Community Partners in Action (CPA), established in 1875, seeks to expand its Resettlement Program by serving an additional 275 citizens (55 annually) returning to the Hartford/Greater Hartford, CT area. The Resettlement Program will provide Recovery Support Services that assist individuals to recover from alcohol and drug addiction and partner with InterCommunity, Inc. to provide the Substance Abuse and/or Co-occurring Treatment and Recovery Services. The population of focus will be men and women 18 years of age and older who: have been assessed/diagnosed as having a Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorder; have been sentenced to and serving at least three months in prison or have violated parole and serving at least one month in prison; be within four months of release to the community; and upon immediate release from prison be connected to treatment. Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) will be integrated throughout service delivery and the program will implement coordinated transition planning in correctional institutions. This planning will include the screening and assessment of substance use and/or co-occurring mental disorders and coordination of continued care from institution to community which will include community-based treatment, recovery, and reentry services. The goals and objectives for this project include, but are not limited to: Goal 1: To increase access to and utilization of treatment for 275 returning citizens with SUD and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders. Objective: To coordinate pre- and post-release service provision with the CT Department of Correction and InterCommunity for 55 individuals annually. Goal 2: To enhance and strengthen treatment for SUD/co-occurring disorders for returning citizens to increase abstinence. Objective: To decrease hospitalization for participants with SUD/co-occurring disorders by 70% and obtain an 80% successful treatment completion rate. Goal 3: To augment recovery/wraparound support services through peer to peer case management to enhance and strengthen treatment and decrease recidivism. Objective: To keep the recidivism rate of program participants under 22%. Goal 4: To expand ability to implement Evidence Based Practices (EBP) for SUD/co-occurring disorders and recov/wraparound support services. Objective: To support continued improvement and efficacy of EBP implementation and sustainability throughout the project’s duration. Goal 5: To ensure project implementation and evaluation adhere to goals and objectives and facilitate Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI). Objective: To identify monthly practices that are working and those in need of attention and determine the enhancements essential to support improvement for quality service provision.

Award Number Grantee Organization Name Grantee City Grantee Statesort descending Project Director Last Name Project Director First Name Award Amount
TI080926-01 COMMUNITY PARTNERS IN ACTION HARTFORD CT LEWIS VIRGINIA $421,676

Baystate Medical Center (BMC), the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department (HCSD), Providence Behavioral Health Hospital, Mercy Medical Center and the Center for Addiction Recovery will collaborate to provide BRIDGE II to adult ex-offenders with substance use and mental health disorders, who are returning to their community in the catchment area of Hampden County, in western Massachusetts. BRIDGE II’s primary goal is to improve the health of our population by providing a comprehensive network of substance use and mental health treatment and recovery support services that will reduce the likelihood of relapse and recidivism among formerly incarcerated adults. BRIDGE II will serve a total of 350 former inmates over the 5-year period. Additional goals include: 1) reducing the negative impact of behavioral health problems; 2) increasing access to and retention in treatment for co-morbid behavioral health and medical health conditions; 3) preventing new HIV and viral Hepatitis infections and overdoses. Our re-entering releasees are at high risk for relapse, drug overdose, and recidivism; many are also challenged by the need for bilingual and bicultural health care providers and services. We will deliver an intensive case management and service coordination model before and after release from jail. Under BRIDGE II, we will deliver the Thinking for a Change (T4C) curriculum, to be provided prior to the participants’ release from jail. Thinking for a Change (T4C) is a cognitive-behavioral curriculum that concentrates on changing the criminogenic thinking of offenders. T4C stresses interpersonal communication skills development and confronts thought patterns that can lead to problematic behaviors. Another significant health care need that we intend to address in our program implementation is that of overdose prevention. We recognize that the risks of overdose are most salient when clients leave incarceration or after a period of intensive, in-patient detox or substance use treatment; at discharge, they are abstinent and without physiologic tolerance. We will link patients to in-house and external resources for bio-medical prevention and harm reduction services, provide overdose education services prior to release, and provide Naloxone at the time of release. Once in the community, case managers will continue to provide services to ex-offenders that will enable them to meaningfully continue their engagement in SUD treatment, educational and job training programs, recovery housing searches, social supports, resource benefits, and other community services. The BRIDGE II team will include SUD treatment professionals in and outside of the jail, help with enrollment and maintenance into Medicaid and health insurance, and linkage to community-based primary care to support long-term recovery. Stable housing and adequate physical and mental health are essential for seeking and maintaining employment; BRIDGE II will more intentionally knit supports for post-incarceration housing stability and employment into this project.

Award Number Grantee Organization Name Grantee City Grantee Statesort descending Project Director Last Name Project Director First Name Award Amount
TI080954-01 BAYSTATE MEDICAL CENTER SPRINGFIELD MA LINCOLN THOMAS $425,000