Steering Clear

A residential alternative to jail for first-time OVI offenders

Program Description

A 72-hour residential alternative to jail for first-time OVI offenders, Steering Clear provides participants with information about alcohol and drug abuse.

Professional alcohol and drug abuse counselors combine evaluation, education and group discussion to address individual problems and needs.

Resources are available if help is needed.

Certified by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Program Dates - 2024

July 25-28

September 26-29

November 7-10


Steering Clear is structured for adults 18 years or older.

Program Cost

The cost for Steering Clear is $375. Payment is required at the time of registration.

The Remedial Driving Course (if needed) is $100.

 Recipients of Ohio Medicaid can enroll in Steering Clear at a discounted rate, as long as they have not used the discounted rate within the past 6 years. The discounted rate is $237.48.

If a participant would like a private room, there is an additional cost of $200. There are limited rooms available  and will be reserved on a first-come first-serve basis. 

Payment for the program is required in full before participant will be enrolled in the Steering Clear program.

If a participant needs to reschedule, there will be a rescheduling fee of $200. This must be done 2 weeks before the start date of the session that the participant was enrolled in. If it less than 2 weeks before, all payments will be forfeited and the whole cost of the program will need to be made again. 

All payments are non-refundable.

Remedial Driving

A certified 8-hour Remedial Driving Course has been incorporated into the curriculum.

Participants will receive a booklet, certificate of completion and processing of paperwork for the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.


  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
  • Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services (OhioMHAS)

Funding Sources

  • Columbiana County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board
  • Jefferson County Prevention and Recovery Board
  • Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services (OhioMHAS)
  • Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • United Way Services of Northern Columbiana County
  • Private and third-party payment
  • Private foundations
  • Gifts and donations
  • Medicaid and Medicare accepted