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“David” an 8 year old boy with classic Autism, came to us after being removed from his home by DCF. He was non-verbal, using grunting sounds and pointing or acting out to communicate his thoughts and feelings. He had an intense fear of going outside and making transitions to new places was overwhelming for him. His academic skills were extremely low and he was not getting any real educational services due to the upheaval in his life. HCRS staff immediately began to identify the services he would need to progress and grow. A shared living provider was found who has given him a wonderful family environment to live and grow in. David now goes to school for the whole day. He is using his words more than ever and instead of pulling on someone or grunting or pointing, he is prompted to use requests like “ Can I use the computer, please,” without being told.

Sparrow Project

Sparrow Project 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.