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Therapeutic Communities in Prisons

Therapeutic Communities operate within Ohio's correctional facilities to treat offenders with substance abuse problems. Through a contract with Comp Drug Inc., based in Columbus, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) and the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) operate therapeutic communities in these DRC facilities:

  • Ohio Reformatory for Women - Tapestry
  • Pickaway Correctional Institution - OASIS
  • Madison Correctional Institution - Vista
  • Chillicothe Correctional Institution - Conquest
  • Noble Correctional Institution - Shield
  • Grafton Reintegration Center - Stepping Stones
Program Overview

The objective of the Therapeutic Communities is to address anti-social behaviors. These behaviors include, but are not limited to, addictions and criminal behavior. This is accomplished by creating a client community that is a microcosm of the larger outside community. In this way, the community has a very structured day that includes clinician involvement, CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) classes and group meetings.

Every member has a job and role in the therapeutic community. Throughout treatment, the community members give each other feedback about one another’s behaviors. In this microcosm, the clients have the opportunity to learn and practice pro-social behaviors and responses. Experiential cognitive restructuring is at the base of the therapeutic community approach. During the course of their residential treatment, they develop and practice new behaviors, which support a substance free, crime free lifestyle.


Contact Us

Ralph Anthony
Regional Recovery Services Administrator
Therapeutic Communities
(614) 728-3490

Mission/Vision

Vision Statement:
To promote right living and reduce recidivism, for more healthy communities.

Mission Statement:
To provide a high quality holistic treatment experience to incarcerated men.