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Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction CBCF - NorthWest

NorthWest Community Corrections Center

NorthWest Community Corrections Center
(Male Facility)


1740 E. Gypsy Lane Road
Bowling Green, Ohio 43402


(419) 354-7444


(419) 354-7445

Phase Movement

progress through the SEARCH Program involves four phases: Orientation, Primary Treatment, Re-entry, and Aftercare. Except for orientation offenders must earn their way to the next phase with approval from their brothers and from the treatment team.

Orientation occupies the first 20 days or so of an offender’s time. Learning about Therapeutic Community and acclimating to the program are the essential goals of this phase. A test must be passed to advance to the primary phase.

The Primary Treatment phase usually lasts 90 to 120 days. Drug and alcohol abuse is met head on during this phase as are behavioral problems, criminal thinking and emotional management. Once completing all the oral and written work for re-entry an offender can earn his way to the re-entry phase.

Once in the Re-entry phase the emphasis shifts to experiencing and adapting to today’s multiple social demands. Job experiences and making a place for himself with his family and within his community are the primary work that is accomplished by the offender in re-entry. The re-entry phase usually lasts 30 to 60 days.

Aftercare is the final phase. Completing the written and oral requirements for this phase and maintaining role model behavior earns passage to this last phase. Being able to leave earlier than the maximum mandated stay at NWCCC encourages offenders to prepare for their future as a pro-social adult.

Family Orientation

Orientation is provided to families of offenders to encourage family support and participation in CBCF programming. Families are given information needed to become an integral part of an offender’s success during and after release from the program.

Thinking For A Change

An intensive cognitive restructuring program is part of every offender’s experience at NWCCC. This National Institute of Justice curriculum is a 22 lesson, group oriented and experientially based intervention that addresses and corrects criminal thinking. Additionally, Thinking For A Change teaches offenders social and cognitive skills that can help them solve and avoid problems.

Adult Basic Education

State-certified teachers assess offender’s level of academic skills and provide GED or remedial classes and computer lab exercises from the Destinations Program. While addressing educational deficits with these methodologies, education staff provides substantial one on one teaching. GED tests are given on-site.

Domestic Violence and Parenting

Classes for offenders who have issues around relationships with their significant others and with their children.

Victims and/or Perpetrators of Sexual Abuse

In consort with the Help Center in Napoleon and Behavioral Connections in Bowling Green, the program offers sexual abuse treatment and sex offender treatment.

Mental Health

Those offenders with severe and critical mental health problems that develop during their stay at NWCCC are screened for possible hospitalization by staff from Behavioral Connections, Inc., the “gatekeeper” to the state-supported regional psychiatric hospital. Other mental health needs that are not critical, but perhaps chronic or situational are addressed. A mental health counselor and a psychiatrist visit the facility regularly to meet the special needs of offenders with a possible mental health diagnosis.

Medical services

A part time nurse and a doctor who has a regular clinic schedule at NWCCC tend to the medical needs of offenders, except when emergency care is needed. The on-call nurse is contacted and a triage decision is made about the offender receiving hospital emergency room services when an emergency arises.

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Emotional Management

An Anger Management and Domestic Violence Class are provided to a majority of the offenders who have not learned to regulate their emotions and handle their anger appropriately. Many of the therapeutic community tools enhance emotional management skills. Talk tables, relating tables, encounters, and the bench also help offenders cope with emotions that heretofore had been part of the drug addiction cycle. Additionally, a group on identifying feelings is held weekly for offenders who are unable to identify their feelings and who do not have a fundamental knowledge of the range of feelings that is part of the human experience.


Offenders in the Primary and Re-entry phases at NWCCC are given various opportunities to begin developing work skills and a work ethic. The WORK Industry (i.e., a stand alone self-supported workshop that performs contracted outsource piecework assembly for local manufacturing businesses) offers offenders opportunities of work for pay and works with area employers who are willing to consider NWCCC offenders for temporary transitional employment or permanent employment opportunities before leaving the facility. The WORK Industry workshop environment provides a closely supervised factory setting for learning job maintenance skills and for earning a paycheck.

Employment class topics include

skills identification, phoning skills, how to complete a job application, proper appearance for job searching, job resources, interview techniques, resume writing, review of program job search rules, mock job interviews, and use of public transportation. Offenders are required to provide documentation of productive job searching and are given a reasonable amount of time to secure employment.

JOB F.I.N.D. is a cooperative effort program made available to NWCCC offenders by the Wood County office of the Department of Job and Family Services. It is a structured program with a curriculum offering career guidance, employment procurement training, and other daily living skills training.

Community Service

Offenders are required to complete 30 hours of community service at various sites within the Bowling Green area. The Wood County Historical Society, the Wood County Humane Society, the Wood County Landfill, the Wood County Building and Grounds Department, and the local park district are the current community service sites. Community Service time is also given to assist schools, nursing homes and to assist local organizations in special events.


Offenders participate in scheduled recreation. Indoor activities include reading, utilizing fitness equipment, board games and watching television. Outdoor activities include basketball, volleyball, etc. Sober Living Activities include attending sporting events, visiting museums, attending local seasonal festivals, and taking advantage of local parks and other cultural events.

Family Involvement

Offenders and staff work closely with the offender’s probation officer to involve family members in treatment. Family sessions, groups focusing on family issues, exercises of writing to and about family members, and reviewing visiting and furlough experiences with an offender’s family are the foundation for family involvement. Family members who visit are required to attend an orientation session on therapeutic communiies.

Services after Release

Participation in various outpatient services are planned before an offender leaves the facility. All offenders continue with "Thinking for A Change" follow-up groups for seven sessions after their release from NWCCC. These sessions are conducted at the facility or facilitated by the Maumee Valley Guidance Center in Bryan, Ohio or Napoleon, Ohio. Depending on remaining clinical needs and unresolved core issues, offenders, in cooperation with their Probation Officer, plan a regimen of outpatient services at service providers located in their home communities. These services include participation in drug and alcohol treatment, domestic violence treatment, mental health treatment, sexual abuse/offender treatment, education, etc.