Last year, close to 12,000 men and women were released from Connecticut’s prisons, either discharged at the end of their sentence or released to community supervision programs. For many, finding supports for successful re-entry into the community can be a challenge. United Way 2-1-1, Connecticut’s statewide, 24-hour information and referral service, has developed two resources to help these individuals find information on food, clothing, housing, health care, job training programs, transportation and much more. 2-1-1 maintains a comprehensive database of health and human services resources, available to everyone in the state, by dialing 2-1-1 or searching our online database.
This online search engine makes it easy to find the immediate resources that someone leaving prison may need. The database can be accessed on our home page at www.211ct.org. Just click on “Re-Entry Services” on the right side of the page, then enter a zip code or town to find these resources:
- Abuse/Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault/Mental Health Hotlines/Helplines
- Basic Needs
- Criminal Justice Programs
- Health/Dental Care
- Mental Health/Substance Abuse
- Support Groups
The new 2-1-1 Greater Hartford ReEntry Services Directory is a directory that can be accessed online, downloaded and printed. It contains resources in the greater Hartford area. The directory also contains information on how to replace lost identification documents, such as a birth certificate, Social Security card, driver’s license or non-driver’s identification.
In addition to these resources, United Way 2-1-1 call specialists are available 24/7/365 to help individuals find the help they need.
*Richard J. Porth, president and CEO of United Way of Connecticut
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