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The Health Services Unit provides centralized direction and monitors the delivery of the health care provided at DOC institutions. The program is responsible for providing those health care services that preserve and maintain the physical and mental health status of inmates during incarceration. The services provided to inmates include: emergency services, sick call, ambulatory care, dental care, infirmary care, health education, communicable disease control, sex offender treatment, alcohol and drug abuse treatment and pharmaceuticals. The Health Services Unit also conducts quality assurance and peer review of medical services including review of all deaths.

The Religious Services program is responsible for managing the constitutionally required exercise of religion. The program provides the inmates with the opportunity to practice their religious beliefs within the institutions. There are currently forty-six different religions being practiced in the Oregon correctional institutions. The Department relies on Religious Services staff chaplains and volunteers to conduct the proper services and provide spiritual counseling for the inmates.

The mission of the Workforce Development Section is to reduce inmates idleness by providing meaningful jobs, providing transferable work skills and connections to private industry, teaching good work habits, reducing institutional costs, and assisting victims of crime. Towards this goal, the Workforce Development Section operates three programs:

The Education and Vocational Training Unit provides training to the inmates to develop their skills and make them better suited for placement in the work force. The unit provides basic education skills to aid inmates with their Adult Basic Education (ABE) and in acquiring their General Education Diploma (GED). The inmates can also receive vocational training in Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Aided Mapping (CAM), desktop publishing, sheetmetal work, furniture construction, meat cutting, cosmetology, automotive repair, and basic computer skills.

The Prison Industries Program provides centralized administrative and management support for the institutions with industries. The prison industries are commercial enterprises run from individual institutions by the institutions. Currently the seven industries are the "Prison Blues" brand garments at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution; the prison farm at Mill Creek Correctional Institution; the laundry, furniture, and metal shop at Oregon State Penitentiary; Computer Aided Mapping at Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI); and telephone answering and mailing services at OSCI and the Oregon Women's Corrections Center. The prison farm provides the meat, dairy products, and crops used at the correctional institutions. The other industries sell their services and wares to state agencies and private companies. Inmates are also placed into institution support positions including office support, janitorial, kitchen and others. The inmates are compensated as part of the 1994, Measure 17, that requires all inmates to work full time.

The Measure 17 Field Operations Unit is responsible for coordinating with private industry and public agencies to provide inmate labor in accordance with Measure 17, 1994. The measure called for all inmates to work and be compensated for forty hours a week. The Field Operations unit arranges with private industry to either accept inmate workers into their business sites or open a work site at an institution. The unit also arranges with state agencies to place inmate workers in the agency.

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