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Six Inmates Become WRAP Facilitators

Tags: Somerset
June 21, 2019 12:00 AM
By: DOC Staff

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The number of inmates becoming certified as a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) facilitator is increasing among current Certified Peer Specialists (CPS). The WRAP program is provided from the Vermont-based Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery. The goal of the program is to use a WRAP to maintain wellness every day. There is a structured plan that is provided by the program to combat distressing feelings, anxiety and life issues. This will help prevent a person from experiencing a crisis in the long run.

The DOC's end goal of utilizing this program is to reduce stress levels in prisons that could otherwise result in misconducts and violence, amid a growing number of inmates facing serious mental illness.

Last week, there was a total of six CPS that became certified as WRAP facilitators at SCI Somerset. To receive their official certification, the CPS had to complete their mentoring, which was done through facilitating two classes for general population inmates. The two classes ended up being very successful. One inmate said, "This is prison reform in actuality."

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