Addiction Services

24 Wolcott Hill Road
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Phone: (860) 692-7584
Fax: (860) 692-7646

Deputy Warden: Sandra Violette

The Department's addiction services provide a graduated system of substance abuse treatment programs. The agency's Objective Classification System indicates that 88% of the inmates who come into the system have a substance abuse history that suggests a significant need for some level of substance abuse treatment. Based on the offender's individual need, which is determined through a formal assessment, they may receive treatment in; Tier 1, a nine session Pre-Release Substance Treatment Program focusing on re-entry and reintegration issues for offenders returning to the community; Tier 2, a four times a week, intensive out patient program with a curriculum that helps develop an understanding of addiction; Tier 3, a four month residential substance abuse treatment program designed to provide recovery and relapse prevention skills with a focus on reentry or: Tier 4, which is a residential six  month program in a modified therapeutic community setting.  Tiers 2,3 and 4 offer an Aftercare Program designed to provide a continuum of care and maintenance of recovery.  A Community Addiction Services Program provides substance abuse treatment for offenders placed under supervision in the community.

Addiction Services Unit Program Structure

An evaluation of the Tier Structure, conducted by Brown and Brandeis Universities in 2002, found that inmates who attended any Tier program were significantly less likely to be rearrested. Of those inmates who participated in Tier programming, 32.5% were re-arrested within one year compared to a rate of 45.9% for those who did not attend. Additionally, the severity of the crimes committed was also reduced.

SPRP Project: Analysis of the Cost Effectiveness of Correctional Substance Abuse Treatment Programs