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Bureau of Correctional Recovery Services

The Bureau of Correctional Recovery Services is a partnership between the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) and the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) to treat offenders who are in need of substance abuse recovery programming. The Bureau works to instill in offenders an improved sense of responsibility and the ability to become law-abiding citizens. Our licensed treatment professionals build on evidence-based research and practical knowledge to:

  • improve treatment outcomes for offenders;
  • instill hope and opportunity for a life without substance use; and
  • provide a seamless holistic approach to alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment.

The treatment regimen includes screening and treatment recommendations for all reception inmates; various intensities and modalities of AOD programs at parent institutions; and continuing care that includes referrals to supportive and treatment-enhancing activities throughout the inmate’s incarceration.  As recovery offenders approach release, referrals to community providers that deliver recovery supports are offered via the OhioMHAS Community Transition Program.


To provide evidenced-based treatment, which
teaches the skills necessary for offenders to remain
drug free upon release to the community. 


Contact Us
Selena DeLozier
Program Administrator

(614) 752-1637

John Sexten, Chief

Bureau of Correctional 
Recovery Services
770 W. Broad St.

Columbus, OH 43222


Treatment and Program Options

The broad range of services offered within ODRC institutions begins with reception center alcohol and other drug (AOD) screening and treatment recommendations.  Parent institutions offer structured programming that included cognitive behavioral treatment programs and therapeutic communities. The services include: 

  • AOD Intensive Program Prison: A 90-day program focusing on education, training, work, substance abuse treatment, community service, conservation work, and/or other intensive programming for eligible inmates in accordance with Ohio Revised Code 5120.32. Upon successful completion of this program, the inmate’s sentence may be reduced to 90 days served in a transitional type of detention followed by a release under post-release control sanctions, or in the alternative, the inmate may be placed immediately under post-release control sanctions.
  • AOD Screening: Offenders at reception institutions are screened for AOD use history with the Texas Christian University Drug Screening V Instrument.
  • AOD Services for the Dually Diagnosed:  For offenders with co-occurring substance abuse and mental illness disorders, a holistic approach is determined by a multi-disciplinary team that includes ODRC’s Bureau of Mental Health Services.
  • Brief Intervention Program: Brief Intervention is a six-week, 24-hour cognitive behavioral program that uses evidence-based strategies to assist inmates as they work to make positive changes in their criminogenic thoughts and behaviors and change patterns of substance use. 
  • Intensive Outpatient Program: A 144-hour program of  services that are delivered daily for a minimum of 12 hours a week. A minimum of 10 of the hours must be cognitive behavioral specific. The remaining hours will consist of Recovery-Oriented Supplemental Groups. 
  • Outpatient Services: Provided less than eight hours per week in regularly scheduled sessions for program participants who reside in the general population.
  • Recovery Maintenance Program: A 16 -hour program that is provided following the successful completion of the Treatment Readiness Program and the Intensive Outpatient Program.  
  • Recovery Oriented Supplemental Groups: Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and other self-help, peer group and fellowship opportunities are offered at all institutions to assist offenders achieve or maintain abstinence.
  • Therapeutic Communities: Residential programs of between six to 12 months that are operated in DRC prisons. The TC is designed to provide a 24-hour recovery-oriented experience.
  • Treatment Readiness Program: A 48-hour program delivered daily for a minimum of 12 hours a week. A minimum of 10 of the hours must be cognitive behavioral treatment specific. The remaining hours will consist of Recovery-Oriented Supplemental Groups.
  • Treatment Transfer Program:  A four-week program that is a component of the Treatment Transfer initiative specified in House Bill 64, which provides the Treatment Readiness Program phase of the Intensive Outpatient Program to eligible inmates identified for this initiative.