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Cuyahoga County CBCF Receives National Accreditation

For Immediate Release: February 29. 2012
Contact: Christina Deibel or Linda Weyandt: (330) 535-8116

The Judge Nancy R. McDonnell Community Based Correctional Facility (CBCF) earned a perfect score on its initial audit and accreditation by the American Correctional Association (ACA). The Judge Nancy R. McDonnell CBCF is a 200-bed male facility located at 3540 Croton Avenue in Cleveland. It opened on February 1, 2011 and is managed by Oriana House, Inc. and funded by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. A Facility Governing Board is responsible for oversight of the CBCF.

“The Judge Nancy R. McDonnell CBCF received a 100% on all 33 mandatory and 204 non-mandatory standards,” said Illya McGee, Oriana House Vice President of Correctional Programs in Cuyahoga County. “For a facility to earn a perfect score on its initial audit is impressive,” said McGee. “I am proud of our staff who are committed to delivering high quality programming that can effectively help offenders turn their lives around.”

Alfonso Sanchez, Chair of the CBCF Facility Governing Board, said the audit results reflect the hard work and professionalism of everyone involved with the Cuyahoga County CBCF. “The Facility Governing Board is pleased with this audit score. We will remain committed to providing quality community corrections programs to Cuyahoga County.”

The CBCF provides a highly-structured and secure community sanction for felony offenders and offers chemical dependency treatment, academic assessments and opportunities, community service, and employment training which are all imperative to the rehabilitation of offenders. Research shows that carefully screened offenders can be diverted from prison to controlled community supervision settings without compromising the safety of the community and with significantly higher success rates. Offenders sentenced to CBCFs usually complete the program in four to six months and are involved in a multi-tiered treatment plan.

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.

Oriana House is a private, nonprofit, community corrections and chemical dependency treatment agency with facilities in Cuyahoga, Summit, Seneca, and Erie counties.

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