No Offender shall be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race, disability, creed, national origin, or political views.
(These criteria are established by State law (Section 2301.52, Ohio Revised Code.)
A. Essential eligibility requirements:
1) Must be an adult male (age 18 or older).
2) A felony offender who: is not required to serve a mandatory prison term, may be eligible for judicial release (2929.20), has failed a lesser community sanction, or has failed treatment in lieu of conviction.
3) Must be ambulatory, emotionally stable, and capable of fully participating, comprehending, and engaging in the standard program.
4) Must be placed on community control supervision for purposes of SEPTA residency.
5) In order for offenders to be supervised by the Adult Parole Authority (APA), the court must include “basic supervision” as a sanction in addition to SEPTA.
6) That the offender freely admits to involvement in the criminal activity for which he has been charged.
7) The offender, as assessed using the ORAS (Ohio Risk Assessment System) must satisfy one or more of the following criteria. For the most serious offense:
A. The offender’s ORAS risk level is high.
B. A felony of the first degree or a felony of the second degree.
C. A felony of the third degree and the offender’s ORAS risk level is moderate or above.
D. A felony of the fourth degree or a felony of the fifth degree and the offender’s ORAS risk level is moderate or above, but meet one or both of the following:
1. The offender is being placed in the facility for violating a condition of supervision.
2. The offender has one or more community control revocations in the proceeding five years.
8) Deviation Cap Exclusionary Criteria:
If not meeting one or more of the above criteria, must satisfy one or more of the following criteria to not be counted against deviation cap.
A. The offender is committed to the facility as a condition of judicial release.
B. The offender’s ORAS risk level is moderate or above and is committed to the facility for programming at a specific targeted population:
1. Domestic Violence,
2. Sexually oriented offense,
3. Failure to pay Child Support, or
4. Alcohol or other drug related offenses that meet the following criteria:
a) The offender has a diagnosis of Opioid dependence or substance-related addictive disorder from a licensed clinical professional within the past twelve months; or
b) The details of the offender’s current criminal conviction or probation violation involve the use or possession of Opiates, alcohol or other drugs.
B. Factors excluding admission to SEPTA:
1) A felony offender who is required to serve a mandatory prison term as defined in ORC 2921.01.
a) Persons unwilling to participate or abide by the program rules.
b) Conviction of any crime, other than Carrying Concealed Weapon (CCW), committed while the offender was armed with a firearm, weapon or dangerous ordinance.
c) Offenders with pending charges will not be eligible until the disposition is known.
d) An individual requiring medically supervised detoxification or long term chemical dependency treatment (i.e. more than 6 months).
e) Physical, intellectual, or mental health disability or impairments where reasonable modifications of policies, practices, or procedures and/or provision of auxiliary aids, will not mitigate the risk of a direct threat to the health or safety of others or preclude active participation in the program. This decision will be based on objective criteria generated during the screening process.
f) Offenders who cannot independently perform activities of self-care (e.g., bathing, dressing, eliminating, independently).
g) Offenders who are actively psychotic at time of sentencing, screening, or intake to the facility.
h) Offenders who are seriously emotionally disturbed unless:
a. The condition is controlled by medication so as to permit full participation in the SEPTA Program.
b. The offender agrees in writing to be responsible for complying with medication and dietary regimen as prescribed or recommended by treating physician.
c. The offender is responsible for the cost of any continuing medication, treatment or testing.
C. Formal referrals must be made by the sentencing judge: Direct referrals to SEPTA Intake Coordinator, Monday – Friday, excluding holidays, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The referral form can be found on our website.
a) A SEPTA Referral Form can be completed and faxed to (740) 753- 4614, Attention: Intake Officer.
b) Information from the Referral Form can be telephoned to SEPTA at (740) 753-5000, Intake Coordinator/designee.
D. Interview and Evaluation:
1) Upon receipt of a referral, an interview with the individual will be arranged by the SEPTA Intake Coordinator.
2) The SEPTA program shall be explained to the referral including rules and expectations and he will be asked to sign a form indicating his desire to participate. His interest in the program will be a factor for recommendation for acceptance.
3) Any referral refusing to sign shall be determined inappropriate for admission and the referral source shall be notified of this in writing (by morabito). The court may consider the offender’s refusal to participate in determining that the offender is not amenable to an available community control sanction.
4) For information verification, the Intake Coordinator will request, if available, the PSI from the supervising agency. Verifying information from other appropriate sources shall be obtained via a signed Release of Information Form by the offender.
1) The Intake Coordinator shall prepare the recommendation report.
2) The case shall be referred to the Executive Director for a final decision.
3) The sentencing judge shall receive a written Intake Summary recommendation from the Intake Officer which shall state whether a referral is appropriate or inappropriate for SEPTA Correctional Facility.
4) If the referral is found ineligible by the Intake Coordinator/Executive Director’s decision or the Court’s Judgment, this will result in the individual not being able to be admitted to the SEPTA Correctional Facility, and the case will be closed on that specific referral.
F. Coordination of Admission:
If the SEPTA Intake Coordinator/Executive Director establishes eligibility and the court of jurisdiction finds SEPTA to be an appropriate sentencing alternative for the referral, the Intake Coordinator shall begin coordination of admission procedures.