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OHI-COACH Program (Oriana House, Inc Coaches Operating Alongside Clients for Healing)

Award Information

Award #
Funding Category
Competitive Discretionary
Awardee County
Summit County
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $1,125,000)

Oriana House, Inc. (OHI), a non-profit community corrections agency is requesting funds from the Improving Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Outcomes for Adults in Reentry for the non-profit organization category in the amount of $1,125,000. 

OHI is proposing the OHI COACH Program (Coaches Operating Alongside Clients for Healing) to provide treatment services to individuals charged with felony offenses in Summit County, Ohio. Participants will be incarcerated in the Summit County Jail (SCJ); transferred to the OHI Community Alternative Sentencing Center (CASC) pursuant to Court Order while awaiting the outcome of the felony charges. This pretrial jail population overflow system exists through collaboration between OHI, the Common Pleas Court and the Summit County Sheriff (SCS).  The SCS has signed an MOU and other corrections agencies have signed Letters of Support.

Target Population. The target population includes felony pre-trial offenders incarcerated at SCJ and transferred to CASC.  OHI is proposing to serve 1,300 offenders during the grant. This accounts for 20% of CASC’s population who currently receive no treatment services while incarcerated due to funding restrictions and priority for other inmates.

Treatment/Recovery Support Services. This program will implement services pre-release, post-release while on pretrial supervision, and in the community throughout the entire treatment episode. Pre-release services will include SUD screening using the SASSI, DAs following DSM-5 and ASAM criteria, treatment referrals, and engagement with a strategically assigned Recovery Coach (RC). Focuses of RCs may include trauma, minority populations, MAT, family-centered, and co-occurring disorders. Post-release services will include treatment referrals, engagement with a RC and use of the OHI Brewed Awakenings Coffee House, a non-correctional environment promoting recovery. 

Evaluation and Recidivism. The OHI Research Department will use 12-month post-release recidivism for evaluation. The baseline recidivism rate in Summit County per state information is 30%. A population specific baseline rate will be calculated using year-one participants. It is expected that participants have lower rates of recidivism compared to the baseline. A comparison group of pre-trial felony offenders who decline services will be used.

Other BJA Funding. OHI currently partners with courts in Seneca and Washington Counties to operate two drug court programs using BJA grant funding. In 2022 OHI was awarded Second Chance Act funding for the Washington County Pre-Release program.  Funding for the current proposal expands pre and post-release support for incarcerated individuals to OHI’s Summit County CASC.

Date Created: September 25, 2023