Community Partners in Action Receives $2 Million Grant from SAMHSA (U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

Five-year CPA Initiative Targets Reentry, Substance Abuse, and Mental Disorder Treatment Services For Those Returning Home to Greater Hartford

May 8, 2019/Hartford, CT… Community Partners in Action, a statewide organization that promotes recovery, restoration, and responsibility for those who have recently been incarcerated, has been awarded a five-year, $2 million grant from SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The initiative will target reentry services for people diagnosed as having a substance use disorder and/or co-occurring substance use and mental health disorder.

“This is the first SAMHSA grant for Community Partners in Action, and we couldn’t be more thrilled,” said Beth Hines, the organization’s executive director. “The award will expand our Resettlement program, which lost 80% of its funding in 2016 when the state eliminated its non-residential programs. Resettlement will now be able to serve an additional 275 people (55 annually) returning home from prison who are in need of substance and mental health services upon their release. We will provide pre- and post-release peer-to-peer case management services.”

The organization will partner with InterCommunity, Inc., based in Hartford, to provide the clinical treatment services. Additionally, six recovery beds will be provided for a portion of the population served.

“A high percentage of people in prison suffer from substance abuse and mental disorders. People returning home desperately need services but have long waiting periods before they can access them,” Hines added. “Not receiving immediate treatment puts them at high risk for returning to past behaviors, overdosing and/or returning to prison. Our program will refer people coming home with mental health and/or substance abuse diagnoses into treatment within 2 days. Accessing services that quickly, with continuing wraparound services, will greatly improve a person’s opportunity for a successful reentry back home, and enhance public safety.”

The expanded reentry and treatment services funded by this SAMHSA grant are scheduled to open August 1, 2019.

Contact: Sandra Bradford-Jennings, Development Director