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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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
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
2007 Article A Large Court System Tackles a Huge Problem: Stakeholders in an Illinois County Work Toward Better Outcomes for Mentally Ill OffendersArticle published in Behavioral Healthcare (March 2007). Although some jurisdictions across the country have one problem-solving courtroom to meet the needs of people with serious mental illness, Cook County's sheer volume of cases would overwhelm a single specialized courtroom. Instead, Cook County's large, complex system required a much broader and systemic approach in which a wide array of high-level officials, treatment providers, and client advocates shared equally in the conceptualization... link
2007 Report or Paper A Primer on Drug Addiction, Crime, and Treatment Report published by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) (November 2007). Prompted by the significant racial disproportionality in prison admissions for drug crimes in Illinois, ICJIA commissioned an in-depth analysis of the problem. The products of the analysis consist of four complementary reports examining the disproportionate confinement of minority drug offenders. This report is the fourth and final in the series. It discusses the intersection of drug addiction,... link
2008 Article A Process Evaluation of Treatment Readiness Groups: Lessons Learned in the Implementation of a Treatment Readiness Intervention Model for Felony Probationers with Substance Use ProblemsArticle published in Offender Substance Abuse Report (March/April 2008, Vol. 8, No. 2). The article presents a process evaluation of Cook County's treatment readiness intervention program, "Reducing Risk: Outreach & Pretreatment for Probationers (RROPP)," during its first 24 months of operation, from October 1, 2003, to September 30, 2005. Cook County adult probationers accepted as TASC clients and awaiting admission into treatment were provided education and treatment readiness...
2009 Report or Paper A Recruiting and Hiring Manual for Addictions ProfessionalsA hiring manual and recruiting materials designed to help strengthen and diversify the profession of addictions treatment. This paper provides information designed to help understand the current challenges and future directions of the addictions field and how they apply to workforce development. It presents what focus group participants have said about what they look for in employment opportunities, and what they believe about the field of addictions treatment and recovery. And, applying simple... link
2013 Fact Sheet, Slides, Support Resource Aligning Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Expansion with the Courts and Justice AgenciesPresented to the Justice & Health Initiative (JHI) Provider Working Group, June 4, 2013   People under justice supervision are very likely to have substance use disorders, serious mental illness and/or chronic medical conditions compared with the general population. Through expanded coverage for low-income adults, services are expected to become available for this population. Assuring that effective services are expanded is vital to reducing recidivism. Aligning health system...
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JHI Slides
2009 Article An Outcome Evaluation of a Treatment Readiness Group Program for Probationers with Substance Use ProblemsArticle published in the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation (November/December 2009, Vol. 48, Issue 8). From 2003 to 2008, TASC implemented the Reducing Risk: Outreach and Pretreatment for Probationers program (RROPP) in Cook County (Chicago), Illinois. The goal of RROPP was to reduce probationers' further penetration into the criminal justice system by increasing participation in substance abuse treatment. To achieve this goal, TASC incorporated evidence-based practices for enhancing the... link
2013 Article Anticipating the Impact of Health Care Reform on the Criminal Justice SystemPublished by the National Association for Court Management (NACM) in Court Manager (Spring 2013, Vol. 27, Issue 4), the article focuses on the implications and opportunities of health care reform for criminal justice systems, particularly with regard to enrolling individuals who are in court or on probation in health coverage. The article was co-authored by Peter Coolsen, court administrator for the Criminal Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County (encompasses Chicago, Illinois),... link
2011 Article Article: Realizing the Potential of National Health Care Reform to Reduce Criminal Justice Expenditures and Recidivism Among Jail PopulationsArticle in Correctional Law Reporter. Authors: McDonnell, M., Brookes, L., Lurigio, A., Baille, D.
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
2011 Report or Paper Case Management for Substance Abusing OffendersBook chapter in Handbook of Evidence-Based Substance Abuse Treatment in Criminal Justice Settings. Author: Rodriguez, P. In C. Leukefeld et al. (eds.), Handbook of Evidence-Based Substance Abuse Treatment in Criminal Justice Settings. Issues in Children’s and Families’ Lives.
2013 Fact Sheet, Slides, Support Resource CMS Ten Ways SeriesThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a series of fact sheets that provide guidance tailored to various justice system stakeholders on how to connect individuals detained in jails, incarcerated in prisons, and on parole in the community with health coverage options under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Due to special enrollment rules for such populations, criminal justice systems play a vital role in ensuring that these individuals receive proper coverage. TASC's Center...
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Corrections
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Court Systems
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Jails
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Probation & Parole
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
2017 Article 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
2004 Report or Paper Disproportionate Incarceration of African Americans for Drug Offenses in the U.S.Report published by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) (January 2004). Prompted by the significant racial disproportionality in prison admissions for drug crimes in Illinois, ICJIA commissioned an in-depth analysis of the problem. The products of the analysis consist of four complementary reports examining the disproportionate confinement of minority drug offenders. This report is first in the series. It discusses national trends in arrests and incarcerations for... link
2005 Report or Paper Disproportionate Sentencing of Minority Drug Offenders in Illinois: Report on Changes in Drug Laws 1985-2002Report published by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) (November 2005). Prompted by the significant racial disproportionality in prison admissions for drug crimes in Illinois, ICJIA commissioned an in-depth analysis of the problem. The products of the analysis consist of four complementary reports examining the disproportionate confinement of minority drug offenders. This report is second in the series. It presents information designed to promote a basic... link
2008 Article Evidence-Based Practices in the Integration of Criminal Justice and Recovery-Oriented Systems of CareArticle published in Perspectives (Fall 2008, Vol. 32, No. 4). This article presents the argument that the criminal justice system can become an effective apparatus for the delivery of large-scale behavioral healthcare services. Based on public health and recovery models of addiction and grounded in evidence-based practices, criminal justice agencies at the pre- and post-adjudication levels can forge productive and lasting relationships with drug treatment agencies to provide a continuum of...
2010 Report or Paper Final Report: Illinois Disproportionate Justice Impact Study (DJIS) CommissionCHJ served as staff to the Illinois Disproportionate Justice Impact Study (DJIS) Commission, created in the State of Illinois under Public Act 97-0433. As staff to the Commission, CHJ analyzed data from the Cook County Clerk and the llinois State Police, revealing disproportionate criminal justice system contact for racial/ethnic minorities, especially African Americans. Executive Summary Full Report Appendices (This includes supporting legislation, public hearing transcripts and...
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2012 Report or Paper Final Report: Illinois Racial and Ethnic Impact (REI) Research Task ForceUnder the co-chairpersonship of State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) and State Representative La Shawn K. Ford (D-Chicago), and with members named specifically by the law or appointed by State Senate and House leaders, the REI Research Task Force assessed the current state of data collection by justice system entities in Illinois. Executive Summary Full Report Appendices (This includes supporting legislation, public hearing transcripts and testimony, and related documents.)...
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