ASIST is a diversionary program funded through a partnership between CSSD & DMHAS. The purpose of ASIST is to give persons who have mental health conditions and active legal involvement, an opportunity to receive counseling, groups therapy, case management, and support from a licensed therapist at a Behavioral Health Center.
With close guidance and treatment from the ASIST clinician, the client will have the opportunity to improve their mental health and possibly have a more positive outcome for their legal issues. Perception Programs in Danielson and Willimantic are the contracted agencies for ASIST in Northeastern CT. Parole officers, Probation, Pre-trial Bail, Public Defenders, and Family Court may refer clients to ASIST. To qualify for the program, potential clients need to have a diagnosis of a mental health condition and be willing to participate in treatment. Clients with co-occurring disorders (mental health combined with substance use) may also participate in ASIST.
While ASIST is a mandated diversionary program, the approach to treatment is client-centered. The referred client’s treatment plan is developed in cooperation with the ASIST clinician so that the client can identify the goals they wish to work on and therefore be more likely to benefit from treatment. As the program comes from a holistic, trauma-informed perspective, some of the client’s goals may be addressed through other programs or providers with a referral from ASIST.
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