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Community Solutions, Inc. (CSI) will be posting articles on the latest agency news and industry trends written by employees, partners, stakeholders, and members of our communities about a variety of issues related to our mission and target population.  We are proud to share examples of the positive contributions of our staff and clients as well as important developments in the criminal justice, juvenile justice, and child welfare fields.

Contributing to CSI’s Mission – Internal Compliance

By Terri Williams | February 13, 2018

Did you know that in December 2017, the United State Government Accountability Office (GAO) conducted a study on Medicare and Medicaid fraud risks? The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), provides health care for over 145 million Americans with annual expenditures of roughly…

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Annual CSI Board Meeting – Presentation on Program Outcomes

By Terri Williams | February 5, 2018

On January 26th, CSI senior staff attended the annual meeting of the CSI Board of Directors.  During this meeting, one of our program leaders, Sedgrid Lewis, Georgia State Director, presented on the history, growth, and impact of our Georgia Multisystemic Therapy (MST) programs.  His presentation was inspirational, well received, served as a good anchor for…

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New CSI Program Added in Rhode Island

By Terri Williams | February 1, 2018

CSI has recently been awarded a new contract by the Rhode Island Department of Corrections to conduct Cognitive Based Therapy (CBT) services in the community. Our fabulous team of professional staff, led by Program Director Jeff Marsella and Area Director Vonetta Lambert (pictured with the team) have begun the program start-up, are making community connections,…

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Neurofeedback in Santa Barbara, CA

By Sheila Carrasquillo | January 11, 2018

Do you know what the cost to the community of a high-risk recidivist is? According to the Pew-MacArthur Results First Model, Santa Barbara County determined that the incremental cost to their community of a high-risk recidivist was $66,000 annually. In Santa Barbara County, California, a group of individuals (ultimately named the Neurofeedback Project Team) began…

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Contributing to CSI’s Mission – Accounts Payable

By Terri Williams | January 9, 2018

Proper management of an agency’s Accounts Payables functions is crucial for a number of reasons. First, without an accurate assessment of how much CSI owes (and to whom), we would be unclear as to our financial situation.  Second, in a business that is built on relationships, if we have haphazard AP practices, our business reputation will…

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The Power of Positive Reinforcement

By Terri Williams | January 2, 2018

The staff of Bridgeport AIC put together 6 gift baskets during the holidays with various goodies and prizes. Clients who attended their groups were eligible to earn raffle tickets for the drawings. A staff member from Court Support Services Division (CSSD) noted that “All bail, family, and probation clients showed up for their groups. I was…

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Contributing to CSI’s Mission – Adult Services

By Terri Williams | December 21, 2017

The talented staff at CSI work diligently each day to motivate and assist our clients. In addition to counseling, training, coaching, and supervising, staff also document their efforts. The task of documentation is important for many reasons. The management quote “What gets measured gets done,” speaks to the need for us to measure our progress…

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CSI Client Curates Exhibit in the Santa Barbara Arts Community

By Terri Williams | December 13, 2017

One of our Santa Barbara Day Reporting Center clients, Alberto “Berto” Lule, curated an art exhibit at the Santa Barbara City College Atkinson Gallery recently. The exhibit was entitled “The Border Crossed Us” and featured a number of artists.   Berto will soon be graduating from Santa Barbara City College and has plans to continue his education.…

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Contributing to CSI’s Mission – Food Service

By Terri Williams | December 8, 2017

  Did you know that the CSI Food Service Team prepares 930 meals each day for our Hartford, Bloomfield, and Waterbury residential programs? This is 339,450 meals per year and doesn’t count all of the “special events” they cater for staff and clients. They also provide work experience and skill attainment opportunities for our clients. Here’s…

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Bridgeport AIC Participates in Hoops for Hurricane Relief

By Terri Williams | November 2, 2017

Will Robinson, Intervention Specialist at Bridgeport Alternative in the Community (BAIC) program, has been coaching youth basketball in the Bridgeport community for several years. Since his employment at BAIC, several clients have mentioned a desire to play basketball in Bridgeport. Positive leisure activities are not only a healthy and constructive use of time, they also…

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Dedication of Aileen’s House

By Terri Williams | November 1, 2017

On October 26, 2017, CSI hosted a very special dedication ceremony renaming our Hartford House women’s program after CSI’s longest serving employee, Aileen O’Connor, who passed away this spring after fighting a courageous battle with cancer.  Aileen dedicated 27 years to Community Solutions, playing an instrumental role in the success of CSI’s programs, staff, and clients. …

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Testimonial That Fuels Our Success

By Jillian Lombardi | October 23, 2017

  Testimony Spotlight!!!   CSI’s Functinoal Family Therapy (FFT) Therapist Brandi Robinson received a lovely testimonial letter from a family she worked with in one of our Georgia programs. Dear Ms. D. Hawkins, I’m very proud to write this letter on behalf of Brandi Robinson.  Ms. Robinson was selected to come into our home at a…

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