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STAR's August Coffee Chat Recap

STAR's Coffee Chat on August 19, 2015 brought together several staffers from area reentry programs to discuss successful family and community engagement strategies. Represented were: Center for Women in Transition, Better Family Life, St. Louis County Jail, and Community Mediation Services of St. Louis. STAR's "coffee chats" provide reentry professionals with an informal setting to learn about each other's work and share resources. Thanks to the St. Louis Public Library's Buder Branch for hosting the event.

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Coffee Chat: August 19, 2015


Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Time: 9:30 am to 11 am

Location: St. Louis Public Library - Buder Branch, 4401 Hampton Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63109

Cost: Free - pre-registration required. (Only 60 registrations available)

Topic: Successful Family & Community Reengagement with Incarcerated & Formerly Incarcerated Individuals

Featuring: Center for Women in Transition, Better Family Life, St. Louis County Jail, and Community Mediation Services of St. Louis


2015 Missouri Reentry Conference

DOCConf2015iconAbout This Year's Conference:

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Dates: Nov. 18-20, 2015

  • Theme: Family Reunion
  • Location: The Lodge of the Four Seasons, 315 Four Seasons Drive, Lake Ozark, MO 65049
  • Conference Registration Fee: $125 (through Oct. 23); $175 after Oct. 24
  • On-line Registration (Opens early August)
  • Reserve Your Room (The Lodge of the Four Seasons - $70 room rate, per night/per person)

The annual Conference is sponsored by Area Resources for Community and Human Services (ARCHS), Missouri Department of Corrections, Missouri Department of Social Services, and Family and Community Trust (FACT).

August 2015 Community Forum on Heroin


Community Forum: Today's Heroin Epidemic - Lessons Learned in the 70s

Friday, August 28, 2015

  • 2:00 to 4:30 PM
  • Employment Connection
  • 2838 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103

Employment Connection, St. Louis Alliance for Reentry (STAR), U.S. Probation Office, National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (NCADA), ARCHS, and other community partners will present this forum. Lessons learned from the 70s until today will shed light on the heroin epidemic we currently face in the St. Louis region.

Dr. William Harvey will join us as the keynote speaker. He currently is a consultant with: National Drug Information Centre for Families in Action, American Institute of Research, Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention, National Institute on Drug Abuse, and National Institute on Alcoholism & Alcohol Abuse. Formerly in St. Louis, Dr. Harvey co-directed the Narcotics Service Council (NASCO) with "ex-addict" Don Mitchell until Don's death. They co-founded the organization, which from the early 70s to the 90s operated nonnarcotic heroin detoxification and a group therapeutic halfway house with inpatient and outpatient services.


  • Dr. Harvey (see above)
  • Nancy McCarthy, Co-Chair, STAR and Regional Administrator, Missouri Dept. of Corrections
  • Scott Anders, Deputy Chief, U.S. Probation Office, Eastern District of Missouri
  • Jared Opsal, Public Awareness Specialist, NCADA

RSVP to Brenda Mahr, CEO, Employment Connection at:

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Seating is limited!