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Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction CBCF - Lorain/Medina

Lorain/Medina Community Based Correctional Facility

Lorain/Medina Community Based Correctional Facility
(Male and Female Facility)


9892 Murray Ridge Rd.
Elyria, Ohio 44035


(440) 281-9708


(440) 281-9713

Intake and Orientation

Gives offenders an introduction to treatment and the treatment modality. It also introduces the rest of the New Direction’s series and defines CBT based coursework and “thinking reports”. An overview of the program and expectations are provided. Orientation class covers: basic assessments, hygiene video, offender handbook and rules, program procedures, class expectations, schedules, employment, community service and phase progression.

Concept Labs

Basic concepts that all offenders should have knowledge of and demonstrate. Concepts covered: Cognitive Behavioral Approach; Principles of Social Learning; Criminogenic Risk/Needs (Dynamic); Pro-Social Thinking; Pro-Social Behaviors “desirable behavior”; Natural Reinforcers/Self-Reinforcement; Skills Practice; Expectations; Cost-Benefit/Analysis; and Program Integrity.

Beat the Street

Series of videos shown and supervised by operations staff. Work sheets are also completed.


Education is based on individualized case planning designed for offenders that may lack in skills such as reading, writing, math, etc. Individual assignments are responsive to specific needs, and based on TABE scores. The GED track is an intensive eight week curriculum that prepares the offender for the official GED test. GED testing is administered on-site approximately every six weeks.

Criminal and Addictive Thinking

Part III of the New Directions series that explores the criminal and addiction history. The offender learns to think about their thinking and behavior.

Thinking for a Change

This curriculum uses as its core, a problem solving program, embellished by both cognitive restructuring and social skills interventions. The Idea behind the course is that offenders learn to take charge of their lives and lead more productive and effective lives by taking control over the thoughts and feelings that go on inside. Cognitive restructuring covers how thinking leads to trouble and finding new ways of thinking using thinking check-in’s. Skills practiced: active listening, asking a question and giving feedback.

Thinking for a Change Part II

Class is held during pre-release status to prepare for oncoming release. Problem solving skills covered to include a total of 7 individual steps/lessons: knowing your feelings, understanding the feelings of others, responding to anger, and dealing with an accusation.


This class gives offenders an opportunity to find a job by creating a resume and conducting mock interviews. Other topics covered include: work ethics, job retention, and the difference between a “job” and a “career”. Applies social skills to employment related issues. Skills practiced are giving instructions, following instructions, helping others, standing up for your rights, making a complaint, answering a complaint, responding to failure, deciding on your abilities, concentrating on a task, and asking for help.

Pre-Release Booster Sessions

New Directions “Release & Reintegration” class that covers starting over, criminal and addictive thinking, building a foundation for the future, setting housing goals, setting employment goals, budgeting and free time.

Family Issues/Socialization

Introduction of treatment modality for families which covers boundaries, intimacy, belonging/coping, familiar feelings, relationships, anger, dealing with feelings, communication styles, and the role of the family. Social skills practiced are: expressing feelings, understanding the feelings of others, giving feedback, receiving feedback, expressing affection, dealing with fear, and negotiation.

Drug/Alcohol Treatment/Education

Program focuses on two components – criminality and substance abuse. A cognitive intervention for substance abusing offenders covers practicing the principles (applying the steps to life); release preparation (getting out/staying out); survival skills (what does it take to make it); obtaining and sponsor and home group; 12-steps; and big book.

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Domestic Violence/Bringing Peace to Relationships

A Moral Recognition Training (MRT) program for domestic violence and is the cognitive behavioral approach to behaviors focusing on power and control issues.

Life Skills

The goal of life skills is to teach and assess knowledge/skills of daily living situations: for example, budgeting; nutrition; mending/sewing; housekeeping; comparison shopping; laundry; and gardening.

Anger Management

A cognitive behavioral approach to controlling anger. This focuses on anger management for substance abuse and mental health offenders.

Post-Release Booster Sessions/Continuing Care

Also a part of the New Direction curriculum, this class covers understanding the relapse process, triggers, cravings, and high risk situations. Different forms of support, adding to the offender’s relapse plan and the recovery plan are also covered. Progress is the expectation, not perfection. Skills practices are conducted.

Relapse Prevention

This class is an added booster to Chemical Dependency Treatment and drug/alcohol education. Offenders continue to understand the relationship between substance abuse and criminal behavior. Offenders understand the need to make long-term change commitments as well as recognize the series of events that happen before relapse. The offender also develops or fine tunes their recovery plan.


This curriculum covers the basic dietary guidelines for nutrition and healthier lifestyles. This class is offered by Ohio State Extension Co-Op, an outside provider.

Community Service

Community Service is an integral component to programming services. All offenders complete a minimum of one week of Community Service. Offenders are able to work towards the completion of court-ordered community service hours as well as practice good citizenship skills by giving back to the community.

Volunteer Services

Religious and Twelve-Step volunteers help offenders make community contacts and assist in bridging the gap between the structured residential placement and free community movement. Additionally, Twelve-Step volunteers provide on-site Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings several times weekly.

Restorative Justice

The Lorain/Medina C.B.C.F. supports and participates in statewide Restorative Justice efforts. Community resources are utilized for special sessions presented to offenders to increase awareness and promote responsibility.

Booster Sessions

Occur post-release and are structured to provide a wide variety of support for offenders who have been successfully discharged. Groups are facilitated two times per week, one evening and one morning session for both male and female offenders. Former offenders attends one session per week for up to eight weeks depending on their residential length of stay. Sessions are focused on assisting former offenders with their transition back into the community. Topics covered include but are not limited to: values, relationships, family reunification, obstacles in early recovery and twelve-step sponsorship. Offenders have the freedom to request help with issues or topics above or beyond those scheduled for presentation. Community resources and referrals are implemented when applicable to offender need.

Health Care Services

Contracted medical personnel provide initial health assessments and addresses or evaluate specific health problems. All offenders receive a health care assessment upon intake. Contracted services also include a physician and dentist.