Substance Abuse and Mental Health

Improving Treatment Access, Effectiveness, and Recovery

Addictive disorders and mental health problems have played a fundamental role in the population explosion of the U.S. justice system. CHJ offers solutions that reflect a scientific understanding of the physiological and psychological nature of these disorders, as well as expertise in how to effectively incorporate treatment and recovery support into justice sanctions.

Here is some of our work in this issue area:

Year Type Title PDF or Related Link
2015 Facts on Justice Issue 1: More Than Half of People Taking Mental Health Meds When Admitted to Prison Did Not Receive Them While Incarcerated
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    FOJ 2015, Issue 1
2015 Illinois Diversion Survey (2015)Building on its earlier national survey, No Entry: A National Survey of Criminal Justice Diversion Programs and Initiatives, the Center for Health and Justice is conducting an Illinois survey to explore the use of diversion programs and practices at...
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...
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    Executive Summary
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    Full Report
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    Report Appendices
2014 Facts on Justice Issue 4: Prison-based Drug Treatment and Aftercare Program Linked to Reduced Recidivism, Successful Reentry into the Community
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    FOJ 2014, Issue 4
2014 Service Focus or Project 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...
2014 Technical Assistance Webinar: The Winners' Circle ModelThis recorded presentation was done in collaboration with Advocates for Human Potential (AHP) for the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) and Technical Assistance program. It highlights the history, structure, and training on starting a...
2014 Facts on Youth Issue 3: High Rates of Adverse Childhood Experiences Among Justice-Involved Youth Increase Risk for Health, Social Problems
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    FOY 2014, Issue 3
2014 Service Focus or Project Health Care Reform-ready Court ProcessesThe Circuit Court of Cook County is piloting court processes to identify how sentencing practices may be influenced when there is ready access to healthcare in the community, including substance use and mental health treatment. Through this pilot...
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...
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    Dr. Chandler-Slides
2014 Service Focus or Project 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...
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...
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    JLSCI Fact Sheet
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...
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    Corrections
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    Court Systems
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    Jails
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    Probation & Parole
2013 Training Justice Leaders Systems Change Initiative (JLSCI)The Justice Leaders Systems Change Initiative (JLSCI) helps local jurisdictions create and implement practical, collaborative responses to substance abuse and addiction among offenders. From Ohio and Illinois to Georgia and Texas, criminal justice...
2013 Technical Assistance, Training Statewide Training for the Criminal Justice System on the Affordable Care ActIn preparation for the first open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), beginning in October 2013, TASC provided training for all court jurisdictions across Illinois on the basics of the Act, enrolling people under probation or...
2013 Fact Sheet, Slides, Support Resource Leveraging National Health Reform to Reduce Recidivism and Build RecoveryPresented to the National TASC Conference, May 2013 This presentation narrates the benefit the criminal justice system can gain from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and motivates stakeholders in the criminal justice arena to take advantage of these...
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    Natl TASC Slides
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...
2013 Service Focus or Project The Justice & Health CollaborativeMaximizing Healthcare Reform Opportunities for Justice Systems Healthcare reform presents both challenges and opportunities for healthcare provider systems and justice structures across the country. The Justice & Health Collaborative (JHC)...
2013 Facts on Justice Risk of Drug-related Death Dramatically Elevated Immediately Following Jail Release
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    FOJ 2013, Issue 2
2013 Fact Sheet, Slides, Support Resource Winners' Circle Training FlyerLearn about Winners’ Circles and how to bring them to your community. For more information about CHJ's Winners' Circle training and consulting click here.
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    Winners' Circle Training Flyer
2013 Training Winners’ Circle Facilitator TrainingWinners' Circles are peer-led support groups for people striving to remain free from past drug use and criminal justice involvement. Winners’ Circles offer safe environments for former offenders to develop healthy lifestyles, learn and practice...

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