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The Athens County Reentry Program, is located at the offices of the OhioMeansJobs - Athens County. The program provides guidance and assistance for returning citizens who are preparing to leave the prison system, as well as those who have been out of incarceration for any length of time.
Individuals who are interested in learning more about the program should contact Shawn Stover, Athens County Reentry Program Coordinator.
The goal is to help individuals rebuild independent lives so they can avoid the situations and difficulties that led them to incarceration. The initiative is designed to increase public safety, lower local law enforcement costs and reduce Athens County's high recidivism rate. Athens County has seen success in reducing the recidivism rate of the returning citizens who have worked within the reentry program.
Programs and services offered include:
One-on-one meetings before and after leaving incarceration
Assistance with navigating community programs including: healthcare, public assistance, community resources, mental health programs, substance abuse & treatment programs, educational opportunities, employment services and other services.
Assistance with employment skill set development and employment searches
Offering workshops and seminars on a variety of reentry topics
The program also facilitates meetings of the Athens County Reentry Task Force, held at 10:00 a.m. on the fourth Monday of every other month at the offices Athens County Job and Family Services, 13183 St. Rt. 13, Millfield, Ohio. On average, 25 local agencies and service providers attend each month, resulting in productive and meaningful discussion on the topics of returning citizens' reentry processes.
For additional information, please contact Shawn Stover, Athens County Reentry Coordinator, (740) 677-4264.
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