FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 22, 2010
Mary Spottswood receives the Dinitz Award
from the Ohio Justice Alliance for Community Corrections
Mary Spottwood (middle) with Talbert House's Neil Tilow and Tom Berghausen
CINCINNATI—Mary Spottswood, Talbert House director of Service Integration, received the 2010 Dr. Simon Dinitz Award from the Ohio Justice Alliance for Community Corrections at their annual achievement awards ceremony in September. The Dr. Simon Dinitz Award is given to a community correctional practitioner who has made contributions to the improvement of community corrections in Ohio.
Spottswood is a licensed independent chemical dependency counselor with 30 years of experience in the fields of chemical dependency, mental health and community corrections. She joined Talbert House in 1990 and has overseen the development and operations of Warren County’s Community Correctional Center (CCC), a community-based correctional facility, and Turtle Creek Center (TCC), a halfway house.
Under Spottswood’s leadership, CCC and TCC have received Clifford Skeen awards—the top honor from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. She serves on the executive committee of the Warren County Criminal Justice Planning Board. She has actively worked with judges, probation and parole staff to provide quality community corrections and reentry services in Butler, Clermont and Warren counties.
Spottswood has served two terms as president of the Ohio Community Corrections Association. She received a bachelor's in Psychology from Bowling Green State University and a master's in Public Administration from Xavier University.
The Ohio Justice Alliance for Community Corrections is a coalition of elected officials and correctional providers working together to improve and promote community corrections. OJACC attempts to achieve this goal through legislative initiatives and public education.
About Talbert House
Talbert House is a community-wide nonprofit network of social services with 30 proven programs focusing on prevention, assessment, treatment and reintegration. Each year, Talbert House helps 26,000 men, women and children across Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky overcome adversity to become healthy and productive citizens through its programs in community corrections, mental health, substance abuse and welfare-to-work.