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Oriana House's Community Corrections and Treatment Center Receives National Accreditation

For Immediate Release: August 31, 2010
Contact: Christina Deibel or Linda Weyandt: (330) 535-8116

The Oriana House Community Corrections and Treatment Center (CCTC) recently earned reaccreditation by the American Correctional Association (ACA). The award was presented in conjunction with the American Correctional Association Congress of Correction Conference earlier this month. The CCTC facility, located at 1829 E. 55th Street in Cleveland, is a comprehensive community sanction center that houses male and female offenders and is managed by Oriana House, Inc. Oriana House is a private, nonprofit, community corrections and chemical dependency treatment agency with facilities in Cuyahoga, Summit, and Seneca counties.

In presenting the award, Lannette Linthicum, M.D., Chairperson of the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections, complimented Oriana House on its professional level of operation and success in completing the accreditation process.

"Your accreditation represents the satisfactory completion of a rigorous self-evaluation, followed by an outside review by a team of independent auditors," Linthicum said. "To know that you, your staff, and other officials are complying with the requirements of the accreditation process is indeed a statement of a high level of commitment to the staff and persons under your care."

During the on-site closeout session of the audit the auditors' report commended the CCTC and Oriana House staff saying, "Oriana House has a lot of services and after reviewing how big of an impact you have on the (entire) state, what you are doing is contributing to the bigger issue of offender reentry and you should be proud of what you do.

CCTC received a 100% score on all ACA mandatory standards and a 99.5% on non-mandatory standards. Bernie Rochford, Oriana House executive vice president, said, I am proud of our staff's commitment to deliver high quality programming that can effectively help offenders turn their lives around.

CCTC provides evidence-based programs designed to assist appropriate, felony offenders in successfully transitioning into their community. The structure and level of supervision provided at CCTC assures accountability for the offender, while the programming and learning opportunities are designed to help offenders make positive behavioral changes that result in reduced recidivism and safer communities. CCTC clients receive intensive case management, substance abuse treatment, employment readiness training and placement, mental health services, cognitive therapy, 12-step programs, and parenting skills enhancements.

The ACA accreditation process involves a professional peer review based on national standards that address services, programs, and operations essential to effective correctional management. The standards were developed by national leaders from the field of corrections, law, architecture, health care, and other groups who are interested in sound correctional management. Through accreditation, an agency is able to maintain a balance between protecting the public and providing an environment that safeguards the life, health, and safety of staff and offenders. Standards set by ACA reflect practical, up-to-date policies and procedures and function as a management tool for agencies and facilities throughout the world.

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