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243 E. Bluelick Rd
P.O. Box 5305
Lima, Ohio 45802-5305
MRT is an open-ended cognitive behavioral intervention that is a requirement for each offender. The curriculum challenges offenders to reach for higher levels of moral reasoning. Offenders are able to utilize and apply the curriculum during their stay, and continue the curriculum, upon their release through various probation departments, chemical dependency agencies, mental health agencies, etc.
A closed ended cognitive behavioral curriculum that is required for each offender consisting of twenty-two (22) sessions to completion. The curriculum covers cognitive restructuring, social skills and problem solving. Offenders learn that their thinking controls their behavior and that there are ways to reduce their risky situations
Fifty (50) additional skills that are referenced in Thinking For A Change are designed to continue to emphasize the need for role playing for each and every offender as they work to acquire new skills and learn how to make application within the confines of the Center and to utilize on passes, etc.
The initial curriculum group is based on the Stages of Change therapy. Offenders meet twice a week, for approximately twelve (12) weeks. Upon completion, offenders are placed in a cognitive behavioral group and a relapse prevention curriculum that is open-ended.
Throughout an offender’s stay, a determination is made whether there is a need for one-on-one counseling while in the facility or upon release from the facility. Counseling referrals are made to the offender’s respective community to connect with various public agencies qualified to offer the needed services.
A weekly educational class that assists offenders to learn about 12-Step, its history, tradition and purpose. This assists for meetings held inside the facility as well as outside meetings that offenders later attend during their stay and on passes.
The W.O.R.T.H. Center has several community volunteers that come to the Center and host AA/NA meetings on a weekly basis. Community members hold meetings on both the male and female side. Additionally, offenders hold AA/NA meetings. Veteran offenders hold their own lead throughout the meeting.
The W.O.R.T.H. Center has three certified education instructors. Instructors are offer one on one intervention as well as class education. Destinations software is utilized for literacy purposes through post high school and Aztec software has been added to allow for additional academic options. . This allows an additional academic tool to be utilized for the offenders within the facility. The W.O.R.T.H. Center has joined in partnership with Bluffton College and through its restorative justice efforts, offers student tutors during the school year. Students come to the W.O.R.T.H. Center and spend one (1) to two (2) hours per week with offenders for academic tutoring.
The W.O.R.T.H. Center employs an Employment Coordinator who works in the area of job readiness with all male and female offenders once a week. Classes offered are Job Readiness and Money Management. Interventions are made on a group basis, with individual instruction as need be.
This weekly curriculum offers offenders an opportunity to practice money management in preparation for job placement and money matters after release.
The Employment Coordinator offers job placement at the conclusion of Job Readiness and Money Management classes. Offenders become employed if at all possible within their home community; otherwise temporary placement is made for the offender to begin establishing some form of employment history.
An open ended group intervention that meets once a week to assist offenders with anger issues. The curriculum Coping with Anger – A Cognitive Behavioral Workbook is used in the group.
The curriculum Bringing Peace to Relationships is utilized in this open ended cognitive behavioral group process. The group meets twice a week.
The W.O.R.T.H. Center utilizes the curriculum Parenting and Family Values – a cognitive behavioral MRT workbook. The class is held weekly and is offered in an open ended group process.
Many hours of community services are done on the grounds of the W.O.R.T.H. Center itself. The Center has utilized the local Habitat for Humanity as a community site. Efforts are underway to assist in making donations to local women’s shelters through the effort(s) of making scarves, hats, etc.
Several clergy come into the facility, through the week, and offer bible study for both men and women.
Indoor activities are made available that include, fitness equipment, some indoor sports, board games, radio listening and television viewing. Outdoor activities include basketball, volleyball, frisbee, etc. Recreation is offered three (3) times per day.
Community meetings are utilized to recognize offender’s achievements, announcements, speakers. etc. Community meetings are held on the average of two (2) times per month.