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Community Corrections

Each year in Ohio, thousands of citizens return to their families and communities safely after participating in Oriana House's community reentry programs.

Dorm in residential correctional facility

Community corrections programs provide the criminal justice system with pretrial services and alternative sentencing options to jail or prison. All programs increase accountability and allow people to rehabilitate and establish connections and resources in their own community.

Oriana House offers residential and nonresidential programs throughout Ohio that work to change offender behavior using evidence based practices. Caseworkers help clients develop an individualized program plan based on their needs, and staff build rapport to help offenders make positive changes.

A combination of teaching techniques includes modeling appropriate behavior; reinforcing desired actions and deterring unwanted actions; and role playing problem-solving and relationship-building skills.

Classroom for education, employment, Thinking for a Change, and other programming

Identified needs such as substance use disorder treatment, education, employment, coping skills, parenting classes, anger management, and more are addressed.

Recovery coaches offer peer support to clients and Family Matters is a free information/support resource for families affected by addiction.

All clients undergo regular drug and alcohol testing and are also responsible for financial obligations such as child support, fines, and restitution.

Residential staff post

Clients are referred by municipal and common pleas courts; the Federal Bureau of Prisons; the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction; probation; and the Adult Parole Authority.

To find out more about eligibility or placement in our community corrections programs, please contact our Admissions Department.

Services

Community Based Correctional Facilities (CBCFs) offer Oriana House's most restrictive residential programming. Clients are confined to the facility during the beginning stage of their programming. As clients progress through the program they are encouraged to obtain and maintain employment and are able to earn pass privileges. Most clients are in the CBCF program for 180 days.

Every CBCF in Ohio has a Facility Governing Board. The members of the Facility Governing Board for the McDonnell Center CBCF in Cuyahoga County are Alfonso Sanchez, Chair; Brandy Carney; Vincent Holland; Myriam Miranda; Scott Osiecki; Greg Popovich; Charles See; William Thompson; and Luis Vazquez. This FGB meets the second Friday of each month.

The members of the Facility Governing Board for the Summit County CBCF are Andrea Norris, Chair; Dean Carro; Anita Davis; Judi Hill; Marilyn Keith; Marquita Mitchell; Lori Pesci; and Amber Zibritosky. This FGB meets quarterly in January, April, July, and October on the fourth Friday.

The Facility Governing Board members of the CROSSWAEH CBCF in Seneca County (serving a nine county region) are James W. Fruth, Chair; Rhonda Best; Kevin Cashen; Derek Dailey; Kenneth Estep; Stephanie Little; John Schlessman; Tom Trittschuh; and Melissa Weininger. This Facility Governing Board meets quarterly in January, April, July and Oct. on the third Friday.

If you wish to attend any of these public meetings, please contact info@orianahouse.org for further details.

The Community Alternative Sentencing Center (CASC) provides direct sentencing and pretrial options in a secure residential setting for those charged with or convicted of misdemeanor and/or low level felony offenses. Most placements are 90 days or less. This can include OVI/DUS offenders serving the mandatory portion of the sentence with jail time credit, OVI/DUS offenders past their mandatory sentence, misdemeanor and felony offenders sentenced by the court, probation violators serving a sanction, specialty court sanctions, and individuals waiting for placement in other residential facilities or awaiting trial.

The Halfway House Program is a residential program for those needing long-term rehabilitative programming of 90 days or longer. Release from the facility is permitted only for verified work, education, authorized activities, or an earned privilege.

Special Housing Adjustment Residential Program (SHARP) serves community corrections clients who have mental illness and may also need substance use treatment. The program partners with providers of mental health services to integrate the client into the community and arrange for stable housing.

Electronic Monitoring uses a tamper proof ankle bracelet to monitor the client. Restrictions can require the person to remain at home at all times or be allowed to leave at scheduled times for work, treatment, or other approved activities. GPS technology allows for real time location tracking.

Alcohol Monitoring is offered with either a hand held cellular device or through the Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring (SCRAM) system that uses an ankle bracelet to monitor the use of alcohol.

Drug Courts are specialty courts certified through the Supreme Court of Ohio to handle cases involving drug offenders. These courts mandate substance use treatment. Regular court appearances and case management are required to complete the program. Oriana House staff is part of several Drug Court teams: Akron Recovery Court through Akron Municipal Court; Turning Point Program through Summit County Court of Common Pleas; PIVOT Court through Tiffin Municipal Court and Seneca County Court of Common Pleas; and COMPASS Court through Washington County Court of Common Pleas.

The Family Intervention Court offers early intervention, case management, and treatment services for misdemeanor and felony domestic violence offenders. Additional coordination with the Battered Women's Shelter of Summit and Medina Counties and the Victim Assistance Program helps to offer counseling for victims involved in these cases.

The Reentry Court facilitates offenders' successful return to their community upon judicial release from prison (early release granted by sentencing authority). In an effort to reduce repeat criminal behavior and the rate of return to prison, intense and structured supervision and counseling services are provided.

Valor Court is a specialty court for veterans in Summit County Court of Common Pleas. Some veterans return to civilian life with serious trauma, both physical and mental, which can lead to their involvement with the criminal justice system. Oriana House provides case management services and recovery coaches who provide support, shared experiences, and assistance with community resources.

Hope Court works with people who are diagnosed with a serious mental illness and are involved in the criminal justice system. Those who need residential placement are admitted to the Special Housing Adjustment Residential Program (SHARP), which is operated by Oriana House.

Day Reporting requires individuals who are on probation, parole, or referred by the court to follow an individualized program plan and have regular contact with a caseworker. Progress is monitored by verifying offenders' activities with itineraries, daily phone calls, curfew calls, and alcohol and drug testing.

Pretrial Supervision is utilized for those released from jail, often on a personal bond, and awaiting trial. Clients have regular contact with staff to assure that they are in compliance of their release conditions and attend all court proceedings.

Seneca County Probation Services provides community control supervision to assigned offenders from the Seneca County Court of Common Pleas. Probation clients must comply with specific court-ordered rules and conditions such as meeting regularly with a probation officer, drug testing, appearing in court, and performing community service.