Jail Diversion is a term for programs and services that allow an individual with mental illness, substance abuse disorders or a combination of the two to enroll in a community-based treatment program. In the state of Connecticut, Jail Diversion allows the court to give a defendant a second chance. It keeps the accused out of a prison environment and provides rehanilition oppertunites. Often if the defendant had never been convicted of a prior crime the charges are dropped and their record is clean after the successful completion of the program.
There are also organizations who work with those who have been convicted of crimes and have served time in a correctional institution. They work with you to help you get back on your feet by offering various programs and services.
Jail Diversion/Court Liaison programs provide court-based services to persons with psychiatric and co-occurring (mental illness and substance abuse) disorders who are arrested on minor offenses. The primary function of the program is to facilitate access to appropriate treatment services by providing assessment, referral, and linkage to community mental health services. Diversion staffs work to maintain individuals in community treatment services, inform court personnel of treatment compliance, and facilitate access to mental health services through contacts within the Department of Correction when an individual is incarcerated.
Jail Diversion Substance Abuse Program (JDSA) The JDSA program provides immediate admission to residential detox and/or intensive residential treatment on the day of arraignment or rapid admission to IOP for adults in the Hartford courts with substance dependence who would otherwise be jailed. Services include referral to aftercare, intensive case management, sober house rent subsidy, other transitional housing options, client supports, monitor compliance, and compliance report to court.
Believe In Me Empowerment Corporation (BIMEC) has a 14-year history of providing services to youth and adults in New Haven. The Mission of the organization is to improve the lives of children, young adults, and their families impacted by and or affected by incarceration. We also offer supportive housing services, self-help groups employment education and referrals.
Locations: New Haven – Hamden
Capitol Region Mental Health Center (CRMHC): is a community based mental health center, operated by the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, which provides an array of innovative clinical and community support services to individuals with a psychiatric disability, in many cases with co-occurring problems of substance abuse. Our mission is to partner with persons in recovery to ensure access to high quality and culturally competent person-centered behavioral healthcare services.
Location: Hartford, CT
Community Partners in Action focuses on behavioral change and advocates for criminal justice reform. Our employment, basic needs, reentry and recovery services work together to reduce recidivism, enhance public safety and inform policy – all at a fraction of the cost of prison.
Location: Hartford, CT
Community Renewal Team – Re-Entry Recovery Services: Treatment and support for ex-offenders returning to the community. Individuals leaving prison are provided mental health and drug/alcohol treatment and support. Staff monitors and supports people during this transition to reduce the likelihood of repeat criminal behavior and ensure a successful transition. Recovery services may include assessment, treatment planning, therapy, drug testing, recovery management, medication monitoring, case management and housing assistance. Services are offered in Hartford. Staff speaks English and Spanish.
Location: Hartford, CT
Connecticut Renaissance has provided quality substance abuse and mental health treatment to men, women, and adolescents throughout the state of Connecticut. Through programs run by a compassionate, committed, results-oriented team of counselors, therapists and administrators, Renaissance has earned the reputation as a leader in Evidence-Based Treatment practices, and continues to break new ground in the areas of positive outcomes, outreach, research, and community involvement.
Locations: Several addresses are listed for this organization, since they offer a wide range of services it stands to reason that not all locations offer the same services. Please see their Facilities Page for more information.
CTREENTRY.ORG: The purpose of this website is to centralize reentry resources here in Connecticut to make it easier for someone to navigate the system, find support and be successful when they return home to their families and communities. Start by joining a local roundtable near you or simply search through the resources listed on this website to find a supportive network of providers as well as a second chance.
The Connection, Inc. has been one of Connecticut’s leading private, nonprofit human service and community development agencies. Each month thousands people throughout Connecticut are assisted by The Connection’s diverse behavioral health, family support and community justice programs. These programs reunite families, break the generational cycles of abuse and neglect, create safer, healthier communities and assist with mental illness and addiction issues. Our staff of 600, spread across offices throughout Connecticut, work to provide you with services when you need them most.
Locations: Middletown & New Haven, CT
EMERGE Connecticut, Inc.: is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that operates as a social enterprise committed to helping formerly incarcerated persons make a successful return to their families as responsible members, and to their communities as law-abiding, contributing citizens.
Location: New Haven, CT
Evergreen Family Oriented Tree, Inc. Our mission is to continue to help reduce recidivism among addiction, incarceration, and homelessness. We aim to provide resources for education and employment to those who are marginal and have low resources.
Location: New Haven, CT
Franklin S. DuBois Center (FSDC): Serves the greater Stamford/Norwalk area. FSDC is responsible for providing ongoing, individualized treatment to persons living in the community with severe behavioral health disorders who are publicly insured, uninsured and in some cases underinsured. All services offered at the F. S. DuBois Center are aligned with the Commissioner’s initiative to move our practice to one offering Community Support and Recovery Pathways. At the end of the day, people ought to have more advanced skills for self-management. Within many areas of service at FSDC, Peers have become integral components. Person-centered care is a given and evidence-based practices are growing.
Location: Stamford, CT
River Valley Services (RVS), a community mental health center serving Middlesex County and the towns of Lyme and Old Lyme, is operated by the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS). RVS’s goal is to provide the highest quality crisis intervention, case management, and residential and clinical services to adult citizens, 18 years of age and older, who suffer from serious mental disorders and who lack the financial means to secure such services in the private sector.
Location: Middletown, CT
Youth Continuum F.R.E.E: Fostering Responsibility, Education and Employment. The F.R.E.E. program serves justice-involved youth ages 14-20 who are re-entering the community from a Juvenile Justice program. Our F.R.E.E. program is located in New Haven. For more information about referrals or program details, contact our F.R.E.E. Program Coordinator, Patricia Jenkins-Simmons
at (203) 497-0081.