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Characteristics and Outcomes of an Innovative Ohio Juvenile Offender Reentry Program (ORP-J). David Hussey & Rodney Thomas , Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University Karl Cetina , Director of Cuyahoga County Juvenile TASC, Catholic Charities Services
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David Hussey & Rodney Thomas, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University
Karl Cetina, Director of Cuyahoga County Juvenile TASC, Catholic Charities Services
Gina Mazzone, Catholic Charities Services
Magistrate TereaseNeff,Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court
Ian Fraser, Regional Administrator, Ohio Department of Youth Services
The purpose of this workshop is to describe and discuss the components of an innovative juvenile offender reentry program, and explore the relationship between client characteristics, program factors, and individual outcomes related to criminal offending, mental health, and substance abuse.
“Ohio now spends $38 million less than it did three years ago. One-year recidivism rates (kids who reoffended) dropped to under 23 percent. That’s the lowest in nine years. More-compassionate punishment isn’t signaling to kids that they can get away with delinquent behavior; instead, it’s redeeming them: Ohio led the nation with the largest drop — a 74 percent plunge — in violent juvenile crime between 1995 and 2010. The state has closed more than half of its youth prisons since 2007. The number of incarcerated youths has dropped from 2,000 to about 500. But this has left the state institutions with a core of truly incorrigible kids…Gangs are prevalent, teaching conditions are poor, and youth aren’t getting enough help for mental illnesses. Currently, 52 percent of all youths are on the mental-health caseload; 91% of the girls are. More than half require special-education services.”
Youth receives OYAS Risk Assessment at CCJC prior to commitment. Youth identified at Reception as ORP-J candidate and given further screen/assessment. Youth agrees to be involved in ORP-J and transferred to CHJCF or IRJCF
Phase one of Re-Entry Court (REC) begins on the 2nd or 4th Monday of the month. ORP-J Youth, Parent(s), JPO, TASC Case Manager, and other relevant stakeholders collaborate in order to administer appropriate incentives and necessary sanctions. Weekly drug screens begin.
The Juvenile Parole Officer maintains weekly contact with ORP-J Youth and monitors collateral services with TASC case manager and family. The GAIN Assessment, completed in the pre-release phase, helps to determine appropriate level of care.
David Hussey, PhD.
Rodney Thomas, M.A.
The Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research & Education
Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
Case Western Reserve University
11402 Bellflower Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
Karl M. Cetina MPA, LICDC-CS
President of the Ohio TASC Association
Director of Juvenile TASC for Cuyahoga County
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland
3135 Euclid Avenue- Cleveland, Ohio 44115
Phone: 216-391-2064 ext. 13
Gina Mazzone LSW, MSW, LCDC III
3135 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115