenda
5. Justice Major Dale
6. Respect Chaplain Dave
7. Self-control Major Dale

Brief description of the treatment Unit

The treatment unit is a three level treatment program. Residents start out in level I and move there way up through the program by following the criteria listed below. The inmates are in the program for 8 – 10 months.

Level I criteria is: willing to follow rules and regulations and work toward the individual treatment goals, Psychiatric issues that the client may have but would not interfere with treatment programming, Able to self-administer medications, Able to care for one’s self, lacking coping skills, evidence of repeated antisocial activity and high habilitative needs. Criteria needed to stay a level I resident would be actively involved in the program process, progress in this level is evident by progress notes and treatment plan reviews, continue gaining involvement in group with at least some self-disclosure, a maximum of two minor incident reports and attends all scheduled programming.

Criteria for movement to a different level of care are: verbalizing a desire for chemical freedom, motivation for chemical freedom is being internalized to a strong degree. Made significant gains in an intellectual understanding of his illness as evidenced by assignments and group involvement, psychiatric problems remain stabilized. Minimal to no difficulty with assigned job performance and minimal difficulty with appropriate interaction.

Level II Criteria is: medically and psychiatrically stable either with or without medication, taking self-administered medications appropriately, has a job or is actively seeking a job that may include volunteer work. Not able to meet criteria for level III, appropriate social skills exhibited in the community meeting and social interaction with others, made gains with coping skills but intensity and programming is still required to assist client in respecting staff as well as others.

Continued stay criteria for level II is: continuing to make gains toward the treatment plan, some evidence of leadership role in the group as evidenced by appropriate feedback, confrontation, and “I” statements. Continuing and/or meeting expectations in social or vocational training, exhibiting behavior changes relating to past behavior and relapse signed and/or symptoms, work ethic shows improvement and may have one minor incident report.

Criteria for movement to level III is: positive work ethic is evident with minimal supervision, group leadership skills are evident. Self-seeking behavior has significantly decreased, freely assisting others in the community; chemical freedom is more internal than external. Evidence of emotional and spiritual growth, remain write up free past six weeks and strong evidence of progress of the client working toward the treatment goals and objectives.

Level III criteria are meeting all the criteria for level II to this level.

Continued stay criteria is: positive work ethic is evident with little or no supervision needed, positive work performance reports from work supervisor. Implementation of behavior and belief changes are evident, motivation is mostly internal. Working on relapse symptoms with implementation of specific changes evident in the community setting, denial and rationalization are nearly nonexistent and remain write up free throughout this phase of programming.

Criteria for completion is: completed the goals and objectives listed on the treatment plan, willing to become involved in an aftercare program after discharge as evidenced by client’s behavior in taking a major role in making arrangements for aftercare. Assist others in the community and has taken a leadership role in community setting and inmates will need to fulfill the timeline requirements of the program in a minimum of 180-days and a maximum of 365 days.

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