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264 E Crosier Street
P O Box 1501
Akron, Ohio 44309
941 Sherman Street
P O Box 1501
Akron, Ohio 44309
Primarily Summit and contiguous counties (others may be considered under special circumstances)
*American Correctional Association (ACA)
Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OMHAS-Residential and Outpatient Chemical Dependency Treatment Certified
Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)
Screening eligibility and admission criteria established by the Judicial Corrections Board. Referrals are adult male and female felony offenders referred by the sentencing Court of Common Pleas. Misdemeanor offenders from Summit County may be accepted if they require long-term rehabilitative programming.
Substance Abuse Treatment
Substance abuse programming includes Treatment Readiness, Primary Treatment (intensive out-patient level of care), and Aftercare. Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Contingency Management, and Recovery and Peer Support are offered throughout the three phases of our substance abuse treatment program.
Opiate Enhanced Treatment
In response to the opiate epidemic, specific programming is offered to both male and female clients with an opiate dependence diagnosis. This opiate specific group is an IOP level of care and uses the same curriculum as the other IOP groups.
Conjoint Sessions and Family Matters bring the client’s family into the recovery process. Conjoint sessions are held in IOP and Aftercare; the client brings his/her positive support person or family member with him/her during this conjoint session. Family Matters is a weekly session for family members to help them understand more about addiction, how to support their loved ones and encourage a sober environment when they return home. Social skills are taught to the family members and role plays are conducted to reinforce the skill building for every session.
Cognitive Behavior Change
Includes cognitive restructuring, social skills development, and development of problem solving skills. Through the acquisition and use of these skills, clients are taught how to change their behaviors by changing their thinking. Offenders progress through a variety of specific curricula (Thinking Errors, Thinking for a Change, Boosters) which keeps them engaged throughout their placement.
Adult Basic Education
State-certified teachers assess individual offender skill levels and develop an Individual Education Plan that provides Basic Literacy Instruction, GED Preparation, College Tutoring, 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 the University of Akron. Oriana House is a Pearson Vue authorized test site, all registering and scheduling clients for GED 2014 is handled internally. An in-house library is accessible to all offenders to promote reading.
A four-week class that focuses on responsible parenting. Topics include good parenting vs. responsible parenting and punishment vs. logical consequences.
Family Night Visitation
Family Interaction Visitation is provided in addition to regular visitation for offenders who are not adept in interacting in a positive, fostering way with their children and families. The visitation features structured activities that allow for rebuilding relationships and child bonding. Activities are designed to be light- hearted and fun and often consist of various crafts and games.
Family Orientation and Release Planning
Orientation 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.
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. The Employment Department works with area employers who are willing to consider CBCF offenders for employment.
Offenders are required to complete 20 hours of community service at various sites and have adopted several parks in the Akron area in a cooperative effort to Keep Akron Beautiful. Offenders assisted Summit County Children Services, Battered Women’s Shelter and Safe Landing Youth Shelters by sewing and donating laundry and hygiene bags. Both facilities have on-site gardens that are maintained by offenders and is a joint effort between Let’s Grow Akron and the in-house Life Skills instructor. Produce from the gardens is consumed in-house, consumed by offenders on pass or donated to local homeless shelters.
Upon intake, offenders are given a preliminary health assessment, health appraisal and a healthcare planning session. 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 them to community clinics and dental centers that provide needed services.
Physical and Emotional Health Programming
Classes include men and women’s health, anger/stress management, meditation/relaxation, poetry, healthy Chinese exercise, and presentations on nutrition, education, and Planned Parenthood.
Indoor activities include fitness equipment, indoor sports, board games, arts/crafts, and television viewing. Outdoor activities include basketball, volleyball, frisbee, bike riding, etc. Community activities include sporting events, museums, metropolitan parks and other cultural events.