OhioMHAS provides funding to three Therapeutic Communities to treat offenders with substance abuse and mental health problems. The Therapeutic Communities are located in Franklin, Greene and Cuyahoga Counties.
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 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 residential treatment, individuals develop and practice new behaviors, which support a substance free, crime free lifestyle.