Columbus & Franklin County Addiction Plan: Virtual Site Visit to
Franklin County, Ohio

Pathways: A Community of Rebuilding

Pathways is a women’s program at the Franklin County Correctional Center II in Ohio. Pathways includes pre- and post-release programming. The pre-release program begins with an 8-week intensive curriculum blending cognitive behavioral therapy, recovery management, and a variety of prosocial activities.

The post-release program links participants with a peer support specialist, a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)-trained officer, and a case manager. Eligible participants also receive medication-assisted treatment (MAT).

Recidivism has decreased significantly among eligible participants, from 100 percent to 37 percent. The Pathways Program has also generated considerable cost savings by reducing jail-bed nights from 9,025 in the 3 years prior to the program’s implementation to 854 beds 2 years post-implementation.

"If we can restore the value, the dignity, and the worth of a person, we return a more productive citizen in society. That’s what we want to do here at Pathways."

—Dr. Patrice Palmer, Reentry Support Specialist, Franklin County Office of Justice Policy and Programs

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