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Until 1988, no systematic method governed assignment of patients to wards in the Biggs Center. The result was a mixture of patients with varying mental and personality disorders and treatment needs. Staff, frustrated by the inability to gain consistent routines and orderly patient interaction, organized a committee to assess the problem. This resulted in the Social Learning Program (SLP) - a treatment plan rewarding good behavior. Patient socialization progress is evaluated by trained staff, who record and analyze group and personal interactions. The successful adaptation of SLP to a forensic facility has drawn national attention to the Biggs unit.