TASC, Inc. (Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities), is a not-for-profit organization that provides health recovery management services for individuals with substance use and mental health disorders. Since 1976, the organization has provided and/or facilitated access to community-based treatment and recovery support services for individuals who are involved in public systems such as criminal and juvenile justice, corrections, child welfare, public aid, and public housing. TASC collaborates closely with healthcare providers, policymakers, academic institutions, and community stakeholders to see that underserved populations are linked to the services they need while achieving the most efficient use of clinical and financial resources.
In addition to its service delivery and provider network management capabilities, TASC provides extensive systems-building consultation and training for both small and large public networks in Illinois as well as other states. The Center for Health and Justice (CHJ) at TASC offers practical, results-driven strategies to reduce recidivism by addressing addiction and mental health among criminal justice populations. In partnership with researchers and program experts from across the country, CHJ provides consultation, training, and public policy solutions that improve community health, reduce rearrest, and save money. CHJ has a solid track record of developing data-driven strategies and results for local, state, federal, and international bodies. Recent projects include: working with the Supreme Court of Ohio to design and convene a nine-state Regional Opiate Summit; convening a national meeting of large counties to reduce incarceration by expanding behavioral health and support services; convening Justice Leaders Systems Change Initiative (JLSCI) trainings across the country to help counties create and implement practical, collaborative responses to substance use and addiction among offenders; and providing individualized consultation on building diversion and safe reentry systems to counties participating in the national Stepping Up and Data-Driven Justice Initiatives. Established in 2006, and grounded in four decades of direct criminal justice experience at TASC, CHJ is a recognized leader in state and national criminal justice and behavioral health policy.
Active BJA Funded Project(s):
CHJ First Responder Partnerships TTA Initiative (CHJ-FRP)