Sex offense specific treatment is the primary focus of The GATEWAY Program here at Sam Perdue Juvenile Center. The program modules include: education, self-disclosure, human sexuality, healthy relationships, empathy enhancement, abuse cycle awareness, and relapse prevention. The program also includes trauma focused treatment for residents as needed. Treatment staff continues to provide psycho-educational groups on important issues such as life skills, substance abuse, peer relationships, anger management, domestic violence, conflict resolution and bullying. Behavior Modification is also a primary focus and a phase system is in place to provide incentives for positive behaviors including, but not limited to upgraded commissary choices, Xbox tournaments using projector, special meals, theater-style movie viewings, upgraded tennis shoes, and many more desirable items or activities are in place to enhance an effective behavior modification plan. Recreational activities such as team-building exercises are also provided to the residents on a daily basis. Classes are held, to include staff and residents, in order to stress the importance of overall nutrition and meet the guidelines of our wellness program. The residents plan, prepare, and maintain a small garden during the summer months every year and participation in this project helps instill confidence, responsibility, and pride. Programs and Treatment (Community Re-investment)We strive to bring outside resources into our facility to link residents with community support. The Treatment Team provides residents with activities that involve positive individuals and professionals from our community to offer religious services, team-building, nutrition, and STD awareness. The team also continues to provide PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) training to all residents and staff in our facility. The facility recently went through an extensive PREA audit and the Sam Perdue Juvenile Center was in compliance with all federal standards resulting in a successful audit. The facilities within the division also bring staff and residents together for recreational activities, holiday festivities, and friendly competition. Youth offenders also get the opportunity to give back to the community by volunteering to make crafts for nursing homes, participate in plays and perform their talents for community leaders and volunteers. The residents also participate in the facility wide community service and restitution projects. The focus is “giving back to the community”. The resident makes arts and crafts that can be donated to various non-profit organizations in the state. In recent years, residents volunteered their time to help prepare packages to provide nourishment for needy children in the Philippines and completed art projects to donate for the “Giving Back with Heart” auction which providesdomestic scholarships to children in foster care and with incarcerated parents.
The West Virginia Department of Education provides services to residents at Sam Perdue Juvenile Center. The education department is staffed with a school counselor, regular educator, special educator, and a CTE/HVAC instructor. The main goal for the education department is to meet all educational needs for our students. Students at SPJC will earn high school credits for all courses successfully completed. Younger students will focus on middle school curriculum for grade level advancement. In addition to core subjects offered are: Career, Life Skills, and LINKS curriculums which are provided for additional skills. The education department offers career tech classes in HVAC. Post Graduate students interested in attending college may earn three hours of college credit by taking College 101 and begin entry level college courses.