Re-entry and
Diversion Services

VOAMASS knows the toll incarceration can take on a person, a family, and a community. Consequently, we offer programs that divert individuals from the justice system and reintegrate those who are already a part of it.

Pathway Home, or Essex County Re-entry Vocational Training Center Program, provides career training services to justice-involved individuals including eight industry-recognized certificate trainings including telecommunications, copper, and fiber optics systems. Career training services begin while individuals are incarcerated and continue upon their release, further enhanced by substance use and mental health treatment and case management to support housing and legal assistance. Program participants also receive comprehensive case management and are connected to community resources upon release to help them feel confident and self-sufficient upon re-entering their communities.

Essex County Vocational Training Center Program is an equal opportunity employer/program fully funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and was granted the amount of $4,000,000 to provide auxiliary aids and services to individuals with a disability upon request.


Essex Medication-Assisted Treatment program (EMAT) is a partnership with Essex County Sheriff’s Department designed to reduce recidivism by identifying needs and barriers to treatment utilizing assessments, motivational interviewing techniques and cognitive behavioral therapy and using a trauma-informed approach. The EMAT team, in collaboration with the participant, assists in connecting participants to resources to best help them transition from incarceration back into society while working on active recovery from substance use disorders.


The Justice Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) is a VOAMASS collaborative effort with Essex County Sheriff’s Department. JMHCP diverts individuals from incarceration that are diagnosed with mental health and substance use disorders to receive comprehensive and individualized treatment and address their underlying issues. 


A part of the Veterans Employment Network, the Incarcerated Veterans Training Program assists incarcerated veterans in obtaining meaningful employment within the labor force after incarceration, while also addressing the complex challenges veterans often face on the road to recovery. Services include vocational training and placement, job and life skills coaching, re-entry services, and comprehensive case management including transitional housing and healthcare/behavioral health referrals.

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