PREA - Prison Rape Elimination Act
There are multiple ways for a resident, staff member, or third party to privately or anonymously report any experience with sexual abuse and or sexual harassment. To report a case of sexual abuse or sexual harassment at the Wellmore Therapeutic Shelter facility, please contact Wellmore’s PREA Compliance Manager, Chris Desroches, at one of the following options:
Internal Agency Reporting Line - (203) 756-7287 (Dial Extension 7142 once Wellmore Voice message begins)
Adult Crisis Telephone Intervention and Options Network (ACTION) Line - 1-800-HOPE-135 (1-800.467.3135) or 2-1-1
3rd Party Reporting Line (DMHAS Director of Community Services Division) - 860-418-6946
To learn more about PREA you can access the National PREA Resource Center.
For greater details on the standards and regulations, you can access them here.
Additional information and resources can also be found at Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services.
Wellmore PREA Policies
Annual Surveys of Sexual Victimization
The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), a federal law enacted in 2003, was created to eliminate sexual harassment and abuse in correctional settings. In addition to providing federal funding for research, programs, training, and technical assistance, the legislation mandated the development of national standards to be applied to correctional and community confinement settings. This legislation requires that agencies providing residential services for clients involved in the correctional system comply with and regularly meet specific standards that outline mechanisms for addressing and prohibiting any sexual abuse or sexual harassment incidents between residents, staff, and contractors, and a mandated requirement that if discovered or reported, be responded to immediately.
At Wellmore, the safety and security of our clients have always been our top priority. We have committed to promoting a safe and healthy environment to support residents and providers by complying with and being audited regularly for PREA compliance. Wellmore has one PREA-certified site currently, which is the Therapeutic Shelter, and this site has been certified since 2014.
Wellmore makes a point of training all of our Adult Residential Staff at this designated facility, in accordance with PREA policies and procedures annually, and is audited every three years by an auditor identified external to the agency, to ensure compliance is being upheld to the highest standards. We also ensure that all residents at our PREA designated facility have been trained in PREA policies and procedures so that they know what to do in the event of a sexual assault or sexual abuse incident, or determine a desire to report an event that occurred previously in another setting, as well as any concerns noted on site.
To ensure the most comprehensive support for anyone having access to the site, staff that might have any connection to the Therapeutic Shelter are provided routine training and include staff such as those providing on-call clinical coverage after hours, medical staff, facilities, and IT staff.