Michael Perlin Center for Substance Abuse Intervention
Michael Perlin Center for Substance Abuse Intervention is a ten- or fifteen-week educational program that addresses the problems of drinking and driving. Click for information on the drug abuse program.
This court-mandated program is designed for first-time offenders who are given the opportunity to erase the arrest from their records upon successful completion of the program. PAES is a diversionary program that was developed to address the public policy issue of operating vehicles while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It seeks, through the use of an evidence-based approach of clinical intervention, to reduce the incidence of repeat or multiple offending. It also seeks to identify those offenders who are in need of more intensive services to address substance abuse and/or dependency and to introduce them to the recovery-oriented, therapeutic services available to address their specific needs. It attempts to do all this through a culturally sensitive, non-judgmental approach.
On February 26, 2010, the Board of Directors of The Connection, Inc. established the Michael Perlin Center for Substance Abuse Intervention to honor the work of Dr. Michael Perlin, a member of the Board of Directors of ALSO-Cornerstone, Inc. from 2003 to 2010. Dr. Perlin is Professor Emeritus of Public Health at Southern Connecticut State University and co-author of the Connecticut Pretrial Alcohol Education System, the State of Connecticut’s Drinking Driving Rehabilitation Program, which became the DMHAS-funded Pretrial Alcohol Education System and Pretrial Drug Education Program for first-time offenders. These two community justice programs, now provided under the umbrella of the Michael Perlin Center, enable The Connection to serve thousands of individuals in nearly a dozen communities throughout Connecticut.
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