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The Sheriff's Transition and Reentry Team (S.T.A.R.T.) opened its doors in February of 2020 and is currently comprised of five Correction Officers: three are Correctional Counselors and two are Community Correction Officers. Operating Monday through Friday, the services provided and the amount of justice involved individuals who utilize the Resource Center's services continue to increase. The team utilizes the three Correctional Counselors to interview inmates upon incarceration, assessing their needs both while incarcerated and post incarceration, and making the necessary referrals. Needs such as substance abuse treatment, education, job assistance, DSS assistance, identification issues, transportation, food, housing, and clothing are all then addressed and the two Community Correction Officers then work to establish a discharge plan for the individual's successful reentry into the community.

Upon discharge from the facility, the justice involved individual visits the Resource Center. All the needs identified by the counselors are addressed by the Resource Center staff and the many service providers. At this time the warm hand-off to the community begins and lines of communication are established for follow up care. The Resource Center continues to remain available post incarceration for follow up assistance in the hopes of continued success. The START team provides a positive benefit to the community by facilitating the successful reentry of justice involved individuals with the hope of reducing recidivism.

The following is a list of community providers that provide support for individuals while they are incarcerated as well as when they transition back to the community.

Department of Labor

  • Resume Writing

  • Mock Interviews

  • Continuous Updates on Job Trends

  • Facilitate Connections Between Employers and Justice Involved Individuals

Veterans Resources

  • Northport VA (Veterans Administration)

  • Suffolk County Veterans Service Agency

  • Salvation Army

  • Long Island Harvest

  • Hands Across Long Island

  • Veterans Justice Outreach

  • Fatherhood Initiative

  • Joseph Dwyer Peer to Peer Program

  • Suffolk County Veterans Services Agency

  • Spiritual Support

  • Meditation

  • Paws Of War

 

New Hour (Women & Children)

  • Parenting Classes

  • Health & Wellness

  • Reentry Planning

  • Discharge Planning

 

Empowerment Collaborate Long Island (ECLI)(Male/Female)

  • Survivors Group

  • Empowerment Group

  • Trauma focused individual counseling

  • Discharge Planning

  • Re-entry Counseling

 

Empower, Assist, Care (EAC)

  • Mental Health Counseling

 

BOCES

  • Providing Literacy Workshops

  • TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion)

  • Vocational Programs

 

Family Service League

  • Addiction Services & Treatment

  • Training and Employment

  • Family & Community Support

  • Mental Health Support

  • Trauma and Crisis Counseling

 

Leadership Training Institute (LTI)

  • Thinking for a Change

  • Interactive Journaling

 

Long Island Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence (LICADD)

  • Substance Abuse Counseling

 

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, The START Resource Center has been able to continue programming within the facilities by serving as the conduit for outside providers: distributing and picking up work packets for various support groups that would normally come into the facility, as well as providing one-to-one phone interviews and video conferences.

DIRECTIONS: Take the Long Island Expressway to exit 67, Yaphank Avenue, and travel south for approximately 1.25 miles. Make a right onto Glover Drive. The Correctional Facility entrance is located at the end of Glover Drive.Follow the signs to the START Resource Center, located on your right, just before the Deputy Security Booth.

The Suffolk County Sheriff's Office is an Accredited Law Enforcement Agency

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