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Columbus, Ohio 43222
The Bureau of Recovery Services (BRS) works to instill in offenders an improved sense of responsibility and the ability to become law-abiding citizens through the provision of all core function services in the treatment for offenders in institution and community settings who are in need of substance abuse recovery programming. The bureau provides and works to expand and enhance substance abuse treatment approaches that build on state-of-the-art scientific and practical knowledge:
The treatment milieu includes screening and education for all reception inmates; various intensities and modalities of AOD programs at parent institutions; and continuing care that includes referrals to aftercare programming for offenders throughout their incarceration. And, upon release, referrals to community providers for offenders released without post-release control; and to Chemical Dependency Specialists (CDS) in the Adult Parole Authority for offenders with post-release control (e.g. parole, furlough).
The Adult Parole Authority’s CDS staff strive to reduce criminal activity by providing a continuum of quality care for the community supervised offenders before and after release by coordinating substance abuse treatment approaches among providers within DRC institutions, APA Field Offices, and community agencies.
The array of services offered at institutions begin with reception center AOD screening and education. Parent institutions offer structured programming that included cognitive behavioral treatment programs and therapeutic communities. The following is a brief overview:
Offenders being released from institutions to community supervision must receive appropriate AOD transition services in order to maintain continuity of care. To ensure the offender is appropriately linked with community aftercare, the institutional recovery services staff contact the CDS staff located in the APA region where the offender will be supervised. A total of eight CDS staff (one for each APA region) are located throughout the state.
The CDS reviews the offender’s file and determines an appropriate community referral. The appointment is secured prior to the offender’s release to avoid long waiting lists, prevent gaps in treatment services, and provide something to do and somewhere to go during those critical first few days following release. In addition to providing AOD transition services, CDS staff are also responsible for the following:
Programming must be coupled with alcohol and drug testing in order to effectively monitor and supervise offenders in the community. Each APA region is equipped with a drug testing laboratory and at least one technician. All positive results for alcohol or drugs are met with appropriate sanctions and programming options.