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Overview of TASC Priorities

INTRODUCTION

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 systems. National TASC and its members work to develop professional competence in the operation of the TASC model; to promote justice system alternatives; and to otherwise act on behalf of its membership on a national basis.


MISSION STATEMENT

National TASC offers leadership and policy advocacy for a continuum of interventions throughout all criminal justice systems whereby individuals with behavioral health disorders are identified and diverted to appropriate levels of clinical services and supervision to reduce their likelihood of recidivism and sustain recovery.


VISION STATEMENT

National TASC’s vision is that each individual involved in the justice system will receive the care needed to restore them to healthy and productive lives through evidenced-based screening, assessment, referral and case management.


LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

National TASC’s goal is to be a leader advocating for TASC clients, the TASC model, effective policies and research to promote justice system alternatives.

Support for Federal Policies

  • TASC case management services should be recognized as an important component of federal funding initiatives and the federal government should designate a national coordinator and regional centers for the development of TASC programs in the states.
  • National TASC urges Congress to include language in appropriations and authorizing legislation encouraging the utilization of effective components of TASC programs. Funding should be available to assist states, localities and the private sector to promote cost effective TASC programs that improve pretrial diversion, community corrections, and offender re-entry programs that improve public safety and eliminate bias and discrimination based on ethnicity, race, gender, age, religious preference and sexual orientation.
  • National TASC urges the Congress to appropriate resources to implement the provisions of the Second Chance Act. This would include recognition of the need to rely on the proven methodology of TASC programs in reentry planning and support programs.
  • Department of Justice programs should be directed to incorporate the use of science-based interventions with respect to managing offender caseloads. Such interventions must include TASC case management techniques to enhance education, health, social sciences and treatment that address problems of mental illness, substance abuse and unlawful behavior of persons involved in the justice system.
  • National TASC supports legislation and federal policies that increase access to screening, assessment, case management, support services and treatment for all persons with mental, physical or substance abuse problems who are involved in justice systems.
  • National TASC supports the full restoration of justice-involved individuals, such as the right to vote and elimination of barriers to housing, education and employment upon successful completion of active sentences or probation/parole requirements and terms.
  • National TASC urges further action by federal agencies to increase the medical, health, employment, housing and reentry support systems of local and state governments to serve persons who have been incarcerated and to expand the network of TASC agencies that link individuals to such services and supports.

Support for State and Local Policies

  • National TASC supports state and local laws and actions that utilize the TASC model to enhance public safety and health. This includes the adoption of statewide policies, and collaborations to promote case management of individuals in the justice system.
  • National TASC urges state and local governments to make technical assistance and pilot funding allocations to support the TASC model and to document its effective implementation.
  • National TASC urges states to utilize TASC programs to assist courts, corrections, health and other state and local agencies to establish effective partnerships that save dollars and lives.
  • National TASC supports comprehensive policies that focus on the ability of TASC to work with jails, prisons and treatment providers to address the problems of the mentally ill in the justice system.

President Bush’s signing of the Second Chance Act of 2005.