Ohio Reentry Resource Center
M.U.S.C.L.E. is a centralized guide for Department staff, offenders, families, and community partners that provides assistance in locating community resources and information to foster strong, safe communities.
The Reentry Resource Guide is a collection of county by county fact sheets that provides vital information to assist offenders' reentry into society. Areas include social services, human services, local, county, state, and federal agencies, and other service agencies such as libraries, substance abuse programs, mental health counseling, veterans services commissions, educational opportunities, faith-based agencies, food, clothing, and job training and placement.
Community agencies and service organizations that provide programming and services for this population and interested in being included in this directory or that need to provide updates to the existing information should contact the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction via e-mail
Reentry Means "Going Home to Stay"
At the core of DRC’s approach is the notion that reentry is a philosophy, not a program. Reentry calls for a broad systems approach to managing offenders returning to the community. It is a commitment that starts with the question: What is needed to prepare this offender for successful reentry?
Family Involvement in Reentry
DRC will develop new avenues for engaging families during an offender's incarceration through the adoption of a Family Orientation Program at all three Reception Centers, the formation of a Family Council, and innovative policy changes calling for greater family involvement during confinement and/or any period of community supervision that follows.
Employment Readiness and Discharge Planning: A new policy called "Transitioning the Offender" shall be adopted to ensure that thorough discharge planning takes place to prepare offenders for release to the community. Other innovative actions include the development of Reentry Resource Centers in each institution and parole region, career exploration programs for offenders, and enhanced marketing strategies for ex-offenders.
Reentry-Centered Offender Supervision: The Adult Parole Authority will be guided by a philosophy of supervision that adopts a balanced approach in working with offenders. Community collaboration will be secured through an expansion of Citizens’ Circles involving local citizens in the rehabilitative and reentry process. Linkages with institutional staff will be the established as well through reentry orientation sessions conducted by parole officers prior to an offender’s release.
Community Justice Partnerships
DRC has long embraced community justice as a governing framework. A new and critical focus is the creation of a Faith-Based Advisory Council. Regional councils will be formed within the larger Council and linked with the institutions and parole offices to establish viable connecting points across the prison-community divide. Victims’ safety planning needs will also be addressed under the "Ohio Plan" for designated higher risk offenders through the Office of Victims Services (OVS).
DRC’s commitment to reentry and the "Ohio Plan" is long-term. It speaks to a redirection that views reentry holistically, that is, as a philosophy governing changes in practice that impact each and every phase of the entire correctional process. The "Ohio Plan" represents a strategic plan and a dynamic document. As a dynamic document, it will be reviewed and revised periodically to ensure the long-term viability and success of the Department’s commitment to reentry.
Quality Assurance/Continuous Quality Improvement
- There are 6 quality assurance analysts throughout the state that cover the Adult Parole Authority, Institution, and any community correctional agency/program in their designated areas.
- These staff offer the following services and trainings:
- Inter-rater reliability (double coding) for ORAS
- One on one coaching with feedback
- ORAS booster sessions/trainings
- 2 day ORAS trainings
- ORAS retest / coaching training
- ORAS recertification training
- Case plan training
- Effective Interviewing
- Staffing of individual cases
- Carey Guide training
- Audits (APA, prison, and Correctional Program Checklist for community agencies)
- Core Correctional Programming
- Thinking for a Change
- On site QA visit with follow up coaching and feedback
- Policy compliance
- Program fidelity monitoring
- Grant writing
- If you have any questions regarding any of the above services/trainings or are interested in scheduling or attending a training, please contact
- Dionne Addison Dionne.firstname.lastname@example.org or Stephanie Starr email@example.com