Five graduate from CCA program


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Five more people have successfully completed their treatment with the Community Corrections Association and are being released from the facility.

The CCA has an 85 percent completion rate, which is a source of pride for officials there. Administrators said that seeing these people successfully finish the program is rewarding because they have helped get them back on the right path.

“They’re special because an individual comes into the program not necessarily knowing what is expected and it’s basically put on them. They sit down with their case manager, they develop a treatment plan and look at the individual areas they may need to focus on,” said CCA Chief Executive Officer David Stillwagon.

The three men and two women who graduated on Thursday are excited to be entering back into society, but understand that it will be difficult.

“It helped me learn skills to better my sobriety, give me strength and ways to deal with people, to be patient with people and not get so aggravated,” said graduate Donald King.

“I would like to thank the Community Corrections Association for turning my life around 180 degrees,” said graduate Kenneth Land.

Land has been a resident the Community Corrections facility for 123 days. He said thanks to the help of the CCA, he has been able to overcome his alcohol addiction.

“This facility has the people who will help you overcome your addiction and lead you in the right path,” Land said.

The graduates said they are excited about their progress and what is to come.

“It is a roller coaster ride for them. They are going up and down a lot, and a lot of setbacks and ultimately for them to be able to push through it and to complete the program and gain the tools that are going to be necessary to build a foundation upon release,” Stillwagon said.

According to Stillwagon, anywhere from 450 to 500 people are treated at CCA facilities each year, and every day someone is completing their treatments and re-entering society.

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