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Religious Services
A variety of religious programs are available for inmates at SCI and MCCF. There are weekly worship services, studies, meditative exercises, cleansing ceremonies and other activities for Protestants and Catholics, Latter Day Saints, Jehovah's Witnesses, Buddhists, Muslims, Native Americans and other faith traditions.  Special religious needs occasioned by family emergencies or other situations are met on a case by case basis.  Trained volunteers from a variety of churches, prison ministries and other faith groups make a valuable contribution to the religious and spiritual growth of inmates interested in developing their own faith journeys. Special events, which may include bands, drama groups and power athletic teams are presented periodically and appeal to a wide range of the inmate population.

There is an emphasis on creating and offering classes and experiences that help inmates integrate spiritual principles into practical life applications which assist them in living their lives within the correctional system as well as prepare them for their lives upon release into the community. 
Health Services
A full range or medical and dental services are provided at SCI and a partial range of medical services are provided at MCCF.

Medical services at SCI are available seven days a week between 6:00 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. Sick call is provided by nurses twice a day, five days a week. Practitioners provide care up to four days a week.

MCCF Medical is staffed from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Monday through Friday with weekend coverage provided by staff at SCI.

The dental office is staffed by a full time dental technician and dentist and is in service five days a week.

Substance Abuse
Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous groups meet weekly. These groups are facilitated by contractors and volunteers.

Cognitive Programs
Pathfinders Support Group
Currently SCI/MCCF are not offering cognitive programming to general population. However, much of the programming offered in the Integrated Re-Entry Program is intended to promote appropriate and pro-social cognitive thinking and behavior change.
In addition, Thinking for a Change is offered to inmates nearing release. For a brief description of the program, see below under Transition Programs.
A Pathfinders Support group is offered to all graduates of the Pathfinders Program and meets weekly.

Transition Programs
SCI/MCCF Integrated Re-Entry Program
This is a voluntary 12-week class, with inmates attending one day per week. During the program orientation, which is held when inmates are approximately 120 days to release, the release process is explained and inmates are told about the options and services available to them. 
  • Goodwill Industries has several different services, including helping people find the links between their skills and available jobs.
  • DADS is a program designed to help fathers returning to the community to work with SCF to re-establish visitation with their children after release.
  • Salvation Army can refer people to emergency housing and provide food boxes.
  • The Housing Fair brings some of the more prominent subsidy housing providers (such as Sponsors, Oxford, Stepping Out Ministries, etc.) together for a question & answer session with inmates.
  • Mentor Fair is an open-question period with mentors from various counties. 
  • Transitional Re-Entry Success is about making pro-social choices in the community.
  • When Things Go Wrong is geared to relapse prevention.
  • Choose to Be Free is geared to helping people claim their choices regarding their friend, behaviors, attitudes, and addictions.
  • General Conditions reviews general supervision conditions with any who will not be able to meet with a PO prior to release.
  • Personal Finance is a brief overview of checkbook balancing and bill paying.
  • DHS Self-Sufficiency is a class designed to help people move from reliance on public assistance or friends/family to self-sufficiency.  In addition, it helps them with sign-up for short term needs like Food Stamps.
  • Home for Good is a faith-based program designed to raise community awareness of offender re-entry needs, to train and provide pro-social mentors for transitioning inmates, to provide a framework for a community partnership among social service providers, and to provide a clearinghouse for all available services to returning offenders.
  • Community Resources offers a resource workshop similar to what is offered through Pathfinders.
  • Veteran’s Administration comes in to speak with vets about benefits they may be eligible for.
  • Employment Department talks with people about the process of registering for employment services, including completing I-Match, the ED computer program designed to help people match their skills and interests to jobs in the employment system.

Transition Options and Services
  • Career Workshop- A faith-based class taught by a religious volunteer and designed to teach inmates how to interview well, including answering questions about criminal history.  He also assists with resume writing.
  • Personal Finance is a faith-based class taught by a religious volunteer and designed to teach inmates how to save money, balance a checkbook, manage bank accounts, and work on retirement savings with minimal income.
  • Flagging Classes must be paid for by the inmate or their families. (pricing may vary)
  • Food Handlers class is taught by our Food Services staff and certifies an inmate for a 3-year Food Handler’s card.
  • Health and Wellness is taught by our clinic and offers information about wellness and nutrition, STDs, safe sex practices, when to seek medical attention, and community medical resources.
  • County Reach-in is currently done by Multnomah, Clackamas, Lane, Linn, Marion, Benton, & Washington Counties.  Parole Officers come in and give inmates a basic overview of the supervision process.
  • Parenting Inside-Out works with all parenting issues and focuses on working with SCF.
  • Pathfinders Support Group is a group for those who have completed Pathfinders and offers various community resources.
  • Cognitive Self-Change is returning to SCI and MCCF in the next few months.
  • AA/NA are the same types of support groups and sponsorships as in the community
  • Central City Concern is a Portland-based group that works with people who are homeless or otherwise in need, and live in the downtown Portland area.  They function as a One-Stop for multiple resources.
  • Obtaining ID
–        Birth Certificates
–        Social Security Cards
–        Military Discharge Paperwork (DD214)
–        Past photo IDs obtained through military or DMV
–        Citizenship paperwork
–        Legal True Name through the courts

Thinking for a Change
This program is presented in a 12-week block that helps develop skills in decision making, conflict resolution, and relationships. This program focuses on thinking errors and steps for changing criminal thinking.

SCI Education Program offers Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language, and GED preparation and testing.
For those with a GED or high school diploma, classes are available in computer literacy, workforce math, and keyboarding.
For those releasing soon, we offer access to an employment kiosk for job search, resume assistance and a computer directed career information class. Occasionally, classes are offered with information on financial aid for college, advanced writing, and workshops on credit, banking, and insurance.

Measure 17
Work Assignments
Inmates housed at Santiam Correctional Institution and Mill Creek Correctional Facility are expected to work. Crews are employed with many public agencies, organizations and private businesses throughout the Willamette Valley.

The Prison Reform and Inmate Work Act (Ballot Measure 17) was passed by Oregon voters in November 1994 and is now part of Article 1 of the Oregon Constitution. This amendment requires that inmates "should work as hard as the taxpayers who provide for their upkeep" and "inmates confined within corrections institutions must be fully engaged in productive activity." Work and productive activity is strongly emphasized at SCI and MCCF.
State And Local Agencies Using Inmate Workcrews

  • Military Department
  • Department of Transportation
  • State Parks
  • Forestry
  • DOC Inside Oregon Enterprises
  • DOC Grounds Crew
  • Salem City Parks
  • Oregon State Hospital