A reentry program for parolees transitioning from incarceration back into Brooklyn, NY who need substance use disorder treatment services
Community and Law Enforcement Resources Together (ComALERT) is a reentry program for parolees that was developed and implemented by a collaboration of organizations led by the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, New York. Its goals are to reduce recidivism among individuals who need substance use treatment as they transition out of prison into the Brooklyn community by providing paid employment, housing, and substance use disorder (SUD) treatment services.
Participants typically spend 3-6 months in SUD treatment. In addition to treatment, ComALERT participants are also referred to the “Ready, Willing, & Able” (RWA) program, which provides both transitional employment opportunities and housing, vocational training, and mutual aid meetings, as well as courses on financial management and other life skills over a 9-month period.
The New York Division of Parole may refer potential program participants to ComALERT upon release from prison. The program assigns a social worker to each parolee to help them comply with the program’s mandatory outpatient SUD treatment and employment requirements.
The program was associated with lower rates of rearrest and reconvictions among ComALERT participants compared to controls.