It gives me a chance to open up and talk to other people that have the same “problem/issues” as myself, without feeling like I am being judged.
The Sparrow Program provides community-based case management, support, referral, and advocacy for individuals in Windsor County who are caught up in a cycle of involvement with the criminal justice system and facing unmet social service needs. The goal of the Sparrow Program is to connect individuals facing nonviolent criminal charges with resources to help address mental health and substance abuse issues. The results of any alcohol, drug, or mental health screening or assessment are confidential and will not be released to the court without your written permission.
Who is eligible for the Sparrow Program?
- 18 years and older
- Identified substance abuse or mental health concern
- Nonviolent criminal charges in Windsor County, which could include a violation or probation or parole
- Post-arraignment / Pre-sentencing
Sparrow Program participants often address the following concerns:
- Not drinking
- Not using drugs
- Getting connected to other social services
- Learning to handle stress
- Learning to set boundaries
- Finding a place to live
- Finding a job
- Managing daily responsibilities
- Help with transportation
- Learning new parenting skills
- Learning how to manage and budget money
- Getting medical insurance
It is our goal to help you learn the skills to make decisions that will lead to your stabilization, recovery, and to feel empowered in your life.
Successful completion of the Sparrow Program may be factored into the resolution of your criminal case by the Judge.
If you or someone you know may be interested in participating in or learning more about the Sparrow Program please contact the Sparrow Coordinator at (802) 295-3031.
The Sparrow Program is a collaborative effort between HCRS, the Windsor District Court, the Windsor County’s State Attorney’s office, the Public Defender’s office, Springfield and Hartford Probation & Parole, and the Field Service Division of the Agency of Human Services for the Springfield and Hartford Districts.