ADM Board Awards Luncheon - Oct. 23, 2013
The Turning Point Program
Recipient of the Dr. Bob Smith Award
Dr. Bob Smith designed a program that facilitates hope and recovery. This award was designed to recognize those that, through their innovation, offer hope and inspire change in others. Like Dr. Bob Smith, The Turning Point Program helps people turn their lives around. Formerly known as the Summit County Felony Drug Court, Turning Point serves approximately 200 to 300 clients a year. These clients are individuals with a substance abuse diagnosis and have violated the law and/or probation. As such, they are facing the possibility of a life derailed not just by addiction, but by a felony conviction as well. For those clients who successfully complete the Turning Point Program, the charge is dismissed, thus allowing the participant to make amends for their behavior while avoiding the stigma of a felony conviction. Those clients already convicted of a felony offense are given the assistance to lead a sober life.
Judge Tom Teodosio provides leadership to the Turning Point team and has worked tirelessly to inspire participants to succeed. He truly offers hope and inspiration to clients and encourages them to achieve sobriety and success. While Judge Teodosio is the more public face of the Turning Point Program, the behind the scenes work is done by the Treatment Team.
This begins with the work of the Street Narcotics Uniform Division (SNUD) officers, who are gatekeepers for the program, ensuring that the most appropriate defendants are selected. This work is continued by the Summit County Probation Department Liaison as well as the Assistant Prosecutor assigned to the Drug Court.
All of these individuals have an ongoing relationship with Drug Court program participants, encouraging their success.
Once defendants are accepted to the Drug Court Program, they meet with their caseworker regularly. The Drug Court caseworkers support, assist and monitor clients to encourage sobriety and a positive, pro-social lifestyle. They are there for clients and families in crisis and spend many hours working to assist each client with their individual needs. They are compassionate and true advocates for their clients.
In addition to their efforts in helping others, Judge Teodosio and the Turning Point Program Treatment Team have begun the rigorous first steps of the Ohio Supreme Court’s Specialty Docket certification.
Team members being recognized include: Summit County Common Pleas Judge, Thomas Teodosio; Jennifer Hawkins, Coordinator; Jessica McAdoo, Carmen Bivins, Emily Schrank and Leslie Swales, Caseworkers; Ryan Willard, Cognitive Skills Specialist; Steve Murphy, Treatment Counselor; Mike Rickett, Assistant Summit County Prosecutor; Ashley Frank, Summit County Probation Liaison, and Akron Police Department SNUD Officers Donny Williams and Al Jones, and treatment staff from Oriana House: Jennifer Hawkins, Coordinator; Jessica McAdoo, Carmen Bivins, Emily Schrank and Leslie Swales, Caseworkers; Ryan Willard, Cognitive Skills Specialist; Steve Murphy, Treatment Counselor.