A long-term staff member of The Connection was asked by a skeptic what our Women and Children's programs actually accomplish. Her response: "They end generational cycles of abuse and neglect." By providing high-quality homes, supportive case management and treatment to at-risk women and children across the state, we teach women how to care for kids in healthy environments. The results? Seventy-five percent of our clients are able to successfully reunite with their children and move on to more independent living. Our programs have earned national recognition from the Child Welfare League of America and the Social Policy Institute.
Who benefits? Women and children victimized by abuse and neglect.
Why do it? By providing support now, we are 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.
At what cost? Analysis of a representative family in the SHF program showed that we saved the State of Connecticut $76,000 a year by providing supports in the community.
Supportive housing has been 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. The Connection has known this for a long time. We created the first supportive housing program in Connecticut – Liberty Commons, an award-winning site in Middletown – and have continued our tradition of innovation with Supportive Housing for Families, a statewide family reunification program that was the brainchild of Connection staff. Knowing firsthand the success of supportive housing, we are active members of the Reaching Home campaign to build 10,000 units of supportive housing in Connecticut, and to end homelessness as we know it in our state.
Who benefits? Chronically disenfranchised children and adults.
Why do it? Supportive and teaching people to live more independently benefits everybody - not only our clients.
With what results? 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 supportive housing, behavioral health, community justice, or women and children’s programs, the caring, professional staff of The Connection has been instrumental in transforming the lives of our neighbors in need for more than 35 years.
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