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News from Community Solutions, Inc.

Contributing to CSI’s Mission – Internal Compliance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  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

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

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

  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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CSI’s Heath Greene Hosts CT DOC Kick Off Forum

On Friday, September 22, 2017, Community Solutions, Inc.’s (CSI) Quality Assurance Coach and Trainer, Heath Greene was the host and MC at the Connecticut Department of Correction (CT DOC) Kick Off Forum for the Second Chance Act, Statewide Recidivism Reduction Project Initiative. The forum took place at the Maloney Center for Training and Staff Development…
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Santa Barbara DRC Promotes Client Education Through College Partnership

CSI’s Santa Barbara Day Reporting Center (SB DRC) has established a promising collaborative relationship with Santa Barbara City College (SBCC). SBCC’s Extended Opportunities Programs and Services Department has been operating a summer bridge program (Transitions) for students involved in the criminal justice system to prepare them to enter college in the fall.   This summer,…
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The 6th Annual Greater Hartford Reentry Employment & Resource Fair

Written by Sue Gunderman, STRIDE Program   The Greater Hartford Reentry Council and the Chrysalis Center, Inc. held the 6th Annual Greater Hartford Reentry Employment and Resource Fair and Employer Breakfast Symposium on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at the Hartford Marriott Downtown. This event was supported by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Prior to…
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QA Forum Awards Ceremony

On Friday, December 2nd, 2016, CSI staff of the Alternative in the Community (AIC) programs were honored at the biannual Quality Assurance Forum held by the Connecticut Judicial Branch’s Court Support Services Division (JBCSSD). The ceremony took place at Central Connecticut State University’s (CCSU) Institute of Technology and Business Development building in New Britain, CT.…
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Praise from Danbury AIC Client and Litchfield Court Judge

Last month, in the course of a court proceeding involving a Danbury Alternative in the Community (DAIC) client, the staff at CSI’s DAIC were recognized through a written thank-you note from Judge Danaher of Superior Court, Judicial District of Litchfield, due to praise received from a CSI client who acknowledged and expressed deep gratitude to…
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Three Risk Factors for Addiction

Written by Pat McGraw Though addiction is a risk we all experience, certain traits predispose some to addiction more than others. When your family has a history of addiction, knowing the risk factors can help prevent the vicious cycle. It can also be useful in preventing addiction early on when you recognize your child may…
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Road to Recovery – Gloucester Police Department Paves the Way

Insight Article by Jillian Lombardi Significant national attention has been drawn to a local response to the widespread problem of opioid addiction and the rising numbers of opioid overdoses. In June of 2015, Gloucester, Massachusetts Police Chief Leonard Campanello began the Angel program by initiating a public post on Facebook to give addicts a chance…
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Nonprofits Lobby Day

#PeopleMatter March On Wednesday March, 16th, over 500 representatives from nonprofit organizations gathered in support of the CT Nonprofit Alliance at the Connecticut Legislative Office Building (LOB) and marched to Hartford’s Capitol building to protest against the pending budget cuts to the nonprofit sector during Nonprofit Lobby Day. Lobby Day started with participants congregating in…
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Danbury AIC Bilingual Intervention Specialist Visits Newtown High School

Inspiring the Language Department of Newtown High School On February 10th, Danbury’s Alternative in the Community (AIC) Spanish Speaking Intervention Specialist, Consuelo Brown, spoke throughout three class periods at Newtown High School during the language department’s “World Language Beyond the Classroom Day”. Newtown High School has a School to Career program that assists the coordination…
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Successful Gift Giveaway at CSI’s Norwich and New London AICs

Nonprofit Team Up December 18th was a thrilling day for Community Solution, Inc.’s (CSI) Norwich and New London AIC (Alternative in the Community) clients – just in time for the gift giving holiday. Over 90 children of our AIC clients received toys from a Gift Giveaway event, due to CSI’s fortunate working relationship with Career…
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CSI Partners with Netsmart and MST for Improved Outcomes and Evidence-based Results

Seventy percent of youth in juvenile justice systems have at least one mental health condition and at least 20 percent live with a severe mental illness, according to a report by The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice. Multisystemic Therapy® (MST®), an intensive family- and community-based treatment program, has been proven to keep…
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CSI at the CCAR Recovery Walk

Several clients and staff members of CSI’s Silliman and Johnson Women’s and Children’s Program were honored to participate in the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) Recovery Walk, held on September 18th in downtown Hartford. Alice Formeister, the Program Director of Silliman and Johnson, which opened in 2014, gave a synopsis of the event. On…
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The Fifth Annual Greater Hartford Reentry Employment and Resource Fair

On Thursday, September 17th, 2015, the Fifth Annual Greater Hartford Reentry Employment and Resource Fair was held at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Hartford. The fair, part of a collaboration between Chrysalis Center, Inc., and the Greater Hartford Reentry Council, was created to provide an incredible opportunity for Connecticut’s formerly incarcerated men and women to…
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Cheyney House Clients Graduate from Work Training Program

On May 3, 2015, Program Director Michael Beaudry recommended seven residents of Cheyney House (to the STARR-T2W2 (Training to Work 2) program. STARR-T2W2 is a Hartford-based collaborative funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. STARR-T2W2 training encompasses industry-recognized credentials, assisting participants with embarking on…
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California Day Reporting Centers Hold Fifth Annual Graduation Ceremonies

On August 12th and 13th, 2015, CSI’s Santa Maria and Santa Barbara Day Reporting Centers held their fifth annual client graduation ceremonies. The graduations were well-attended and well-publicized, receiving positive press from a number of sources. Articles about the graduations were featured in several prominent news outlets, including the Santa Barbara Independent, the Santa Maria…
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Longevity at CSI (Part 2 of 2)

This is the second of a two-part series highlighting internal promotion, longevity, and staff achivement at CSI. While CSI is proud of its achievements, its record of employee longevity demonstrates the strong team culture and enthusiasm present company-wide. Having employees who have been part of CSI’s history and growth is of tremendous value to the…
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Climbing the Ladder at CSI – Highlighting Internal Growth (Part 1 of 2)

Community Solutions, Inc. has seen numerous employees achieve multiple promotions during the agency’s fifty-two year history. While CSI has repeatedly benefitted from hiring external candidates, internal promotions have been a key component of the agency’s success. Internally-promoted staff have built relationships with stakeholders, community members, and clients; and bring a valuable familiarity with agency policies…
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Community Solutions, Inc. Moves Central Office

After twelve years in Windsor, Connecticut, CSI has moved the agency’s administrative headquarters to 340 West Newberry Road in Bloomfield. The new office, part of the Griffin Center business park, is located less than a mile away from the previous headquarters. The move to a larger space represents CSI’s significant growth and development over the…
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Federal Judge Visits the Chase Center

On Tuesday, June 9th, 2015, the Chase Center received a visit from United States Federal Judge Victor Bolden. The Chase Center, located in Waterbury, CT, provides residential reentry work release services to male clients, as well as home confinement and community court services. The Chase Center is funded by the Connecticut Department of Correction and…
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Crime, Recidivism, and Solutions in Delaware

A State in Turmoil While crime in the United States has declined steadily since the early 1990s, a handful of states have had marked trouble in recent years. While places such as Louisiana, Florida, and Texas receive the lion’s share of media coverage, some remain overlooked, including the nation’s first state, Delaware. Poverty, drug addiction…
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JBCSSD QA Awards Forum

On Wednesday, May 6th, 2015, CSI’s Alternative in the Community (AIC) staff were honored at the quarterly Quality Assurance Forum held by the Judicial Branch Court Support Services Division. The ceremony began with opening remarks made by Lisa Brandes, CSI’s Director of Training, QA, and HR. She announced that this was her last QA Forum,…
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Checking In on CSI’s California Programs

In July 2010, Community Solutions, Inc. (CSI) branched out to California, opening Day Reporting Centers in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria. Since that time, CSI has expanded its reach in the Golden State, providing Day Reporting Center services to Santa Barbara County Probation clients beginning in 2011 and opening a Case Management program in Ventura…
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The 2015 Bridgeport Reentry Collaborative Awards Ceremony

Community Solutions, Inc. would like to recognize the Bridgeport Reentry Collaborative’s fourth annual Reentry Awards Ceremony, which was held on Friday, March 27, 2015. CSI’s Bridgeport AIC (BAIC) was well-represented at the ceremony, with three staff members and three clients receiving awards for their outstanding work and accomplishments. BAIC Program Director Verla Michel and Assistant…
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Checking In on the Sullivan Center

In July 2014, Community Solutions, Inc. opened the William and Faith Sullivan Center, a 27-bed program funded by the Connecticut Department of Correction (DOC). The Sullivan Center provides residential re-entry work release for adult men, with an emphasis on helping clients obtain full-time employment while meeting self-sufficiency and family reunification goals. While at the Sullivan…
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