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3220 Colerain Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45225
Four to six month program requiring all participants to evaluate past and current behaviors, dependency issues and sober living options. The Therapeutic Community model of treatment requires 24 hour seven days a week participation in a peer driven, pro-social living environment. Offenders are provided with information about addictive substances but the focus of treatment is on “right living”, achieving an acceptable level of maturity, responsibility, accountability and values. Offenders are also asked to address drug and criminal lifestyle, work attitude, their need to maintain an “image”, self-esteem/self-efficacy and their commitment to creating and maintaining a productive, sober lifestyle. All aspects of the program demand a change in cognition and behavior.
State certified teachers assess individual offender skill levels and develop an Individual Education Plan that provides basic Literacy Instruction, GED preparation, college tutoring, financial aid seminars, educational field trips and a computer lab with educational software for all learning levels. The Education Department refers offenders to outside programming such as Literacy Tutoring, Adult Basic Literacy Education and Cincinnati State College. There is a complete in-house library available to all offenders.
Employment Specialists work with the offender population to evaluate job skills, work history, interviewing techniques and work ethic issues. Offenders are allowed to job seek and work during the last phase of their stay.
River City Correctional Center employs a Food Service Manager who oversees the program and works with offenders wishing to enter the food service field. It is a nine (9) week “hands on” program that includes training in the preparation of Frisch’s Restaurant menu items. Culinary Arts Program offenders prepare special meals for facility meetings and the group bakes and sells holiday baked goods each year. Offenders are awarded a Training Certificate when they successfully complete the program.
Offenders apply for the Maintenance Assistance Program during the treatment phase. The program is a minimum of 100 hours. Job functions include floor care (both carpet and tile), HVAC maintenance and repair, general building maintenance including plumbing and electrical, general facility custodial care, landscaping, gardening and maintenance of grounds. Offenders are awarded a maintenance-training certificate upon discharge from the facility.
Offenders are asked to constantly relate past and current behavior to the problems they have had or currently have in their lives. To assist them in making the connection topics such as HIV and AIDS, Parenting, How to be a Father, Women’s Issues in Society, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Breast Cancer Awareness, Physical and Dental Hygiene and Nutrition Classes are covered.
Offenders must perform thirty six hours of community service while at River City Correctional Center. Offenders are supervised by the Hamilton County Probation Department and have performed services for the Department of Transportation, Dress for Success, City of Cincinnati, First Step Home, Hamilton County Parks, St. Rita’s School for the Deaf and the Drop Inn Shelter.
Physical exercise is mandatory for one hour each day. Exercises include aerobics, yoga, walking on treadmills, elliptical machines, riding stationary bikes and general calisthenics. Meditation and relaxation classes are offered to offenders to promote good health and provide additional coping skills.
The needs of the offenders are examined prior to discharge and offenders who require housing are responsible for contacting and securing, with help from their Case Managers, appropriate sober-support housing. If offenders require additional case management services a referral to the Hamilton County TASC program is made. All offenders are assigned to an after-care group before discharge and care is taken to ensure the after-care meeting does not interfere with current employment.
All Hamilton County offenders are required to complete a three to six month aftercare program. Offenders are expected to attend weekly meetings, meet with their probation officer and submit to random urinalysis. For those men and women who have tested positive for drugs/alcohol they are placed in a Relapse group which meets twice weekly. Therapeutic Community treatment methods are utilized in after-care treatment and participants are expected to continue right living behaviors. When offenders complete the after-care portion they are required to come back to the facility to talk about their experience in living in the “real” world, e.g., staying sober, working, parenting, going to school, etc.