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    Thread: Hiland Mountain Correctional Center (Women)

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      Hiland Mountain Correctional Center (Women)

      Dept. of Corrections
      9101 Hesterberg Road
      Eagle River, Alaska 99577
      907-694-9511
      907-694-4507 (fax)


      The Combined Hiland Mountain Correctional Center is the State of Alaska's dedicated facility for housing female prisoners. It is a Multi-Level adult correctional facility located in Eagle River, Alaska. The institution includes 11 buildings, containing approximately 120,000 square feet of space. It sits on approximately 62.7 acres of land adjacent to Eagle River, Alaska. It has the capacity for approximately 400 prisoners.

      Hiland Mountain Correctional Center
      Mailing Address for Prisoners:


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      Hiland Mountain Correctional Center
      9101 Hesterberg Road
      Eagle River, Alaska 99577



      Authorized Mail

      • Prisoners may correspond with anyone unless such correspondence jeopardizes the safety of a person, a prisoner's rehabilitation, or the security of the institution.
      • Therefore, prisoners may not correspond with their victims, persons they are court ordered not to contact, and people under the age of 16 to whom they are not related.
      • Prisoners may receive correspondence, photos, magazines, paper backed books, newspapers, money orders, cashier's checks, and certified checks for $500 or less.
      • DO NOT SEND CASH IN THE MAIL.
      • No other items may be received by prisoners without prior approval.
      • Items other than those listed above will be required to be disbursed at the prisoners expense.
      Prohibited Mail

      Prohibited mail is any mail that:
      • Contains plans or threats of physical harm or other criminal activity;
      • Contains contraband, plans for sending contraband into or out of the institution, or indicates other activities prohibited under 22 AAC 05.400, Prohibited Conduct For Prisoners;
      • Is written in a code the reader can not understand;
      • Solicits gifts, money, credit, or contractual purchases without the approval of the Superintendent or designee;
      • Contains information that, if communicated, would create a risk of mental or physical harm to a person;
      • Contains material that could reasonably be expected to aid an escape, or incite or encourage any form of violence.

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      Education Programs at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center

      Education Programs

      Program & Description

      Adult Basic Education (ABE)
      Adult Basic Education (ABE) Includes basic academic instruction in reading, writing, and computational skills below the ninth-grade level.

      Alaska Department of Labor
      Eagle River Job Center teaches a 7 week class on how to get a job, interview skills, resume writing etc. This class continually repeats.

      American Diabetes Class
      Community volunteers come into to teach a 2 hour class on Diabetes and U. This class discuss the risks of diabetes, nutrition and exercise.

      Building Trades
      Inmates receive training in nationally recognized NCCER construction and building trades curriculum. NCCER establishes the linkage between trade schools and industry-providing students with future employment opportunities and contractors with a pool of entry-level employees. Upon completion of the core curriculum training, inmates are administered a national certification test. All the trade unions recognize the NCCER certification as the standard for entry level into apprenticeship programs.

      College Correspondence and the Youthful Offenders Grant Program
      for Age 25 and Under
      Information is provided for those seeking college courses by correspondence. The state does not pay for college classes for prisoners nor do prisoners have Internet access, but they are able to take correspondence courses at their own expense. Youthful offenders age 25 and under are eligible for federal grant funds for tuition and books.

      Computer Information and Office Systems Courses
      Through a Tech Prep agreement with the University of Alaska Anchorage, HMCC provides computer courses that are aligned with UAA's CIOS program. Software courses offered in Windows XP, Keyboarding, Word 2007, Excel 2007, Access 2007, PowerPoint 2007

      General Equivalency Diploma (GED)
      Secondary education in the form of instruction leading to a General Equivalency Diploma (GED).

      Hiland College Club
      To support and assist incarcerated students to be successful in college courses while at Hiland. The program also assists students with pre-release planning, preparation and academic advising. The Club provides weekly special topics on college programs, apprenticeship opportunities via workshops and guest lecturers.

      Hiland Mountain Women's String Orchestra
      ARTS ON THE EDGE, a non-profit organization founded in 2003 under the direction of Pati Crofut and Janice Weiss. The women at HMCC currently have participants in all three levels of orchestra: Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced String Orchestras. Fundraiser concerts are held at HMCC during the spring and winter/holidays. Concerts tickets are sold to support the general operating expenses of the String Orchestra for Incarcerated Women at HMCC.

      Parenting
      Based on the Active Parenting curriculum, evidence based programs and practices, classes are offered to mothers to improve their parenting skills.

      Pre-Release Program
      This is a contract position with an Americorp Volunteer who assists the women with resume writing, housing applications, etc., prior to release.

      Re-Entry Program
      With the assistance of an AmeriCorps volunteer, HMCC provides one-on-one counseling and pre-release planning and support to releasing offenders.

      S.P.O.T. - Special Pet Obedience Training Program
      The goal of the Animal Behavior and/or Obedience Training is designed to provide instruction that includes the necessary skills to work in the S.P.O.T. inside the institution and to be able to transfer the necessary skills to employment opportunities when released from the institution.

      UAA Nursing Students
      UAA Nursing Students teach a Women's Health 2 - hour class as a Graduate Project. The classes include anything that has to do with women's health. Prenatal, STI, HIV, Hep. C, Menapause, Breast Self Exam etc.

      Wi$e Up Money Management Course
      Utilizing the US Department of Labor's Women's Bureau curriculum, inmate students participate in a weekly money management course. Topics include budgeting, banking, insurance, income tax preparation, credit, homebuying and more. Students are taught effective and responsible techniques to become responsible money managers.

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      Treatment Programs at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center

      Treatment Programs

      Program & Description

      48-Week Offender Treatment Program
      The 48-Week Offender program specifically targets antisocial attitudes, values and beliefs (personal cognitive supports for crime.) This program focuses on the specific dynamic risk factors of impulsivity, egocentrism, weak problem-solving / self-regulation skills, aggressiveness and deficits in critical reasoning and abstract thinking.

      Acute Psychiatric Unit /Women's Mental Health Unit
      The Women's Mental Health Unit is an in-patient mental health treatment unit that provides 24-hour hospital-level psychiatric care for acutely and chronically mentally ill male offenders. Inmates are placed on these units for stabilization, medication management, safety concerns and for observation and evaluation of diagnostic clarification. The unit is a highly structured therapeutic environment where patients are taught to build upon successes and prepare for functioning in other settings.

      Subacute Psychiatric Unit /Hope Wing
      Hope Wing is an in-patient mental health treatment unit that provides structured, supportive environments for mentally ill female offenders. Inmates are placed on this unit when they are transitioning from the more regimented environment of the acute psychiatric unit (Women's Mental Health Unit) or when they are not able to function well in general population due to their illness. This subacute unit is a structured therapeutic environment that encourages individual growth and responsibility.

      Women's Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT)
      RSAT is a state-approved intensive, gender-specific addictions treatment program in the form of a therapeutic community separated from the general inmate population. Approximately one third of its participants have been diagnosed as having mental health disorders. The program assists the graduates in making the transition to Alaska's communities.

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      Volunteer and/or Chaplaincy Programs at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center

      Volunteer and/or Chaplaincy Programs

      Program & Description

      Alaska Native Justice Center
      This is a grant supported through the Alaska Native Justice Center. This grant focuses on assisting women with services and continue the support upon release. The grant is specific with criminal history, number hours of class contact etc.

      Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
      Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experiences, strengths, and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; it is self supporting through its own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization, or institution. It does not wish to engage in any controversy; it neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Its primary purpose is for its members to stay sober and to help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

      Chaplaincy Core Programs
      Worship services; Bible/religious studies; Devotional study/prayer times; Special music, drama, religious events; one-to-one mentoring; Pastoral care and counseling; Crisis intervention; Death notifications (to prisoners and their families); Hospital/medical visitation; Segregation visitation; Management of religious diversity issues; Management of volunteer screening, training, supervision; Religious literature distribution; Critical Incident Stress Management.

      Hiland Mountain Women's String Orchestra
      ARTS ON THE EDGE, a non-profit organization founded in 2003 under the direction of Pati Crofut and Janice Weiss. The women at HMCC currently have participants in all three levels of orchestra: Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced String Orchestras. Fundraiser concerts are held at HMCC during the spring and winter/holidays. Concerts tickets are sold to support the general operating expenses of the String Orchestra for Incarcerated Women at HMCC.

      Kairos Prison Ministry
      Kairos Prison Ministry is an international program which conducts a highly structured lay program designed specifically for correctional institutions. Their mission is to bring Christ's love and forgiveness to incarcerated individuals and their families, and to assist the incarcerated in their transition to becoming productive citizens.

      Learning to Live, Learning to Love
      Learning to Live, Learning to Love is an educational program that deals with human development and is designed to help overcome experiences that have had an adverse impact in a prisoner's life. It covers areas such as the anger, life decisions, dealing with emotions, understanding what makes a healthy relationship and more.

      Mary Magdalene Home Alaska, Inc.
      Mary Magdalene Home Alaska, Inc. assists women committed to leaving a life of prostitution by surrounding them with a network of care to help them transform their lives spiritually, mentally and physically. Vision: The vision of MMHA is that no woman be involved in prostitution against her own wishes.

      Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
      Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is a twelve-step program of recovery from drug addition, modeled on Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). It describes itself as a nonprofit "fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem." The program is group-oriented, and is based on the Twelve Steps and the Twelve Traditions, adapted from AA.

      STAR/A New Beginning
      Community volunteers from STAR (Stand Together Against Rape) educate inmates on the issues of sexual trauma and abuse. This is a ten week class and repeated 2X yearly.

      Success Inside and Out Conference
      Alaska's Supreme Court Chief Justice Dana Fabe, as part of the National Association of Women Judges, assembles each year an impressive group of community leaders, motivators, female judges (active & retired), physical fitness specialists, and HR managers. Seminars are conducted throughout the day by consultants and authorities on key transitional issues. The program was the pilot project for similar programs intended for use in other NAWJ jurisdictions.

      UAA Nursing Students
      UAA Nursing Students teach a Women's Health 2 - hour class as a Graduate Project. The classes include anything that has to do with women's health. Prenatal, STI, HIV, Hep. C, Menopause, Breast Self Exam etc.

      Yoga
      Community volunteers come into a teach a three hour yoga class every week. The class is open to the general population at all times.

      American Diabetes Class
      Community volunteers come in to teach a 2 hour class on diabetes and discuss risk factors, nutrition, and exercise.

      AWAIC/Domestic Violence
      Community volunteers from AWAIC ( Abused Women Aid In Crisis) educate inmates on the issues of domestic violence. This is an eight week class repeated twice yearly.

      Four A's/HIV & U
      Community volunteers educate inmates on the issues of HIV, STI, and Healthy Relationships. This is a two hour class offered twice a year.

      Pre-Release/Re-entry
      An AMERICORP volunteer provides one on one counseling and pre-release planning and support assisting prisoners with resume writing, housing applications, etc.

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