CCNO plans open house

Staff report

In recognition of nearly 30 years in operation, the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio (CCNO) will host an open house in early October allowing the public and numerous officials to tour the facility.

The open house will be held on Sunday, Oct. 1, from noon to 5 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 2, from 4 to 8 p.m. Area public officials are encouraged to attend the open house on Wednesday, Oct. 4, from noon to 5 p.m.

Tours of the facility will be provided along with a question and answer session. Participants need to bring a driver’s license or photo ID. For security reasons, background checks will be completed on all participants who plan to tour the facility. Anyone under the age of 18 but older than 13 must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. No one under the age of 13 will be allowed to tour the facility.

Jim Dennis, CCNO executive director, said the open house is in recognition of approaching nearly 30 years of operational excellence. He added that CCNO has been consistently 100 percent compliant with American Correctional Association (ACA) standards since 2003, as well as with the State of Ohio jail standards as far back as 1993.

CCNO has served the counties of Fulton, Lucas, Defiance, Williams, and Henry for the past 27 years. CCNO provides 323 beds for Lucas County; 60 for Defiance County; 55 beds each for Fulton and Williams Counties; and 37 for Henry County.

Dennis said that in 2016, CCNO listed its actual daily housing cost at $68.29. The open house, he adds, will allow the public and officials the opportunity to see tax dollars being spent responsibly.

In addition, Dennis stated that CCNO offers various programs and services for inmates, some of which target the heroin and opioid dependency crisis that has plagued the state. Assessment and evidence-based counseling services are offered that address mental health, substance abuse disorder, trauma, faulty thinking patterns, and dual diagnosis issues. Case management services connect to treatment and resources in the community post incarceration, and aid in the prevention of recidivism. Also offered is medication assisted treatment with Vivitrol to deter opioid use upon release. ——-To find out more information, visit or you can go to Facebook at Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio-CCNO.

Staff report