On Thursday July 6, the Counseling Center officially announced the next step in providing addiction treatment services to serve justice system clients from Scioto, Lawrence and Adams counties with the creation of the Hughes Re-Entry Center, located at 4578 Gallia Pike in Franklin Furnace, Ohio.
Although the facility will not be ready for a population until August 1, 2017, the center is preparing to serve clients who have recently completed court-ordered time in the STAR Community Justice program, as well as a day reporting outpatient program which will be an asset to the court’s sentencing options.
Working alongside community partners including the courts of Scioto, Lawrence and Adams counties, Scioto County Career and Technical Center, STAR Community Justice, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections Bureau of Community Sanctions and the Scioto County Commissioners, the Hughes Center will offer technical training along with alcohol and substance addiction outpatient and residential services to client referrals from the court-system and STAR Community Justice Center.
Director Nick Ferrara said, “Our goal for the Hughes Re-Entry Center is to provide our clients, who are former offenders, with addiction services along with technical job training. When they complete our program, they will have legitimate certifications for job skills to help them find good employment. We can only offer this because of an innovative partnership with the team from Scioto County Career and Technical Center, who are committed to offering a hand up to this population. Further, this type of program would not be possible without the court’s probation department’s continued commitment to finding a long term, permanent solution to our area’s drug problem and not just a quick fix that ultimately fails.”
Mr. Ferrara explains that the program is focused on outcomes. “We know this will make a difference in repeat offenders and breaking the cycle. In the past, when someone with a drug-related offense was released back into the community with the same lack of job skills, the outcome was the same. We hope this program, which combines treatment with training, will help clients take advantage of new opportunities to provide for their families and their future. They will be using their recovery from addiction and job training to improve their situation and be contributing back to their communities,” said Ferrara.
The court system candidates who come to the Hughes Re-Entry Center will be non-violent offenders who have been convicted of drug-related charges or charges that come as a result of their substance addiction and have identified to need alcohol and other drug (AOD) stabilization, before they come back into the community.
Sean Davis explains, “Early recovery is not easy. There are many barriers that our folks face that so often lead to eventual relapse, employment is one of those. During the early talks of this program when the component of vocational/job skills training being meshed with continued substance abuse treatment was mentioned, I was immediately on board. Giving our clients tools that assist them to become productive in their recovery is so important. I’m excited about this opportunity to partner with these other community resources.” Davis is the Clinical Program Director for the re-entry center and has worked with Crisis Service at the Counseling Center for six years.
The Hughes Re-Entry Center is named for long-time Executive Director of the Counseling Center, Ed Hughes, who was influential in thousands of personal recovery journeys through his work with the center from 1983 until his retirement in December of 2016.
Andy Albrecht, CEO of the Counseling Center said, “We are very excited to get started on this new program for our community. The iniative is another crucial puzzle piece to help individuals in the criminial justice system find a pathway to lasting recovery. It is an opportunity to be part of the solution and provide much needed services to a vulnerable population and we are blessed to be a in the position to help and strengthen southern Ohio with this collaboration. Helping people recover is what our organization is all about.”
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