Howse Announces State Funding For Incarcerated Youth Art Therapy Programs
Art Therapy Studio to provide arts-based programming at two area juvenile facilities

State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today announced the release of just over $80,433 to the Ohio Department of Youth Services (ODYS) for a contract with the Art Therapy Studio in Cuyahoga County to facilitate art therapy programs at two local juvenile correctional facilities (JCFs). The Controlling Board, a panel tasked with oversight of state spending, approved the funding at today’s meeting.

“Our incarcerated youth are faced with some of the most difficult times of their lives during crucial development years,” said Howse. “The services provided by the Art Therapy Studio will help ensure that our youth are not simply serving time, but are being rehabilitated and receiving treatment. We all benefit when the state works with local organizations to strengthen our communities by helping rebuild families.”

The Art Therapy Studio will partner with both Indian River and Cuyahoga Hills JCF to provide arts-based programming and art therapy, aimed at strengthening the cognitive, linguistic, social and civil development of the incarcerated youth. In an effort to offer additional therapeutic outlets, both individual sessions held in private rooms and group meetings will be made available at both facilities.

Founded in 1967, the Art Therapy Studio began as a program in the rehabilitation department of then Highland View Hospital. Operating under the principle that creating art can contribute to personal healing and wellness, the nonprofit has served over 50,000 people in Cuyahoga County. The organization strives to make art accessible and meaningful to all individuals, including those who traditionally do not have access to community art programs. 

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