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243 E. Bluelick Rd
P.O. Box 5305
Lima, Ohio 45802-5305
Allen, Auglaize, Hancock, Hardin, Mercer, Putnam, Paulding, Shelby, and Van Wert
*American Correctional Association (ACA)
Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)
The W.O.R.T.H Center is a Community Based Correctional Facility (CBCF) that houses felony offenders for a period not to exceed six (6) months.
The goal of the W.O.R.T.H. Center is to provide a highly structured program offering evidence based cognitive behavioral programming. W.O.R.T.H. is a secure setting with much emphasis on public safety, while also providing residents the ability to transition back into their home community through passes, community service, and work release.
All Core Programming is Cognitive Behaviorally based. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is how we address our resident’s maladaptive thinking and negative emotions. This enables us to challenge negative thinking and emotions and gives residents the ability to find new thinking to reduce their high risk thoughts and feelings. If a resident’s risky thoughts and behaviors can be lowered, the risk level is lowered thus enabling a resident to function as a productive member of society.
Trained staff members administer assessments to determine what each resident’s individual needs are. The assessments used are: Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI-3), Texas Christian University Motivational Assessment (TCU Mot), Texas Christian Criminal Thinking Scale Assessment (TCU CTS),Ohio Risk Assessment System (ORAS), Bio-Psychosocial, Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) etc. There is collateral information that is utilized as well when assessing residents; Pre-Sentence Investigation (PSI) as well as a meeting with each resident’s family or support.
These assessments are utilized to determine individualized needs and allow an individualized plan to be developed. We are able to complete diagnostic assessments on residents who present with mental health issues and utilize this information in meeting treatment needs as well. All residents are required dependent upon risk scores to attend a variety of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Groups. It is our goal to address specific needs throughout the program to enable the resident to move through our program smoothly and work towards successful release. Residents begin to meet with outside service providers the last part of their programming stay. We offer Aftercare to seven of our nine counties; two of our counties (Allen and Hancock) have their own aftercare services in place. Our aftercare workers meet with each resident of the seven counties to begin working on the following: housing, jobs, barriers to treatment, meeting with probation officers and an evolving relapse prevention plan.
Each resident is assigned a Case Manager when they enter into the program. This Case Manager will work with the resident from entry until release. This worker will utilize completed assessments to develop an individualized treatment plan a minimum of two times while in the program. These treatment plans will identify the criminogenic needs that should be addressed and an action plan of how to address them. Should any client present with mental health issues we are also equipped to provide not only a diagnostic but also counseling services and medication in some circumstances. The W.O.R.T.H. Center also provides education services and supportive services for residents to gain employment during the latter part of their stay.
Orientation: The first 30 days in the program, the period all initial assessments are completed and initial treatment plan is completed. During this period the resident is not permitted outside secure parameter of building, no visitation or outside passes. This period of time is designated for orientation classes, assessments, individual sessions, and becoming acclimated to the program.
Transitional: This period of the program is designated by starting the bulk of programming classes. Residents will be able to have visitation, and begin to take small outside passes into the community.
Conditional: This period of the program is the last for the resident. The resident will take some extended passes into the community to assist with becoming acclimated to society again. Resident will be finishing up programming requirements and begin on release planning.
Aftercare: The facilities aftercare workers will work with individual residents to adjust relapse prevention plan. The worker will also assist in being a link with or for probation. The aftercare worker will also assist in any area that appears to be a barrier for the individual while in the community. Cognitive Behavioral Interventions will continue to be a part of treatment during this period.
We offer only Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at our facility to address identified criminogenic needs. All curriculums used are evidence-based and designed to reduce risk with the individuals we are serving in our facility.
We do offer a variety of voluntary groups that are not considered a formal part of our resident’s treatment rather they are alternative support groups. This is a list of the voluntary groups available: Ridge Project (focus on family values), Volunteers come to our facility and offer NA and AA to residents, Bible Study, Celebrate Recovery (alternative support group, focus on hurts, hang-ups and habits.
Offenders from the facility are given a preliminary assessment, health appraisal, and health care planning session upon intake. The W.O.R.T.H. Center has a contracted physician and nurse. The contracted physician conducts needed medication and other checkups.
Indoor activities are made available that include, fitness equipment, some indoor sports, board games, and television viewing. Outdoor activities include basketball, volleyball, frisbee, corn hole, hacky sack, pull up bar, etc.