Serving the Community since 1981

Oriana House began as an independent, non-profit community corrections agency in 1981 with a primary focus of helping the criminal justice system deal with driving-while-intoxicated offenders. Today, Oriana House encompasses more than 25 programs that provide a sanction while assisting offenders in developing the skills they need to become productive members of the community.

Historic Timeline of Oriana House programs:

  • 1981
    • The Driver Intervention Program began in 1981 out of the YWCA building in downtown Akron.
  • 1982
    • Oriana House moved to East Glenwood Avenue.

  • 1983
    • Operations at the Glenwood Jail in Akron were expanded to meet the state law change regarding DUI offenders. Oriana House, in cooperation with the Summit County Executive, Summit County Sheriff, and the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction, began the first alternative DUI jail program.
  • 1985
    • Residential Institutional Probation (Male Work Release and Halfway House) opened in Akron.
  • 1987
    • The Work Release Program and Halfway House for women opened on East Glenwood Avenue in Akron.
    • Multiple DUI Offender Program opened within the male and female halfway house program.
    • The Chemical Dependency Treatment Program began in Akron.
  • 1989
    • The Glenwood Jail in Akron became certified as a full service jail and the Multiple DUI Offender Program moved into the Glenwood Jail.
    • The Home Incarceration Program was established to address jail overcrowding at the Summit County Jail.
    • On-site drug testing began at Oriana House.
    • The Bail Supervision Program was established to reduce jail crowding at the Summit County Jail and ensure that defendants appear at all court proceedings.
  • 1990
    • The Day Reporting Program was established for Summit County to serve as a sentencing alternative for offenders who do not need a residential setting.
    • Construction began on the Summit County Community Based Correctional Facility (CBCF).
  • 1992
    • The Glenwood Jail expanded its operation as a 180-day minimum security jail facility.
    • The Summit County CBCF opened.
    • The Work Release and Halfway House Program for women moved to 222 Power Street in Akron.
    • The Employment Placement Program was developed to assist clients with job referrals and pre-employment classes.
  • 1993
    • Oriana House was selected to plan and operate the Detox/Central Assessment and Drop-in Center for the County of Summit Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services Board.
  • 1994
    • The Juvenile Halfway House opened to offer a sentencing option for Summit County Juvenile Court. (Closed in 2005 due to lack of funding)
  • 1995
    • The Terrence Mann Residential Center opened in Akron as a 100-bed work release and halfway house facility.
    • Misdemeanor Drug Court was established in Akron Municipal Court, the second such court in the State of Ohio.
    • The Summit County ADM Crisis Center opened providing Detox, Central Assessment and Drop-In services.
  • 1996
    • Oriana Houseís administrative offices moved to 885 East Buchtel Avenue in Akron.
    • The Chemical Dependency Treatment Center and a new Drug Screen Lab were completed in Akron.
    • Drug Court, Day Reporting, Bail Supervision and Home Incarceration moved to 750 West Market Street in Akron.
    • Ignition Interlock and Summit Link were developed. (Ignition Interlock disbanded in 2000 due to lack of referrals)
  • 1997
    • The Specialized Housing and Rehabilitation Program (SHARP) was developed in Summit County to provide a link between the mental health system and the criminal justice system.
  • 1998
    • The Discretionary Rehabilitation Program was developed as a selective intervention and diversion program for first time misdemeanant offenders from Akron Municipal Court.
    • Family Intervention Court was established to provide a specialized level of supervision and services to misdemeanant and felony domestic violence offenders in Summit County.
  • 1999
    • The CROSSWAEH CBCF (for men) opened in Seneca County to serve the counties of Crawford, Richland, Ottawa, Seneca, Sandusky, Wyandot, Erie, Ashland, and Huron.
  • 2000
    • The Residential Treatment Program was established to provide residential treatment for offenders who have not been successful with other shorter term chemical dependency treatment options.
    • Oriana House began managing Midtown Apartments in Akron to provide housing for homeless people. (Midtown Apartments closed in 2009.)
  • 2001
    • The Fannie M. Lewis Community Corrections and Treatment Center in Cleveland opened as a Halfway House.
    • The Cliff Skeen CBCF for Women opened in Summit County.
    • A new facility which houses the kitchen and the drug testing lab opened on the Glenwood campus in Akron.
    • SHARP became available for female offenders to provide a link between the mental health system and the criminal justice system.
  • 2002
    • Felony Drug Court was established in Summit County Court of Common Pleas.
  • 2004
    • Secure Controlled Remote Access Monitor (SCRAM) alcohol monitoring device/program started in Akron and northwest Ohio.
  • 2005
    • Summit County CBCF expanded.
  • 2006
    • Summit County Reentry Court was established.
  • 2007
    • CROSSWAEH CBCF for women opened in Seneca County.
    • The City of Cleveland and the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction selected Oriana House to operate the Cleveland Transition Center, a residential pilot program designed to meet the needs of Cleveland residents who are returning home from incarceration. (Closed in 2013 due to lack of funding.)
  • 2008
    • The Criminal Non Support Program began in Summit County for parents not meeting their child support obligations.
  • 2009
    • The Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, Cuyahoga County Commissioners, and the Cuyahoga County Facility Governing Board selected Oriana House to operate the McDonnell Center CBCF in Cuyahoga County.
    • Ground was broken for the McDonnell Center CBCF.
    • North Star Neighborhood Reentry Resource Center opened in Clevelandís Hough neighborhood to help individuals who have been involved in the criminal justice system navigate through barriers to become law abiding, contributing members of their families and communities.
    • Oriana House began managing the Cuyahoga County Adult Probation Departmentís Specialized Cognitive Offender Programming and Education.
  • 2011
    • The McDonnell Center CBCF opened in Cuyahoga County.
    • Oriana House renovated the former St. Hedwig church property in Akron to house the Glenwood Assessment Center, Aftercare, Reentry Court, Family Intervention Court, and Moving Toward Employment offices.
    • Community Residential Centers opened in Summit County and Cuyahoga County to provide temporary, transitional housing and some limited case management for appropriate offenders who are under community supervision. (The Community Residential Center in Cuyahoga County closed in 2018.)
    • Oriana House is selected by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction to operate a new halfway house in Erie County to serve north central Ohio. The Lake Erie Community Corrections Center is located in Sandusky.
  • 2012
    • Oriana House began operating the Alternative Environment Program to divert clients with developmental disabilities from the Summit County Jail.
    • The Summit County CBCF began accepting misdemeanants from the City of Akron.
  • 2013
    • Oriana House began operating Day Programming Services in Cuyahoga County. (Funding for this program ended in 2018.)
    • In Fremont, Oriana House opened Northwest Ohio Behavior and Reporting Services (NO-BARS).
  • 2014
    • Rigel Recovery Services opened in Summit and Seneca counties to provide outpatient substance abuse treatment services to the public.
    • Medication Assisted Treatment began in collaboration with Summit Psychological Services, Inc., Oriana House provides Vivitrol™ , an opiate blocker, to residential clients.
    • A new remote breath unit that monitors alcohol usage, along with GPS data and facial recognition, was added to Oriana Houseís Electronic Monitoring services.
    • The McDonnell Center CBCF began offering Transitional Services for CBCF clients who need additional assistance upon release.
  • 2015
    • The Lake Erie Community Corrections Center in Sandusky expanded from 22 to 44 beds.
    • In Tiffin, offices for non-residential programs moved to 65 St. Francis Avenue.
    • NO-BARS opened an office in Norwalk and funded recovery coaches.
    • Ambulatory Detoxification services began in Summit County through the Summit County ADM Crisis Center.
    • Partners in Parenting classes began at the Summit County male CBCF and Cliff Skeen CBCF for women.
    • Mobile Treatment Counselors began responding to Summa Health Systems ERs in Akron for overdoses.
    • Recovery Support Housing opened at the Frederick Avenue Apartments in Akron.
    • Oriana House started the Adult Transition Model connecting Cuyahoga County inmates from two Ohio prisons to reeentry services in Cleveland.
    • The Oriana House Hough Center opened in Cleveland and Day Programming Services and Cuyahoga County regional administration moved to this location.
  • 2017
    • Quick Response Teams formed in Summit County to provide an in-person visit to those who overdose. The team includes a police officer, paramedic, and counselor from Oriana House who work together to provide support and encourage treatment.
    • The Oriana House Reserve Center opened in Marietta as a Halfway House providing services to a 14-county area in South East Ohio.
    • Rigel Recovery Services opened in Washington County to provide outpatient substance abuse treatment to the public.
  • 2018
    • Ambulatory Detoxification began in Tiffin, Ohio.
    • NO-BARS opened an office in Port Clinton, Ohio.
    • Oriana House began offering Low-Intensity Residential Services, a 3.1 level of care as determined by the American Society of Addiction Medicine, in all of its halfway house programs.
    • Pretrial Supervision Services began for Cleveland Municipal Court.
    • The Participating in Victory of Transition (PIVOT) drug court began in Seneca County Common Pleas and Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal courts.
    • Rigel Recovery Services opened in Cuyahoga County to provide outpatient substance abuse treatment to the public.
    • Electronic Monitoring Services opened an office in Stark County.
  • 2019
    • The Glenwood Jail was decommissioned and the Community Alternative Sentencing Center in Akron opened in its place.
    • The Compass Drug Court Program began in Washington County Court of Common Pleas.