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Athens County Reentry Program
Helping Athens County residents

achieve self-sufficiency and independence.

The Athens County Reentry Program, which is housed in The Work Station in The Plains, provides guidance and assistance for

ex-offenders who are preparing to leave the prison system, as well as those who have been out of prison for any length of time.

Individuals who are interested in learning more about the program should contact Shawn Stover, the Reentry Program Coordinator.

The goal is to help individuals build independent lives so they can avoid the problems that led them to prison in the first place. The initiative is designed to increase public safety, lower local law enforcement costs and reduce Athens County’s high recidivism rate. Athens County has already seen success in reducing the recidivism rate of the ex-offenders who have been working with the reentry program.

Programs and services offered include:



Shawn Stover

Reentry Program Coordinator

(740) 677-4264



The Work Station

70 N. Plains Rd., Suite C

The Plains, Ohio 45780

(740) 797-1405




• Assistance with navigating the health care  and public assistance programs

• One-on-one meetings with ex-offenders before and after they leave prison to help answer their questions and provide information on community resources, mental health programs, substance abuse treatment programs,
educational opportunities and other services

• Assistance with employment searches

• Host workshops and seminars on a variety of subjects at The Work Station

The program also facilitates monthly meetings of the Athens County Reentry Task Force, held at 9:30 a.m. on the fourth Monday of every other month at the Athens County Job and Family Services County Home office. On average, about 25 local agencies and service providers attend each monthly meeting, resulting in productive and meaningful discussion on the topic of offender reentry.  For additional information, please contact Shawn Stover, (740)677-4264. 


Upcoming Conference: 



Integrating Professionals for Appalachian Children

Your space to collaborate, innovate and advocate.


 No One Left Behind:

Building Supportive Communities Around

Children  and Families  Affected  by the  Opioid Crisis


Professional Conference & Community Town Hall


Join us on April18,  2017, for our professional conference and community  town hall. Learn alongside professionals from all sectors and community  members about how to build a supportive community around our neighbors who are affected by the opioid crisis.

Our keynote presenter will be Tina Willauer (at right), Director of Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Teams (S.T.A.R.T.) of the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services. She will describe best practice principles and strategies that work well for families with co-occurring substance use and child maltreatment. She'll also discuss her experience with S.T.A.R.T. and an example

of the program implemented  in a nearby Appalachian community.


You'll also hear from: 

• Orman Hall of Ohio HIDTA and Angela Sausser of PCSAO will describe the impact the opioid epidemic has had on Ohio over time, the response to date and the impact on children services statewide.

• Crystal Ward Allen of Casey Family Programs will discuss the value of Recovery Coaches, the certification process, examples of community teaming, info sharing agreements, supervision  and opportunities for financing.

• Ana Beltran of Generations United will share the findings from the recently published report Raising the Children of the Opioid Epidemic: Solutions and Support for Grandfamilies.

• Dr. Joe Gay of Health Recovery Services, will offer a short presentation on the work his agency is doing.

***Continuing education credits are available for physicians, nurses, counselors, social


workers and psychologists. Visit ipacohio.org/aprilconference for details.***


                        Day:  Tuesday, April18, 2017

                        Time of Conference:   8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

                        Time of Town Hall:  7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

                        Where:   The Lodge at Hocking College

                        Registration:   www.ipacohio.org/aprilconference


Special thanks to our sponsors supporting this event: 

    OhioHealth O'Bleness Hospital

    Ohio University, Area Health Education Center,                                        

       Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine               

    Athens Foundation

    Athens County Children Services

    The Athens County Reentry Task Force

    317 Board



P.O. Box 826 Athens, Ohio 45701       







Contact information for Athens JFS:

13183 State Route 13, Millfield, Ohio 45761-9901

(740) 797-2523 or (800) 762-3775