Karen White, Administrator of Intervention/Re-entry
2901 N. Classen, Suite 200
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73106
Reentry Resource Website
The Programs Unit consists of Correctional Education, Offender Treatment Programs, and Offender Reentry.
The Department’s Educational Program is accredited by the Oklahoma State Department of Education and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvements for schools and colleges (NCA CASI) and AdvancEd. All teachers and administrators are certified through the Oklahoma State Department of Education.
The Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE Test) is the instrument used to determine the educational level of offenders at reception. The following programs are the basic programs available to offenders within the system:
Education (Literacy, ABE, GED®, College, CIMC Life Skills)
The DOC’s Education Program uses a variety of evidence-based curricula to provide an array of learning styles and teaching methods that is tailored to address the individual needs of the students. Statewide software curricula and supplemental materials provide diagnostic and prescriptive approaches for the student education plan (SEP). Certified teachers and administrators at each site assess the student’s current level; develop a prescriptive plan to progress the student from the current level to the optimum level of achievement, at an individualized rate. College courses and life skills programs provide additional academic and adaptive skills. The education program covers all levels from zero through bachelor degrees.
Program / Curricula Description
Available to those offenders who are assessed with an overall accomplishment below the 6th grade level.
Available to those offenders who indicate an overall accomplishment at or above 6th grade and below the 9th grade level.
Adult Basic Education (ABE)
Preparation for those offenders who indicate an overall accomplishment at and/or above the 9th grade level and have not received a high school diploma.
General Educational Development (GED®)
College courses are provided at multiple state facilities and are available for offenders who have the financial resources to cover applicable costs or who are eligible for grant funding.
A nine-component program which provides offenders information for developing and/or enhancing basic life skills intended to help him/her function better upon re-entry into society. Topics range from personal budgeting and banking to résumé development.
SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT - All DOC Substance Abuse Treatment Programs adhere to strict admission criteria. As the number of treatment slots within the DOC is limited, it is important to maximize available resources. Therefore, DOC SAT’s can only accept those offenders determined by assessment to be the highest risk for re-offending, and/or are assessed as being most in need of treatment. Programs are evaluated to provide current researched modalities for effective treatment delivery.
Substance Abuse Treatment (SAT, RTP, HWR)
SAT encompasses the Regimented Treatment Programs (RTP), Substance Abuse Treatment (SAT), and Helping Women Recover programs (at EWCC and MBCC). The following represents approved programs and curricula most commonly utilized in a variety of institutional programming. These curricula provide a consistent base of programming in an effort to meet assessed case plan needs and address the interests of the offender population. Please review DOC OP-090101 “Standards for Offender Programs” for detailed information.
Program / Curricula Description
Presents effective cognitive-behavioral treatment approaches within a correctional setting. This curriculum is utilized in many substance abuse treatment programs. A gender specific Adjunct Guide for Women in Correctional Settings is used in female facilities to complement the session outlines as presented in the Workbook. Delivered by licensed or certified treatment providers.
Criminal Conduct and Substance Abuse Treatment: Strategies for Self-Improvement and Change By Ken Wanberg, PhD, Harvey Milkman,PhD
This program provides drug and alcohol treatment to individuals with substance abuse related criminal convictions. Utilizing a cognitive-behavioral approach, the six-month program promotes recovery, incorporates evidence-based treatment methods, and is facilitated by a quality professional staff to advance the safety and well being of the community. Delivered by licensed or certified treatment providers.
Cognitive Behavioral Relapse Prevention (CBRP) By NW Oklahoma State University
Gender specific, trauma informed curriculum designed to meet the treatment needs of female offenders. Offers a program specifically designed to meet the unique needs of women in correctional settings who are addicted to alcohol and other drugs or have co-occurring disorders. Delivered by licensed or certified treatment providers.
Helping Women Recover (HWR) By Stephanie Covington
Addressing Criminal Thought Processes
Programs that address criminal thinking are available at most facilities and include Thinking for a Change (T4C) and/or Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT). Both programs are comparable in nature and offer the offender the opportunity to scrutinize their behavior patterns through identifying thinking errors and triggers to criminal behavior.
Cognitive Behavioral (T4C, MRT)
Cognitive behavioral programming offers the offender an opportunity to practice pro-social behaviors in a controlled environment to better understand personal triggers that lead to inappropriate behaviors.
Program / Curricula Description
Thinking for a Change is designed to change an offender’s behavior by restructuring their thinking. Thinking for a Change (T4C) is an integrated, cognitive behavior change program for offenders that include: cognitive restructuring, social skills development, and development of problem solving skills. T4C is designed for delivery to small groups in 22 lessons and can be expanded on to meet the needs of specific participant group. A T4C trained facilitator conducts each group meeting according to guidelines outlined in the training.
Thinking for a Change By Jack Bush, PhD, Barry Glick, PhD, Juliana Taymans, PhD
MRT is a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA); National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs NREPP registered program. MRT groups are typically held 1-3 times a week. The number of participants varies, but 12-15 participants are typical. An MRT-trained facilitator conducts each group meeting according to guidelines outlined in the training.
Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) By Gregory Little, Ken Robinson
Other Approved Programs
State statute 57 O.S. §4.138, allows for the awarding of achievement credits for “successful completion of other educational accomplishments or other programs not specified”. The following are samples of programming receiving provisional achievement credits.
Program / Curricula Description
This program employs social-cognitive learning theory as the theoretical underpinning to explain and change antisocial behavior. Associates provide the social support (reinforcement) for the expression of our behavior and attitudes. The group process seeks to identify and change the social reinforcement that results in offenders’ behavior. This program is provided over 20 sessions.
Associates for Success By J.F. Mills, D.G. Kroner
Upon release many male and female offenders encounter employment difficulties and lack basic living skills that provide a successful transition to living in a community. This program assists pre-release offenders for re-integration into community life.
Keys to Successful Life Choices In Cooperation With: Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Workforce Oklahoma, & Consumer Credit Counseling
Through support groups and education, survivors of all ages learn to regain control of their lives in the aftermath of trauma. Volunteers affiliated with the YWCA co-facilitate groups for domestic violence and batterer’s intervention. A Bachelor’s degree in social sciences is required.
Domestic Violence (YWCA) By J.F. Mills, D.G. Kroner
Geared toward helping offenders to become aware of the impact that crime has on victims and then to take responsibility and make amends for their actions. The Victim Impact program is provided over 13 sessions. Provided by trained staff or volunteers.
Victim Impact - Listen and Learn U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs Office for Victims of Crime
Offered in a variety of settings by a variety of correctional professionals and volunteers. The Cage Your Rage workbook is designed to help offenders who have difficulty dealing with anger by examining what anger is, explaining its causes, and learning ways to manage it.
Cage Your Rage By Murray C. Cullen, Ph.D.
Seeking Safety is a present-focused therapy to help people attain safety from trauma/PTSD and substance abuse.
Seeking Safety Lisa M. Najavits, Ph.D.
The programming offered through the Second Chance Act grant is designed to serve moderate-to-high risk male offenders returning to the Oklahoma City metro area. Each selected offender receives 4-6 months of core programming on center to address criminal thinking, victim impact, and life skills. The program aides the offender in transitioning back into the community by providing referrals, funding treatment, and vocational development in the community following discharge or while under supervision.
OKCCCC Second Chance Transitional Services
Designed to be used in an anger management group treatment curriculum for substance abuse and mental health clients. Concepts and skills presented in the anger management treatment are best learned by practice and review and by completing the homework assignments given in this workbook. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
Anger Management (SAMHSA) Patrick M. Reilly, Ph.D. Michael S. Shopshire, Ph.D. Timothy C. Durazzo, Ph.D. Torri A. Campbell, Ph.D.
Developed for use in a women's prison. Participants will understand more about some of the systems of their bodies — digestive, circulatory, nervous, skin, reproductive, and musculo-skeletal — and how to care for them.
Women to Women Health Education Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Office on Women’s Health, Public health Region VI
This program was designed to effectively manage the behavior of the long-term incarcerates by providing opportunities for behavioral changes through faith and secular programming; and positively impact the environment of the prison facility and motivate participants thus reducing the recidivism rate.
Faith & Character Community Program Oklahoma Department of Corrections
Career and Technical Training Programs
Career and technical training education programs allow offenders the opportunity to learn a skill prior to returning to society. A variety of technical training programs is available throughout the Department at multiple sites and security levels. Career and technical training education personnel are certified by a state department or other comparable authority. Please see Attachment D of DOC OP-090101 “Standards for Offender Programs” for additional information.
Reentry from prison to the community begins immediately upon the offender’s entry into the Assessment and Reception Centers. The offender’s risk areas for re-offending are assessed and facility programs are recommended to address identified areas of need throughout his/her incarceration. As the offender nears the end of his/her incarceration, a reentry plan is developed. Attention is focused toward the offender’s employment; housing, education and substance abuse treatment and aftercare, as well as family concerns. The offender is recommended for one of the following reentry options that will assist with a smooth transition to the community.
- Community Corrections - Offenders eligible for community corrections prior to release will receive reentry services at those facilities. These services include work programs, substance abuse aftercare, continuing education, transportation resources and re-establishment of family and community ties. A pre-release plan will be completed with each offender.
- Transition Coordinator/Wraparound Process -The wraparound process is a tool aimed at reducing recidivism for high risk offenders with complex reentry needs. This process is based on a highly individualized, strength-focused and family centered philosophy of care facilitated by a Transition Coordinator. In wraparound, a team works to form a comprehensive plan to meet the identified needs, goals and limitations of the offender and family using natural, community supports and professional service providers.
- Institutional Pre-Release -Offenders in institutions releasing to the community begin 180 days prior to projected release to working with their case manager to develop a pre release plan that prepares them for the community. This plan incorporates treatment aftercare, continuing education, transportation, housing and financial obligations.