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The first 72 hours of release are critical to your success. Use this checklist as you begin your new start.

Check with your facility parole officer or field parole officer to see if you qualify for Reentry Care Coordination Services at Spectrum Human Services.  Reentry Care Coordination is designed to assist with the transition of reentering into the community. You can also contact Spectrum Human Services directly at (716) 832-1251 Report to the Parole Office within 24 hours, or as instructed. The Erie County Phone number is:
(716) 847-3481
Take care of food needs at a food pantry or a soup kitchen which serves Erie County. Expedited Food Stamps are also available at Department of Social Services Take care of any immediate medical/mental health needs such as prescriptions.  If you did not receive your Medical Grant Program card upon release, Erie County Department of Mental Health can provide this if you apply within 7 days of release.  Call (716) 858-8096 and ask for the Medication Grant Program.  The program does not cover HIV related medications; to see if a specific medication is covered call (877) 209-6027. Go to Department of Social Services to apply for housing assistance, Medicaid, food stamps and other services:

Erie County Social Services,
158 Pearl Street, Buffalo, NY 14202
(716) 858-8000
Check Re-Entry website to see what other services are available or go to for a whole range of health & human service options Seek out employment opportunities. These are some good places to start. Check the employment section for other opportunities.

Buffalo Employment and Training Center,
77 Goodell Street, Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 856-5627

Erie Community College One Stop Center,

3176 Abbott Road, Orchard Park, NY 14127
(716) 270-4444
See if you are eligible for other New York state or Federal benefits buy using the myBenefits screening tool
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