An estimated 80 percent of offenders within Ohio's prisons have documented histories of drug and alcohol addiction. Many of these individuals also have a considerable or moderate treatment need. The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) Bureau of Criminal Justice is expanding community capacity to continue treatment services and provide access to recovery supports for individuals with substance use disorders returning to the community from Ohio’s adult prison system.
It is well documented that offenders who receive treatment while incarcerated and continue treatment upon release are less likely to relapse and recidivate. Therefore, OhioMHAS is implementing a Community Transition Program (CTP) through a contract with CareSource to improve the quality of life for those individuals and enhance public safety. The CTP program offers individuals returning home from prison a transitional benefit for drug and alcohol treatment and assistance with recovery support services such as housing, transportation, work and education. Other areas of recovery support include peer recovery support, life skills development, relapse prevention/recovery, spiritual support and help with gathering necessary identification documentation.
As part of Gov. John R. Kasich’s State Fiscal Year 2016/17 operating budget, OhioMHAS and the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) are leveraging the combined expertise of each agency to provide increased treatment within the prisons and ensure a better connection to treatment and recovery supports for offenders upon release. Beginning July 1, 2016, the Community Transition Program became an additional tool to achieve this goal.
OhioMHAS Bureau of Criminal Justice
Chris Nicastro, Chief