Many offenders in Ohio's prisons have documented histories of drug and alcohol addiction and mental illness. Many of these individuals also have a need for treatment. The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) Bureau of Criminal Justice has expanded community capacity to continue treatment services and provide access to recovery supports for people with mental illness and substance use disorders when they return to the community from Ohio’s adult prison system.
People who receive treatment while incarcerated and who continue treatment upon release are less likely to relapse and recidivate. Therefore, OhioMHAS started the Community Transition Program (CTP). The CTP program offers adults returning home from prison a transitional benefit of mental health and substance use treatment and help with recovery support services like 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.
Eligible offenders are identified by OhioMHAS linkage staff and referred to local providers for continued treatment and supports. The CTP enhances communication and collaboration during a challenging time for individuals returning to their communities.