Program Areas

Work Release offers residents the chance for employment through assessment, job placement services and work adjustment counseling. Job clinics cover resume preparation, employment applications, good grooming and interviewing techniques. Job site verifications with employers occur at least weekly. Monies earned are saved or are used to pay restitution, court costs, taxes, alimony child support or outstanding debt.

Education services provide testing and assessment, in-house GED preparation programs and literacy tutoring. Life skills training introduces personal problem-solving and coping skills to help residents live responsibly in the community.

Counseling is offered to each resident through a primary counselor. In individual and group sessions, the counselor and resident coordinate treatment plans; define needs, values and goals; focus on psychological stressors; and facilitate referrals to community service agencies. According to individual needs, residents receive and pay for ‘special’ services such as drug, alcohol, and family counseling. SEPTA staff also work closely with each resident’s family or significant other.

Chemical Dependency education classes allow residents to learn the effects of alcohol and other drug abuse on the individual and his family. Assessment and counseling by Chemical Dependency professionals assist residents in exploring their individual substance abuse problems to determine what personal and lifestyle changes are needed to avoid re-incarceration and to become viable members of their respective communities.

Community Service is expected of all residents. Residents routinely participate in litter control along and “adopted” portion of highway, assist in recycling projects, and assist in clean-up activities for the annual Thunder in the Valley fireworks display. Other services are provided as called upon.