In 2000, the Founder began working with and through various Prison Reform Advocates, The Connecticut Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, and specific Connecticut General Assembly Lawmakers and Staff.
Working together they invited to the table, all of the various agency-heads or representatives. The Mastermind Group communicated the various barriers offenders faced when re-entering the community following their prison experience in Connecticut.
In 2002, Mason, being supported by various former Mayors, such as the Hon. John C. Daniels of New Haven CT, and former Mayors, Hon. John Carusone, John DiNicola, all retired at that time, along with the current Mayor of Hamden, at that time, the Honorable Carl Amento. She even today, has the written support of the Honorable Scott Jackson, Hamden’s first African American Mayor.
Each of the mentioned Mayors represented different Political Parties. This was particularly interesting, as they all expressed their support, as she ran for a Seat in the Connecticut General Assembly as a Green Party Candidate, as a way to polarize the need to fund Prison Reform, Universal Healthcare and Environmental Protections and Change.
While working within the “Continuum Development Committee”, various representatives such as, the Department of Social Services, Judicial; Corrections; Labor; Workforce Development Board heads, and others, where brought to the table to help her create a different perspective in operating, to help people not return to Prison once released.
Its purpose? To help eliminate recidivism and reduce prison overcrowding by providing the avenues to produce positive productive citizens...”To help others make a Positve life change".
Mason, was convinced then, and still is today, that this approach is the one that has reduced, and will eventually eliminate high recidivisn rates.
In 2004, as a panelist for the Whitehouse faith-based and community-based initiatives office, under President George W. Bush, Mason taught and advised Advocates, Lawmakers, Judicial Representatives and would-be practioners of the Collaborative Approach.
Recovery services leaders and supporters used the approach to create the Access To Recovery program model in working with populations who suffer with co-occurring disorders and other mental illness conditions.
As practioners of the collaborative approach, the recovery community conducted a study which showed that a great number of offenders were found to have Substance Abuse Issues.