CROMISA for Consumers

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What is the CROMISA Program?
How would CROMISA help me?
Will this help me get out of prison early?
How are referrals made?
If I decide to come to the CROMISA program, will this program become
  a part of my parole plan?
Do I have to be in the program?
How long will I be in the program?
Do I have to live in Erie, Pennsylvania to be in the program?
What about medication while I am in the CROMISA program?
Can I work while I am in the Project?
Will this cost me any money?
Who will be working with me?
What's expected of me?
What if I have more questions about CROMISA?


What is the CROMISA Program?

It is a program for people with mental illness and substance abuse problems who are serving sentences in state correctional institutions who have a minimum of one year of parole and/or probation following their release. This program brings together workers from the mental health and substance abuse systems with your Parole Agent. CROMISA is for people from Erie, Crawford, and Warren Counties who plan to return to one of these counties.
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How would CROMISA help me?

"CROMISA" is a team of people who will work with you as you return to the community. They will make sure you get help for any problems you may have with mental illness or abuse of drugs or alcohol. They will help you to focus on doing what you need to do to complete your parole successfully.
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Will this help me get out of prison early?

You will still need to serve the minimum of your prison sentence. If you do well in CROMISA, you might serve the rest of your sentence on parole.
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How are referrals made?

The Case Manager from the CROMISA program works with representatives from your State Correctional Institution to identify potential program participants. An assessment is usually completed while you are incarcerated, but can also occur after someone has been paroled to a Community Correction Center or is in Halfway-back status.
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If I decide to come to the CROMISA Program, will this program become a part of my parole plan?

Yes. And, your Parole Agent will be a part of your treatment team. The treatment you agree to receive as part of CROMISA is just as important as any other requirement of your parole.
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Do I have to be in the program?

You can choose whether or not to join the program. You may find this program helpful because of the special services that will support you when you return to the community. If there has been a problem getting your home-plan approved by the Parole Board, this program might be your answer. The CROMISA program will be a part of your parole plan, and you will not be able to choose to quit.
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How long will I be in the program?

Every person will receive services from the program for about one year, but not everyone requires the same services for the whole year. Everyone makes progress at one’s own pace.
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Do I have to live in Erie, Pennsylvania to be in the program?

Everyone joining CROMISA may be required first to go into a residential program in Erie, Pennsylvania. After that, housing and other services are arranged for you in your home community, depending upon where you live. Services will be there for you until you finish the program.
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What about medication while I am in the CROMISA Program?

If you go into a residential program, you will be checked by a medical doctor and psychiatrist. For individuals whose treatment level of care does not require residential treatment, the CROMISA team will help you make outpatient clinic appointments. If you are now taking medication for a mental illness, you will be able to discuss your needs with the physicians at that time. Staff will help you to get any benefits you may need to pay for the cost of medication and/or medical care.
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Can I work while I am in the Project?

Yes, but if your treatment plan requires you complete residential drug and alcohol treatment, you may seek employment after you have successfully completed that phase of the program. This is one of the best things about the program. The team will help you decide which type of work, if any, will be right for you.
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Will this cost me any money?

Most of the cost will be paid for by the program. You may need to pay a small co-payment, depending upon your income. When you join the program, staff will work with you to get any medical and other benefits for which you qualify. If you do not have money, you will still be able to be in the program.
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Who will be working with me?

A team of people that includes a Parole Agent, Housing Stabilization Staff, Drug and Alcohol Counselor, and Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Case Managers. The team will arrange services for a Psychiatrist along with group and/or individual therapy. The CROMISA team may also ask you to attend AA and/or NA. You will be asked if you have family members or people close to you who want to be a part of your recovery. The team may recommend that family members seek additional help through AL-ANON and NAMIECO (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Erie County Chapter).
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What’s expected of me?

You will have to do everything it says in your parole contract. Before you leave prison, these things will be explained to you. You will need to attend groups and other appointments, take medication as prescribed, obey program rules and stay away from drugs and/or alcohol. It is very important that you understand your parole contract. It is also important that you know what you need to do for the CROMISA Program. Breaking your parole contract could result in your having to go back to prison to finish your sentence.
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What if I have more questions about CROMISA?

If you have any more questions about CROMISA, please contact your Institutional Parole Representative, Prison Counselor, and/or your Parole Agent.
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This program is made possible by an agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Health/Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Programs, and the Erie County Office of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. The Department and County specifically disclaim responsibility for any analyses, interpretations, or conclusions herein.


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