The MSA is proud to support expansive programming in the Jails and Houses of Corrections across the state that enhance public health and safety. The programs range from educational, vocational, religious, treatment, and medical services all with the goal to better serve the needs of the incarcerated women and men. The MSA recognizes the importance of programming for those in custody as it is a vital tool to prepare individuals for a successful re-entry. Below you will find a sample of several of the unique programs offered throughout the county correctional facilities in Massachusetts.
Education Programs: education classes are offered to incarcerated individuals to assist them with preparation for re-entry into society. These programs include, but are not limited to, preparation for high school equivalency exams, computer literacy classes, ESL, college, and special education classes.
Vocational Programs: there are a variety of vocational training and skills incarcerated individuals have access to. Vocational programs include business, culinary arts, custodial, construction, welding, auto shop, landscaping, and barber/beautician training.
Religious Services: various religious services and groups are offered in each of the facilities for individuals to practice and participate in.
Medical Services: Health Services Units (HSU) are the medical facilities within the Jails and Houses of Corrections. Incarcerated individuals have access to medical services and treatments. Everyone is evaluated and assessed by medical professionals to determine what type of services are needed. Care offered ranges from medical, vision, dental, mental, and emotion services.
MAT: Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) programs are designed to assist people with opioid-use disorder. The program calls for the administration of all three FDA approved forms of MAT: Naltrexone (Vivitrol), Methadone, and Buprenorphine (Suboxone). Providing MAT during incarceration can be life changing, reducing the likelihood of an opioid overdose fatality upon release, improving health outcomes, reducing recidivism, and ultimately saving lives.
BHJI: Behavioral Health for Justice Involved individuals (BHJI) is a partnership with the Executive Office of Health and Human Services and members of law enforcement to strengthen treatment for justice-involved individuals with behavior health needs re-entering the community. Individuals with behavioral health disorders, substance use disorders, or co-occurring illnesses that are currently in jail or prison, or on parole or probation will be provided one-on-one support and connected to services to ensure a smooth transition back into the community.