CHJ Public Policy

Collaborative Solutions for Healthy Communities

At CHJ, we do more than talk about solutions. We make good things happen. Cost savings, better health, balanced justice.

We’re successful because we work with a broad range of experts and leaders. We provide research and convene decision-makers to develop collaborative, meaningful, and lasting improvements for systems and communities.

Working with our partners across the country, we promote evidence-based policies and solutions for diversion, reentry, systems change, racial and ethnic justice, and healthcare reform for justice populations.

Some of our recent work:

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ACA Implementation Work: Expertise through PracticeMen and women involved in the justice system have far higher rates of physical health problems, mental illness, and substance use disorders than do adults in the general public. As a result, state and local courts, jails, and prisons spend massive resources on healthcare, and individuals cycle in and out of justice systems with untreated health conditions. Providing access to healthcare for justice-involved populations saves correctional healthcare costs and advances both public health and...
Illinois Disproportionate Justice Impact Study (DJIS) CommissionThe Illinois Disproportionate Justice Impact Study (DJIS) Commission was formed in 2009 as a nonpartisan, multi-disciplinary group of policymakers, agency leaders, and justice professionals charged by Illinois state law (Public Act 095-0995) with examining the impact of state drug laws on racial and ethnic groups. Under the co-chairmanship of State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) and State Representative Arthur L. Turner (D-Chicago), and with members named specifically by the law or...
Illinois Racial and Ethnic Impact (REI) Research Task ForceThe Illinois Racial and Ethnic Impact (REI) Research Task Force was formed in 2011 as a non-partisan, multi-disciplinary group of policymakers, agency leaders, justice system professionals and practitioners, researchers, and advocates charged by Illinois State law (Public Act 97-0433) with determining a practical method for the standardized collection and analysis of data on the racial and ethnic identity of arrestees by State and local law enforcement agencies. Under the co-chairpersonship...
No Entry: Stop the Revolving Door of Drugs & CrimeThe Center for Health and Justice at TASC (CHJ) promotes a public policy strategy of No Entry, designed to reverse the flow of drug-involved individuals going into and through the criminal justice system. No Entry involves structured, clinical interventions at every phase of justice involvement to address offender drug use and related criminal behavior, promoting public safety and ensuring fiscal responsibility. The core principles of No Entry are:  Public policies must recognize...
Service Network Innovation CollaborativeIn February 2015, TASC received funding from the Polk Bros. Foundation to facilitate a collaborative process for providing services to individuals being released from Cook County Jail who have significant mental health treatment needs. The aim is to create a comprehensive system of community-based care within the new contexts of Medicaid expansion and managed care. The collaborative is a consortium of mentalhealth, substance use, primary medical, housing, managed care organizations and other...
TASC-CHJ Medicaid Policy SeriesMedicaid Reforms to Support Criminal Justice Populations Medicaid expansion coupled with the criminal justice reform movement presents an unprecedented opportunity to build a criminal justice system—one that takes on a public health approach rather than a warehousing approach. With so many individuals cycling in and out jail and prison with unmet physical and behavioral health conditions, the justice system is an access point that warrants special attention. This series contains policy...
U.S. Senate Forums on Addiction: Washington, DCBelow is a summary of U.S. Senate briefings on addiction treatment and recovery, a bipartisan conversation led by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). The Center for Health and Justice at TASC is serving as a partner in planning and facilitating the briefings. These Senate briefings have contributed to the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2014, bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Portman and Whitehouse. Addiction and Criminal Justice April 29,...