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For Immediate Release                                                                                 August 29, 2007

 

Prison System Partners with Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services in Celebrating 15 Years of Innovative Programming

(Orient) – Terry J. Collins, Director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC), was joined today by Angela Cornelius, Director of the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services (ODADAS), in celebrating the 15th anniversary of the OASIS (Our Awareness of Self Increases Success) program at the Pickaway Correctional Institution.

The OASIS program is a joint collaboration between DRC and ODADAS to provide intensive residential drug and alcohol treatment services to offenders incarcerated in the state prison system.  The goal of this program is to address the substance abuse issues of each offender in the program, while addressing their personal issues and expectations for their successful reentry back into the community following their release from prison.  The OASIS program is one of four residential therapeutic communities within the Ohio prison system.

“This type of programming plays a very important role in helping offenders to have a seamless transition back into the community following their incarceration, especially given the fact that anywhere from 70% to 80% of our offender population has a history of substance abuse or addiction,” stated DRC Director Terry J. Collins.   “We rely on the partnerships such as the one we have with ODADAS to provide this treatment and to spread the word about how important successful reentry is, not only for the offender, but for the community at large.”

 “ODADAS is proud to partner with DRC on this innovative and cost-effective solution to the revolving door of substance abuse and crime,” commented ODADAS Director Angela L. Cornelius. “On this, the fifteenth anniversary of the OASIS program, we acknowledge the positive steps Ohio has taken toward addressing the needs of its prison population and celebrate the promise of recovery and a life free from addiction and crime.”

For more information, please contact the DRC Public Information Office at (614) 752-1150 or Amanda Conn Starner, ODADAS Chief of Communications, at (614) 644-8456.