Community Partners in Action focuses on behavioral change and advocates for criminal justice reform.
Our employment, basic needs and recovery services work together to reduce recidivism & enhance public safety — all at a fraction of the cost of prison.
In partnership with the State, US government, private funders, organizations, and businesses, we work to make a positive impact on the lives of adults and youth throughout Connecticut.
Serving over 8,000 adults and youth each year, CPA focuses on behavioral change and advocates for criminal justice reform. Our programs promote Recovery, Restoration and Responsibility.
Alternative In The Community (AIC)
A program that focuses on helping people work toward behavioral change while meeting basic human needs, and provides employment, cognitive restructuring and relapse prevention services to encourage personal growth and development.
Through Hartford Community Court, this innovative program holds people accountable for their quality of life violations through meaningful projects that have a positive community impact.
A substance abuse program for boys, offering residential treatment in a safe and empowering environment that fosters recovery.
A program that fosters a positive and constructive environment in Connecticut‘s prisons through arts workshops, projects, exhibitions, publications, and advocacy for the arts and artists.
Reentry and Employment
Programs that provide comprehensive pre and post release case management services, basic need support, employment assistance, and training.
Temporary housing for men for up to 90 days while they actively participate in the AIC program.
Support mission-driven projects to strengthen clients’ success
Support women and men during pre and post release
Prison Arts Program
Support art workshops, exhibitions and advocacy
Housing and Basic Needs
Provide urgent assistance for housing, education and training
Roadmap to Restoration
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Less than three years ago, Michael was released from prison to a halfway house. While there, he joined CPA’s STARR Training to Work 2 Program, where he flourished. Michael enrolled in an eight-week course through a training partner and earned 11 certifications in the Health and Safety, and Industrial Technology Fields.
Michael said having nationally-recognized career certifications really made a difference. He was hired by a Hartford construction company and joined Laborers Union Local 230. With a vision for his future, Michael completed PRIDE, an entrepreneur training program offered by Reentry Survivors. Michael and his wife Sandra plan to one day open a nonprofit to assist disadvantaged youth.
Elizabeth Hines Named Executive Director
Elizabeth “Beth” Hines is the new Executive Director of Community Partners in Action.
Beth was selected from over 50 candidates after a detailed and thoughtful search by our Board of Directors. Most recently Chief Operating Officer, Beth has been with Community Partners in Action for 27 years.
Provide more opportunities. Give from your heart.Opportunity. That's all anyone wants. And yet, people who have a criminal record face a multitude of barriers to opportunities—barriers that seem impossible to overcome, such as access to housing and basic needs, education and employment, and substance abuse and mental health treatment.
“As a means of making our community safer, it is critical that we provide comprehensive resources and opportunities for people involved in the criminal justice system.
Given that 95% of those incarcerated will eventually return to the community, there has to be a fundamental commitment to more effective justice investments and reinvestments.”
— Community Partners in Action