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Linda Janes

Linda Janes

COO, Alvis, Inc.

Linda S. Janes has served in the criminal justice, social service and recovery fields for nearly 35 years in both the public and private sectors. She held several leadership positions within the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) and the Ohio Department of Youth Services (DYS) including Chief of the ODRC Bureau of Community Sanctions, Deputy Director, Chief of Staff and Assistant Director of both ODRC and DYS.

In May 2017, Linda was tapped to become the Managing Director of Amethyst, an Alvis recovery program. In this role, she oversaw the daily operations, clinical services, and housing for an intensive treatment program specializing in services for women with behavioral health needs, many of whom had co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders compounded by trauma and homelessness. The Amethyst program also provides services to women who have become involved in human trafficking. Children may live with their mothers in treatment at Amethyst and they may participate in a specialized afterschool program and a summer camp program dedicated to meeting their unique treatment and support needs.

In February 2018, Linda was promoted to Chief Program Officer of Alvis. She was responsible for all Behavioral Health, Psychiatric and Crisis Care Programming, including Amethyst, Recovery Choices and several specialized programs for survivors of human trafficking. Under Linda’s leadership, Alvis expanded the depth and breadth of behavioral health services by adding a Medical Director and more in-house psychiatric services, becoming certified to provide residential behavioral health services, and launching behavioral health services in Chillicothe, Lima and Toledo, Ohio via Telehealth. She also expanded certified Recovery Housing to three locations in Columbus, Ohio for women and their children. Linda also oversaw the Family and Children’s program, which provides parenting classes, therapeutic services and pro-social activities for children, parents and family units.

In June 2020, Linda was promoted to Executive Vice President at which time she assumed additional areas of responsibility. The Human Resources Department, Training Division and the Office of Continuous Quality Improvement were moved under her preview.

In October 2020, Linda was promoted to the Chief Operating Officer. She is responsible for programming for individuals with Developmental Disabilities, Behavioral Healthcare services, Psychiatric and Crisis Care, Family and Children’s programming, Reentry, Workforce Development and Community Corrections programs. Linda ensures all programs are of the highest quality and there is continuity of care across service lines

Linda’s strengths include integrating evidence-based strategies into programmatic and treatment approaches so they most effectively facilitate positive behavior change in clients. She strongly believes in supporting the development and well-being of employees through a healthy work culture. Linda is data-focused and practices outcome-driven decision making.

Linda serves on the Board of Trustees and was elected Second Vice President for the Ohio Justice Alliance for Community Corrections (OJACC). She also serves as Chairperson on the Board of Trustees for the Community Housing Network (CHN). Additionally, she was elected to Vice President of the Ohio Community Corrections Association (OCCA). Linda is a member of the American Correctional Association (ACA) and the ACA Staff Wellness committee.

Linda is the proud recipient of ODRC Director’s Impact Award, June 2016; Ohio Community Corrections Association President’s Award, May 2010; ODRC Reginald A. Wilkinson Excellence in Management Award, October 2006; Alvis President’s Golden Rule Award, April 2006; Ohio Community Corrections Organization Dr. Bennett J. Cooper Lifetime Achievement Award, 2005; ODRC Excel “Best of the Best” Cost Savings Award, September 2003; Adult Parole Authority; Supervisor of the Year Award, 2002; ODRC Gold Star Award, May 1995.

Linda is often tapped to provide professional presentations and lend her expertise to media interviews:

  • Provided a treatment provider’s perspective about the President’s announcement of $1.8 billion in funding for opioid treatment, ABC6 News, Sept. 2019;

  • Presented “Addiction Treatment Services” to Columbus Young Professionals, Sept. 2019;

  • Presented Gender Differences with Trauma Involved Clients” at the ACA Conference, Aug. 2019;

  • Presented about the First Step Act at the TASC Conference, April 2019;

  • Interviewed for “Graduates getting a second chance after staying sober for a year,” ABC6 News, Feb. 2019;

  • Interviewed about Gov. DeWine’s executive order to expand Recovery Ohio, Ohio Public Radio, Statehouse News Bureau, Jan. 2019; and

  • Interview, “Treatment Programs for Mothers with Addiction Scarce,” which aired on Ohio Public Radio, Statehouse News Bureau, Oct. 2018.

  • Interviewed for “Opioid Addicts in Recovery Find Challenges and Help in Getting Their Lives Back Together” for Ohio Public Radio in December 2017.

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