Addiction: What Can We Do About It?

2018 Prison Ministry Conference

"Addiction: What Can We Do About It?" will be the tenth Prison Forum presented by Faith Behind Bars and Beyond.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

from 8:30 AM until approximately 2:00 PM

Christ Church Cathedral, 45 Church Street, HartfordCT06103

"What is addiction?", a short video, will be shown. The video will be followed by discussion.

Deputy Warden Sandra Violette from the Department of Correction's Addiction Services Unit will be our keynote speaker.

Photo of Sandra Violette, Deputy Warden of Health and Addiction Services of the Connecticut Department of Correction

Deputy Warden Sandra Violette received her MSW from the UConn School of Social Work and is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She began her career in the Department of Correction in 2005 after working in the community with several community organizations. After completing the academy, she was assigned to the Hartford Parole and Community Services Office as a Correctional Counselor. She later transferred to Carl Robinson Correctional Institution in 2007, where she worked as a Substance Abuse Counselor and shortly thereafter, in 2012, was promoted to Counselor Supervisor of Addiction Services. In 2014, Deputy Warden Violette transferred to Osborn Correctional Institution before being afforded the opportunity to supervise the Classification Unit at Hartford Correctional Institution. She has been the Deputy Warden of Health and Addiction Services for the past year and has begun to bring Medicated Assisted treatment to several different areas within Corrections. She has also been instrumental in introducing Recovery Coaching in the Correctional Facilities.

From the DOC's Addiction Services webpage: "The Department's addiction services provide a graduated system of substance abuse treatment programs. The agency's Objective Classification System indicates that 88% of the inmates who come into the system have a substance abuse history that suggests a significant need for some level of substance abuse treatment."

In addition to our speaker and the video, there will be panel discussions with formerly-incarcerated people and their families. Q & A sessions will follow each panel discussion. The focus will be on addiction both inside and outside prisons.

Beverages and snacks will be offered throughout the Forum, and a box lunch will be served, all included in your $10 registration fee.

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Please contact Deacon Ellen Adams at 860-374-3537 if you have questions or trouble registering.

Schedule for the 2018 Prison Ministry Forum

8:30AM9:00AMCheck-in, Beverages, and Displays
9:00AM9:15AMWelcome and Introductions
9:15AM10:00AM"What is Addiction?": Video followed by panel discussion and Q & A
10:00AM11:00AMDeputy Warden Sandra Violette, Department of Correction, with Q & A
11:15AM11:45AMPanel discussion with formerly-incarcerated people, couples with family or friends affected by the addiction / incarceration
11:45PM12:00NoonVolunteer of the Year Award
12:00Noon12:45PMLunch and Displays
12:45PM1:30PMSelf-care & support, and support for loved ones – Panel discussion by organizations that support families in Connecticut
1:30PM1:45PMAdvocacy – A general discussion about what attitudes and laws need to be changed
1:45PM Closing and evaluation forms   –   Thank you for attending!
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Organizations whose activities are related to addiction, or the criminal justice system, especially prevention, incarceration, and people re-entering society, are encouraged to display information during the Forum! Please contact us to make arrangements for your brochures, et cetera, to be featured.

You may see information about some of the previous Prison Forums here: