1979 -With the therapeutic community structure,format and standards developed thanks to the professional expertise and dedication of educational psychologist Dr. Cherie Clark, the New York State Department of Corrections (DOCS) launched The Network Program. Network ran in 30 prisons across NY State from 1979 to 1993, when state budget forced its closure in all but two prisons. Network was one of the earliest examples of a humanistic approach to prison programming via the implementation of democratic transitional therapeutic communities, with others running in California, at San Quentin and Chino Prisons, in Oregon and as a very successful alternative to incarceration model for youth in Massachusetts.
1998 - The Clark Estates awarded Episcopal Social Services of New York, a multi-year grant to reestablish Network in New York State prisons and fund the continuation and expansion of Network therapeutic programming for released individuals returning to New York City.
2009 - Network Support Services, Inc. (NSSI), was officially created as an independent nonprofit organization with 501 (c) (3) status, a Board comprised of independent directors committed to carrying forward Network’s charitable and social mission, and with responsibility for ten prison programs with a membership of approximately 800 men and women a year and a prisoner reentry program serving over 400 individuals annually.
2011 - After several NYSDOCCS prison closures in 2011, Network consolidated its prison programming to six prisons--Fishkill, Otisville, Bedford Hills, Downstate, Woodbourne and Wallkill all of which currently house vibrant and successful therapeutic communities.
Network Support Services, Inc. 555 Bergen Avenue, 3rd Floor Bronx, NY 10455 Tel 1: 347-584-8601 | Tel 2: 845-247-3943 | Fax: 845-853-1508 E-Mail: Contact@networkssi.org