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Grant Project To Expand Dutchess RESTART Program

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro announced the expansion of the county's RESTART program with the help of a $1.8 million grant.
Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro announced the expansion of the county's RESTART program with the help of a $1.8 million grant. Photo Credit: File photo

DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. --  Next year, Dutchess County will continue to work to improve its RESTART program with help from a $1.8 million grant aimed at offering therapy and job planning for residents on probation in an effort to reduce recidivism.

Beginning in January, RESTART will work in partnership with Project M.O.R.E., Inc., to expand their services over the next five years using the grant funding.

The grant project will help both RESTART graduates and other probationers’ with employment preparation and connection to services necessary to help combat criminal behavior and substance abuse upon release to the community.

“Our focus remains on reducing recidivism through diverse alternatives to incarceration," said County Executive Marc Molinaro. "This program through use of cognitive behavioral programming, job preparation and coaching, and supportive services — in partnership with Project M.O.R.E., Inc.-- will expand services to ensure a pathway to success.”

Once accepted into the program, individuals will participate in therapy programs; and other supportive classes and services to help with preparing, obtaining and maintaining employment.

“This program will help to ensure these individuals continue to get the programs, training and therapies they need to deal with their criminogenic and substance abuse issues even after release from the jail," said Dutchess County Office of Probation & Community Corrections Director Mary Ellen Still.

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