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Program Information
Program Name: Forensic Services
Agency Name: Hands Across Long Island, Inc. (HALI)
Year the Program was Started: 2001
Public Contact Person: Jesse Smith
Address: 159 Brightside Avenue
Central Islip, NY 11722
Telephone #: (631) 234-1925
Fax #: (631) 234-7258
Email Address:
Website URL:
Program Category: Recovery Education, Support Group, Other
Target Participants:
Persons w/ Criminal Justice Issues
Program Setting:
Annual Program Budget: $70,000-$100,000
Number of staff: Paid Full-Time: 3-5
Paid Part-Time: 1-2
Volunteers: None
Consumer involvement in the program
Number of staff members and volunteers who are consumers: All
How often do consumer staff and volunteers participate in program decisions? Always
Number of administrators or board members who are consumers: Majority
Program Training/ Technical Assistance Materials Available: Training curricula, Program brochure, Guides/Manuals, Website
Cost for materials? Sometimes
Program Goals: 1. To reduce recidivism 2. To increase involvement in recovery oriented activities 3. To develop tools for coping and recovery
Have any outcomes for this program been assessed through internal or external research? No
Program Mission Statement: To provide support and education within correctional facilities; bridge the gap between release and community services and provide mentorship by recovering individuals with mental illness and histories of involvement in criminal justice systems.
Additional Information: HALI provides a Reach-In program to indivudals with mental illness at Sing Sing Correctional Facility as well as Suffolk County Jail. In addition to providing bridging services, HALI works with the local police precinct to provide forensic diversion and intervention. HALI is called when police determine that a person they are dealing with has a mental illness. HALI staff go directly to the site or police escort individual to HALI. HALI staff then divert arrest and assist the individual in accessing services.

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