Maryville Treatment Center (MTC)


August 2020

MTC Santa Cop - Jefferson Davis, Ryan Spire, James Duncan, Joseph Bolling
MTC Santa Cop - Jefferson Davis,
Ryan Spire, James Duncan, Joseph Bolling

Big News

MTC continues to face COVID-19 challenges head on. We have moved into Phase II of the Recovery Plan with some modifications due to our recent positive cases. The Wellness Club held a Virtual BBQ for all staff to enjoy. Staff were encouraged to share a recipe and in return, received all other recipe entries.  Staff were encouraged to prepare a recipe to gather in spirit while they met the social distancing guidelines. The Personnel Club and SOMO coordinators both hosted a Dress Down Week for staff to participate while giving back to the community. The donated canned goods and funds were delivered to the local Ministry Center.  MTC also participated in the Santa Cops for Kids Golf Tournament Fundraiser. Proceeds were raised and donated to support the Santa Cops year-end shopping event for local children in the area. A memorial service for Captain Steven Armes was held at MTC in his memory. Captain Armes’ hat, life saver award and flag was presented to his family in his honor.

Food Drive
Food Drive

Employee of the Month

Philicia Baker is the Employee of the Month for Custody for August 2020. CO I Baker exceeds expectations as she nears completion of her first year with MTC. She has exceptional time and attendance. She continuously looks for ways to improve herself and her communication skills. During a recent search, Baker discovered three containers of dangerous contrabandl. It was by the commitment of her duties that these items was found and removed before it could have jeopardized the safety and security of the institution. Thank you for your exceptional services, Philicia.

John Copeland is the Employee of the Month for Treatment for August 2020. AC II Copeland continuously goes above and beyond his duties. He voluntarily held a treatment education class on 3A3 floor for his fellow staff members which helped to increase the structure and gave a positive focus to the offenders. John also used his creativity and treatment knowledge to develop 5 new treatment plan assignments on key issues related to addiction and criminality. Other counselors have used these assignments to help offenders who were struggling in those specific areas.  In addition, John recently discovered an item of contraband in a tree while walking to the Control Center. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to MTC, John.

EOM Philiicia Baker
EOM Philiicia Baker

David Grant is the Employee of the Month for Operations for August 2020. During the COVID-19 pandemic, RO II Grant created a pandemic plan for offenders to utilize Recreation. He extended Recreation hours and remained available to offenders, even when he was short staffed.  ROII Grant works overtime/flexes time off weekly, working irregular hours in an effort to keep the operations running smoothly. During the pandemic, he also acted as Deputy Warden. ROII Grant rose up and met the challenges during these unprecedented times. He also assisted with MTCs Recovery Plan, is an Ambassador for the Corrections Way as well as the President of the Personnel Club. Thank you for all that you do for MTC, David; it is most appreciated.

Awards & Recognition

Warden Gaye Colborn was recognized for her 33 years of service to DOC and the State of Missouri as she entered into her retirement. A celebration and final farewell were held in her honor where she was presented with gifts and received goodbye wishes. Gaye has been a true asset to MTC and her fellow staff members. She will be missed dearly by all as she enters a new chapter of her life.

New Team Members

Patrick Long, COI, 08/24/20

EOM John Copeland
EOM John Copeland

Aaliyah Lowe, COI, 08/24/20

Retirements

Gaye Colborn, Warden, 08/31/20

Training

The blended Basic Training is going well. Tracking of training requirements has changed from calendar year to fiscal year. This will give us an additional 6 months to finish training requirements. MTC is anxiously waiting for in-class CORE to restart.

Town Hall Report

Town Hall meetings were held on August 14, 2020, for all three shifts. There were 5 members who attended. Topics included Phase II of the Recovery Plan, COVID-19, vacancies and interviews for open positions. Questions and concerns regarding the direction of treatment were also addressed.

EOM John Copeland
EOM John Copeland

Important Dates

CORE for September birth month – TO BE DETERMINED

September 2 – ETA deadline

September 4 – SAMII deadline

September 7 – Labor Day Holiday

September 13-19 – Blue Jeans Week fundraiser for Special Olympics, Personnel Club & Wellness Committee

September 14 – Town Hall Meetings at 7:00 am, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm

TB tests/reads for September birth month – Testing September 15th / Reading September 17th

September 15 - Payday

September 18 – ETA deadline

September 22– SAMII deadline

September 30 – Payday

Success Story

P4P dog Mordecai
P4P dog Mordecai
P4P dog Giles
P4P dog Giles
P4P dog Ash
P4P dog Ash

MTC had 32 offenders who completed treatment as well as 26 who were released. MTC has gradually welcomed back several staff who were out due to COVID related issues. We look forward to having all staff back and healthy.

Puppy Pic

MTC will be receiving 3 new dogs on September 1st.  Staff and offenders are looking forward to their arrival.  These dogs may be a handful but we are ready to meet the challenge with enthusiasm and excitement.  The Institutional dog Cupcake is doing well and continues to make her daily rounds. 


July 2020

MTC Swab survivor
MTC Sentinel testing
MTC Sentinel testing

Big News

MTC completed its COVID-19 Sentinel Testing in 3 short days with no positive staff or offender results. Staff received their “Swab Survivor” sticker and sucker after they completed their test. The Personnel Club also sold COVID-19 t-shirts to show their support during the testing period. Free pizza was provided by the Personnel Club to all staff and COVID test Administrators.  MTC’s Recovery plan has been approved and Phase I of the plan is slowly taken place. Treatment staff began working with offenders on their treatment handbooks and processes during counseling groups.  Offender visiting resumed July 18th with visiting on Saturdays and Sundays by appointment only.  Transfers have also begun from other institutions who have completed their sentinel testing.  MTC looks forward to settling into a new kind of routine and way of life.

EOM Debra White
EOM Debra White
EOM Chris Deiter
EOM Chris Deiter

Employee of the Month

CSI Chris Deiter is Custody’s Employee of the Month for July 2020.  Captain Deiter embraces the Corrections Way, which has helped him become a better leader and supervisor. He also ensures MTC’s Containment Plan runs as smooth as possible with little to no complications. He shows dedication through his work and compassion for his staff. Thank you for your hard work and services to MTC.

SOSA Debra White is Operations Employee of the Month for July 2020. While processing mail, Ms. White questioned suspicious mail and its contents. Upon investigation, illegal contraband was discovered in an offender’s mail. Her keen sense and observation skills have reduced potential hazards from entering the institution. Thank you for making MTC a safer place to work.

Venus Brown
Venus Brown
EOM Romona Crouse
EOM Romona Crouse

OSA Mona Crouse is Classification Employee of the Month for July 2020. While completing her current clerical duties for HU 1, 2 & 3, she also has been assisting in the vacant OSA position for the DWOM as well. She continuously offers her assistance to others as needed. Ms. Crouse also assists on the Wellness Committee and participated in the sidewalk artwork to boost employee morale during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you for dedication and hard work.

Awards & Recognition

SOSA Venus Brown received the Warden’s Award for Excellence for July through September 2020. She has been instrumented with the development and maintenance of our Viral Containment Plan and Recovery Plan. She is able to anticipate things needed so she is a step ahead of us. She is very professional in demeanor and an excellent role model for others. Ms. Brown is a true asset to the institution. Thank you for all you do at MTC; it is most appreciated.

New Team Members

Brendon Jenkins, COI, 07/13/20

Taylor Jahnke, COI, 07/27/20

Lori Williams, COI, 07/27/20

Retirements

Sylvia Church, COI, 07/31/20

Gary Freeman, CCMII, 07/31/20

Debra Poe, COI, 07/31/20

Staff Moves

Anna Lynn, COI to STKI, 07/19/20

Clay Stanton, CSII to CM/B2 at NECC, 07/20/20

Training

Some changes have occurred with the start-up of training. Staff are not authorized to bring cell phones inside the training facilities but may leave the building during breaks and at lunch to check messages.  Visible food and eating are prohibited in classrooms; however, beverages are still allowed.  Staff will have fifteen minute morning and afternoon breaks as well as a one hour lunch break. Maryville Treatment Center staff have finished 73% of the elective training requirements and continues to complete the CORE training requirements.

Town Hall Report

Town Hall meetings were held on July 9th, 2020 for all three shifts. There were 16 members who attended. Topics included Sentinel Testing, State Budget and related questions and concerns regarding staff’s feedback.

Important Dates

CORE for August birth month – TO BE DETERMINED

TB tests/reads for August birth month – TO BE DETERMINED

August 4 – ETA deadline

Offender Bradley Tool and his artwork
Offender Bradley Tool and his artwork

August 6 – SAMII deadline

August 14 – Town Hall Meetings at 7:00 am, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm

August 9-15 – Blue Jeans Week fundraiser for Special Olympics, Personnel Club and Wellness Committee

August 14 - Payday

August 19 – ETA deadline

August 21– SAMII deadline

August 31 – Payday

Success Story

Art is an essential tool for healthy human development, and lifelong learning that must be made available to all. With this in mind, the recreation department at MTC opened an art room on April 1st, 2020. This service has already enabled several offenders to experience the arts, and has had an immediate, direct, and positive impact on their personal health, as well as their surroundings. Offender Bradley Toole (pictured) is one example of offenders who have benefited from the scheme. Mr. Toole has also given back to the program by giving up his free-time to teach his peers how to paint. MTC had 43 offenders who completed treatment as well as 31 offenders who were released. MTC’s Sentinel testing was completed in three short days with no positive test results.

Cupcake with mask
Cupcake with mask

Puppy Pic

Currently there are no P4P dogs at MTC due to COVID 19 circumstances. The dog handlers continue to wait patiently for new dogs.  MTC’s institutional dog, Cupcake, aka “Princess”, continues to be spoiled by staff and offenders.  She recently had two vet appointment to treat her “elbows” and a digestive problem.  She seems to be back to her old self.  She was not happy to be placed on leash restriction and missed making her daily visits.   She has also lost 7 pounds.   She had a visit to the spa and received a new “doo”.  She was very appreciative of this!!!!  She looks fabulous as you can see in her photo shoot demonstrating how to properly wear a face covering. 

 

 


June 2020

Big News

MTC has encountered its first positive case of COVID-19.  An offender preparing for release tested positive on June 9, 2020.  Staff responded accordingly and faced this pandemic head on.  The Viral Containment Plan and guidelines were followed.  Precautions and modifications were also made to ensure the safety and security of the institution.  Offenders from the housing unit were placed in quarantine pending test results.  After receiving negative results, quarantine was lifted on June 23, 2020. MTC currently has 1 offender in isolation, pending receipt of his test results.  On a “positive” note, staff were given dress down days beginning on June 13th with proceeds going to the Personnel Club, Wellness Committee, and Special Olympics.  Staff were also given the option to dress down June 28th through July 4th for a daily monetary donation or a canned good food item. All donations will be given to the Ministry Center.  In an effort to show their appreciation and support for staff, the Personnel Club continues to hold weekly prize drawings for Shout Out participants, both nominators and nominees, which includes Hy-Vee gift cards.

EOM Candise Woodruff
EOM Candise Woodruff

Employee of the Month

CCMII Candise Woodruff is the Classification Employee of the Month for June 2020.  Ms. Woodruff takes time out of her schedule to help others when needed.  She provides assistance to Case Managers and other Classification staff with ORAS assessments, caseloads, and related tasks.  Thank you for your team work and services to MTC.

Awards & Recognition

MTC’s CERT team welcomed 3 new members on June 18th, COI Mitchell Carroll, COI Dalton Carroll, and COI Ashley Beebe.  MTC’s PACT team also welcomed 2 new members, Clinical Supervisor Angela Trustee and COI Frank Lynn, on June 19th.

CO I Dalton Carroll
CO I Dalton Carroll
CO I Ashley Beebe
CO I Ashley Beebe
Clinical Supervisor Angela Trustee
Clinical Supervisor Angela Trustee
CO I Mitchell Carroll
CO I Mitchell Carroll
CO I Frank Lynn
CO I Frank Lynn

New Team Members

Amy Smyser, Cook II, 06/08/20

Stephen Epperson, COI, 06/15/20

Training

MTC received 6 headsets with microphone capabilities, which will be utilized in the new blended learning basic training beginning in July 2020.  Staff members may also use the headsets for on-line training courses as well.  MTC is allowed to conduct in-class training with the approval of Chelsea Spackler but classroom sizes will be limited to 10 people.  Core classes are still cancelled until further notice. 

Important Dates

CORE for July birth month – TO BE DETERMINED

TB tests/reads for July birth month – TO BE DETERMINED

July 1 – Beginning of 2021 Fiscal Year

July 2 – ETA deadline

July 3 – Independence Day Holiday observed

July 4 – Independence Day

July 7 – SAMII deadline

July 9 – Town Hall Meetings at 7:00 am, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm

July 12-18 – Blue Jeans Week fundraiser for Special Olympics, Personnel Club, and Wellness Committee

July 15 - Payday

July 21 – ETA deadline

July 23 – SAMII deadline

July 31 – Payday

 

Success Story

MTC staff diligently worked together when responding to the positive case of COVID-19.

  Several staff members offered to cover shifts for others who were vulnerable to this virus. The number of call-ins have decreased for the month of June.  Training elective courses have been completed by 54% of MTC staff.  MTC had 56 offenders who completed treatment, as well as 45 offenders who were released.

P4P dog Cupcake
P4P dog Cupcake

Puppy Pic

Currently there are no P4P dogs at MTC due to COVID 19 circumstances. The dog handlers are anxiously awaiting the approval to have new 4-legged friends.  However, MTC’s institutional dog Cupcake is doing very well. She recently had a vet appointment to treat her allergies and a torn dewclaw. She is healing well and is back to her normal self. She has also lost 4 pounds. Cupcake enjoys cool mornings and loves to roam, watch the squirrels, and relax under the trees.  She also loves to visit different areas of the institution, while lounging on the cool floors. She is scheduled for day at spa on June 30th. We can’t wait to see her beautiful new hair due upon her return from her day of pampering.


May 2020

Big News

MTC has been quite busy this past month.  Although the COVID-19 pandemic holds utmost concern, MTC has adapted well and continues to operate as “normal” as possible.  Staff have been participating in the Wild About Wellness weekly challenge while promoting a healthier lifestyle.  The Wellness Committee has taken it upon themselves to spread some cheer and encouragement during these uncertain times.  MTC staff decorated the institutional sidewalks with chalk art images in hopes to boost morale and spread positivity throughout the institution.  The Personnel Club held a weekly gift card drawing for Shout Out nominators and nominees who went above and beyond their duties.  A Salad Day meal was also offered to staff, along with free donuts, to help promote morale and express appreciation.  MTC also celebrated National Nurse’s Week with their Corizon nursing staff.  Gifts and appreciation were given to express gratitude for their selfless services.  National Police Week was also recognized by MTC.  A card of appreciation and pizzas were delivered to the Nodaway County Police Department staff to express MTC’s gratitude and thanks for all that they do.  Flags were hung at half-mast as a show of respect for the men, women, and their families who have made the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives in the line of duty.

EOM CCM II Gary Freeman and CCA Jeremy Mason
EOM  Gary Freeman and EOM Jeremy Mason

Employee of the Month

CCM II Gary Freeman is the Classification Employee of the Month for April 2020.  CCMII Freeman offered instrumental help regarding the completion of room moves for the implementation of the Viral Containment Plan.  While putting his own job duties on hold, CCMII Freeman made the completion of this project a top priority.  With his tremendous efforts and selfless commitment, this plan took just three short days to complete.  Thank you, Gary, for all of your hard work.

CCA Jeremy Mason is also the Classification Employee of the Month for April 2020.  His selfless act regarding the Viral Containment Plan room move completion did not go unnoticed.  During the three day task, CCA Mason worked diligently to complete this project in a timely manner.  Without his assistance, this project could have taken longer to complete.  Thank for your hard work and efforts, Jeremy.

EOM Dillon Alexander
EOM Dillon Alexander

RO I Dillon Alexander is the Operations Employee of the Month for April 2020. ROI Alexander brings an unrivaled sense of enthusiasm to work and strives to improve Recreation’s services, as well as safety and security.  ROI Alexander routinely goes above and beyond what is asked of him.  He expresses appreciation to his co-workers and values his team.  In short, Mr. Alexander is a real asset to MTC.

CO II Jay Mackey is the Custody Employee of the Month for April 2020.  Sgt. Mackey shows compassion and concern for all staff and ensures their safety and welfare are of the utmost importance.  He goes out of his way to help his colleagues and is happy to answer questions that others may have.  Sgt. Mackey has a positive attitude and goes above and beyond what is asked of him.  Thank you for your exceptional services, Jay.

New Team Members

Trevor Runde, COI, 05/04/20

EOM Jay Mackey
EOM Jay Mackey

Karen Dew, COI, 05/26/20

Promotions

Kerry Strating, Cook III to FSMI, 05/24/20

Retirements

Terry Buholt, ACII, 05/31/20

Charlene Green, IAC, 05/31/20

Richard Moore, COI, 05/31/20

Staff Moves

P4P dog Zoey and handlers
P4P dog Zoey and handlers

Elizabeth Estabrook, CCMI to CCMII, 05/06/20 - reclassification

Dylan Boyle, Librarian I to Librarian II, 05/12/20 – reclassification

Heather Nicholls, COI to PPOI, 05/31/20 – transfer to Belton P&P office

Training

Maryville Treatment staff are doing very well with on-line training. At this time, we are anxiously waiting for classroom training to resume.

Town Hall Report

Town Hall meetings were held on May 12, 2020, for all three shifts.  There were 17 members who attended.  Topics included MTC’s response to COVID-19.  Questions and concerns regarding COVID-19 were also discussed with attendees.  Ideas and suggestions were given to improve morale.  Transfers and budget cuts were mentioned as well.

P4P dog Scooter and handlers
P4P dog Scooter and handlers

Important Dates

June 3 – ETA deadline

June 1-5 – CORE for June birth month - CANCELLED

June 2 and 4 – TB tests/reads - CANCELLED

June 5 – SAMII deadline

June 7-13 – Blue Jeans Week fundraiser for Special Olympics, Personnel Club, and Wellness Committee

June 10 – Town Hall Meetings at 7:00 am, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm

June 18 – ETA deadline

P4P dog Nala and handlers
P4P dog Nala and handlers

June 22 – SAMII deadline

Success Story

An emergency table top exercise was conducted to prepare staff for a positive case of COVID-19.  Staff were given their Engage 2.0 evaluations from their supervisors.  MTC had 56 offenders who completed treatment, as well as 31 offenders who were released.

Restorative Justice has planted the garden for 2020.  This year, the produce that was planted includes cucumbers, zucchini, radish, onion, corn, okra, tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers.  We are still waiting to plant pumpkins and then our planting will be completed.  We look forward to harvest and being able to donate to our community.

Puppy Pic

P4P dog Oakley and handlers
P4P dog Oakley and handlers

Zoey, Scooter, Nala, and Oakley have all completed training and passed with flying colors.  Scooter’s adoption has fallen through but more applications have been submitted so we don’t think it will be long before he will be in his forever home.  All other (Zoey, Nala, Oakley) dogs have been adopted and will be going home on May 22nd.  Our House Dog, Cupcake, is loving the warmer weather and has recently been seen out chasing squirrels, which is a big feat for an older dog that is overweight.

 

 

 

 


EOM Kathleen Baudino
EOM Kathleen Baudino

April 2020

Big News

MTC has triumphed another month and faced the coronavirus pandemic head on. The Viral Containment plan was implemented and began on April 08, 2020 to prevent cross contamination in the event of a positive COVID-19 case. The plan called for social distancing and offender controlled movement to ensure the safety and security for everyone at our institution. MTC’s staff worked diligently and raised up to meet this challenge. The Wellness Committee held a weekly Wild About Wellness challenge for staff to engage in while promoting a healthy lifestyle. The Personnel Club held weekly drawings to the Shout Out nominees which included Hy-Vee gift cards, to show their support and appreciation for their hard work.  Staff were also given free dress down days during April 12 through May 2, 2020 to raise their spirits during this pandemic time.

EOM Jefferson Davis
EOM Jefferson Davis

Employee of the Month

Paul Woodruff is the Employee of the Month for Custody for April 2020. Corrections Officer II Paul Woodruff recovered an unknown substance while supervising the lunch meal on his shift. He immediately gave Major Stanton the substance for testing which later was identified as methamphetamine. His keen observation skills and quick actions ensured for a safer working environment for staff and offender. Thank you for your exceptional services.

Kathleen Baudino is the Treatment Employee of the Month for April 2020. RRMAT Case Manager Kathleen Baudino continuously researches development in MAT and shares the information in her programs. She has also given several presentations which covered addiction, harm reduction and treatment medication. She has sought out several services for the offenders to help them be successful after their treatment is completed. Her teamwork, dedication and work ethic are much appreciated. Thank you.

Ruth Dredge Warden's Award of Excellence
Ruth Dredge Warden's Award of Excellence

Jefferson Davis is the Operations Employee of the Month for April 2020. Maintenance Worker II Jefferson Davis performed his job in an exemplary manner during an extended medical absence of his supervisor. He tracked parts and supplies for vehicles and equipment and ensured that scheduled PM’s were completed as required. His efforts ensured that all transportation, equipment, tool and facility support operations continued without interruptions. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to MTC.

Awards & Recognition

Chris Deiter Lifesaver Award
Chris Deiter Lifesaver Award

Ruth Dredge was awarded the Warden’s Award of Excellence for the second quarter. Health Service Admin Ruth Dredge always looks out for the best interest of her staff, offenders and other departmental staff. She goes above and beyond to make sure all shifts are staffed while covering her own duties as well. She works well with the Admin team to ensure that health and safety are a top priority. Thank you for your compassion and hard work. It is much appreciated.

Chris Deiter was awarded the Lifesaver Award in April 2020. Without hesitation, Corrections Supervisor I Chris Dieter came to the aid of an individual who was experiencing a seizure while eating at a local restaurant. He ensured her safety and kept her calm until the seizure had passed. He waited for the first responders to arrive before leaving the scene. His quick response may have prevented the situation from escalating. Thank you for your selfless and heroic act.

P4P dog Nala
P4P dog Nala

New Team Members

Roger Sweet, COI, 04/06/2020

Colton Blay, COI, 04/13/2020

Retirements

Connie Cooper, OSA, 04/30/2020

Staff Moves

Krystian Payne, class transfer from ROI to COI, 04/26/2020

Training

P4P dog Oakley
P4P dog Oakley

Like all the rest of the training facilities, classroom training has been canceled until further

notice. Thankfully, we are hiring new custody staff; therefore, we are still doing new hire orientation and training. Maryville Treatment staff are doing very well with the on-line training.

Please stay healthy and safe!! Remember…….SOCIAL DISTANCING, keep each other safe.

Town Hall Report

Town Hall meetings were held on April 13, 2020 for all three shifts. There were 11 members who attended. Topics included The Viral Containment Plan, Social Distancing and related questions and concerns regarding the controlled movements.

P4P dog Zoey
P4P dog Zoey

Important Dates

May 4 – ETA deadline

May 8 – Holiday (Truman Day)

May 11-15 – CORE for May birth month - CANCELLED

May 12 and 14 – TB tests/reads - CANCELLED

May 6 – SAMII deadline

May 3-9 – Blue Jeans Week fundraiser for Special Olympics, Personnel Club, and Wellness Committee

May 12 – Town Hall Meetings at 7:00 am, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm

May 18 – ETA deadline

May 18-22 – CORE for November birth month - CANCELLED

May 20 – SAMII deadline

May 25 – Holiday (Memorial Day)

Success Story

MTC had 36 offenders who completed treatment as well as 33 offenders who were released. MTC staff has reduced the amount of comp time accumulated by 59% compared to the previous month. The Viral Containment Plan massive movement was completed within 2 hours. Staff displayed exceptional teamwork while fulfilling this task.

Puppy Pic

Zoey, Nala, and Oakley are progressing extremely well in the program. This group seems to be exceeding expectations with training. Zoey, Nala, and Oakley have all been adopted and will be going to their forever home soon. The dogs make a positive impact on the institution, which staff and offenders all appreciate especially during the pandemic time.


Captain Steven Armes
Captain Steven Armes

March 2020

Big News

The month of March has definitely come in like a lion. Due to the pandemic of the COVID-19 virus, there have been a lot of changes and preparations that have been made to ensure the health, safety and security here at MTC. Around the clock cleaning and screening have taken place to prevent the spreading of germs. Visiting and transfers have been cancelled for the time being. Incoming, updated information is being related to staff and offenders to keep everyone safe and informed.  On a brighter note, MTC staff enjoyed a meal prepared by the Personnel Club on March 25th, 2020. Cheeseburger, chips and a drink were available for staff to purchase. Proceeds raised profited MTC Personnel Club. The first annual Trainer Appreciation Day was also held on March 17, 2020 for all adjunct trainers to enjoy. This celebration recognized all adjunct trainers and MTC’s audit score of 100%! Team building games and drinks were also given to staff.

MTC has been dealing with the passing of Captain Steven Armes, following a lengthy illness. Armes began his employment with Department of Corrections in 1994. He left the department but returned in 2006. He has worked at MTC since December 2008. Armes was respected, appreciated and loved by staff at MTC. He was very straight forward when communicating but you always knew where he stood. But he would be the first to ask how you are doing and if you needed anything. Behind that rough exterior was a huge heart. All MTC offer condolences to his family. He will always be known as one of the great ones.

EOM Wade Mauderly
EOM Wade Mauderly

Employee of the Month

Wade Mauderly is the Employee of the Month for Custody for March 2020. Officer Mauderly offered his assistance to Property while the post was vacant.  Officer Mauderly provides exceptional training to staff members who filled in for Property.  When asked, Mr. Mauderly entered property into MOCIS on several occasions and he did so without being directed.  He ensures offenders are packed out and processed through the business office upon their release.  He maintains a positive attitude and is willing to help anyway he can.  Mr. Mauderly volunteers to stay over and work in property to ensure all offender property is being sorted, searched and handed out.  He makes sure there is no additional work left for the next shift. Thank you COI Mauderly. Your work is appreciated.

EOM Jason Allen
EOM Jason Allen

Jason Allen is the Operations Employee of the Month for March 2020.  STKII, Jason Allen is a huge asset to the MTC business office.  He works in the canteen/warehouse and communicates what is going on and what his area needs.  Mr. Allen continually offers to help both his co-workers and supervisor.  He does a great job of keeping the warehouse and clothing issue running.  His ongoing efforts to clean and organize have improved the warehouse tremendously.  He consistently looks for ways to become more efficient.  Mr. Allen is very reliable and accomplishes tasks that are asked of him.  Mr. Allen is a team player and goes above and beyond.  Congratulations Mr. Allen.

EOM Liz Courtney
EOM Liz Courtney

Liz Courtney is the Treatment Employee of the Month for March 2020. AC II Liz Courtney has developed an elective class addressing forgiveness.  Ms. Courtney’s class has been well-received by offenders. Offenders have consistently reported learning valuable tools that they can apply from the class, in return providing many positive effects for the offenders, offender’s family and staff. Ms. Courtney has added several sequel classes to provide more useful information to utilize the tools provided to the offenders. Her insight and dedication to help her clients with deep-seated resentment issues is recognized and most appreciated.  Thank you Ms. Courtney.

New Team Members

Clyde Standiford, MWI, 03/16/2020

Kegan Greene, COI, 03/30/2020

Promotions

Tyler Kinnison, Labor Supervisor to MWII, 03/01/2020

Rusty Preston, COIII to CSI, 03/16/2020

Retirements

Geraldine Kinman, FSMI, 03/31/2020

Training

On March 17, Training Officer Ryan Spire held MTC’s first Adjunct Trainers’ Appreciation Day which included a meeting, lunch, and team building activities.  The Adjunct Trainers’ Appreciation Day was well received. Without our adjunct trainers, it would be very difficult for all staff to get their training completed resulting in a 100% in our training audit for the 7th consecutive year!

Town Hall Report

Town Hall Meetings were held on March 13, 2020 for all three shifts. They were 23 members who attended. Topics included the Corona Virus, Hire True, Wellness, and Planning Solution Proposal.

Important Dates

April 3 – ETA deadline

April 6-10 – CORE for April birth month - CANCELLED

April 7 and 9 – TB tests/reads - CANCELLED

April 7 – SAMII deadline

April 12-18 – Blue Jeans Week fundraiser for Special Olympics, Personnel Club, and Wellness Committee

April 13 – Town Hall Meetings at 7:00 am, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm

April 20 – ETA deadline

April 20-24 – CORE for October birth month - CANCELLED

April 22 – SAMII deadline

Success Story

MTC had 4 offenders who passed and graduated with their HiSet test. 11 offenders took portions of the test with 10 of those passing those sections with a 93% pass rate. MTC had 45 offenders who completed treatment as well as 39 offenders who were released.

 


January 2020

EOM Hannah Briggs
EOM Hannah Briggs

Big News

MTC volunteered in a Special Olympics Basketball Tournament on January 11, 2020 and showed their ongoing support.

MTC will begin their first Waste Water Treatment Class for offenders in February.  Staff have been working this month on enrolling 25 offenders in the class.  This class is being provided by staff from the Department of Natural Resources.  This is a great partnership that will provide offenders with skills and opportunities for employment upon release.

Training for staff has started off with a bang.  Procedures for completing treatment hours have changed and so far, been very successful.

Employee of the Month

CCM II Hannah Briggs received the January Employee of the Month for Classification. She is a valuable asset to the team, always willing to help out in any area when needed. She helped with the implementation for

EOM Kathy Herzberg
EOM Kathy Herzberg

the rotation of the work release crews, as well as writing a new procedure for changes in the work release program. Ms. Briggs has a great work ethic and is a great role model for other staff. Congratulations Hannah on this well-deserved award.

CO I Kathy Herzberg received the January Employee of the Month for Custody. She witnessed an offender collapsing and immediately responded by calling a Code 16. With Herzberg’s fast response, the offender was evaluated and treated by medical in a timely manner. Congratulations to Officer Kathy Herzberg on this award.    

Promotions

James Welch, MW II to LS, 01/19/20

Staff Moves

Sylvia Church, CO I to STK I, 01/19/20

Training

There are 191 total DAI and DORS staff/188 staff completed core requirements Jan 1 – Dec 31 (98 % of total DAI/DORS completed core.)

Town Hall Report

Town Hall Meetings were held on January 08, 2020 for all three shifts. There were 11 members who attended. Topics included Administration and Operation/Offender Management Goals for 2020, Alarm Clock/Tablets, and MoLearning

Important Dates

February 3 – ETA deadline

February 3-7 – CORE for February birth month

February 4and 6 – TB tests/reads

February 6 – SAMII deadline

February 12 – Holiday (Lincoln’s Birthday)

February 13 – Town Hall Meetings at 7:00 am, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm

February 9-15 – Blue Jeans Week fundraiser for Special Olympics, Personnel Club, and Wellness Committee

February 17 – Holiday (President’s Day)

February 18 – ETA deadline

February 21 – SAMII deadline

February 24-28 – CORE for September birth month

Success Story

MTC had 51 offenders who completed treatment, and also had 49 offenders who were released.

Puppy Pic

On Friday 1/24/2020 all four dogs were able to pass their basic command test. Finn, Missy, Ember, and Goofy have all been great throughout this last 8 weeks of training. Ember came to us adopted but the other three are still waiting for their forever homes. Puppies for Parole is also currently holding a Super Bowl Pizza Fundraiser.


MTC Christmas

December 2019

Big News

Most folks who believe in Santa Claus think he comes in through the chimney on Christmas Eve to leave presents for good little boys and girls. But at MTC, staff somehow got the idea the jolly fellow comes in through the door.  That must be the reason 16 individuals and teams entered the Wellness Committee’s holiday door decorating contest. Even more staff joined in the holiday spirit by decking out their office doors without entering the contest.  On Friday morning, December 20, at the end of the Personnel Club’s Christmas Week festivities, the judges chose four winners.  Initially there were three categories and the winners were: 1) Uniqueness – Hannah Briggs, for her nod to the movies Elf and the Nightmare Before Christmas; 2) Creativity – Mailroom Supervisor Debbi White and OSA Martin Thompson for giving staff a fanciful window into the Mailroom during the holidays; 3) Most Traditional – for their take on a toy soldier from the Nutcracker Suite ballet.  However, the judges felt there should be an Overall category, too, and the winners were the Secretarial Pool with their detailed depiction of the movie Frozen.  Each individual/team winner was awarded a $25 gift card for pizza from a local vendor.  Judging was done by DWO Brenda Alley, DWOM Teresa Shirrell and Major Clay Stanton.

Christmas door decorating contest

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nodaway County hosted an Adopt-A-Family event for Christmas.  MTC's Personnel Club adopted 10 individuals (2 Families).  Tags for all the family members were placed on a Christmas tree in our Assembly Room.  Staff voluntarily removed the tags and brought in items for the families that were adopted.  The Personnel Club and Big Brothers/Big Sisters were super thankful and appreciative of the generosity shown by staff in this holiday season.  

Employee of the Month

CO I Carmen Larabee was selected as Employee of the Month for the Custody section as she is always pleasant, willing to take on any job and does it all with a smile and no complaints. Officer Larabee is also a CERT Team member and has been activated numerous times in the last year.  Her Building #3 Treatment/Education Officer post duties are never lacking. She still maintains a full time crew of offender workers even when she is not assigned to Building #3 Treatment/Education. In the month of October she filled in for the Building #2 Treatment/Education Officer and was still able to ensure the Building #3 duties were attended to and a full crew of offender workers were kept.  Congratulations CO I Larabee!

EOM Carmen Larabee
EOM Carmen Larabee

Shawna O’Brien, Clinical Supervisor, was selected as Employee of the Month for Classification/Treatment/Probation and Parole sections.  She has made great contributions to the treatment program with her outstanding abilities to develop scheduling for staff responsibilities.  She can quickly troubleshoot spreadsheet issues and helps keep the master tracking list current with program changes.  She has a strong talent in logistics, can quickly organize and simplify things to make them easier to understand.  Ms. O’Brien is a huge asset to the treatment team.  Congratulations Shawna O’Brien.

Awards & Recognition

Lifesaver Award

Jesse White, Counselor I, received the Lifesaver Award for responding to an offender choking and performing the Heimlich maneuver.  He was able to dislodge the item and the offender was able to breathe again normally.  Great Job Mr. White!!

Distinguished Service Award

EOM Shawna O'Brien
EOM Shawna O'Brien

CO I Justin Costello and CO II Alex Chaney both received the Departments Distinguished Service Award for stopping and changing a flat tire of a fellow employee who was on post.  This employee was already working overtime so by their actions, he was able to leave as scheduled.  This is what taking care of each other is about.  Great Job Guys!!

Employee of the Year

CO II Brandon Bergren was selected as MTC’s Employee of the Year for 2019.  Sergeant Bergren was selected due to the numerous hours of overtime he has completed this year as a Corrections Officer I or II.  He worked many of his days off to ensure there was appropriate coverage.  He is described as having a strong work rapport with staff and assists as needed.  His work ethic and dedication are why he was chosen as the Employee of the Year.  Thank you COII Bergren.

 

Special Olympics

MTC received the Regional Highest Gross Increase for 2019 with an increase of $2999, as well as the Regional Outstanding Agency of the Year Award for 2019.  Awesome Job!!  James Runde, Special Olympics Coordinator wants to thank everyone for their support, donations, participation, and assistance. Without us this would not have been possible….

Lifesaver Jesse White
Lifesaver Jesse White

New Team Members

Philicia Baker, CO I, 12/09/19

Charlene Ellis, CO I, 12/09/19

Christopher Needels, CO I, 12/09/19

Heather Nicholls, CO I, 12/09/19

Anna Lynn, CO I, 12/16/19

Frank Lynn, CO I, 12/16/19

Promotions

Ryan Spire, Locksmith to Corrections Training Officer, 12/09/19

Costello, Chaney Distinguished Service Award
Costello, Chaney Distinguished Service Award

Training

There is a total of 184 DAI and DORS staff.  Of those, 174 staff completed their Core requirements from Jan 1 - Nov 30, 2019.  95 % of the DAI/DORS completed Core.

Town Hall Report

Town Hall Meetings were held on December 10, 2019 for all three shifts.  There were 18 staff members who attended these meetings.  Topics included the 5 Phases of the Department’s development, Engage 2.0, MOLearning, and Corrections Way.

Important Dates

Employee of the Year, Brandon Bergren
Employee of the Year, Brandon Bergren

January 1 – Holiday (New Year’s Day)

January 3 – ETA deadline

January 6-10 – CORE

January 7 – SAMII deadline

January 7and 9 – TB tests/reads

January – Town Hall Meetings at 7:00 am, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm

January – Blue Jeans Week fundraiser for Special Olympics, Personnel Club, and Wellness Committee

January 20 – Holiday (Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday)

January 21 – ETA deadline

January 23 – SAMII deadline

MTC P4P Christmas Card

Success Story

Corrections Way Ambassadors completed their first workshops December 11/12, 2019.  It was reported the workshops were very helpful

Offenders held their winter Community Day on December 20, 2019.  The theme was Walking In a Winter Wonderland.  The day was considered a success by all.

ALL Corrections Officer I positions have now been filled!!

Puppy Pic

MTC P4P received 4 new dogs this month. Ember, Finn, Missy, and Goofy are now adjusting to P4P life. Ember has already been adopted but the other three are looking for their forever home. Missy and Finn are very timid around large groups and loud noises, we are trying to help them work through that. All of them are excelling in training at this point and should have no problem passing the test after their 8 weeks.

 


November 2019

Big News

MTC Volunteers donned hats and gloves when they geared up to hand out candy at Maryville’s 24th annual Downtown Trick-or-Treat event on October 30.  Participating for the third year, MTC was well prepared with 45 pounds of candy donated by more than twenty staff members. MTC’s appreciation goes out to the volunteers who braved the cold to represent us to the community:  COI Padraic Irwin, COI Krystian Payne, COI Kyisha Merrigan, CCMII Bruce Carmichael, Investigator Phil Smail and Laundry Manager James Runde.

Major Stanton returned to MTC on November 12th after being gone since the end of December 2018.  Major had been assisting NECC until their Major’s position could be filled.  All staff are thrilled he is back!

Veterans Day was recognized by acknowledging both staff and offenders who are veterans.  Staff received a thank you card from the Personnel Club and MTC Administration, as well as their name on the informational television.  Offenders were acknowledged during their PMC meetings.

Employee of the Month

Jacque West, Custody OSA, received the November Employee of the Month award for Custody.  Jacque has a vast knowledge of her job and is great at helping staff with computer issues, making posters and flyers and doing reports for the DWOM and Warden.  There is not a task she will not tackle or learn.  Jacque has had many bosses in the absence of the Major since April and has handled these changes extremely well.  In addition, she was given the task of helping staff to log into their Linked In/Mo Learning account.  She also set up a Linked In competition with other institutions, which MTC won the first round.  She has also assisted with coverage in Canteen and the Business Office as needed. Congratulations Jacque on a well-deserved award and a job well done!

EOM Jackie Swinford
EOM Jackie Swinford

Jackie Swinford Cook II has not missed a day of work, is always willing to do any job asked of him and works his days off with no complaints. He is learning the Cook lll duties – it’s a tough job and he's doing well.  Mr. Swinford is fun to work with and all staff seem to enjoy being around him. He is well deserving of the Employee of the Month award for Operations.

Jesse White, Treatment Counselor for Gateway, was selected as the November Employee of the Month for the Classification/Probation & Parole/Treatment sections.  Mr. White is described as a very dedicated individual who has been working his assigned floor by himself while his co-worker was on an extended medical leave.  He willingly takes on tasks and volunteers to help others as needed.  He has pushed himself to perform tasks outside of his comfort zone, which shows his growth and desire to learn.  Well done Jesse.

New Team Members

Jeffrey Ogbourne, Fire & Safety Specialist, 11/04/19

Christopher Davis, COI, 11/18/19

Amanda Hughes, Cook II, 11/18/19

Dalton Carroll, COI, 11/25/19

Promotions

Russell Burns, MWI to COI, 11/01/19

Retirements

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Staff Moves

Cheryl Barnett, ACII from WRDCC, 11/17/19 (lateral transfer)

Krystian Payne, COI to ROI, 11/17/19 (class transfer)

Training

There are a total of 184 DAI and DORS staff.  Of those, 127 staff have completed core requirements for January 1 - October 31.  This is 69 % of the total DAI/DORS staff.  150 DAI/DORS staff have their birth month between January 1 and October 31.  As of the end of October, 110 staff have completed their core.  This is a 73% completion rate.

Town Hall Report

The Town Hall Meetings for all three shifts took place on November 4, 2019.  Points of discussion focused on updates with the Strategic Plan, Corrections Way training and Ambassadors, weekend releases and radios/security equipment.  It was also decided to have the Shift Commanders pick one staff person from each shift to attend the meeting for their shift.  This person would be the liaison between Administration and Shifts.

Important Dates

December 3and 5 – TB tests/reads

December 4 – ETA deadline

December 6 – SAMII deadline

December 10 – Town Hall Meetings at 6:00 am, 7:00 am, and 2:00 pm

December 10 – Deferred Compensation representative on site from 1:15 pm – 4:00 pm

December 15-21 – Blue Jeans Week fundraiser for Special Olympics, Personnel Club, and Wellness Committee

December 18 – ETA deadline

December 20 – SAMII deadline

P4P group picture
P4P group picture

December 25 - Christmas

Success Story

Treatment Staff continue to receive calls from former offenders advising of their progress.  Several have reported they are clean and sober, participating in their aftercare, holding down a job and making amends with their families.

Puppy Pic

Cupcake has continued to be a wonderful house dog. She surprises us every day on how smart she is! Cupcake knows each and every one of us! And yes, she knows who will give her treats and who won’t. Our current P4P dogs are doing great in their training. On 11/21/2019 they all had their final skills test! Good luck to them, we know they will all pass.  Unfortunately none of our current dogs have been adopted.  We have approval for the new training areas that will help the handlers with their work on the dogs’ skills.

 


October 2019

MTC RJ Garden
MTC RJ Garden

Big News

MTC Restorative Justice Program donated 3,607 lbs. of produce to the local community in 2019.

Maryville Treatment Center held a silent auction for the 2019-2020 Charitable Campaign.  Front row parking spaces for the year 2020 were auctioned off in 4 lots; January – March, April – June, July – September and October – December.  All proceeds from the auction will be donated to “Nodaway County Recreation and Education for Individuals with Disabilities”. MTC contributed a total of $2,464.00 to the Charitable Campaign.

Domestic Violence Awareness was recognized by staff and offenders during the month of October. Staff wore purple on Purple Thursday.  Offenders created posters and made ribbons in recognition of domestic violence and sexual abuse victims.

MTC held a Career and Resource Fair on October 29th for the offender population.  Fourteen unions, schools and resources took part.  This continues to be very successful

Domestic Violence Month
Domestic Violence Month

as we prepare offenders to return to society.

Trick or Treat!!  Maryville Treatment Center staff participated in the “Downtown Trick or Treating” with the Maryville community.  Staff donated their time and bags of candy to give to the kids.  A fun time was had by all. 

Employee of the Month

COI Dominic Payne received the employee of the month award for custody for the month of October due to him going above and beyond in his daily duties.  He searches every day to find contraband to make the facility safer.  Also by his work he makes property’s job easier.  He has recovered trash bags full of clothing that the offenders say they have thrown away.  He is a great role model for Maryville Treatment Center.    

Tiffany Chambers received employee of month for October as she came in early and worked through many lunches during the past two months to cover the canteen and warehouse at MTC while filling positions vacated due to retirements. Ms. Chambers kept the canteen up and running while maintaining a positive attitude and stressing the importance of a team environment to all staff.  Ms. Chambers went above and beyond what a typical supervisor would do in a similar situation. Canteen has remained open and there have been no issues with offenders during this time. The warehouse has also been cleaned and organized, and is ready for new staff. Hopefully everyone can learn something from Ms. Chambers’ great example at MTC.

EOM Dominic Payne
EOM Dominic Payne

Elizabeth Estabrook, CCM I received the Employee of the Month for October 2019.  Ms. Estabrook began her job as a CCM on 5/6/19 and has been a true asset to the Classification team.  She is a team player, is very self-motivated and takes initiative to learn more about her job.  She recently demonstrated those qualities by volunteering to work for food service and Custody when they were short staffed. She goes above and beyond with her willingness to help staff and has a very positive attitude.  Congratulations on a job well done!

Awards & Recognition

Corrections Officer I Douglas Cummins received the Warden’s Award of Excellence, which is given on a quarterly basis to staff who go above and beyond, while maintaining a positive attitude.  COI Cummins has had no unscheduled leave for 2019.  He always volunteers to work overtime as he understands the importance of parents attending their kids’ activities or the security needs of the institution.  He trains new officers assigned to First Shift and he voluntarily attends CORE each month with Warden Colborn to talk about the importance of coming to work and the importance of teamwork.  Officer Cummins is a great asset to MTC, as well as to the Department of Corrections.

EOM Tiffany Chambers
EOM Tiffany Chambers

New Team Members

Valerie Coffelt, AOSA, 10/15/19

Kaleigh Langley, COI, 10/15/19

Gary Owens, COI, 10/15/19

James Parker, COI, 10/28/19

Promotions

Dianna Sunderman, ACII to ACIII, 10/01/19

Jason Allen, STKI to STKII, 10/06/19

EOM Elizabeth Estabrook
EOM Elizabeth Estabrook

Staff Moves

Wiley Davis, COI, lateral transfer to WRDCC, 10/13/19

Training

There are 180 total DAI and DORS staff at MTC.  Of those, 71 have completed core requirements Jan. 1 - Sept. 30 (39 % of total DAI/DORS completed core.)  144 staff have birth months between January 1 and September 30 (DAI/DORS).  Of those, 68 have completed CORE, which is a 47% completion rate.  Training continues to ensure all staff complete their mandatory hours.

Town Hall Report

Town Halls were held October 11, 2019.  Topics included radio issues, the new disciplinary policy, the Lt. Governor’s visit, FMLA, and time clocks.  Warden Colborn shared overtime and vacancy reports.  This was the biggest turn out we have had since town halls began.

A Town Hall with Director Precythe was held on October 23, 2019, with 68 attendees.  Topics included MTC is not closing, phases of the

Cummins Award for Excellence
Cummins Award for Excellence

strategic plan, DOC changes, incentives for staff, The Corrections Way, surveys, and ORAS.  All staff appreciated the time she took to answer questions and provide information on the direction of the Department.

Important Dates

November 4th – ETA deadline

November 6th – SAMII deadline

November 5th and 7th – TB tests/reads

November 4-8 – November CORE

November 11 – Veteran’s Day

November 17-23 – Blue Jeans Week fundraiser for Special Olympics, Personnel Club, and Wellness Committee

Lita
Lita
Mia
Mia

November 18 -22 – December CORE

November 18 – ETA deadline

November 20th – SAMII deadline

November 28 - Thanksgiving

Success Story

MTC is currently in first place for staff who have completed 1 hour of MO Learning this month.  Congratulations.

Tallulah
Tallulah
Wishbone
Wishbone

Puppy Pic

P4P received 4 new dogs on 9/30/19. Mia, Wishbone, Tallulah, and Lita are all available for adoption. All seem

to be well behaved and are progressing well in training. We are excited with their progress and look forward to teaching them and preparing them for adoption.

 

 

 

 


September 2019

Big News

From August 28, 2019 until September 16, 2019 the Chief of Custody Office worked in collaboration with the Nodaway County Sherriff’s Department for a fundraiser. During this fundraiser we sold T-Shirts for $15 with the proceeds going to the Nodaway County K9 unit. The Nodaway County K9 unit is funded through fundraisers and donations from private citizens rather than tax dollars. K9 Bolt is a 4 year old German shepherd who works as a dual purpose K9, performing both narcotics detection and patrol functions.  Bolt specializes in drug detection with his handler Sgt. Austin Hann and has assisted Maryville Treatment Center on multiple occasions.  We received $330 dollars during this timeframe. 

On Wednesday, September 18, MTC donated 1162 pounds of apples to local organizations. Those receiving the apple harvest includes the Nodaway County Senior Center, Nodaway County Services, and several nursing homes (Maryville Living Center, Parkdale Manor, and Nodaway Nursing Home). These organizations were very appreciative of receiving the apples.

On September 18, MTC hosted a family day for staff families. The Personnel Club served over 50 family members of staff for either lunch or dinner.  CERT team members also provided tours of the institution throughout the day for family members.

On September 27, MTC held a community day of fun and activities for all treatment offenders.  Staff assisted with organizing this event which encourages offenders to find ways to have fun without the use of drugs and alcohol.  It was a successful day for all involved. 

As September was Recovery Month, MTC had two speakers come in to talk with the offenders regarding the importance of staying clean and sober.  Leslie Phillips and Rick Billinger volunteered to share their stories and how they used support groups as a means to maintain a lengthy sobriety after several relapses and incarcerations.  They shared the importance of you can’t do it alone.

Employee of the Month

CO II Brandon Bergren received Custody’s Employee of the Month.  He has worked many hours of overtime to include working his regular days off due to staff shortages.  He has been conducting training for staff on back shifts as well. CO II Bergren displays a strong working rapport with his fellow staff and assists them when needed.  He is a successful team player and has an outstanding work relationship will all staff assigned to his shift. His wonderful work ethic and dedication is truly appreciated.

Lacy Kobbe is the Employee of the Month for Operations for September. Lacy is an Account Clerk for the Business Office. Lacy volunteers to help out wherever she can.  Most recently, she has assisted with maintenance and the mail room.  Lacy will do whatever is asked of her without hesitation.  Lacy is a go getter and takes the initiative to work ahead so that she can help others. She is a true asset to MTC

Linda Hughes received the Employee of the Month award from the Classification section for September.  Linda consistently has a positive attitude and is always willing to help out or answer a question for staff.  She works hard and is not afraid of new tasks.   Linda is the Institutional Training officer’s OSA as well.  She promotes Corrections Way and the motto of “Us Working Better Together” through her professionalism, knowledge and work ethic.  Congratulations Linda.

New Team Members

Ashley Swinney, CO I, 09/23/19

Retirements

Johann Murray, RO I, 09/30/19

Ralph Wallace, CTO, 09/30/19

Staff Moves

Treva Smyser, CO I to STKI, 09/22/19

Joseph Bolling, CO I, lateral transfer from WRDCC, 09/29/19

Training

There are 182 total DAI and DORS staff/62 staff completed core requirements Jan 1 - August 31 (34 % of total DAI/DORS completed core.)

114 staff have birth month between Jan 1 and August 31 (DAI/DORS)

43% completion of those with birth month Jan - August 31.

Town Hall Report

Town Hall Meetings were conducted on September 19, 2019 at 6 am, 7 a.m. and 2 p.m.  Topics of discussion were completion of Pulse Surveys, the new electronic pass along for custody staff, and the importance of MoLearning.  Warden Colborn also shared statistics from the Security Intelligence Unit.

Important Dates

October 1-31 – Open Enrollment

October 7-11 – CORE Training

October 8 & 10 – TB tests/reads

October 8 – Flu Shots from 6:30 am - 8:30 am

October 11 – Town Hall Meetings at 6:00 am, 7:00 am and 2:00 pm

October 14 – Columbus Day

October 20-26 – Blue Jeans Week fundraiser for Special Olympics, Personnel Club and Wellness Committee

October 21 – Flu shots from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

October 22 – Personnel Club Tenderloin Luncheon

Success Story

After being closed for several months, the Training Trailer has been re-opened with a new sewer system and roof.  Maintenance staff worked diligently to ensure both projects were completed in a timely manner so training could resume in the trailer.

Puppy Pic

Puppies for Parole graduated 4 dogs from the program. On 9/26/19 Oreo, DJ, Diego, and Chief all passed with a score of 95% or better. GREAT JOB!! Chief, Oreo, and Diego were all adopted but DJ is still looking for his forever home. Our Puppies for Parole program is excited to start four new dogs that are scheduled to come in on 9/30/19. Our dog handlers have been doing a great job and are excited to take on new challenges with every group.

 

 


August 2019

Rhonda Steward August EOM

Rhonda Steward August EOM

Big News

MTC will be making some changes to its treatment program. Treatment staff went through training on a new curriculum which is scheduled to go into effect Sept. 4. In addition, treatment privileges have also been updated to coincide with the treatment phases. 

Captain Kennedy from WRDCC joined us on August 5 as our new acting Major.  Major Stanton continues to be on loan to NECC.

On Friday, Aug. 23, the CERT team was activated and the Guarded Exchange Dogs were on site for searches. It was good news when very little contraband was found.

Employee of the Month

John Tucker August EOM
John Tucker August EOM

Rhonda Steward was selected as our Operations Employee of the Month. She is currently the Personnel Manager for MTC.  Rhonda is a wealth of knowledge. She is always willing to help, very patient, and able to explain information so all can understand it. She has assisted at other institutions while continuing to maintain her duties at MTC. Rhonda is most deserving of this award.

Gateway Program Director, John Tucker was selected as the Offender Management’s Employee of the Month. John continually works to bring the best opportunities for change to the offender population. He has been instrumental with helping staff learn Therapeutic Community concepts. He has secured a new and complete education curriculum for the offenders and is always a great resource for all. John has been focusing on the Veterans at MTC, providing support services to them, as well as providing resources for the offender population upon release. Due to his constant energy and innovative thoughts, he was selected for this award.

Corrections Officer I, Matthew Strauch was selected as Employee of the Month for Custody. Officer Strauch is a transportation officer and has been employed with the department since 11/26/07. His time and attendance is as good as perfect, having only one unscheduled absence in the past  two years. He is

Matthew Strauch August EOM
Matthew Strauch August EOM

very professional and this is apparent in his day to day duties.Matthew is very deserving of this award.

Awards & Recognition

Terry Buholt, Addiction Counselor II, and his wife were driving back to Maryville when they noticed a small child (2 years of age) walking down the middle of the highway in the country.  Mr. Buholt immediately stopped their car and got out to go get the child.  A truck passed Mr. Buholt heading for the child, but he was able to wave the truck to stop.  Mr. Buholt was able to reach the child and remove him from the highway.  It was later learned the child had gotten away from his Grandmother.  Mr. Buholt has been submitted for the Department’s Life Saver Award.

Jesse White, Addiction Counselor I, responded to a code 16 in one of the housing units.  An offender appeared to be choking.  Mr. White noticed the offender appeared to be struggling to breathe.  White asked the offender if he was choking, which the offender shook his head to say yes.  Mr. White performed the Heimlich maneuver on the offender.  After the third thrust, the item dislodged and the offender was able to breathe normally again.  Due to his quick and calm actions, Mr. White was able to save the offender from a potentially life threatening situation.  Mr. White has been submitted for the Department’s Life Saver Award.

New Team Members

Kimberly Keever, CO I, 08/05/19

Angela Parker, CO I, 08/05/19

Dillon Alexander, RO I, 08/12/19

P4P dog Chief
P4P dog Chief

Russell Bosley, CO I, 08/19/19

Mitchell Carroll, CO I, 08/19/19

Retirements

Kelly Parshall, AOSA, 08/31/19

Scott Steward, STK II, 08/31/19

Staff Moves

Heather Caselman, CO I to PPA I at SJCSC, 08/25/19

Roger Lewis, CO I to PPA I at SJCSC, 08/25/19

P4P dog Django
P4P dog Django

Jeremy Mason, F&S Specialist to CCA, 08/26/19

Training

There are 180 total DAI and DORS staff.Forty-eight staff members completed core requirements Jan 1 - July 31 (27 percent of total DAI/DORS completed core). 93 staff members have a birth month between Jan 1 and July 31 (DAI/DORS)
52 percent completion of those with birth month Jan - July 31.

Town Hall Report

Town Hall Meetings were conducted on August 14, 2019 at 6 am, 7 a.m. and 2 p.m.  Popular topics were radios and ear buds, the Story Board, CRDs, the new time clock system, LinkedIn – MOLearning and DOT privileges.

Important Dates

P4P dog Oreo
P4P dog Oreo

September 2 – Labor Day

September 9-13 – CORE Training

September 19 – Town Hall Meetings at 6 a.m., 7 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Success Story

Success stories happen every day with the offenders receiving needed tools to be successful upon their release from prison.

Puppy Pic

MTC received four new P4P dogs this month. DJ, Diego, Chief, and Oreo are new and still adapting to the P4P program and the new environment.They all have specific issues that need to be worked on, but our P4P handlers and coordinators are up for the task. Diego went on a meet and greet on 8/14/19 and was adopted. DJ, Chief, and Oreo are all still available for adoption.


July 2019

RJ flood victim donation
RJ flood victim donation

Big News

Maryville Treatment Center held a fundraiser for Freedom Service Dogs of America (FSD) during the 4th of July holiday

weekend. Staff were permitted to wear jeans for the holiday weekend for a dollar a day and $45.03 was raised to help this worthy non-profit organization.  FSD transforms shelter dogs into custom-trained assistance dogs for people in need, including injured service members and veterans. 

Maryville Treatment Center Restorative Justice Program donated a

check for $1,000 to Community Services of Northwest Missouri. This check was designated to flood victims of Nodaway County, Holt County, and Atchison County. Pictured are FUM Michael Mullock and CCM II Amy Chor presenting the check to Community Service staff.

RJ Christmas in July
RJ Christmas in July

Maryville Treatment Center Restorative Justice Program participated in “Christmas in July.” This program is modeled from the Christmas program “Adopt a Family.” Each group that participates in this program provides school clothing, shoes, socks, underwear, and backpacks to low income children. Pictured are CCM II Amy Chor, Restorative Justice Coordinator David Buckner, and CCM I Elizabeth Estabrook.

Employee of the Month

Custody


CO II Alex Chaney

Sergeant Alex Chaney received the EOM honors for the Custody Section in July. On May 7, an officer volunteered to work over on the next shift due to shortages. As two other staff members were leaving, they noticed that the officer had a flat tire on his vehicle. Instead of leaving, Sgt. Chaney and another staff member changed the tire in the rain so that staff member would be able to leave and go home after working overtime and not have to take the time to change a flat tire. Sgt. Chaney’s act of kindness was much appreciated.

EOM Alex Chaney
EOM Alex Chaney

Offender Management
OSA Connie Cooper

OSA Connie Cooper is the Offender Management Employee of the Month for July. She is the clerical Deputy Warden’s Office. She assisted with the PREA audit and worked endlessly to ensure the institution was prepared for the audit. She has a positive attitude no matter the situation and is always willing to help others.

Operations
SOSA-C Debbi White

SOSA Debbi White is the Operations Employee of the Month for July. Debbie is the mail room supervisor and been has working diligently preparing censorship paperwork in the absence of the DWO Senior Office Support Assistant for the last couple of months. While doing this, the mail continues to be processed in a timely manner and she completes all her regular duties Debbi is very attentive to her duties and is constantly ensuring all mail is appropriate for the offender population. She has recently been chosen to participate in a state wide censorship committee to review this policy. Debbi’s attention to detail does not go unnoticed and is she very deserving of this award.

EOM Connie Cooper
EOM Connie Cooper

Awards & Recognition

Locksmith Ryan Spire was the recipient for the third quarter Warden’s Award for Excellence  Ryan has done a great job in his role as Locksmith. He has streamlined many of the processes where keys and locks are involved and it is very much appreciated by staff. Ryan has also gone to other facilities to help out.  Additionally, he teaches training classes at MTC and takes care of some of our computer issues. He can be relied on to take on whatever task he is given with a positive demeanor and a quick turnaround.

    

EOM Debbie White
OM Debbi White

New Team Members

Chad King, CO I, 07/01/19

Venus Brown, SOSA, 07/08/19

Amber Farnan, CO I, 07/22/19

Jamie Herzberg, CO I, 07/22/19

Retirements

Tammy Florea, STKI, 07/31/19

Staff Moves

Spire Warden's Award for Excellence
Spire Warden's Award for Excellence

Levi Aronson, CO I from CRCC, 07/13/19

James Stephenson, Cook I from CRCC, 07/13/19

Jay Mackey, CO II from CRCC, 07/14/19

Tyler Kinnison, Labor Supervisor from CRCC, 07/15/19

Training

Town Hall Report

Town Hall Meetings were held on July 9 at 6:00 a.m., 7:00 a.m. and 2 p.m. Topics of discussion were radios, smoke breaks, Housing Unit 4, time clocks and FY20 money. Several proposals were also presented.

MTC training graph
MTC training graph

Important Dates

August 14 – Town Hall Meetings at 6:00 am, 7:00 a.m. and 2 p.m.

August 22 – Personnel Club Ice Cream Social

Success Story

The Nodaway County Workforce Development hosted a Career Fair at the Northwest Technical School in Maryville

Missouri. Maryville Treatment Center staff Lt. James Duncan and FUM Michael Mullock, along with Recruiter Larry Denney, set up a booth and distributed information regarding careers within the Department of Corrections. Staff members were afforded the opportunity to get the Department’s name into the community in a positive light. So often the communities only hear ‘bad’ news about what goes on in Corrections. This Career Fair, and others attended in the past, has given MTC the ability to shed a positive light on our Department and our facility. 

Career fair
Career fair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


June 2019

MTC offender career fair 1

MTC holds job and resource fair for offenders

Maryville Treatment Center held a resource and job fair for offenders on June 21, 2019. The event provided 545 offenders the opportunity to meet with organizations, which included Ozarks Technical Community College, Missouri Welding Institute, Missouri Child Support Enforcement, International Laborers Union of North America, Kawasaki Manufacturing, Missouri Vocation Rehabilitation, Missouri Career Center, Warehouseman Training Incorporated, Veterans Services, Second Chance, and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. In addition to meeting with these organizations, offenders had the opportunity to attend seminars presented by Gateway Foundation Employment Specialist, which included strategies to overcoming barriers to employment. This was MTC’s first offender job fair and it was very successful.

EOM Custody Costello
Custody CO I Costello

Employee of the Month

Custody
CO I Justin Costello

Corrections Officer Justin Costello received the honors for the Custody Section. On May 7, an officer volunteered to work over on the next shift due to shortages. As two other staff members were leaving, they noticed that the officer had a flat tire on his vehicle. Instead of leaving, Justin Costello and another staff member changed the tire in the rain, so that staff member would be able to leave and go home after working overtime and not have to take the time to change a flat tire. Justin’s act of kindness was much appreciated.

Offender Management
Clinical Supervisor Courtney Elliott

Clinical Supervisor Courtney Elliot
Offender Management Clinical Supervisor Courtney Elliot

Clinical Supervisor Courtney Elliott received the Employee of the Month for the Offender Management section. She is an

outstanding supervisor and is always willing to assist any counselor when needed. Courtney is very knowledgeable and professional at her job and is always willing to fill in for counselors when they are absent. She volunteers to train new counselors and helps them make a smooth adjustment to MTC. With her positive attitude and warm smile, she makes working at MTC a better place for everyone.

Operations
Cook III Lisa Moran

Cook III Lisa Moran received the Employee of the Month accolades for the Operations section. Lisa did an outstanding job during the remodeling of the dining room floor. She not only prepared breakfast and lunch, she also assumed the responsibility of training a new cook and custody officer. She also supervised her offender cooks, oversaw the dish room, pots and pans area by herself while maintaining her normal job duties. Lisa is an outstanding team player and a pleasure to work with.

Operations EOM Cook III Lisa Moran
Operations Cook III Moran

New Team Members

Darian Harmon, CO I, 06/03/19

Promotions

David Grant, RO I to RO II, 06/03/19

Retirements

Kenneth Alford, CO I, 06/30/19

Jerry Rowlett, CO I, 06/30/19

Training

Core training was held June 3 to June 7. June 11, 12, and 13, Jennifer Smith came to Maryville and taught Front Line Discrimination, Harassment, Retaliation and Unprofessional Conduct.

P4P dog Max
P4P dog Max

Town Hall Report

Town Hall Meetings were held on June 10 at 6 a.m., 7 a.m. and 2 p.m.. Topics included custody staff breaks, the amount of checks custody staff are expected to do per hour, swamp coolers, radio mics for officers in areas with the large fans running, fit bits, LinkedIn, Deputy Director visits and ENGAGE. Staff were also encouraged to complete the Pulse survey.

Important Dates

July 4 – Independence Day

July 10 – Town Hall Meetings 6 am, 7 am & 2 pm

July 17 – ADHRUC training for executive staff

P4P dog Rowdy

Puppy Pic

MTC has received three new dogs for the P4P program.They are Max, Titas, and Rowdy, all of who are adopted. All three dogs are adjusting well to the Puppies for Parole life. Rowdy is going to a fur-ever home with a special needs child. The family who has adopted him has sent in requests of duties they would like him to be able to perform once he goes home with them.

 

 

 

 

P4P dog Titus
P4P dog Titus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


May 2019

Big News

Maryville Treatment Center Wellness Committee held a blood drive on May 2, 2019.  Twenty-three staff members attended the blood drive and 24 units of blood were collected to help save lives. 

Despite the less than desirable weather, area law enforcement staff members from Public Safety, University Police, Highway Patrol, and our very own Department of Corrections participated in the Law Enforcement Torch Run on May 21, 2019. Approximately 36 participants arrived with mixed emotions as it pertained to the weather forecast, but had the drive and determination to complete the Torch Run to raise awareness for the athletes of Special Olympics. 

Law Enforcement across the state banding together with the community raise approximately 2 million dollars a year in support of Special Olympics Missouri through various events held throughout the year. We are proud of what we as a Law Enforcement family have done and continue to do in support of the athletes through inclusion. This cannot be accomplished without the support and donations of the individuals, businesses, and communities.

Like and follow Special Olympics on social media. You can find their web page at somo.org. They also have a Twitter account- @SOMOMISSOURI  or Facebook at www.facebook.com/specialolympicsmo/

Catch the Flame of Hope and Run with it….

Employee of the Month

Custody
CO I Casey Phillippe 

Corrections Officer Casey Phillippe received Employee of the Month for the Custody section. She took the initiative and time out of her work day to switch out vehicle logs for the monthly report. She has done this for the last few months, ensuring vehicle logbooks get closed out, while also starting new logs for the next month. This has made a huge impact since monthly vehicle reports can be completed much faster when all vehicle logs are closed out at end of month before vehicles go out. Without her efforts, it would have taken much longer to complete the report causing delays and confusion.

Operations
Recreation Officer II 

Recreation Officer II Lewis Sowards was Employee of the Month for the Operations. Most recently, Lewis assisted with coordinating the dining room floor remodel since Food Service had to be relocated to the gym. He modified his work hours to accommodate the needs of this project and helped with supervision of the offenders during meal times. He also ensures the Recreation Department runs smooth and takes the time to teach his staff the various responsibilities of his job as a Recreation Officer II.

Awards & Recognition

MTC Public Service Recognition Week photo
MTC Public Service Recognition Week photo

MTC Public Service Recognition week photo

New Team Members

Kyleigh Kalcevic, CO I, 05/13/19

Thomas Johnson, CO I, 05/22/19

Jacob Peterson, CO I, 05/28/19

Jackqulyn Pratt, CO I, 05/28/19

Promotions

Sheryl Newton, AC I to AC II, 05/01/19

Gary Vogel, ET I to ET II, 05/01/19

Elizabeth Estabrook, CO I to CCM I, 05/06/19

Jessica Patterson, CO I to AC I, 05/15/19

Retirements

Shannon Kerwin, SOSA, 05/31/19

Lewis Sowards, Jr., RO II, 05/31/19

Staff Moves

Dylan Boyle, CO I to Librarian I, 05/12/19

Training

Beginning in June, all staff will not have to go to all their CORE training at once. Non-custody will only go on the first Thursday. The other classes will be scheduled throughout the year and staff will need to sign up for it. This will alleviate staff from being away from their regular duties for so long at one time. 

Town Hall Report

May’s Town Hall Meetings were conducted on the 10 at 6 a.m., 7 a.m. and 2 p.m..  This month’s focus was on the State Employee Discount Website, Public Service Recognition and MO Learning /LinkedIn. Other topics were the facility’s storyboard, Housing Units murals and staff recognition

Important Dates

June 10 – Town Hall Meetings (6 a.m., 7 a.m., 2 p.m.)

June 16 – 22 Blue Jeans Week fundraiser for Special Olympics, Personnel Club and Wellness Committee

June 25 – Personnel Club Tenderloin Luncheon

Upcoming Training

   June 11, 12, 13 – DHRUC

   June 25 – Therapeutic Community Review and Offender Accountability

   June 26 – Break Away

   June 27 – CPR/First Aid

 


April 2019

MTC hosts health fair for staff members

On April 16, 2019, MTC were host to a health fair for staff members. Heartland Health Events staff, DOC nurses and staff from the Department of Health and Senior Services conducted hearing/ear checks, blood pressure, blood sugar, and glaucoma tests. Also in attendance were representatives from Gardner Family Dentistry, Walmart Vision Center and Ameliore Medispa. Staff members also participated in an egg hunt for prizes. 

MTC staff members "Take a Stand Against Rape" with denim day donation

MTC EOM Patricia Shelton
MTC EOM Patricia Shelton

On April 24, 2019 MTC staff participated in a “Dollar Denim Day” to Take a Stand Against Rape. A donation was made to the Children and Family Center of Northwest Missouri.

Dining Room floor gets a makeover

The Dining Room floor received a makeover this month. The old tile flooring was torn out and replaced with an epoxy coating. Maintenance, Food Service, and Recreation worked together to coordinate this project, as meals had to be served in Recreation. This project lasted four weeks and the cooperation and teamwork among staff to complete this task was awesome. 

Employee of the Month

CO I Patricia Shelton
On a Sunday in February, the early morning cook was not able to make it in. When a replacement could not be found, CO I Patricia Shelton volunteered to get the meal started. Shortly after, the offender workers came in to help with the breakfast meal. There were no issues when the meal was opened. Patricia continued to help Food Service as an officer and a cook to ensure that the lunch meal was started. Her willingness to volunteer, ensured Food Service ran smoothly and the offenders were fed.

CPOF presentation
CPOF presentation

Awards & Recognition

Sergeant Alex Chaney was affected by the recent flooding in northwest Missouri. Alex lives in Craig, where the whole town had to be evacuated. The Correctional Peace Officer Foundation was contacted and Alex received a check from the CPOF, presented by Warden Gaye Colborn.

Food Service Manager Jerry Kinman received the Warden’s Award for Excellence in March. Food Service has been understaffed for more than two years and Jerry continues to remain positive and leads her staff by pitching in and helping out wherever needed. She recently had to adjust meal service for four weeks to a different location to accommodate the resurfacing of the dining room floor. She also runs a smooth operation and rarely has any critical food safety issues to address. She began as a Cook II in December of 1998 and promoted to Food Service Manager in January 2012. Her willingness to go above and beyond has not gone unnoticed. 

New Team Members

Barbara Weybrew, Cook II, 04/08/19

Austin Porter, CO I, 04/15/19

Bryson Thorne, CO I, 04/15/19

MTC award of excellence Kinman
MTC award of excellence Kinman

Training

CORE training was completed the weeks of 4/1/19 and 4/8/19.  

Offender Accountability training was conducted throughout the month. 

Town Hall Report

Director Precythe held a Town Hall Meeting at the facility on Friday, April 12 to talk with staff about the direction of the department and the proposed pay plan. Warden Colborn held a Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, April 18 with the emphasis being on how well feeding the offenders in the gym has gone while redoing the Food Service floor. Also, kudos to CO I Cummins for volunteering to speak with the CORE class regarding the impact staff absences have on each shift. 

Important Dates

May 2 – Blood Drive

May 10 – Town Hall Meetings (6 am, 7 am, 2 pm)

Week of May 13 and May 20 – CORE Training

May 19- 25 Blue Jeans Week fundraiser for Special Olympics, Personnel Club and Wellness Committee

May 21 – Law Enforcement Torch Run

Success Story

P4P dog Bella
P4P dog Bella

MTC began the ORAS (Ohio Risk Assessment System) Pilot Project in December 2018. On April 1, 2019, MTC began the pilot program for ORAS Automation. FUM Bidding was a member of the Case Management and Planning Team that worked to develop the Offender Assessment and Case Planning policy. The team also worked to determine the Case Manager’s role in the ORAS process, as well as incorporating a team approach to work together to assist with meeting offenders’ needs. CCM II Candise Woodruff was chosen to become an ORAS trainer. CCMII Woodruff has been assisting MTC staff in learning the ORAS process and Case Plans, as well as going to other institutions to provide training. 

Puppy Pic

The MTC Puppies for Parole Program currently has three dogs in training. Bella, Roger, and Annie came to MTC on April 8, 2019 to begin training. All dogs are doing great and progressing well in their training. Bella is a special needs dog, as she is deaf but is adapting well to the environment and her training. Annie is already adopted, but Bella and Roger are still in search of their FUR-EVER home. Our House Dog, Cupcake, is happy as ever and an outstanding house dog. She is currently working on losing some weight, but isn’t.

P4P Dog Roger
P4P dog Roger
P4P dog Annie Oakley
P4P dog Annie Oakley