Counties Served

Lorain and Medina






9892 Murray Ridge Rd. Elyria OH 44035


October 1997; Expanded OCtober 2005

Total Beds

62 (male); 18 (female)


*American Correctional Association (ACA)

Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

Intake and Screening

Screening eligibility and admission criteria established by the Facility Governing Board. Referrals are adult male and female felony offenders referred by the sentencing Courts of Common Pleas


Intake and Orientation

Provides residents with an introduction to the expectations of residents, and defines the treatment modality utilized by agency. It also introduces clients to the New Direction series, and defines CBT based coursework and “thinking reports”. Orientation class covers: basic assessments, hygiene video, resident handbook and rules, program procedures such as: “request to see’s”, phone cards, class expectations, schedules, employment, community service, phase progression, and Intake/Orientation workbook. One-on-one with case managers and assessments are also completed during this orientation period.    

Beat the Streets

Is a series of videos to help clients cope with daily life. Work sheets are completed as part of the series.  


Education is based on individualized case planning designed for residents 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 ten week curriculum that prepares the resident for the official GED test. GED testing is administered on-site by appropriately certified education staff on a regular basis.  

Criminal & Addictive Thinking

Part III of the New Directions series that explores the criminal and addiction history. The resident learns to think about their thinking and behavior. Part II increases the intensity of the resident’s thinking process.  

Thinking for a Change (T4C)

Is an integrated approach to changing offender behavior, developed by Barry Glick, Jack Bush, and Juliana Taymans in cooperation with the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) that uses a combination of approaches to increase an offender’s awareness of themselves and others. It integrates cognitive restructuring, social skills, and problem solving. The program begins by teaching offenders an introspective process for examining their ways of thinking and their feelings, beliefs, and attitudes. The process is reinforced throughout the program. Social-skills training is provided as an alternative to antisocial behaviors. The program culminates by integrating the skills offenders have learned into steps for problem solving. Problem solving becomes the central approach offenders learn that enables them to work through difficult situations without engaging in criminal behavior.  

Family Issues

Introduction of treatment modality for families which covers boundaries, intimacy, belonging/coping, familiar feeling, 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

Educating and treating offenders who are substance abusers, including chemical dependents. This program focuses primarily on two components of the program- criminality and substance abuse. A cognitive intervention for substance abuse offenders covers practicing the principles (applying the steps to their life); release preparation (getting out/staying out); survival skills (what does it take to make it); obtaining a sponsor and home group; 12-steps; and big book.  

Domestic Violence- “Hands Down”

Provides lessons on positive communication skills, anger and stress management, thinking skills, and relationships. It is designed to help the individual understand why they act out violently and how to respond appropriately. This program is only offered to the male population.  


Trauma Recovery & Empowerment Model (for women) is a Psycho- educational and skills-oriented group divided into four parts: a. Empowerment; b. Trauma Recovery, c. Advanced Trauma Recovery Issues, and d. Closing Rituals. The  sequence of these sections is central to the group’s effectiveness. The early focus on empowerment in Part One of TREM groups accomplishes two goals. First, it addresses some of the key skills helpful to women as they begin to deal more directly with trauma-specific content. Capacities for self-protection, self-soothing, maintaining appropriate emotional and social boundaries, and self-esteem are foundational for the challenging work of trauma recovery. Second, Part One provides an opportunity for the group to develop an atmosphere of safety, trust, and mutual empowerment. As group members recognize, discuss, and learn about their shared concerns, their collaboration with each other and with the group leaders is strengthened. Subsequent emphasis on trauma, coping skills, and healing builds on the empowerment themes of this first section.  


Trauma Recovery & Empowerment Model (for men) is Psycho-educational and skills-oriented group divided into three parts: a. Messages, Emotions, and Relationships; b. Trauma Recovery; and c. Recovery Skills.  

Part One (Messages, Emotions, and Relationships) covers male gender roles and key emotional and relationship domains for male survivors. Part Two (Trauma Recovery) focuses on emotional, physical, and sexual abuse and their relationships to psychological symptoms, substance use, and relationship patterns. Part Three (Recovery Skills) emphasizes the development and strengthening of interpersonal, problem-solving, and life planning skills.

Anger Management

A curriculum that utilizes the cognitive behavioral approach to controlling anger. This focuses on anger management for substance abuse and mental health clients.  

Relapse Prevention

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

Parenting/Fit for Fathers

Based on the “Partners in Parenting” course from Texas Christian University, as well as lessons developed from other available resources, the parenting classes are designed to provide knowledge alongside practical skills for residents with children. Lesson plans focus on specific topics (examples: communication, behavioral expectations, appropriate discipline, education issues, problem solving and sexuality) and include lecture and interactive approaches to learning the material. Role play and homework assignments serve to reinforce the day’s lesson. Parenting classes are offered to both males and females using the same lesson plans and materials, however discussion and presentation are tailored to the audience (for example: “The Talk” between a father and a daughter is significantly different than that between a mother and a son).  


This class gives residents 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 their rights, making a complaint, answering a complaint, responding to failure, deciding on their abilities, concentrating on a task, and asking for help.  

Drug Testing Services

The Lorain/Medina C.B.C.F. conducts urinalysis testing on all initial intakes and then randomly based on the resident’s movement outside of the facility (i.e. community service, medical/court, employment, or social leave). Breathalyzer testing is conducted at initial intake and whenever a resident returns from any type of leave.  


A curriculum for residents provided by in-house program staff which covers community justice, accountability, victim (s) of crime, cultural barriers, property crime and theft, substance abuse, drunk driving, domestic/family violence, sexual assault, forgiveness and making amends, and re-entry.  Additionally, the Genesis House Battered Women’s Shelter facilitates a Victimization curriculum for the female population which specifically covers female issues.  

Health Care Services

The Lorain/Medina C.B.C.F. contracted medical personnel provide initial health assessments and addresses or evaluates specific health problems. All residents receive a health care assessment upon intake. Emergent medical or dentals needs are addressed via community resources such as urgent care centers or private providers.    

Mental Health Services

Lorain/Medina C.B.C.F. coordinates with a local community mental health center to address mental health needs (Walter G. Nord Community Mental Health Center) on an as-needed basis.  

Sex & Health Education Services

Sex & Health Education classes are offered by Family Planning Services of Lorain County. This class covers the female/male basic reproductive anatomy and functions; sexually transmitted infections- descriptions, risk factors, and prevention; methods of birth control; determining relationship and sexual values; and examines different types of relationships.  

Nutrition Education Services

Nutrition Education is offered as a component of the Intake/Orientation class. This component consists of basic education of food budgeting, menu planning, nutrition, portion control, reading/understanding nutrition labels, food preparation, food for infants/children, and weight control.  

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.