Re-entry

Our Approach

Juvenile & Adult Re-Entry Connections (J.A.R.C.) is an organization which provides re-entry services for juveniles and adults newly released from legal custody. We are a company committed to two primary objectives. Our first objective is to reduce recidivism rates for juveniles and adults by helping those served to identify and access pro-social community networks and resources. The second goal is to provide holistic behavioral health supports, including case management, individual, family, and group treatments, and supportive services such as vocational/job training and housing (when needed).

Each employee of J.A.R.C. acts as a bridge, helping to integrate the various aspects of clients’ lives. All services will help clients feel empowered and equipped to effectively navigate behavioral, legal, familial, educational and/or vocational systems and manifest lives which are positive, productive, and purpose-driven.

Meet the Team

The Jarc Team

Dione Johnson, PhD, CEO

Owner

 

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Dr. Johnson is the owner and CEO of Juvenile & Adult Re-Entry Connections. She is a dually-licensed clinical psychologist in the states of NJ and PA and a marriage and family therapist. Dr. Johnson obtained her Master’s degree in Theology and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA subsequent to obtaining a Master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from California State University, San Bernardino. Dr. Johnson has treated individuals children, and families with significant trauma histories and co-occurring mental health disorders such as substance abuse, personality issues, thought and affective disorders, intellectual deficits and autism spectrum disorders, and legal/forensic issues since 1999. Her work has allowed her to provide services in various mental health outpatient clinics, inpatient forensic hospital settings, community crisis response teams, correctional facilities, residential and group home placements, and with parole/probation agencies and family courts in CA, MD, PA, and NJ. Dr. Johnson also has experience providing expert testimony in child custody cases. Most recently, Dr. Johnson worked as the Mental Health Director in a NJ County Jail.

Her professional affiliations include memberships with American Psychological Association (APA), Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA), American Association of Christian Counselors (AACA), and Princeton (NJ) Regional Chamber of Commerce.  Dr. Johnson’s civic activities include being a Big Sister with Big Brother/Big Sister of Mercer County, NJ, member with BW NICE- Mercer County, (Business Women Networking Involving Charity and Education)  and membership with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Janika Veasley, MFT, LMFT

Director of Clinical Services

Janika Veasley, MFT

 

 

 

Janika is a Pre-Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, earning her degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. She has experience working with children, individuals, couples, and families who have presented with issues related to trauma, behavioral disorders, substance abuse, and personality disorders. Throughout her experience with a variety of such issues, she has had the privilege of providing in-home services through Family Based treatment, outpatient substance abuse evaluation and treatment, treatment foster care, therapy in a correctional setting, and private practice in PA and NJ. Most recently Janika worked as the Adult Therapist within a county jail providing individual and group therapy. Her professional affiliations include American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and Pennsylvania Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Janika also serves as a board member of Compassion Develops Communities, a community development corporation.

Heather Williams, MSW, LSW

Mobile Therapist

Heather Williams, MSW, LSW

 

 

My name is Heather Williams, and I have obtained the New Jersey Licensure of Social Work, as of 2014. My journey in the Social Work field began in 2003, working in Jersey City as a mental health technician. As I worked with the emotionally disturbed population of children; ranging from nine to seventeen years of age, I realized this population amongst many others, was in need of a great deal of therapeutic supports. As time progressed my professional growth consisted of providing case management services to children of DCPP/Treatment Home Families, conducting social skills groups/individual counseling within the school system setting and facilitating in-home counseling to family members of those suffering from mental illness etc. Presently, I’m working at a State Psychiatric Hospital, which I have been employed at for five years. During this time, I’ve developed experience working with both the forensic/chronically mentally ill population, facilitating illness management recovery, community reintegration groups and coordinating after-care services upon release from the hospital etc. My hope is to continue overall career development while meeting positive, influential professionals along the way.

Dr. Alyssa Kwon

Medical Director

Dr. Alyssa Kwon is double board certified in general and child and adolescent psychiatry.  She completed her residency training through the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and her child fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital.   Her professional areas of interest include child & adolescent psychiatry, anxiety disorders, autistic spectrum disorders, and psychopharmacology.

Shanea Foster, MSW

Case Manager

Michael Siglag, PhD

Board Member

Michael Siglag, PhD

 

 

Dr. Michael Siglag is a licensed psychologist with over 30 years of experience working as a psychologist with psychiatric and forensic populations. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Detroit.  Dr. Siglag currently provides forensic psychology services at New Jersey’s Ann Klein Forensic Center.  In 2015, he was also appointed to serve on New Jersey’s Board of Psychological Examiners.  Previous experience includes Directing the Psychology Department and Directing the APA accredited Predoctoral Internship program at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital.  Dr. Siglag has served as a board member for professional organizations, served as an adjunct faculty member on doctoral dissertations, and has written and presented at local, national, and international conferences and symposia on topics such as group therapy, psychosocial rehabilitation, treatment approaches for individuals struggling with psychosis, trauma issues, and hospital systems.

Anthony "Tony" Towns, MHS

Board Member

 

 

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Tony received his Masters Degree from Lincoln University in PA. He is a proud husband, father, grandfather, and mentor.  Tony is currently in the process of completing his LCADC application. In the past, Tony has worked with HIV/AIDS population doing education/prevention street work. He helped organize “Let’s Talk About AIDS” community awareness campaign in 1994. Tony has worked as a unit manager, counselor, lecturer and trainer for CEC Inc. from 1996 to 2003.  Tony became the Coordinator of Greater Trenton Behavioral Health Care’s Coming Home Project which provided re-entry and diversion for consumers with SPMI involved in the criminal justice system in 2003. Currently, Tony is the Director of the Involuntary Outpatient Commitment program in Mercer County, as well as the Crisis Diversion program for Oaks Integrated Care.

Tony has published, “From The Dark Side” a book of poetry and short stories, as well as “A Values Change Project for Incarcerated for African-American Males” (Thesis).

Pascha Boyd

Psychiatric Advance Practice Nurse

Pascha Boyd, Psychiatric Advance Practice Nurse

 

Pascha Boyd is a psychiatric advance practice nurse certified across the lifespan to see children, adolescents and adults. She has worked over 20 years in the psychiatric field and 17 of those as a nurse practitioner. She was trained at the University of Missouri-Columbia for her bachelors and advanced degrees. She has worked in a variety of settings including teaching, inpatient hospitals, outpatient mental health clinics, a variety of forensic settings, as well as doing forensic/legal consultation. She is excited to join the JARC team and grateful for the opportunity to try and help others along in their journey.
 

 

Abraham Kamara

Mental Health Counselor

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