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Inmate Programs Offered at CCCF

Life Skills Programming

PRIDE/Choices:      Re-Entry 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. Classes provided by CCCF Counselors.

Curriculum includes

Back on Track  Gives participants the opportunity to acquire the skills they need to increase pro-social behaviors.

Topics Include   What it takes to stay out of jail

Stages of Change

Cost Benefit Analysis

Values/Personal Responsibility

Goal Setting

Cognitive Behavioral Link



Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD): Provides participants basic tools to identify and practice sober socially acceptable skills to ensure successful community reintegration.

Topics Include    Unrealistic Expectations

ProSocial Vs. AntiSocial Life Styles


Criminal Thinking Errors

Relapse Prevention

Cognitive Restructuring

Identifying Triggers

Coping Skills

Job Skills:       The Job Skills curriculum was developed to assist the offenders in gaining knowledge about them, the skills they possess to obtain gainful employment, teach them valuable job interviewing skills, and have them complete a comprehensive resume.

Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness Class:  The goal of the Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness class is to engage participants in learning about the cycle of violence and how deeply DV/SA can affect individual’s lives. The class focuses on education, but also prepares participants to become active bystanders by offering support and even referrals to local and state agencies that can provide help and guidance to loved ones or friends who identify as survivors or victims. The class covers not only domestic and sexual violence but also childhood sexual abuse and sexual harassment. While the class does not function as a support group it does provide an opportunity for participants to come into contact with a trained DV/SA counselor from the Centre County Women’s Resource Center who acts as a support for those who are in the class and need to talk about personal experiences.

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 (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 (1) time per week to both male and female offenders by a Volunteer Service Provider. 

Alcoholics Anonymous: Meetings are held (1) time per week to both male and female offenders by a Volunteer Service Provider.  Meetings are approximately 1 hour in length

Centre County Drug and Alcohol: Meet with our offenders to complete assessments.  We 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 our male and female population

Penn State Psychological Clinic: Meet individually with offenders on a weekly basis, consult with staff regarding issues/concerns, and provide staff training

Centre County Mental Health Case Manager:  Available daily to meet with our offenders with identified Mental Health needs.  Works closely with all treatment staff at CCCF.  

Education/Job Readiness

GED:                           Provided by Central Intermediate Unit (CIU) 10- 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 – 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).

Work Release/Volunteer Clearance:  Work release programs enable inmates to gain job skills that they can use to transition out into the community. It allows them to gain healthy work routines, build communication skills and develop problem solving skills within a work environment.

Facility Work:  Laundry, Kitchen, Maintenance and Hygiene.

Outside Work: County Maintenance, CentrePeace and On Grounds Work crews.

Work Release: Inmate acquires a job in the community that they can continue to maintain upon release.


Spiritual Programs:     Volunteer Chaplains are available once a week to meet individually with both the male and female population.

Yoke Fellowship                                        Muslim Prayer Service

In-Prison Community Bible Study          Various Church Services

L.I.F.E. Ministries                                       Various Bible Studies

Gideon Group Bible Study                      Volunteer Chaplains

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.

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.

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. They help 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. Coordinated by a CCCF staff member and a community member.

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.


Prison Society:            Provide a variety of programs that address the needs of our inmates. (i.e. custody issues for incarcerated mothers, budgeting/financial, and sober living activities)

Sober Living Activity Examples:     Yoga                  Astronomy                          Fly Fishing

                      Quilting                 Caroling                             Line Dancing

                          Knitting                 Music Therapy                  Drawing/Art Therapy