Brooklyn & Staten Island Forensic Link provide alternative-to-incarceration court monitoring and re-entry services for defendants with serious mental health issues involved in the criminal justice system who may or may not suffer from a co-occurring substance use disorder.
Individuals with serious mental illness are over-represented in the criminal justice system and face many challenges upon re-entering society.
Address participants’ mental health and substance abuse needs by creating individualized treatment plans that connect them to community treatment.
How We Do it:
Brooklyn & Staten Island Forensic Link has a team of psychologists, consulting psychiatrists, specially-trained case managers, and student trainees who provide psychological and psycho-social assessments and intensive case management for defendants reentering the community from incarceration at Rikers Island.
The program’s aim is to fully integrate participants back into the community and to help them avoid re-arrest by providing supportive services that assist with their behavioral health needs. Case Managers develop working alliances with participants to help them obtain housing, health insurance, and disability benefits to establish long-term stability, as well as monitor them while they are in the community.
The Outcomes of Brooklyn & Staten Island Forensic Link
Clients gain long-term stability and fully integrate back into the community. LINK has served over 12,000 individuals since its inception.
What People Say About Brooklyn & Staten Island Forensic Link
I was an intern at EAC Network’s LINK program for 9 months and it was truly an unforgettable and unique experience. My experience here offered personal contact with inmates and defendants, conducting psycho-social assessments, and help obtaining services, such as housing and employment. I was also given an intimate look at the criminal justice system as I assisted with client advocacy. It’s an excellent opportunity for students seeking experience with the mentally ill and the courts.
I began my career at EAC Network’s Brooklyn LINK program as an intern. Six months later I was hired for a full-time position as a Forensic Case Manager. It has been such an enriching experience working for EAC Network. EAC Network strives to “reach people in need” and I feel that LINK truly embodies that statement and it makes me proud to work for this agency.
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