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Connecticut Collaborative on Re-Entry

Supportive Housing for Super Utilizers of Homeless Service and Correction Systems

Program Overview

The CT Collaborative on Re-Entry Program (CCR) is a supportive housing program that uses data-driven targeting to identify and serve a set of individuals in Connecticut that repeatedly cycle in and out of the homeless service and correction systems. These individuals have complex unmet needs and histories of long-term homelessness, often combined with chronic health, mental health, and substance use issues. CCR provides housing and services that help individuals obtain housing stability and avoid returns to costly crisis services and institutions. CCR improves individuals’ health, well-being, and social outcomes, while reducing public sector costs through the cost-effective combination of affordable housing linked with support services.

CCR is part of Connecticut's Super Utilizer Initiative, and is one of two supportive housing programs in Connecticut based on the CSH developed FUSE model. FUSE helps communities to break the cycle of homelessness and crisis among individuals with complex behavioral health challenges who are the highest users of emergency rooms, jails, shelters, clinics and other costly crisis service systems.

CCR began in 2010 as a structured demonstration (then known as FUSE) implemented by the Connecticut Departments of Correction and Court Support Services Division, in partnership with the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Department of Social Services, the CT Coalition to End Homelessness, and CSH. Following successful outcomes, the program expanded in 2011 and again 2013, to a 100-unit capacity. In 2015, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy committed to expanding the CCR program through his 'Second Chance Society' Initiative by funding an additional 90 units, bringing current program capacity to 190. 

Eligibility

Eligibility for CCR is determined through a data match between the Department of Correction and the CT Homeless Management Information System. This match identifies super utilizers (the top 75th percentile of jail and shelter users) who are experiencing homelessness. CCR providers coordinate with other providers in their Coordinated Access Network (CAN) to locate, outreach, and engage potential participants. 

CSH's Role

CSH provides technical assistance and support to CCR implementation, in collaboration with the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Connecticut Department of Housing. CSH coordinates a network of CCR service providers and facilitates monthly case conferences and meetings to ensure program efficiency and support providers.

Partners

Administration and Program:

  • Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
  • Department of Housing
  • Department of Correction
  • Court Support Services Division
  • Office of Policy and Management
  • CT Coalition to End Homelessness

Housing and Service Providers:

  • Catholic Charities
  • Chrysalis
  • Columbus House
  • New London Homeless Hospitality Center
  • Reliance House

Evaluation:

  • University of Connecticut

Resources

For additional information about CCR, or a request for training or technical assistance, please contact us at (860) 560-0744.

 

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