STRAFFORD COUNTY

COMMISSIONERS

WILLIAM A. GRIMES

Justice & Administration Building,

259 County Farm Road, Suite 204, Dover, New Hampshire 03820

PRESS RELEASE

April 3, 2020

Over the last several days, Governor Chris Sununu and State Epidemiologist, Dr. Benjamin Chan, Department of Health and Human Services, have advised the media/press of clusters of COVID-19 showing up in group living facilities. The Governor and Dr. Chan refused to name the facilities, indicating that it is the individual facility’s obligation to do so.

In Strafford County, we have taken great measures to protect our nursing home residents, detainees/inmates at the House of Corrections, and our employees. These measures include following all Federal and State recommended infection precautions and consist of employee screening prior to entering the work place, the use of masks and other preventative gear (PPE) beyond the basic recommendations, and good hand sanitizing. To date, we have had no cases of COVID-19 for Riverside Rest Home residents or House of Corrections detainees/inmates.

In order to offer full disclosure to the public, and to alleviate the concerns for the unknown from families and staff, we are pledging to immediately release numbers of confirmed cases of COVID-19 of our residents and/or detainees/inmates. The information will not include specific names, but will include general methods of treatment and the status of the resident and/or detainee/inmate.

Please remember to keep all employees who are working hard to keep you and those they serve safe during these challenging times in your thoughts and prayers.

We are in this together and we will get through this together.

                                                       Strafford County Commissioners

                                                          George Maglaras, Chairman

                                                          Robert J. Watson

                                                          Deanna S. Rollo, Clerk

 

IMPORTANT!

NOTICE OF BUILDING CLOSURE

EFFECTIVE TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2020

Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the Strafford County Courthouse will be closed to the public, with the following exceptions:

  • Individuals who need to do business with Circuit and Superior Court clerk’s offices;

  • Individuals involved in court hearings permitted by the New Hampshire Supreme Court Order dated March 16, 2020; and

  • Individuals with pre-approved business with County or State personnel.

For those entering the Courthouse, a brief survey will be conducted to ensure the health and safety of yourself and personnel.

All essential State and County personnel will be allowed into the building to conduct business. Please be supportive and patient as we work together to fight this pandemic and keep our personnel safe. We thank you in advance for your support and cooperation.

Based on the potential devastating effects of the Coronavirus (Covid-19), we are taking all steps suggested by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to deter the disease’s progress. Strafford County’s Team has been working diligently and the closure of the Courthouse was determined the best course of action to continue to protect staff from the likely spread of the Corona virus (Covid-19).

                                                                        Raymond F. Bower

                                                                        Raymond F. Bower

                                                                        County Administrator

 

Transitional Housing

Strafford County’s Transitional Housing Programs provide temporary, supportive, sober housing for men and women who are transitioning from the Strafford County House of Corrections, loss of housing or discharge from another treatment facility, and returning to life in the community. Participants in the program are monitored and supported through case management, court intervention and community support. These supportive elements all focus on the individual’s re-entry process with the goal of reduced recidivism, reduced victims in the community and relapse. The therapeutic nature of Transitional Housing serves to reinforce positive behavior and admonish negative behavior by providing role modeling, counseling and appropriate supervision.

Applicants are required to go through a screening process which can be initiated through the House of Corrections, Strafford County Community Corrections, attorneys, public defenders or other institutional facilities. The discharge planner at the House of Corrections provides referrals for those inmates expressing a need for an appropriate place to live. Those found to be appropriate for the program are contacted to review the rules of Transitional Housing and discuss their individualized goals. Upon release from the House of Corrections prior to moving into Transitional Housing, the participant will meet with the Director to review and sign the program rules and begin the development of an individual self-sufficiency plan for the future. The intake process also includes a review of the fire safety, smoking and other policies of the house 

There are several basic requirements of the residents in Transitional Housing. They are assigned household chores and are expected to maintain the cleanliness of their living quarters. They are required to be out of the unit during week days from 8:30 AM until 4:00 PM. During this time they are expected to be working, looking for work, engaging in family activities, performing community service, etc. The residents are able to live rent-free in the program for the first 30 days. After the 30 day period they are expected to be working at least 35 hours per week, and contribute 30% of their income as a program fee. Should they be unable to obtain employment in that time, they are required to perform community service to cover the program fees. They also are subject to random drug and alcohol testing, follow the house curfew time, attend the weekly house meeting, and update their self-sufficiency plans bi-weekly.  The Housing staff provides transportation to several self-help groups in the community

Eligibility

      Individuals who will be considered eligible for the program will have completed extensive programming inside the House of Corrections and will complete the screening process for the program. 

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What is required of our Residents?

*  Curfews

* In-house mandatory groups

* Job searching

* Chores

* Random drug testing

 

Program Goals

**  Reduce recidivism of the Strafford County House of Corrections

** Prevent more Strafford County residents from being victims of crime

** Provide individuals with a stable living environment in order to maintain sobriety and obtain employment

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Program Contact Information:

Thomas Herzig, Transitional Housing Director & Re-Entry Clinician

Phone:  603-749-0832 ext 7198

Fax:  603-740-2955

E-mail:  therzig@co.strafford.nh.us