NETWORK SUPPORT SERVICES is proud to be the sponsor of
Network Therapeutic communities in six New York State correctional facilities after spinning off
from Episcopal Social Services of New York in 2010 with the blessing and full support of ESS.
We are committed to carrying forward the NETWORK name, inspired by the Network
Philosophy, the need for quality services, the strength and commitment of our community
members and the high standards and extraordinary outcomes that have characterized Network
for the last ten years.
The Network Philosophy
- A positive environment for human development in a caring community where individuals can help themselves and each other.
- Community members work together to establish and
maintain a growth-filled environment. We focus on behavioral change and
confront attitudes which are destructive to ourselves and to the community.
- A place to set goals and practice behaviors which lead to successful living.
- A disciplined lifestyle, bringing a process for examining attitudes and values for learning to deal with stress.
- A chance to change, to confront our mistakes and accept responsibility for our lives.
Launched in 30 prisons in 1979 by the New York State Department of Correctional Services, Network was originally intended as a therapeutic-community quality of life program. Then, as now, separate prison dorms, cottages or cell blocks in medium and maximum-security facilities became home to positive men and women committed to turning their lives around through daily therapeutic activity, education and peer/ staff support. After state budget cuts led to Network's closure in the mid-nineties, the program was reborn in 1999 when it was adopted by the Episcopal Social Services of NY Program family. In 2010, with the blessing and support of Episcopal Social Services, Network was officially spun off and became an independent nonprofit organization. Today, Network in the Prisons and its sister program, Network in the Community--developed in 2004 to meet an urgent demand for more and better services for prison re-entrants--are sponsored and directed by Network Support Services, Inc.(NSSI). Together, the two Network Programs support, guide and walk the walk to freedom with over 1,000 individuals each year.
Ninety--three percent (93%) of the men and women who go through Network do not
return to prison!