Working Together to Make A Differance!


Administrator - Lori Paskevitch

20 bed secure facility

Serves males and females

Built in 1975

Located in Columbiana County

The Tobin Attention Center is 20 bed facility that serves male and females under the age of 19. It is also used to house youth from the other three attention centers for safety and overcrowding reasons. Its location in the rolling hills of Columbiana County makes it an ideal location for a secure facility. The Center is certified by the Ohio Department of Youth Services. The primary goal of the Center is to carry out the mandates of the Ohio Revised Code by providing safe, secure, and humane temporary custody of youth held by the Juvenile Courts, length of stay is determined by the Courts.

A major component of all the attention centers is the Responsible Behavior Program. The Program encompasses seven progressive levels. Youth earn their way to higher levels by demonstrating pro-social behavior and personal responsibility. Each level offers youth more privileges. Youth can also loose privileges through the program for major and minor behavior violations. Children are provided clear direction and simple rules and it finds the strengths in each child and emphasizes these strengths.

The educational program at the Tobin Center is provided by the United Local School District. The teachers have been active at the center for many years. Their experience and caring make the program a success.

The staff at the Tobin Center really makes a difference. In the past year staffing patterns have been adjusted resulting in more staff on the floor on the afternoon and weekends which positively impacts programming.

The center participates in the Jason Foundation suicide prevention program and offers the program monthly for a week as part of its afternoon skills program.  

Life skills are offered daily and give the staff at the Tobin Center the opportunity to work with the youth in their care on a variety of topics. Topics of discussion include but are not limited to drugs and alcohol use, sex education, relationship conflict resolutions, morals and values, self esteem building and current and historical events Youth participate in Thinking for Change which challenges them to look at their behavior and the consequences of their actions encouraging them to think before acting.

Meals are prepared daily by two Cooks and our Medical Department is headed by a fulltime Registered Nurse. 

The Tobin Center works with other community agencies to enhance programming at the center. The center works with the Columbiana County Counseling Center to provide individual and group counseling for residents and families. The Family Recovery Center visits the center weekly to provide drug and alcohol counseling for residents.

Two times during the week church sessions are offered to youth so their spiritual needs are met. MCJAS has a wonderful church volunteer program that is a positive influence on the youth. These volunteers dont judge the youth and shares with them that we are all flawed and all have a right to be nurtured and forgiven. The Tobin Center also has a long time Chaplaincy Program that is available to youth upon request.  

Family visitation is encouraged at the center. The importance of family interaction is vital as youth transition back to their home.