Publications

CHJ compiles, consolidates, and communicates findings that help improve policy, practice, and results. Browse the sortable table of CHJ and TASC publications below. CHJ Facts on Justice, CHJ Facts on Youth, and TASC Program Evaluations are listed separately.

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2017 Report or Paper No Entry: A Survey of Prosecutorial Diversion in IllinoisThe Center for Health and Justice has published a survey of prosecutorial diversion in Illinois, describing 54 programs operating in 37 counties, based on information submitted by prosecutors on the programs and options offered in their jurisdictions. The 2017 report, “No Entry: A Survey of Prosecutorial Diversion in Illinois,” presents information collected on program authorization, oversight, target populations, goals, structure, services, outcomes, and evaluation. It offers observations...
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2017 Fact Sheet, Slides, Support Resource Pre-Arrest Diversion Frameworks: A Decision Making Tool for Police LeadersAcross the country, local law enforcement agencies are seeking new ways to better serve and protect communities confronting the consequences of drug addiction and overdose. Pre-Arrest Diversion/Deflection Frameworks is designed for law enforcement leaders confronted with frequent cases involving addiction and overdose. Rather than arresting and re-arresting individuals who have drug problems, many jurisdictions are implementing alternative approaches. This document presents the main methods...
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Deflection Narrative
2017 Article, Interview Deflection: A Powerful Crime-Fighting Tool That Improves Community RelationsIn this article, Jac Charlier, national director for justice initiatives for the Center for Health and Justice at TASC, discusses the concept of police deflection—sometimes called pre-arrest or pre-booking diversion. Charlier examines the components of deflection and its potential for reducing the burden that substance use and mental health issues place on communities and on law enforcement. By balancing public safety risk with the importance of providing access to supportive, community-... link
2017 Article, Interview The ‘Deflection’ Surge: Key to Reducing Re-ArrestsIn this op-ed published in The Crime Report, Jac Charlier, national director for justice initiatives for the Center for Health and Justice makes the case for police deflection as a public health approach to better public safety. Excerpt: Confronted with people clearly in need of treatment and social services, law enforcement officers need a way to respond, because they know they’ll see them again. Confronted with violations of the law, officers cannot simply ignore what’s happening.... link
2016 Report or Paper Building Bridges to Care from Correctional Systems to Healthcare in the CommunityThis brief is for public safety leaders, state Medicaid agency personnel, and policymakers who work on issues related to criminal justice and behavioral health. It describes the key components of a seamless system of care for individuals being released from jail or prison with medical and/or behavioral health conditions, and is intended to support and inform efforts to build bridges to care between correctional and community healthcare systems. TASC’s Medicaid Policy Series is designed to...
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Bridges to Care
2016 Report or Paper Medicaid Changes Needed for Criminal Justice Reform: Recommendations for StatesThis brief is for public safety leaders, state Medicaid agency personnel, and policymakers who work on issues related to criminal justice and behavioral health. It is applicable in states considering or in the process of applying for a Section 1115 Medicaid waiver or making other modifications to their Medicaid program. The information provided herein is intended to support and inform changes to state Medicaid programs that can be leveraged to further criminal justice reform efforts, with a...
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Medicaid for States
2016 Report or Paper Leveraging Medicaid Managed Care for Justice PopulationsThis brief is for public safety leaders, state Medicaid agency personnel, Medicaid managed care organizations, and policymakers who work on issues related to criminal justice and behavioral health. It explains how perationalizing relationships between managed care organizations and public safety agencies can better facilitate access to community-based healthcare for individuals being released from jails or prisons. TASC’s Medicaid Policy Series is designed to help leaders maximize the...
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Leveraging Managed Care
2016 Report or Paper Medicaid Administrative Claiming for Justice AgenciesThis brief is for public safety leaders, state Medicaid agency personnel, and policymakers who work on issues related to criminal justice and behavioral health. States have the option to permit justice agencies to receive Medicaid reimbursement for Medicaid-related activities performed by officers and/or contractors. This document explains how this can be done—through Medicaid administrative claiming—and provides examples from several states along with guidance for implementation. TASC’s...
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2016 Report or Paper Presumptive Eligibility for Individuals Involved in the Justice SystemThis brief is for public safety leaders, state Medicaid agency personnel, and policymakers who work on issues related to criminal justice and behavioral health. Individuals who are released from jail or prison can rapidly be enrolled into Medicaid so that coverage begins immediately upon release. This document explains the process for this—presumptive eligibility—and provides guidance for implementation. TASC’s Medicaid Policy Series is designed to help leaders maximize the opportunities of...
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Presumptive Eligibility
2016 Report or Paper Health Homes for Justice PopulationsThis brief is for public safety leaders, state Medicaid agency personnel, and policymakers who work on issues related to criminal justice and behavioral health. The Affordable Care Act allows states to receive an enhanced match rate for “health home” services provided to special populations. Other than minimal baseline requirements, the development of health home design is left largely to states. This document explains how states can implement health homes for the justice population and...
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Health Homes
2016 Report or Paper Home and Community-Based Services for the Justice PopulationThis brief is for public safety leaders, state Medicaid agency personnel, and policymakers who work on issues related to criminal justice and behavioral health. The federal Medicaid program permits states to create a tailored set of services for populations at risk of institutionalization through Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waivers—also known as Section 1915(c) waivers. Other than minimal baseline requirements, the development of waiver design is left largely to individual states....
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1915c Waiver
2016 Report or Paper 90/10 Funding to Promote Health Information Sharing between Correctional Agencies and Community-Based ProvidersThis brief is for public safety leaders, state Medicaid agency personnel, and policymakers who work on issues related to criminal justice and behavioral health. It discusses the intersection between information technology, record sharing, the criminal justice system, and Medicaid. Specifically, it provides information about how federal 90/10 funding can be leveraged to strengthen connectivity between jails and prisons and the healthcare provider community. TASC’s Medicaid Policy Series is...
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9010 Funding
2016 Report or Paper Connecting Youth to Substance Use and Mental Health Treatment Upon Release from DetentionThis brief is for public safety leaders, state Medicaid agency personnel, and policymakers who work on issues related to youth, juvenile justice, and behavioral health. It explains how states can expedite the Medicaid application process for youth being released from detention and provides examples of how some states have achieved this using a Section 1115 Medicaid waiver. TASC’s Medicaid Policy Series is designed to help leaders maximize the opportunities of Medicaid expansion in order to...
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Connecting Youth
2015 Fact Sheet, Slides, Support Resource Map of State and Local Initiatives to Enroll Individuals in Medicaid in Criminal Justice SettingsResearchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School, with the support of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, have created a national picture of the enrollment efforts that are taking place within criminal justice jurisdictions throughout the United States. The map includes state and local jurisdictions that have launched programs to enroll detained or incarcerated individuals in Medicaid. This work is a part of the larger study being conducted which... link
2015 Article, Interview STEER Deflection Model: Want to Reduce Drugs in Your Community? You May Want to Deflect Instead of ArrestIn this article from the September issue of The Police Chief Magazine, Jac Charlier, national director for justice initiatives for the Center for Health and Justice at TASC, writes about models to divert people from arrest to treatment. The Montgomery County (Maryland) Deflection Model is a pre-booking diversion model focused on people with substance use disorders who have a high likelihood of repeated contact with police due to their untreated addictions and other effects statistically related... link
2014 Fact Sheet, Slides, Support Resource JLSCI Fact Sheet: Systems Change Initiative Offers Practical Solutions for Criminal Justice LeadersThis fact sheet explains the Justice Leaders Systems Change Initiative (JLSCI), which helps local jurisdictions create and implement practical, collaborative responses to substance abuse and addiction among offenders. For more information on this work click here.
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JLSCI Fact Sheet
2014 Report or Paper No Entry: A National Survey of Criminal Justice Diversion Programs and InitiativesThe Center for Health and Justice at TASC has published a national survey of more than 100 criminal justice diversion programs and initiatives, focusing on their strategies and lessons learned for reducing recidivism, improving health interventions, and achieving public cost savings. CHJ’s 2014 report "No Entry: A National Survey of Criminal Justice Diversion Programs and Initiatives” was released at a Congressional staff briefing in Washington on January 13. Find out more about No Entry...
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Executive Summary
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Full Report
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Report Appendices
2014 Fact Sheet, Slides, Support Resource NIDA Presentation: Effective Substance Abuse Treatment in the Criminal Justice System by Dr. ChandlerPresentation at Congressional Forum on Addiction and Criminal Justice, by Redonna K. Chandler, PhD,  Acting Director, Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research, National Institute on Drug Abuse.  TASC/CHJ President Pamela Rodriguez served as a moderator at the April 29, 2014  forum on Capitol Hill.
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2014 Fact Sheet, Slides, Support Resource A Culture of Coverage for Justice-Involved Adults in Illinois: A Resource Guide for Implementing the Affordable Care Act for Criminal Justice Personnel in IllinoisDeveloped through this collaboration on behalf of the Illinois Governor's Healthcare Reform Implementation Council: Work Group on Justice Populations (WJP), A Culture of Coverage for Justice-Involved Adults in Illinois serves as a guide for justice system personnel, policymakers, State officials, advocates, and healthcare workers in Illinois. It outlines when and how to best link justice-involved individuals with the services they need, and it provides resources and materials related to...
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A Culture of Coverage for Justice-Involved Adults in Illinois
2014 Report or Paper Medicaid Application Assistance in a Jail Setting: A Case Study of Cook County, ILMost individuals booked at the Cook County Jail have untreated medical and behavioral health issues which perpetuate cycles of arrest and incarceration. The National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies (NAPSA), in conjunction with the Public Welfare Foundation and the Crime and Justice Institute, created a case study to describe the work in Cook County (encompassing Chicago, Illinois) to assist individuals detained  at the county jail to apply for healthcare coverage, in order to...
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Cook County Case Study - NAPSA 2014

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