Division of Offender Rehabilitative Services

The Division of Offender Rehabilitative Services is responsible for the development of treatment programs for offenders. These programs include Offender Healthcare (Medical and Mental Health), Sexual Offender Assessment and Treatment, Adult Education/Workforce Readiness, Library Services, Substance Abuse Services, and Missouri Vocational Enterprises.


Adult Basic Education (ABE): A basic education is an integral part of the rehabilitative process. In order to prepare inmates for successful reintegration into society and to reduce recidivism, offenders without a high school diploma or equivalent (High School Equivalency Certificate [HSE]) are required by statute to participate in Adult Basic Education classes. The academic education section offers the following programs to offenders:

Library Services

The Department of Corrections provides offenders with library services to support their educational, recreational, legal and informational needs.

Missouri DOC libraries are modeled after public library collections. Legal resources are also provided and fulfill the requirements mandated by law. Legal reference assistance is free to offenders.

Offender Health Services

Health care for offenders is required by Missouri Statute 217.230. It was determined that the 8th and 14th amendments of the U.S. Constitution further established this right.

The Medical Services section oversees the comprehensive medical care provided on a contract basis. This is a managed-care system, which stresses health care education, disease prevention, immediate identification of health problems and early intervention to prevent more debilitating chronic health problems. Medical units are staffed with nurses and physicians who provide care 24-hours a day at every correctional center. Medical units provide care ranging from regular sick call to Infirmary Care Unit admission. Many sites have x-ray equipment and all draw blood work for laboratory analysis. Dental care is also available at all sites.Optometric care, oral surgery, audiology, physical therapy, and ear, nose, and throat clinics are available at selected sites. Minor surgical procedures can be performed at all locations. All facilities utilize community hospitals and clinics for emergency care, consultation and inpatient treatment. Consultation agreements are also in place with community specialists. Mammography is provided at the Women's Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center.

The Division of Offender Rehabilitative Services' contract monitoring staff ensures that offenders receive medical care that is equivalent to the community standard and that all mandates of the contract are fulfilled.

The goal is to return offenders to the community as medically stable as possible, so they may become productive citizens of the state.

Offender Behavioral Health Services

The Department of Corrections provides a full range of mental health services through a contracted provider. These services are audited by Division of Offender Rehabilitative Services' mental health contract monitoring staff to ensure that mental health care meets both current standards and contract requirements. All offenders are evaluated during the intake process at the reception and diagnostic centers. Mental health screening and testing are utilized to determine if treatment is needed. Screening also helps determine what assistance offenders will need while incarcerated. In addition to those screened with mental health needs, any offender may request mental health services at any time during incarceration.

The department also offers specialized programming for those with severe mental illness and developmental disabilities. The Farmington Correctional Center is the site of our Social Rehabilitation Unit, a 100-bed housing unit for mentally ill offenders, designed to offer a long-term structured setting. A similar program for females, the Women's Social Rehabilitation Unit, is available at the Women’s Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Vandalia. Farmington also has the Correctional Treatment Center, a 20-bed unit for those who need a more protected environment. The Jefferson City Correctional Center has the Secure Social Rehabilitation Unit which provides treatment to a variable number of mentally ill offenders in maximum security. At Potosi, the department has the Special Needs Unit, a 46-bed unit for offenders with developmental disabilities. Mental health services are available at all Department of Corrections institutions.

Mental health staff members also work closely with community providers and reentry coordinators to ensure continuity of care upon release.

Missouri Sex Offender Program (MOSOP)

The director of the Department of Corrections is mandated (RSMo 589.040) to develop a program of treatment, education and rehabilitation for sexual assault offenders. By department policy, the successful completion of the Missouri Sex Offender Program (MOSOP) is mandatory for a release prior to an inmate's sentence completion date. MOSOP, consisting of approximately 12 months of therapy, is provided at the Farmington Correctional Center for men and at the Women's Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Vandalia for females. The groups for special medical needs, non-English speaking offenders, and those in protective custody are currently held at the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center.

Sex Offender Assessment Process

The Sex Offender Assessment Process (SOAP) at the Farmington Correctional Center completes evaluations related to sex offender treatment needs for probation-eligible offenders. This information is then shared with the court for community or institutional treatment considerations.

Substance Abuse Treatment Services

Substance Abuse Screening conducted by the department indicates that 83% percent of offenders were engaged in substance abuse within twelve months prior to their incarceration. In order to meet their service and treatment needs, the department has developed a wide range of substance abuse services for offenders in institutions, as well as strategies to support individuals under supervision in the community, to provide the earliest possible intervention and the most effective treatment.

Department Institutional Treatment Centers (ITC) provide structured comprehensive substance abuse treatment for incarcerated, parole, and probation violators. Known as ITCs they operate in numerous correctional center locations in Boonville, Bowling Green, Chillicothe, Farmington, Fordland, Fulton, Maryville, St. Joseph and Vandalia. ITCs offer a more therapeutic alternative to traditional incarceration. Offenders are held accountable for their behavior and are required to successfully complete treatment interventions prior to release. The department also sponsors a variety of substance abuse education programs, after-care and recovery support groups within the institutions and the community. In addition, the department also partners with the Department of Mental Health's Division of Behavioral Health to provide treatment services in the community for offenders and continuity of care from institutions to treatment and recovery support services in community settings.

Treatment beds are located throughout the state from minimum to maximum-security institutions. Long-term substance abuse treatment (12 months) for chronic and progressive addictions is provided at Ozark Correctional Center, Maryville Treatment Center, Farmington Correctional Center, Women's Chillicothe Correctional Center, and Women's Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center. Six month treatment is provided at Maryville Treatment Center, Western Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center, Farmington Correctional Center, Women's Chillicothe Correctional Center and Women's Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center. Short-term treatment (approximately 84 days) is provided at the facilities in Boonville, Chillicothe, Fulton, Farmington, St. Joseph and Vandalia.

In addition, the Department of Corrections provides substance abuse assessment services at units in four regional reception centers, and provides services at the Northeast Correctional Center and Fulton Reception Diagnostic Correctional Center which serve offenders mandated for treatment with ambulatory and other special needs prevent their access to other programs. A program tailored to meet the needs of parole violators is provided at the Western Reception and Diagnostic Correctional Center. Substance abuse education programs occur at Moberly Correctional Center, Eastern Reception and Diagnostic Correctional Center and Missouri Eastern Correctional Center.

Drug screening via urinalysis is an important part of the department's zero tolerance approach toward drug use by offenders. In March 2009, 5 percent of all offenders began being randomly selected for urinalysis testing and 5 percent of offenders who have previously tested positive began being selected for "targeted testing." Drug testing assists corrections professionals in their work to assess, evaluate and refer offenders to appropriate substance abuse programs within the institutions and the community.

To further combat the illegal use of drugs in prison the department has enhanced interdiction efforts to intercept drug transactions and deliveries. The combination of drug intervention, drug screening and treatment strategies enforces the department's zero tolerance standard for offender drug use.

Missouri Vocational Enterprises (MVE)

The Missouri Vocational Enterprises (MVE) program operates industries and programs to produce a variety of products and services for state agencies, city and county governments, political subdivisions, state employees and not-for-profit organizations. The goal of this program is to increase employment and training opportunities for offenders assigned to correctional centers to promote productive and law-abiding conduct after release to the community. Currently, 23 industries are operated in 13 correctional centers statewide. These industries employ approximately 1,400 offenders each month. Products and services include Chemical Products, Industrial Laundry, Clothing Factory, Furniture Factory, Graphic Arts, Engraving License Plate Factory, Office Systems manufacturing and installation, Shoe Factory, Tire Recycling, Forms Printing, Warehouse/Distribution network, Plastic Bags manufacturing, Cardboard Carton manufacturing, Toilet Paper manufacturing, Metal Products, Signs, and Toner Cartridge Recycling.