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Everyone deserves a second chance. The Connection’s community justice services assist you or your loved one with the education, skills and resources needed to return to the community after prison as a productive and valued citizen. Our positive support, state-of-the-art rehabilitation and supervisory services and innovative housing options have proven to be what many people need to rewrite their stories. Starting with our original program, Connection House, one of the first halfway houses in the state, to a unique scattered site apartment program for people leaving prison, The Connection works closely with our funders and service partners to successfully reduce criminal recidivism.

Below is a listing of some of our Community Justice programs, click on each to read more…

Center for the Treatment of Problem Sexual Behavior (CTPSB)

Center for the Treatment of Problem Sexual Behavior (CTPSB)

The Center for the Treatment of Problem Sexual Behavior serves to prevent future sexual abuse through state-of-the-art assessment, treatment and training. CTPSB is committed to the enhancement of the community via the reduction of sexual violence. We accomplish this by working in a collaborative effort with the criminal justice and victim advocacy systems, utilizing research valid methodologies in the treatment and management of sexual offenders.

The Center is comprised of Adult Services, Juvenile Services, Developmental Disabilities Program, and The January Center, the state’s first residential treatment center for problem sexual behavior. Both Juvenile Services and the Developmental Disabilities program provide assessment and treatment for victims of sexual violence as well as sexual offenders. The Center provides treatment in coordination with Departments of Correction and Probation at both state and federal level and the Department of Mental Health Services.

The main office is located in Middletown. Specialized evaluation and treatment services are provided statewide in Middletown, New Haven, Bridgeport, Norwalk, Stamford, Danbury, Waterbury, New Britain, Torrington, Bristol, Hartford, Manchester, Norwich, Montville and New London. Through subcontractors, services are provided in Willimantic, Stratford, Danielson, and Shelton.

For more information about The Center for the Treatment of Problem Sexual Behavior, please contact David Zemke, Program Director, at (860) 343-5515 or at dzemke@theconnectioninc.org.

Cochegan House

Cochegan House

Cochegan House is a transitional halfway house for men rejoining society after being discharged from the correctional system. The program assists individuals by instilling self-worth, responsibility and a desire to develop positive behavioral patterns in order to reestablish themselves within their families and their communities.

Located in Montville, Cochegan House provides up to 16 clients with helpful guidance on employment and educational opportunities. The program focuses on enhancing life skills and responsibility to help clients regain their independence in the community.

Program services include:
  • Individual, group, and family counseling
  • Drug education
  • Financial management skills
  • Employment assistance
  • Reading and writing skills
  • Educational opportunities
  • Community outreach activities

Clients are referred to this program from the State of Connecticut Department of Correction.

For more information about Cochegan House, please contact Ashley Picazio, Program Director, at (860) 848-5500 or at apicazio@theconnectioninc.org.

Community Reporting Engagement Support and Training (CREST) Center

Community Reporting Engagement Support and Training (CREST) Center

The CREST Center is a community-based day reporting program that serves adults involved in the Criminal Justice System who exhibit moderate impairment from a psychiatric condition, mental illness, or co-occurring disorder. Clients are referred to the New Haven based program by criminal justice agents as an alternative to incarceration.

The CREST Center provides consistent monitoring, support, and case management to address the behavioral health needs of individuals in order to improve community safety. The program works closely with the court/probation and parole agencies in an effort to provide a comprehensive and coordinated supervision plan to offer clients the support needed to make informed decisions about their treatment and recovery and to empower them to behave as law abiding citizens.

Program services include:
  • Medication monitoring and education
  • Vocational counseling
  • Housing and transitional planning
  • Random drug and alcohol screenings
  • Cognitive skills training
  • Daily living skills training
  • Substance use education
  • Crisis intervention
  • Transportation services

For more information on the CREST Center, please contact Elizabeth Jenkins, Program Manager, at (203) 848-2180 or at ejenkins@theconnectioninc.org.

Connection House

Connection House

Connection House is a 14-bed licensed residential substance use treatment program for men. The program assists individuals in reclaiming their lives and personal dignity from the ravages of addiction. By providing a drug free environment and effective programming, Connection House lessens the destructive impact of substance use in the community.

Located in Middletown, Connection House — The Connection’s flagship program — was founded by Kätchen Coley and her friend, Nancy Flanner. With the help of Dr. Edward Friedman and other local community members, Connection House opened its doors in 1972 and has since served individuals who suffer from substance use. A portion of the beds are designated for people coming out of the correctional system in need of substance use treatment.

Program services include:
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Vocational assistance
  • Educational assistance
  • Medical and/or psychiatric care
  • Assistance in accessing community resources

For more information about Connection House, please contact Ashley Picazio, Program Director, at (860) 343-5512 or at apicazio@theconnectioninc.org.

Eddy Center

The Eddy Center

The Eddy Center, located in Middletown, is a residential treatment center providing intensive supervision, counseling and monitoring for up to 28 individuals over the age of 18 who are offered an alternative to incarceration. The program addresses individual client needs to help ease their transition back into the community and reduce the likelihood of criminal recidivism.

The Eddy Building, which houses Eddy Shelter, Eddy Center and Logano Place, was built in 1955 as a residence for 96 Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH) employees. It was named Eddy Home in honor of Pearl and Otis Eddy, longtime and dedicated CVH employees. They were members of a family with a long and close relationship with the hospital, as both employees and advocates.

Clients are referred by Parole Departments throughout the state and are assessed within 24 hours of admission. Program services include:
  • Employment skills
  • Educational assistance
  • Substance use education
  • Life skills, such as anger management, trauma education and health education

For more information about Eddy Center, please contact Joshua Charette, Program Manager, at (860) 343-5520 or at jlcharette@theconnectioninc.org.

Re-Entry Assisted Community Housing (REACH)

Re-Entry Assisted Community Housing (REACH)

The REACH program is a scattered site supportive housing for individuals re-entering the community from the correctional system. It is designed to address the needs of individuals in the correctional system who are eligible for parole, but unable to locate appropriate housing. The intent of the program is to assist individuals in successfully re-entering the community and provide the supports necessary for independent living. REACH provides scattered site apartments that are subsidized based on the tenant’s income. Participants are provided with intensive case management and have an estimated length of stay of four to six months.

Program services include:
  • Referrals to mental health and other treatment providers
  • Vocational support
  • Educational opportunities
  • Transportation assistance

For more information about REACH, please contact Jacob Hasson, Program Director, at (860) 343-5500 x5207 or at jhasson@theconnectioninc.org.

Roger Sherman House

Roger Sherman House

Roger Sherman House is a transitional halfway house for men being discharged from the correctional system. The program helps clients achieve self-esteem with positive results by providing them the resources to break the cycle of criminal activity, substance abuse, or poverty.

Located in New Haven and named after the Connecticut senator, Roger Sherman House provides clients being released from prison employment opportunities as well as educational opportunities. The 61-bed facility focuses on life skills and helps clients regain their independence in the community with a strong emphasis on responsibility. All referrals for this program come from the State of Connecticut Department of Correction.

Program services include:
  • Individual, group and family counseling
  • Substance use education
  • Financial management assistance
  • Employment skills
  • Reading and writing skills
  • Educational opportunities
  • Community outreach activities

For information about Roger Sherman House, please contact Gail Eureka, Program Director, at (203) 789-4430 or at geureka@theconnectioninc.org.

SIERRA Center

SIERRA Center

SIERRA Center is comprised of two components: a pre-trial program and a post incarceration program with a focus on mental illness, for men involved with the criminal justice system. The program offers clients a positive sense of direction and empowers them to be law-abiding citizens and productive members of society. SIERRA programs are designed to address the characteristics of offenders that can be changed and are associated with the individual’s criminal activities.

Located in New Haven, SIERRA Center provides clients being released from incarceration or those awaiting trial employment and educational opportunities. Of the 30 beds in the post incarceration facility, eight are set aside for offenders with behavioral health issues. The pre-trial program is comprised of 16 beds for individuals with behavioral health needs. Clients in both program components are diagnosed with mental illness–a majority also have a co-occurring substance use diagnosis. By addressing each client’s needs, the program is able to develop a comprehensive plan for each client that is able to address their risk of re-offense. Referrals for the Post-SIERRA program come from the State of Connecticut Department of Correction/Parole. Referrals for the Pre-SIERRA program come from the Court Support Services Division specialized mental health units within Jail Re-Interview and Probation.

Program services include:
  • Substance use education
  • Employment skills
  • Educational opportunities
  • Family and peer relations
  • Coping skills
  • Attitudes and values
  • Psychiatric stability

For more information about SIERRA Center – Post Incarceration Branch, please contact Elizabeth Howard, Program Manager, at (203) 789-4441 or at ehoward@theconnectioninc.org.

For more information about SIERRA Center – Pre-Trial Branch, please contact Gail Eureka, Program Director, at (203) 789-4441 or at geureka@theconnectioninc.org.

Contact Us

Main Office
100 Roscommon Dr, Ste. 203
Middletown CT 06457
(860) 343-5500

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