Individuals with serious mental illness are over-represented in the criminal justice system and face many challenges upon re-entering society.
Conduct comprehensive assessments to address participants’ mental health needs by creating individualized treatment plans that connect them to community services.
How We Do it:
CRAN’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, mental health, substance abuse, vocational, legal, and family services to help establish long-term stability.
Staff first collaborate with the Social Work Department at Rikers Island prior to a participant’s discharge and then meet with the participant to engage and motivate them to utilize CRAN’s case management services. A comprehensive assessment is completed to identify the individual’s specific behavioral health needs upon release, and once a treatment plan is created, staff link the participant to the services they need to obtain their plan goals and treat their behavioral health needs. Staff monitor participants as they rejoin the community.
The Outcomes of CRAN
CRAN participants gain long-term stability and fully integrate back into the community. CRAN (formerly LINK) has served over 12,000 individuals since its inception.
What People Say About CRAN
I was an intern at EAC Network’s CRAN (formerly 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 CRAN (formerly 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 [CRAN] truly embodies that statement and it makes me proud to work for this agency.