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The Connection, Inc. - CT - New Haven
Last updated on October 10, 2013

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The Connection, Inc. is a human services and community development agency whose mission is "building safe, healthy, caring communities and inspiring people to reach their full potential as productive and valued citizens.”

Description:
On January 1, 2010, TCI merged with the former ALSO-Cornerstone, Inc. (ACI), which was founded in New Haven in 1968 with the establishment of the Cornerstone Group Home, a halfway house for adult individuals transitioning from psychiatric hospitals back into the community. The former ACI was a leader in the New Haven community in the areas of supportive housing and mental health and addiction services. The newly merged agency provides 43 programs throughout the state that include a homeless shelter, a foster-care program, alternative to incarceration centers, seven substance-abuse and mental health outpatient clinics, pre-trial alcohol and substance abuse intervention programs, school-based prevention programs, and more than two dozen residential and supportive housing programs located in communities throughout the state. TCI serves more than 6,000 individuals and families each year in New Haven alone. Statewide, TCI serves more than 7,000 individuals and families each month.

History:
The Connection, Inc. (TCI) was formed in 1972 as a community response to the devastation being wrought on families by the problems of abuse, neglect, addiction, and crime. Beginning with The Connection's flagship program, Connection House, a halfway house located in Middletown, TCI has been a leader in creating community-based treatment programs. The Connection has been a leader in creating community-based treatment programs since the organization was founded. The Connection House, a halfway house in Middletown that opened its doors in 1972, and the former ACI's Cornerstone Group Home, located on Dwight Street in New Haven, which opened its doors in 1968, have been models for the New Haven and Middletown communities that demonstrate the benefits of a person-centered, community-based model of care that supports and affirms the individual and provides opportunities for our clients to rebuild their lives and reintegrate into the community with dignity and respect.
TCI's programs and services fall into the broad categories of Supportive Housing, Behavioral Health, Women and Children, and Community Justice. The agency is known for the variety and reach of its programs. Few agencies in Connecticut and perhaps nationally offer such a broad array of services. TCI also has a strong history of innovation and of working with groups of people that many agencies would find too risky, such as sex offenders, ex-offenders leaving prison, and vulnerable children and families. TCI is also developing a national reputation for its provision of evidence-based practices, particularly in the areas of motivational interviewing and cognitive-behavioral programming. TCI's diverse programs enable the agency to provide a continuum of care for many of our clients as they move on the path toward independence and recovery.
Many of our programs were the first of their kind in the State. These include the Center for the Treatment of Problem Sexual Behavior, a nationally-recognized program that promotes public safety by treating sex offenders; the Supportive Housing for Families, a unique program that seeks to reunite children with their parents; and the Park Street Inn, a residential program designed to assist individuals who have been institutionalized for many years acquire the skills they need to live more independently in the community. The Ruoppolo Manor Supportive Housing Program, a partnership with the Housing Authority of New Haven, has become a national model for public/private partnerships. TCI's Robert T. Wolfe Apartments and the West Village program are based on the Ruoppolo model. Twenty-five of the 40 beds provided by the West Village program are funded by a 5-year, $2 Million grant from the Federal Department of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in an effort to help address chronic homelessness.


Contact people:
 Claire Bien, Associate Director Of Communications/Development Officer, (phone), (email)
Heide Erb, Director Of Communications, (phone), (email)


Office fax number: (203) 787-5599

Address:
 205 Orange Street
2nd Floor

New Haven, CT 06510
(See a map)

Web Site: http://www.theconnectioninc.org

Directions:

 From I-91 South, take Exit 3, Trumbull Street. Turn left on Orange Street. Drive approximately 1/2 mile on Orange Street. 205 Orange Street is just beyond the intersection of Elm and Orange Streets
Last updated on October 10, 2013

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