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119 East Main Street
Newark, Ohio 43055
Chemical Dependency Assessments are completed by a contracted CCDC III within two weeks of a offender’s intake. The clinical assessment involves the use of the SASSI assessment tool, plus an in depth interview with each offender. The assessments also include the offender’s history and a plan of referral. The CCDC III, along with other chemical dependency instructors, will assess and refer offenders to the in-house treatment program or make referrals to outside agencies when necessary. The CCDC III will assist in continuity of care for offenders prior to discharge for follow-up recommendations as needed. The CCDC III is a member of the Treatment Teat, which meets weekly.
Designed to assist LMCCC offenders in determining whether or not they are chemically dependent. Offenders will learn the signs and symptoms of chemical dependency to assist them in self-diagnosing their addiction. Offenders will begin to identify consequences of their drug and alcohol use, behaviors, and attitude changes necessary for recovery. Offenders will be introduced to recovery options. At the end of the Disease Recognition class, offenders will write a self-diagnosis statement. Offenders who identify themselves as chemically dependent, and are willing to make significant attitude and behavior changes necessary for recovery, will be referred into the Changing Directions Chemical Dependency Treatment Program. The Disease Recognition Class meets for 24 hours in a 4-week cycle, providing 10 cycles per fiscal year. Only offenders assessed with Alcohol and Drug issues will be referred to the Disease Recognition Class.
The primary functions of the class are to identify, evaluate, and treat offenders who experience problems related to chemical dependency. The goal of identification, evaluation, and treatment is to increase the level of functioning of the offender who has problems related to chemical dependency. Changing Directions meets for 63 hours in a 5-week cycle, with 8 cycles offered each fiscal year. Offenders from all counties, except for Licking and Muskingum, will attend a weekly aftercare group at the facility until released from the program. Licking County offenders attend a Saturday morning aftercare group at LAPP, and Muskingum County offenders attend aftercare at Genesis Healthcare Systems in Zanesville upon their release from the program.
The Changing Choices Class focuses on positive choice making, and builds off of the Cognitive Thinking program, which helps offenders learn how to implement the skills in their everyday lives. This 2-hour class meets weekly for 4 weeks, for 8 hours per cycle, with 10 cycles offered each fiscal year.
Mental Health Assessments and Individual Counseling – a local mental health agency will provide two counselors to conduct individual mental health assessments, referrals to other mental health agencies, coordination of services for pre-discharge, and continuity of care for offenders. The counselors also provide input, as needed, for the Screening Committee and training for facility staff. Contracted staff are available for up to 14 hours per week throughout the year. Contracted mental health staff are members of the Treatment Team.
Assists offenders in identification of impulsively and inability to attach consequences to actions. The class helps offenders improve analytical and problem-solving skills so they are better equipped to solve problems that can lead to recidivism. Offenders clearly identify the link between their criminal behavior and their substance abuse. Finally, the class helps shape offender values so that considering others becomes important. This class is provided weekly for 3 hours for 4 weeks, for a total of 12 hours per cycle, with 10 cycles offered throughout the fiscal year.
Focuses on describing thinking errors and assisting offenders in identifying specific thinking errors related to their specific criminal behaviors. Offenders are presented information concerning alternatives to criminal thinking and skills that are important to counteract this; namely, empathy, impulse control, and anger management. This class also takes a look at how the underlying motives that shape criminal activity specifically, unmet needs and past hurts are due to self-centeredness, addressed inappropriately and through secrecy. Offenders work to outline a plan of what to correct and how to counteract their future thinking errors. This class is offered 2 hours per week for 4 weeks, for a total of 8 hours per cycle, with 10 cycles offered every fiscal year.
Provides offenders who have identified mental health needs with a readily accessible means of receiving counseling services. Offenders are oriented to group norms and rules. Emphasis is given to assisting offenders with developing competency in the areas of healthy self-disclosure and effective sharing of feedback to others. Therapeutic group discussions and interactions will be focused on, but not limited to, the following topics: male sexuality, anger/self-control, recovery from physical and/or sexual abuse, relationship skills, sexual addiction recovery, and domestic violence. This group is offered every week of the year, for 1½ hours per week, with two counselors mediating.
A State-certified teacher assesses individual offender skill levels and develops an Individual Education Plan that provides Basic Literacy Instruction and GED Preparation. An in-house library is accessible to all offenders to promote reading and also houses computer terminals for offenders to use to enhance their education.
Offenders examine anger management and learn tools to better handle conflicts. Also, this class helps offenders examine current attitudes in regard to domestic violence, recognize domestic violence as a serious, widespread problem, and learn facts related to domestic violence and the cycle of violence. Offenders are challenged to apply information to themselves. Offenders also address topics on the effects of violence on children, the causes of family violence, sex role stereotyping, and power and control in relationships versus equality and non-violence. Offenders examine anger management and learn tools to better equip themselves. This class is offered 2 hours each week for 2 weeks, for a total of 4 hours per cycle, with 5 cycles offered each fiscal year. This class is required for offenders with a Domestic Violence Charge (current and past).
This class assists offenders in examining their own parenting skills, examine ways they were parented, and to teach new skills in the areas of parenting, discipline, and healthy interaction with children. The class is offered 2 hours per week over a 4-week period, for a total of 8 hours per cycle, with 5 cycles offered each fiscal year.
The focus of this class is on how to reduce stress levels and identify life habits that create stress. Offenders will take a look at things that cause stress and how to reduce stressors (long and short term de-stressors). Offenders will learn deep breathing exercises and techniques, biofeedback, progressive muscle relaxation, meditation, etc. This class is offered 2 hours weekly for 2 weeks, for a total of 4 hours (10 cycles per year).
Each offender is required to attend the 6-hour workshop. During these sessions, offenders obtain the basic tools necessary to assist them in finding a career as well as focus on money issues, budgeting skills, debt management, and bankruptcy.
Offenders are required to complete 40 hours of community service during residency at various sites. LMCCC has adopted a rural stretch of a county road in the Licking County area in a cooperative effort to Keep Licking County Beautiful. There are on-site gardens that are maintained by offenders and the Master Gardeners Association. Produce from the gardens is consumed in-house.
Offenders are given a preliminary health assessment, health appraisal, and a health care planning session upon intake. Medical staff also conducts educational classes that include communicable diseases and their prevention and hepatitis/TB inoculations. The goal of the medical staff is to be an integral part of helping offenders develop a healthy lifestyle by providing quality medical care and advice or by referring to community clinics and dental centers that provides needed services.
Designed to help families learn to plan for daily food needs, read food labels to better select and buy food economically, prepare nutritious, low-cost meals, and effectively use other supplemental programs (Ohio Directions Card/Food Stamps, WIC, etc). An emphasis is placed on the effects of alcohol and drugs on the body nutritionally. Nutrition Class is a 2-hour class offered weekly for four weeks, for a total of 8 hours per cycle, with 10 cycles offered per fiscal year.
Once an offender is assessed as Chemically Dependent, or in need of treatment, he will be scheduled to attend the Self-Help Class. The class covers: historical overview of self-help programs; introduction to the Big Book; in-depth look at the 12-steps; what is a higher power; definition of a sponsor, reasons for having a sponsor; what a good sponsor contact involves; description of various types of self-help meetings and what makes a good meeting; what information should be gained at meetings and how to look for a meeting that suites an offenders personal needs and why that is important; special speakers from the AA/NA community are utilized along with videos pertaining to recovery. This class is offered 2 hours weekly for 4 weeks, with 10 cycles offered each year.
This class focuses on teaching offenders to diffuse and de-escalate anger in others; body positions/body language; what words to use/not use. This class is offered 1 time per month for 2 hours, with 12 sessions offered each year.
Recreation is provided to offenders, as it is necessary
for offenders to have fun while in recovery and
experience activities sober. Offenders are involved in a
number of recreational activities: canoeing, hiking,
sledding, ice skating, roller skating, high ropes
course, grounds course, volleyball, softball,
basketball, card tournaments, fieldtrips (i.e., Columbus
Zoo Christmas lights, Blue Jacket and Tecumseh Outdoor
Drama, Cleveland and Columbus Art Museums, etc).