Northeast Ohio Community Alternative Program (NEOCAP)

Northeast Ohio Community Alternative Program (NEOCAP)


Located in Warren, Ohio, the Northeast Ohio Community Alternative Program (NEOCAP) is a community-based corrections facility operated by the Ohio Department of Corrections (DOC). It houses adults who are convicted of crimes under Ohio state law.

Certified by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addictions Services (OMHAS), the facility provides residential substance abuse treatment to inmates so they may address their addiction and become stable, productive members of society oncre releases. The program serves Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake, Portage, and Trumbull Counties. Within Ohio, NEOCAP is among the 35.7 percent of treatment facilities to treat criminal justice clients. .


Each resident undergoes a series of assessments to receive an individualized plan. Treatment typically lasts four to six months and is divided into four phases. Through role play and other cognitive behavioral techniques (CBT) used during group therapy, clients work on skill-building and cognitive restructuring designed to change the thoughts that influence negative behaviors.

Other group topics include anger management, aggression replacement training, problem solving, life management skills, and relapse prevention. Residents with a history of mental health disorders may participate in NEOCAP’s Mental Health Services program.

Participants are required to perform community service and must complete the vocational development program before they are released. They also may attend in-house Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) groups.

NEOCAP works with the Trumbull County Career and Technical Center to offer clients an Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) program. Applicable clients may take the test for a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) once they reach the required education level.


NEOCAP’s treatment team includes case managers, treatment specialists, and program specialists. According to the facility’s website, “staff have appropriate education, training, and certifications to accomplish NEOCAP’s mission,” such as masters/bachelor/associate degrees including masters of addiction counseling, chemical dependency counseling certification, and social work licenses.


NEOCAP has three gender-specific residences for clients: Red House for females and the Blue House and White House for men. Each facility is overseen by a program staff who coordinate efforts. All visitors must complete NEOCAP’s Visitor’s Orientation Class and receive approval from the facility. Structured visitations occur on Saturday and Sunday at specified times; residents may have one 45-minute visit per weekend by two visitors at a time.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY has yet to receive alumni feedback. However, NEOCAP received mixed coverage on secondary sites to date. The program received an average rating of 3.1 out of five stars based on 20 reviews on the facility’s unofficial Facebook page and two one-star ratings on Google. {^1] [2] Offering polarizing opinions, 10 reviewers awarded perfect five stars, one assigned two out of five stars, and the remaining 10 rated it one star.

Those on the five-star side reported success – they achieved their goal of sobriety – however a few still reported unclean conditions and stringent rules. One alum, Mike C., noted he was filing a federal class action lawsuit against the facility. Nevertheless, Corinna wrote on Facebook: “I think neocap is great although I didn’t like being there it made me realize what’s important in life n how to make better decisions.”


A family member polled by at the time of this writing, whose brother attended NEOCAP, submitted a moderately favorable review. They offered perfect five-star ratings for connectivity/visitor policy and holistic offerings, four stars for likelihood to recommend, and three stars for counseling options, family participation, staff experience and training, and treatment of co-occurring disorders.


Although treatment is free of charge, NEOCAP participants are required to pay the costs of all medical services and medications they may need during their stay.

[2] GoogleReviews

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