The Connection's Family Support programs provide high-quality homes, supportive case management and treatment to at-risk adults and children across the state. These programs have proven in national studies to effectively address chronic homelessness and save citizens money – by reducing or eliminating far more expensive alternatives, like hospitalizations, prison time, and shelter stays. Our programs have earned national recognition from the Child Welfare League of America and the Social Policy Institute.
Who benefits? Chronically disenfranchised adults and children.
Why do it? By providing support , we are teaching people to live more independently and are, in many cases, preventing generational cyles of abuse and neglect.
With what results? Last year, our Supportive Housing for Families (SHF) program reunited 75% of the families served. Our internal analysis shows that three-quarters of our clients move on to more independent settings.
At what cost? In national studies, supportive housing has been shown to be less than half as expensive as the alternatives - prison, shelters, and hospitals.
Addiction and mental health issues are at the heart of many problems The Connection addresses. We operate five free-standing outpatient behavioral health clinics, run a nationally-recognized problem sexual behavior clinic, and deliver empirically-validated psychosocial rehabilitation approaches at all of our programs. In so doing, we deliver a preventative approach of the problems of addiction and stress, and provide opportunities for hope and recovery to all outclients.
Who benefits? People with long-standing addiction issues who are trying to turn their lives around.
Why do it? By preventing substance abuse and behavior-related problems, we are improving the community for all.
With what results? Eighty percent of the clients at The Connection's behavioral health clinics successfully complete their treatment, and 99 percent do not re-offend.
At what cost? By getting to behavioral and substance abuse problems at their core, we are preventing a far greater toll on our service systems later.
The Connection has long been one of Connecticut's recognized leaders in improving community safety and justice by helping those involved in the crimial justice system become productive and valued citizens. Starting with our original program, Connection House, one of the first halfway houses in the state, to our latest, a unique scattered site apartment program for people leaving prison, we have provided the necessary residential, rehabilitation, and supervisory services to help people turn around their lives. Working closely with our funders and service partners, we have utilized proven state-of-the-art cognitive behavioral treatment approaches to successfully reduce criminal recidivism.
Who benefits? People leaving prison who are re-entering society.
Why do it? Every known study on criminal recidivism has found that positive support helps predict successful and safe adjustment in the community.
With what results? Three-quarters of the Connection's community justice clients successfully complete their programs.
At what cost? Our community justice beds cost a third less than prison.
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Somewhere in Connecticut, there’s a child at risk, a breadwinner out of work, an addict seeking freedom. That’s why The Connection has so many programs to help people get back on their feet. Whether it’s family support, behavioral health, or community justice programs, the caring, professional staff of The Connection has been instrumental in transforming the lives of our neighbors in need for more than 40 years.
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