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
2016 Training Roll Call Videos for Law EnforcementImproving Community Safety and Community Relations by Understanding and Addressing Drug Addiction When people are addicted to drugs, their decision-making abilities are compromised. With information on how addiction affects the brain, and how to...
2015 Facts on Justice Issue 4: Higher Rates of Recidivism Associated with Prison Crowding
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    FOJ 2015, Issue 4
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... link
2015 Service Focus or Project 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...
2015 Facts on Justice Issue 3: Substance Use Disorder Associated with Increased Risk of Death Long After Release from Prison
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    FOJ 2015, Issue 3
2015 Facts on Justice Issue 2: Continuing Methadone During Incarceration Increases Likelihood of Return to Treatment Post-Release, Reduces Medical Costs
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    FOJ 2015, Issue 2
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
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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    Court Systems
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    Probation & Parole
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...