About Our Agency
We believe that with the right services and approach desistance can be achieved and individuals can recover and successfully rebuild their lives. We provide holistic and strength-based services that empower clients to reach their full potential.
Dr. Elizabeth Allen, PhD, LCSW is passionate about criminal justice reform and providing services to justice-involved populations. Clinical services are holistic and formulated to support mandated clients and other marginalized populations. Grounded in critical theories, this agency aims to engage and empower all those receiving services. Desistance practice acknowledges the process of rebuilding your life after involvement in the criminal justice system and addiction. Desistance is defined in two phases: primary and secondary. Primary desistance is simply a cessation of criminal activity. However, secondary desistance goes deeper than criminal activity and incorporates an identity shift when individuals recognize themselves as more than their previous actions and realize their full-potential. Individual and group approaches focus on building individual capacity, social networks and community engagement in order to provide wrap-around supports so individuals can successfully rebuild their lives.
There are currently 56,000 Connecticut residents involved with the criminal justice system; 13,300 currently behind bars.