CASC helps more find road to recovery from substance abuse disorders

“I was able to not only open up, but find ways to detach from my cravings and trauma when it comes to my mind – and realize I have more to live for than what I had told myself.”

This quote comes from one of the 208 adults admitted to the Clermont County Community Alternative Sentencing Center (CASC) in 2021.

CASC is a comprehensive outpatient program that provides behavioral health services to individuals with substance abuse disorders. Individuals referred by Clermont County Municipal Court choose to be in the intensive outpatient program, which runs five days per week.

CASC is funded by the Board of County Commissioners with services provided through Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services and grants obtained by the Clermont County Mental Health & Recovery Board.

Alicia Fine, vice president of Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services in Clermont County, and team members gave an annual update to Commissioners on April 25.

During the seven years GCBH has operated CASC, demographics have been consistent: average age in late 30s, with most having high school or higher education. Alcohol remains the primary use disorder, followed by opioids. Seventy-one percent of women and 40 percent of men had co-occurring mental health diagnoses.

Overall, in 2021, 75 percent of individuals were not incarcerated within a year of leaving the program. More than 85 percent remained in treatment at Clermont Recovery Center for at least 90 days.

CASC’s main curriculum is Thinking for a Change, an evidence-based cognitive-behavioral program. CASC also provides supplemental educational groups, with topics ranging from anger management to communication skills to healthy relationships to what to do when you’re bored.

Also included are individual counseling (at least once per week), case management (helps manage medications, connect to primary care doctors, dentists and eye care, coordinate services such as Medicaid, Medication-assisted treatment, psychiatric services and nursing) and
an embedded employment services specialist. There are peer recovery supports and community support (AA, Smart Recovery).

Commissioners complimented the CASC team on the great work it’s doing helping people on the road to recovery.