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Work Ethic Camp

Work Ethic Camp

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General Information
Warden
Pam Morello
Public Information Officer
Cristy Schwartz: cristine.schwartz@nebraska.gov
Phone
308.345.8405
Address
2309 N. Hwy 83
McCook, NE 69001

About the Facility

The Work Ethic Camp (WEC) is a 200-bed facility for males classified to 'Minimum B' custody. It provides an individualized program in a time frame appropriate for the individual's needs and sentence structure. Individuals may parole from WEC, progress to a community custody facility or complete their sentence.

General

The Mission of the Work Ethic Camp is to provide an integrated program in partnership with the Probation and Parole Administrations that combine evidence based practices within a structured treatment environment. The overall goal is to reduce the risk of recidivism through offender behavioral change assisting offenders back into the community.

With intermittent supervision, minimum custody individuals may be eligible to work as road crews in the community.

Directions to the Facility

WEC is located 2 miles north of Highway 6/34 and N. Highway 83 junctions.

Visiting Hours
Work Ethic Camp Visiting Hours
Saturday - Sunday8:00 am - 11:00 am1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Visitation is allowed for approved visitors.

Visitors may only visit on one visiting day each week. They may attend both sessions on that day.

All visits are subject to approval and space availability. Contact the facility for further information.

Visiting Procedures

Programs

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Programs & Services

Below is a brief record of every available program and service provided by this correctional facility. If it there is any additional facility-specific information pertaining to these programs and services, it will be found under the "Additional Information" tab.

**Please keep in mind that if there is no additional information provided by the facility, the "Additional Information" tab will not be displayed.
Programsort descending Description Type
7 Habits on the Inside

Developed by FranklinCovey in cooperation with the Colorado Department of Corrections, 7 Habits on the Inside uses the principles of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, tailored for the incarcerated individual. The program seeks to empower individuals to manage their own lives in such a way as to be successful in prison and in the community. (10 sessions) 


Needs Addressed: Attitudes/Behavior; Family; Employment; Life Skills

Non-Clinical Programs
AA (Alcoholics Anonymous)

AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) is an organization to encourage its members to read, and listen at meetings to information provided through speakers. Members may use the program as a foundation to encourage and provide opportunities in facing the truth about their accountability for their addiction. 


Need Addressed:  Support for addiction.

Pro-Social Activities
ABC Construction: OSHA Certificate***

"The Core Curriculum" is the foundation course for all National Center for Construction Education Research (NCCER) apprenticeship training programs. It is followed by a building project that allows students to experience work-based and learn hands-on applications in carpentry, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, drywall, roofing, finish carpentry and painting. 


Need Addressed:  Employment

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
ABC Core Curriculum

Program includes basic safety information; introduction to construction math; hand tools; power tools; construction drawings; material handling; communication and employability skills.


Needs Addressed:  Employment

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
ABC OSHA General Industries

Course provides entry-level information about employee rights; employer responsibilities; how to file a complaint; how to identify and prevent job related hazards.  

Need Addressed:  Employment

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Adult Basic Education

Program assists adult inmates working toward high school equivalency, or in need of basic skill refresher regardless of diploma status. 


Need Addressed:  Education

Education Programs
Assistance for Social Security Application

Social workers provide assistance in obtaining and completing Social Security applications to individuals who qualify and are 90 days from discharge, post-release supervision or parole. 


Need addressed:  Re-entry for those who may qualify for Social Security benefits due to age or disability.

Social Work Services
Beyond Anger and Violence/From the Inside Out

Beyond Anger and Violence/From the Inside Out assists clients in institutional settings and community corrections address anger, reconciliation and emotion management. This program provides guidelines for daily living, helping to build, strengthen and maintain relationships.


Needs Addressed:  Attitudes; behavior.

Non-Clinical Programs
Budgeting Workshop

Assists participants to identify needs vs. wants.  Basic money management skills are presented.  


Need Addressed:  Life skills

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Clinical Treatment Programs

See clinical programs list for more details.

College Courses

College courses are offered through various universities/colleges and correspondence courses. Currently, college classes are provided by grant funded providers and/or at the individual's own expense. 


Needs Addressed:  Education; employment; life skills; pro-social.

Education Programs
Community Coordination

Social workers coordinate with a variety of community providers and agencies for mental health services, substance abuse treatment and medical services. Providers include the Veteran's Administration, DHHS, treatment agencies, private practice and non-profit organizations.

Needs Addressed:  Housing, medical, mental health, basic needs, re-entry.  

Social Work Services
Crisis Intervention

Provided on an as-needed basis, clinicians are available to assist individuals in a mental health crisis.  


Needs Addressed:  Mental health.

Destination...Dad (Inside out Dads, Within my Reach, Common Sense Parenting)

Multi-component model to restore the relationships between incarcerated parents and their children. 

Non-Clinical Programs
Discharge Planning

Approximately four to five months prior to discharge, reentry specialists work with individuals to ensure a reentry plan is completed. The plan allows for a smooth transition to the community and focuses on housing, transportation, employment, education, and medical/mental health services as needed. 

Reentry Services
ESL/ELL

English as a second language (ESL) is designed to aid those students not fluent in English learn to speak, read, hear and write the language so they can better function in society. 

Education Programs
Healthy Living

This program, delivered by a wellness expert, provides preventative health education and nutrition.

High School

NDCS operates its own school district with a high school. Students of all ages may attend high school classes. Individuals under 18 who have not graduated from high school are required to be in school. Students can earn a high school diploma. 

Education Programs
Individual/Group Psychotherapy

Licensed, clinical therapists provide one-on-one or group therapy sessions as needed. 

Job Skills & Readiness

This program teaches communication skills for relationship building, which provides greater ability to obtain employment. 

Education Programs
Living in Balance

This program utilizes a twelve step approach to help clients achieve lifelong recovery. 

Non-Clinical Programs
Living Needs

Social workers assist individuals with high medical/mental health needs to find clothing resources, apply for benefits or general assistance and other life needs.  

Social Work Services
Living Well

This program provides individuals with techniques to manage chronic health conditions.  

Non-Clinical Programs
Medical Services Coordination

Social workers assist individuals with high medical needs to set appointments for medication management, healthcare and provide resources to obtain medical insurance. 

Social Work Services
Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)

MRT is an evidence-based, cognitive behavioral intervention. It is facilitated by correctional staff members and operated by group members. The program targets criminal thinking and reduces the risk of recidivism.  

Non-Clinical Programs
Non-residential Treatment for Substance Abuse: IOP & OP

Intensive outpatient and outpatient services are available to individuals with lower-need substance abuse disorders.

Clinical Treatment
Reentry planning

Clients develop comprehensive reentry plans that include housing/transitional living, employment/education, transportation, ID credentials, medical/mental and behavioral health treatment.

Reentry Services
Religious Programming

The Nebraska Department of Correctional services provides accommodations for 20 different religions. Inmates may attend a variety of religious services.

Pro-Social Activities
Restrictive Housing

Restrictive Housing conducts out of cell and front of cell assessments, treatment plans and segregation mental status evaluations. 

Risk Assessment/ Psychological Evaluations

Risk Assessments and Psychological Evaluations provide diagnosis clarification, intelligence testing and Dementia screening. 

Skilled Nursing Facility

On-call Skilled Nursing Facilities manage crises dealing with medical emergencies, behavioral issues and suicide watches.

Specialized Housing Services

Social workers provide assistance to individuals with high medical/mental health needs to obtain transitional living, assisted living or skilled nursing care, as needed. 

Social Work Services
Specialized Population Served

Specialized Population Served offers services for inmates with mental illness or serious chronic medical conditions that are high risk and multi-needs. 

Social Work Services
Sports leagues

A variety of different sports leagues are offered throughout NDCS facilities. Please check with recreational specialists for more information.

Pro-Social Activities
Thinking for a Change

Thinking for a Change is a high-level cognitive behavioral program developed by the National Institute of Corrections. The program uses role playing to concentrate on changing the criminogenic thinking of offenders.

Non-Clinical Programs
Transition Services

Transition Services are available to those transitioning to or from general population or protective management. Mental Health professionals may assists with these services.

Vocational and Life Skills Programming

See non-clinical programs list for more details. 

Reentry Services
Additional Information

Individuals receive a program tailored to their needs, consisting of one or more of the following:

  • MRT (Moral Reconation Therapy)
  • Seven Habits on the Inside
  • Parenting
    • Destination Dads
    • Inside Out Dads
    • Within My Reach
    • Common Sense Parenting
    • Beyond Anger and From the Inside Out
  • Thinking for a Change
  • Substance Abuse Treatment - Intensive Outpatient
  • GED
  • Adult Basic Education
  • Pre-employment Workshops - Budgeting Class, Flagger Course
  • Prairie Gold Homes Construction Training
  • Intro to Business
  • ABC Construction - OSHA (Construction and General Industry; NCCER Core Curriculum and Construction Math)
  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Recreation
  • Work Assignments

Special programs also available to those offenders/inmates who have earned such privileges include the Rewards and Trust programs.  These programs must be earned through positive behavior and program progress and participation.

News

The Work Ethic Camp (WEC) closed out its month long staff appreciation activities for the month of May with its very first "Pie in The Face" throw. The WEC Leadership Team volunteered to participate and WEC staff voted for the top three. The voting ended up in a tie, so four ended up being selected to be the recipients of the pie throw. Thank you to the staff who spent many hours in planning and carrying out the month long activities which included, root beer floats pulled pork luncheons, dinners of their choosing provided to each shift, notebooks, stress balls, and many more. THANKS TO ALL OF YOU FOR ALL YOU DO AND TO YOUR...Read more

On May 2, team members at the Work Ethic Camp (WEC) in McCook, NE hosted a reentry fair for incarcerated individuals preparing to return to the community. Several agencies from across Nebraska were represented including colleges, housing programs, and employment services. In attendance at the event were 126 men who had the opportunity to meet service providers and learn more about opportunities available to them in the community.Read more

Thirteen incarcerated men graduated from Thinking for a Change (T4C) at the Work Ethic Camp (WEC) on April 18. There are typically three T4C classes occurring at WEC at the same time, and several participants are getting the opportunity to learn how their thinking controls their behavior. They'e learning how to make positive choices in even the toughest situations. Congratulations, graduates!Read more

Incarcerated men at the Work Ethic Camp (WEC) started tilling and planting potatoes for their garden earlier this month. This year, WEC has partnered with the Mid-Plains Community College McCook Campus to enhance overall understanding of gardening.Read more

Individuals from Southwest High School and the Chase County Schools toured the Work Ethic Camp (WEC) on April 10. Four incarcerated men were selected to tell visitors their stories based on their participation facility-wide. The men are all in the same Thinking for a Change (T4C) program. Groups from both schools also toured the McCook jail and courthouse.Read more

Corporal Brian Wiemers hosted a karaoke night for the Work Ethic Camp (WEC) population on April 5. Over 50 spectators came to watch as brave individuals took the mic to sing along with their favorite songs in the dining hall.Read more

Team members at the Work Ethic Camp (WEC) recently created the Survival of the Fittest workout competition. Thirteen incarcerated men participated in a variety of physical challenges, including push-ups, pull-ups, tricep dips, a 300-yard shuttle run and a calisthenic leg workout. The final challenge was competing in the MURPH -- a crossfit challenge created to honor Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, who was killed in action in Afghanistan on June 28th, 2005. The winners pictured here include 1st place winner Ross Byers (center), 2nd place Lamont Norris (right) and 3rd place Lance White (left).Read more

Twenty-three incarcerated individuals at the Work Ethic Camp (WEC) recently earned food handlers permits. Each individual participated in class and passed a written exam to earn their permit, which is good for three years. “This was a great opportunity for them,” said WEC Food Service Director Clarice Shields. “They have furthered their education and having this will help in the job market.” Congratulations!Read more

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