FIIRE Leadership Development program FIIRE (Formerly Incarcerated Individuals Redefine Equity) Leadership Development program provides opportunities for individuals with incarceration experiences to build self-esteem, combat stigma, and reduce recidivism through civil participation and leadership mentoring.
Our 10 -week program is voluntary and open to male and female adults over the age of 18 with criminal justice experience. Individuals participate in one 2-hour group session for 10 weeks, facilitated by formerly incarcerated Peer Mentors, and with the support of 2nd year Social Work Interns from Adelphi and Stony Brook University.
The FIIRE curriculum is designed to enhance criminal justice knowledge, facts, and reforms, the benefits of civic participation and community engagement, and how to transform negative experiences into positive lessons.
SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR) is a national project that is designed to increase access to SSI/SSDI and Medicaid/Medicare for eligible adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and have a mental illness and other co-occurring disorders. SOAR is a Promising Practice recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
SOAR helps people diagnosed with mental illness and/or substance use disorder and are homeless or at risk of homelessness and are reentering the community from local jails to access SSA disability benefits, which provide income and other benefits to people.
With SOAR, eligible individuals can receive SSI/SSDI within months instead of years and exit the jail with resources needed to help stay out of jail. Accessing these income and health care benefits are a critical first step to help stabilize a person’s life.
Without assistance, few people obtain SSI/SSDI even though they have a serious disability. The SSI/SSDI application process is complicated and difficult to navigate, especially for people who are homeless and have a mental illness or other disorders that impair cognition.
Pathways To Success (P2S)
Pathways to Success (P2S) College Preparation Workshop: P2S is a 90-minute workshop design to motivate formerly incarcerated individuals to identify and set educational and employment goals prior to release.
Formerly incarcerated individuals who are ambivalent and/or unknowledgeable about the college and financial aid application process, or believe they are intellectually deficient, will benefit from the P2S workshops, our application support services, and tutoring support from current college students.
PACT (Coming 2020)
The Police Assisted Community Treatment (PACT) Diversion Initiative PACT pilot project is intended to reduce the harms associated with cycling through the criminal justice system. Homeless drug users are often arrested for offenses such as public consumption, pan-handling, soliciting, and prostitution, these non-violent offenses generally come with shorter sentences sometimes just a few weeks or days in lock up.
These shorter periods of incarceration create obstacles for individuals to access any significant form of substance use treatment, thus they are released back to the community to continue an endless cycle of despair.
We believe that by building a law enforcement and community partnership, which connects the individual to recovery supports, harm reduction education and supplies, and treatment services.
Homeless drug users engaging in survival sex work often reject traditional diversion programs because they are just not ready to stop using, yet research has proven that individuals motivated to address personal risk in conjunction with access to stable housing has shown a decrease in public consumption, and an increase in positive health outcomes for individuals and communities