The Circle for Recovery of Ohio (CFRO) is an outpatient treatment re-entry program that serves at least 50 Lucas County ex- offenders annually. Services are provided to offer access to effective community re-entry services that offer supportive assistance to help ex-offenders avoid the use of alcohol, other drugs and a return to criminal activity. The primary goal of CFRO is to help ex-offenders prevent a relapse to criminal behavior and chemical dependency. The services target chemically dependent adult male offenders that are returning to the community upon their release from a correctional facility. Features of the CFRO program includes the provision of a multiple session “Returning Home” component that offers individual-level interventions for people recently released from a correctional facility. It incorporates features of prevention, case management, motivational interviewing, and risk reduction.
CFRO also works with currently incarcerated and recently released fathers to strengthen their relationships with their children. Specifically, the program provides a wide range of services for fathers and their children geared to help reduce systematic barriers that will help to increase responsible fatherhood and the communication and visitation between fathers and their children while fathers are incarcerated.
The CFRO program offers a variety of services including father focused parenting groups, visitation support, facilitated father and children activities in the community, support groups, and case management services to provide a comprehensive approach and supports to help ex-offenders build and sustain healthier community reentry. A key feature of CFRO is that the program trains and utilizes the services of peer recovery coaches. The hours of operation are 8:30am to 5:30pm, Monday- Friday and Saturdays 9am-1pm.