ORIANA HOUSE
FOUNDED IN 1981
A NATIONALLY
RENOWNED
COMMUNITY
CORRECTIONS
AND CHEMICAL
DEPENDENCY
TREATMENT
AGENCY

Serving the Community since 1981


Oriana House began as an independent, non-profit community corrections agency in 1981 with a primary focus of helping the criminal justice system deal with driving-while-intoxicated offenders. Today, Oriana House encompasses more than 25 programs that provide a sanction while assisting offenders in developing the skills they need to become productive members of the community.


Historic Timeline of Oriana House programs:

  • 1981-1982
    • The Driver Intervention Program began in 1981 out of the YWCA building in downtown Akron.
    • The Driver Intervention Program served 309 clients in the first year.
    • In 1982, Oriana House moved to 40 East Glenwood Avenue in Akron.

  • 1983
    • Operations at the Glenwood Jail were expanded to meet Ohio's law change regarding DUI offenders. Oriana House, in cooperation with the Summit County Executive, Summit County Sheriff, and the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction, began the first alternative DUI jail program.
  • 1985
    • Residential Institutional Probation (Male Work Release and Halfway House) opened at 40 East Glenwood Avenue in Akron.
  • 1987
    • The Work Release Program and Halfway House for women opened at 40 East Glenwood Avenue in Akron.
    • Multiple DUI Offender Program opened within the male and female halfway house program.
    • Chemical Dependency Treatment Program began.
  • 1989
    • The Glenwood Jail became certified as a full service jail and the Multiple DUI Offender Program moved into the Glenwood Jail.
    • The Home Incarceration Program was established to address jail overcrowding at the Summit County Jail.
    • On-site drug testing began at Oriana House.
    • The Bail Supervision Program was established to reduce jail crowding and ensure that defendants appear at all court proceedings.
  • 1990
    • The Day Reporting Program was established to serve as a sentencing alternative for offenders who do not need a residential setting.
    • Construction began on the Summit County Community Based Correctional Facility.
  • 1992
    • The Glenwood Jail expanded its operation as a 180-day minimum security jail facility.
    • The Summit County Community Based Correctional Facility opened.
    • The Work Release and Halfway House Program for women moved to 222 Power Street in Akron.
    • The Partial Day Chemical Dependency Treatment Program became available at the Summit County Community Based Correctional Facility.
    • The Employment Placement Program was developed to assist clients with job referrals and pre-employment classes.
  • 1993
    • Oriana House was selected to plan and operate the ADM Crisis Center for the County of Summit Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services Board.
    • Construction plans were underway for the Juvenile Halfway House at 885 East Buchtel Avenue in Akron.
  • 1994
    • The Juvenile Halfway House opened.
  • 1995
    • The Terrence Mann Residential Center opened as a 100-bed work release and halfway house facility.
    • Misdemeanor drug court was established in Akron Municipal Court, the second such court in the State of Ohio.
    • ADM Crisis Center opened.
  • 1996
    • Oriana House's administrative offices moved to 885 East Buchtel Avenue in Akron.
    • The Chemical Dependency Treatment Center and a new Drug Screen Lab were completed.
    • Drug Court, Day Reporting, Bail Supervision and Home Incarceration moved to 750 West Market Street in Akron.
    • Ignition Interlock and Summit Link were developed.
  • 1997
    • The Special Housing Adjustment Residential Program (SHARP) was developed to provide a link between the mental health system and the criminal justice system.
  • 1998
    • The Discretionary Rehabilitation Program was developed as a selective intervention and diversion program for first time misdemeanant offenders from Akron Municipal Court.
    • Family Violence Court was established to provide a specialized level of supervision and services to misdemeanant and felony domestic violence offenders.
  • 1999
    • The CROSSWAEH Community Based Correctional Facility opened in Seneca County to serve the counties of Crawford, Richland, Ottawa, Seneca, Sandusky, Wyandot, Erie, Ashland, and Huron.
  • 2000
    • The Residential Treatment Program was established to provide residential treatment for offenders who have not been successful with other shorter term chemical dependency treatment options.
    • Oriana House began managing Midtown Apartments in Akron to provide housing for homeless people.
  • 2001
    • The Community Corrections and Treatment Center in Cleveland opened as a Halfway House.
    • The Cliff Skeen Community Based Correctional Facility for Women opened in Summit County.
    • A new facility which houses the kitchen, the Driver Intervention Program, and the drug testing lab opened on the Glenwood campus in Akron.
    • SHARP became available for female offenders to provide a link between the mental health system and the criminal justice system.
  • 2002
    • Felony Drug Court is established in Summit County Court of Common Pleas.
  • 2004
    • Secure Controlled Remote Access Monitor (SCRAM) alcohol monitoring device/program is started in Akron and northwest Ohio.
  • 2005
    • Summit County Community Based Correctional Facility expands.
  • 2006
    • Summit County Reentry Court was established.
  • 2007
    • CROSSWAEH CBCF for women opens in Seneca County.
    • The City of Cleveland and the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction select Oriana House to operate the Cleveland Transition Center, a residential pilot program designed to meet the needs of Cleveland residents who are returning home from incarceration.
  • 2008
    • The Criminal Non Support Program began for parents not meeting their child support obligations.
  • 2009
    • The Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, Cuyahoga County Commissioners and the Cuyahoga County Facility Governing Board select Oriana House to operate the Cuyahoga County Community Based Correctional Facility (CBCF).
    • Ground was broken for the Cuyahoga County CBCF.
    2010
    • North Star Neighborhood Reentry Resource Center opened in Cleveland's Hough neighborhood to help individuals who have been involved in the criminal justice system navigate through barriers to become law abiding, contributing members of their families and their communities.
    • Oriana House begins managing the Cuyahoga County Adult Probation Department's Specialized Cognitive Offender Programming and Education.
  • 2011
    • Judge Nancy R. McDonnell Community Based Correctional Facility opens in Cuyahoga County.
    • The Summit County Reentry Network, a collaborative program with Oriana House, United Way of Summit County, Akron Community Foundation, and the Summit County Executive Office is launched to assist adult felony ex-offenders with reentry to society and the workforce.
    • Oriana House renovates the former St. Hedwig church property in Akron to house the agency’s Glenwood Assessment Center, Aftercare, Reentry Court, Family Violence Court, and Moving Toward Employment offices.
    • Community Residential Centers are opened in Summit County and Cuyahoga County to provide temporary, transitional housing and some limited case management for appropriate offenders who are under community supervision.
    • Oriana House is selected by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction to operate a new halfway house in Erie County, to serve north central Ohio. The Lake Erie Community Corrections Center is located in Sandusky.
    • Click here to view a PowerPoint presentation on Oriana House’s 30-year history.
  • 2012
    • Oriana House began operating the Alternative Environment Program to divert clients with developmental disabilities from the Summit County Jail.
    • The Summit County Community Based Correctional Facility (CBCF) began accepting misdemeanants from the City of Akron.