Mountain View Youth Development Center

Jeff.A.Morin, Superintendent
1182 Dover Road
Charleston, Maine 04422
Tel: (207) 285-0880 Fax: (207) 285-0836

Boyd Kronholm, Deputy Superintendent Operations
Gerald Merrill, Deputy Superintendent Support Services
Dr. Agnieszka Serwik, Deputy Superintendent Mental Health

Population Capacity: 133

Population Served: Detained and “shock sentenced” male and female juveniles 11-21;
Committed males 11-21; and
Young adult male offenders 18-25 years of age..

Number of Staff: 146 plus over 30 contracted staff for medical services, mental health, substance abus,e and educational services.

Mountainview Youth Development Center

©2007 Paul Dunfee


Mission Statement: JUVENILE: The mission of the juvenile facilities is to provide treatment and services within a safe, secure environment that enables youth to develop pro-social skills and competencies promoting public safety by reducing the likelihood of re-offending.

Mission Statement: YAOP: The Young Adult Offender Program exists to serve incarcerated young adult offenders who require evidenced-based programs and services that are designed to meet individual risks and needs. We aspire to promote life-long skills that are focused on reducing the likelihood of reoffending while encouraging pro-social thinking and behaviors, in a safe and secure environment

Overview: The Mountain View Youth Development Center, located in Charleston, Maine, is a 133-bed correctional facility that houses juvenile male offenders from 11-21 years of age committed to the Department of Corrections; young male and female offenders for detention holds; and with the opening of a new program in 2014, young adult male offenders from 18-25 years of age.  The facility serves the State of Maine counties of Aroostook, Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset, Waldo, and Washington for juvenile detention and commitment, and receives young adult male prisoners (18-25) selected from the Maine Correctional Center to participate in rehabilitative programming.

Mountain View provides alternative education programming that offers all educational requirements and special education services for juveniles. Vocational programs provide classes for special interests in Culinary and Carpentry. Professional staff offer both individual and family therapeutic treatment; psychological and cognitive behavioral therapies; religious, recreational and substance abuse services with 24 hour medical services.

History: The original Northern Maine Juvenile Detention Facility with 40 beds was constructed on the grounds of the Charleston Correctional Facility to alleviate the northern and central county jails of holding juvenile offenders in adult county jails and/or transporting them to So. Portland.  In February 2002, in order to meet the demands of the rising rates of juvenile incarceration, the Maine Department of Corrections Juvenile Services expanded by opening/reorganizing two new facilities; The Mountain View Youth Development Center in Charleston, and the Long Creek Youth Development Center in So. Portland. Mountain View’s facility capacity expanded to 133 beds for long-term commitments added to the 40 detention beds.

In April 2014, while still serving a reduced juvenile population, the facility expanded its programming and services to Young Adult Male Offenders ages 18-25 that could greatly benefit from the continued educational, therapeutic and substance abuse services that facility staff were already providing to juveniles.  All young adults have an individualized Case Plan designed to address their specific risk and needs. They are required to complete their education requirements for High School Diplomas or GED/HiSET. They participate in programs for Aggression Replacement Therapy and Thinking for a Change, substance abuse and mental health therapies; religious and recreational programs. Vocational training skills are offered in Culinary, Carpentry and Small Engines, along with the Employment Skills Preparation Program which includes National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) course including OSHA 10 safety programs certificate course. These skills prepare them for transfer to minimum custody facilities and work release programs, and provide eligibility for Supervised Community Confinement.  

Weekly visits are scheduled as below:
            Juveniles         Thursday       6:15 pm to 8:15 pm
                                    Saturday        6 pm to 8 pm
                                    Sunday           8:30 am to 10:30 am
           
            Adults             Wednesday    6:15 to 8:15 pm
                                    Saturday        8:30 to to 10:30
                                    Sunday           6 pm to 8 pm

Shared Resources:   Mountain View Youth Development Center shares many of its staffing resources with the adult male Charleston Correctional Facility located on the same complex. Business, Human Resource, Staff Development/training services; Food services; Grounds and Building Maintenance; Vehicle Fleet Management; Warehouse, Investigative and K-9 services are among the many shared services between the facilities.

Achievements/Awards:                    

  • The Barbara Allen-Hagen Performance-based Standards Excellence Award 2007, with Maine’s two juvenile facilities among the highest performers in the nation in PbS.
  • MVYDC was the first juvenile correctional facility in the nation to participate in Collaborative Problem Solving,
  • Mountain View achieved the American Correctional Association professional standards Accreditation in 2006; with 100% Re-Accreditation in 2009 and 2012.  The next three year audit is scheduled for May 2015.
  • Among the states nationally, Mountain View has set an example for professionalism in evidence-based practices and rehabilitation success.  

Volunteer Services:   Mountain View has an extensive volunteer and mentoring program with 45+ persons coming into the facility to provide various services for juvenile and young adult offenders. These volunteers are an intricate part of the rehabilitation process, whether contributing their time on a regular basis, or more occasionally. Our volunteers spend time in the facility providing instructions in religious services, pet therapy, mentoring, teaching fly fishing and fly tying, meditation, educational programming, and life skills classes.   

Individuals interested in volunteering complete an application and return it for processing, which includes checking references, background and driving record checks. Orientation training (approx. 4 hours) and guidelines are provided prior to entrance into the facility.

Employment at MVYDC:    Mountain View Youth Development Center offers many professional positions with career advancement with a comprehensive benefit package. Current vacancies are available on the State of Maine Department of Corrections website.

Board of Visitors & Friends of Mountain View Youth Development Center

The Board of Visitors meetings for MVYDC and CCF are held on the second Tuesday of every other month in the administration conference room from 4 pm to 5:30 pm. The public is invited to any of these meetings. Friends of Mountain View meet the same day at an earlier time from 3 pm to 4 pm.

The last meetings were held on May 13, 2014.
Scheduled meetings are: 
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Tuesday, December 9, 2014