National TASC

National TASC National TASC is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to promoting the exchange of ideas, information and research concerning TASC agencies, advocating on behalf of its membership on a national basis, and promoting alternatives to incarceration.

National Consortium of TASC Programs Inc. is a nonprofit association representing programs across the United States. TASC members are dedicated to the goal that each individual involved in the justice system will receive the care needed to restore them to healthy and productive lives. TASC promotes the exchange of ideas, information and research to improve substance abuse and criminal justice syst

National Consortium of TASC Programs Inc. is a nonprofit association representing programs across the United States. TASC members are dedicated to the goal that each individual involved in the justice system will receive the care needed to restore them to healthy and productive lives. TASC promotes the exchange of ideas, information and research to improve substance abuse and criminal justice syst

02/27/2014

We have released our draft agenda for the upcoming National TASC Conference in Birmingham, Alabama, May 7 - 9, 2014. To view the draft agenda and register for the conference please follow this link - http://www.nationaltasc.org/annualconference/

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09/11/2013

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National TASC President Andrea Paventi and Vice President Marrya Briggs with ICCA President Elect Phil Nunes. Marrya and...
09/10/2013

National TASC President Andrea Paventi and Vice President Marrya Briggs with ICCA President Elect Phil Nunes. Marrya and Andrea are presenting on behalf of National TASC at the ICCA Conference in Reno, NV.

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June 21, 2013 ~ Prisons and the Mentally Ill - Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly

June 21, 2013 ~ Prisons and the Mentally Ill - Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly

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New website helps improve coordination between justice and health systems-People involved in the criminal justice system...
06/27/2013
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New website helps improve coordination between justice and health systems-
People involved in the criminal justice system have significantly higher rates of behavioral and physical health problems than the general population. For example, the rate of serious mental illness among incarcerated persons is estimated to be more than three times higher than in the general population. Adding to these challenges is the fact that these persons and others involved in justice systems have limited access to healthcare both inside facilities and in the communities to which they are released. A historical lack of coordination between justice and health agencies exacerbates these issues even further. Consequently, people with drug and alcohol use disorders, mental illness, and other chronic diseases routinely fail to get the treatment that they need. Research shows that increasing access to treatment can address health disparities, reduce costs, and lower re-arrest rates.
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Justice and Health Connect aims to increase the ability of government agencies and community organizations to share information across health and justice systems.

National TASC will be attending the VERA Institute of Justice's "Congressional Forum on Collaboration and Innovation" wh...
06/12/2013
Vera Institute of Justice

National TASC will be attending the VERA Institute of Justice's "Congressional Forum on Collaboration and Innovation" where the role of innovative and evidence-based approaches in criminal justice policy and practice will be explored.

Please join the Vera Institute of Justice for an educational forum in which justice leaders and Vera experts will discuss how best to protect communities and implement effective public safety solutions. Panelists will investigate the role that innovative and evidence-based approaches can play in cr...

19th Annual National TASC Conference
06/04/2013

19th Annual National TASC Conference

06/03/2013

A special thanks to everyone who made our 19th Annual Conference a success!

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05/20/2013

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Address

1025 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 605
Washington D.C., DC
20036

General information

TASC began during the 1970s as a criminal justice effort in response to the rising tide of substance-involved offenders revolving through the criminal justice system, developing mechanisms to utilize the treatment system to meet criminal justice goals. Discussion of how to link treatment and the judicial process and interrupt the relationship between drugs and property crimes were held by the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA), the White House-established Special Action Office for Drug Prevention (SAODAP), and the National Institute on Mental Health’s division of Narcotic Addiction and Drug Abuse (DNADA) predecessor to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The result was a federal initiative, modeled after early experiments with diversion programs and two demonstration projects in New York City and Washington, D.C. The project was funded under the Drug Abuse office and Treatment Act of 1972 and christened TASC: “Treatment Alternatives to Street Crime.” In the mid 80s a resurgence of interest in TASC came through the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), which had taken the place of LEAA. TASC incorporates the philosophies of both the criminal justice and treatment systems into its operating principles, and does so by capitalizing on the leverage of the criminal justice system to achieve maximum benefits from treatment. The TASC model is based on critical elements fundamental to integrating the criminal justice and substance abuse treatment systems, holding offenders and both systems accountable through the implementation of client-specific case management. A goal of integrated services is to safely manage high-risk, high-need offenders in the community by balancing intervention opportunities with controlled supervision. The TASC model of service includes assessment, treatment, or referral to treatment, case management, and monitoring and reporting services. TASC and TASC-like programs provide an integrated system of care in meeting the needs of the justice system, the treatment system, and, most of all, the client. TASC programs work with courts (including drug courts), and corrections to ensure treatment is available for community-based supervision, and institutional aftercare. The TASC model approaches, refined over thirty years of experience, are now routinely used in pretrial diversion, drug courts, day and evening reporting programs, community corrections, juvenile case management, mental health courts, child welfare and family treatment programs, reentry and jail transitional programs throughout the nation. Advantages of the TASC approach include less reliance on governmental solutions to problems, and better resource utilization through communities. TASC increases community capacity by targeting services and fitting them to clients’ needs and risks. This improves system responses and communications through regular use of treatment, case management and interventions. Most of these approaches have been freely disseminated through training, technical assistance and replication funded by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs, Department of Health and Human Services, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute of Health and the Office of National Drug Control Policy continue to recognize the value of TASC’s contributions to the substance abuse field.

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(202) 293-8657

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