For those returning to Westchester County from a state correctional facility, the Westchester County Reentry Task Force (WCRTF) is available to link you to a range of services, including drug and alcohol treatment, mental health services, education and employment services, vocational training, industry-recognized certification programs, and housing. All services are free of charge. Annually, more than 200 eligible returning citizens receive several months of individualized support from dedicated reentry program staff to identify and connect with these essential programs.
WCRTF provides free, individualized assistance; specialized attention is given to those with a mental health diagnosis and/or a history of substance abuse. You can refer yourself to this program directly (even after your return to the community), or through a parole officer, friend, or family member.
To contact the Westchester County Reentry Task Force directly, call or write:
Barbara D. Lambros
Westchester County Reentry Coordinator
Westchester County Reentry Task Force
Department of Community Mental Health
112 East Post Road, 2nd Fl, White Plains, NY 10601
(914) 995-2791 Office
(914) 995-5254 Fax
If you were a resident of Westchester County prior to your incarceration in a state or county correctional facility, and are homeless or require Medicaid or cash assistance, you are encouraged to connect with the Westchester County Department of Social Services (DSS). DSS coordinates all placement into temporary housing (shelter placement). Services can take up to 45 days to put in place, but shelter placement can be immediate. A copy of the DSS application is linked here.
While you may be aware that DSS has four District Offices (Mount Vernon, Peekskill, White Plains, Yonkers), the White Plains District Office is the central point for coordinating service to those in reentry.
Customer Service: (914) 995-33338:30am-5pm, Mon-Fri, except holidays