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The Ohio Community Corrections Association (OCCA) offers to member community correction service providers the opportunity for advocacy and professional development, which enhances the ability to reduce repeat criminal offending.

Community Corrections Association

P.O. Box 6868
Columbus, OH 43215

(614) 252-8417


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  • Crisis De-Escalation
    Quarterly Training
    Date July 21, 2008
    Time 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Location ODOT. Columbus
    Trainer Michael Simpson, Talbert House 
  • Continuous Quality Improvement - Fidelity in Program Implementation
    Quarterly Training 
  • Risk/Need Assessments and Individualized Program Planning
    Quarterly Training
    Date December 3, 2008
    Time 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Location Best Practices Institute, London
    Trainer Christopher Lowenkamp, University of Cincinnati 
  • Continuous Quality Improvement - Fidelity in Program Implementation
    DATE: October 28, 2008

    TIME: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

    Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Office of Aviation
    2829 West Dublin/Granville Road
    Columbus, Ohio 43235

    Jennifer Turnes, Kraner Behavioral Health & Kimberly Gentry-Sperber, Talbert House

    Lunch will be provided.

  • Continuous Quality Improvement - Fidelity in Program Implementation
    “Establishing and Maintaining Fidelity to Evidence-Based Practices:
    Using the CQI Process to Change Agency, Staff and Offender Behavior”

    The ultimate goal of all correctional agencies is to reduce recidivism through changing offender behavior. To accomplish this, agencies invest a great deal of resources into implementing evidence-based models. Often time, however, agencies equate implementation solely to staff training. The subsequent assumption is that the staff are competent in the new model and are delivering the services as designed. The result is often poor fidelity to the model and corresponding poor client outcomes. While staff training is necessary to effectively change offender behavior, training alone is not sufficient. Agencies must build an infrastructure that allows the organization to assess, monitor, and insure staff fidelity to evidence-based practices. This is especially critical given emerging research demonstrating a direct relationship between fidelity and offender outcomes. Consequently, this presentation will begin with a review of the literature on fidelity and then provide examples of practical strategies that organization can employ to monitor fidelity to evidence-based practices through a formal CQI process. The presentation will also cover how to use CQI data to change staff and agency practices in order to more effectively change offender behavior. Finally, the presentation will review research demonstrating a significant correlation between the use of a formalized CQI/QA process and recidivism reduction in Ohio correctional programs. Strategies and data from a 3-year fidelity initiative will also be presented.

    Websites and Resources 
  • Risk/Need Assessments and Individualized Program Planning Training

    Quarterly Training

    Date: December 3,2008
    Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Location: Training and Education Center, London, Ohio
    Trainer: Paula Smith, University of Cincinnati
    MEALS INCLUDED: $47 Members, $77 Non-Members

    Case Planning and Case Management Skills

    The case planning training teaches participants the skills necessary
    to practically apply effective assessment strategies and create
    empirically informed offender case plans. Staff learn to use
    dynamic risk needs assessment to link offenders to needed
    treatment programs and interventions, and to measure client
    progress over time. This training consists of numerous exercises to
    guide participants in creating comprehensive case plans based on
    offender assessments, case files, and interviews. 

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