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:

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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)...
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...
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...
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 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 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...
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...
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...
2016 Service Focus or Project 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...
2017 Service Focus or Project Pre-Arrest Diversion Criminal justice diversion refers to the broad category of justice models that divert people away from further prosecution, jail, or sentencing, and into services in the community. At the very front end of the criminal justice system, the...
2017 Training Self-Study Courses for Criminal Justice PractitionersFree, online courses offering strategies and solutions to stop cycles of drug use and crime In the face of a national opioid crises, and recognizing that most people entering the justice system have recently used illicit drugs and/or have a...
2017 Service Focus or Project The Police, Treatment and Community Collaborative (PTAC Collaborative)Communities across the country are launching pre-arrest diversion initiatives designed to better address law enforcement’s encounters with people who have challenges with drug use and mental health. Such initiatives enable law enforcement officers,...
2013 Article, Interview 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... link
2013 Article, Interview Racial Disproportionality in the Criminal Justice System for Drug Offenses: A State Legislative Response to the ProblemArticle published in Race and Justice (January 2013, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 83-101). The article describes the work of the Illinois Disproportionate Justice Impact Study Commission, a nonpartisan, multidisciplinary group of policy makers,... link
2011 Article, Interview Reforming the Criminal Justice System in the United States: Issues and RecommendationsJournal article published in special issue of the Prison Journal (September 2011, Vol. 91), which which presented a series articles in which several of the nation's preeminent criminal justice researchers discuss strategic solutions that can... link
2011 Article, Interview 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.
2010 Article, Interview The Unmet Need for Mental Health Services Among Probationers’ ChildrenArticle in the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation (February 2010, Vol. 49, No. 2). This study explores the unmet need for mental health services among children with parents on probation. A group of 77 probationers provided information on 170... link
2010 Article, Interview Reforming Our Expectations About Juvenile JusticeArticle published in Reclaiming Children and Youth (Summer 2010, Vol. 19, No. 2). Typing the term "juvenile justice reform" into an Internet search will result in 60 pages of entries. But what is meant by juvenile justice reform? What does it... link
2009 Article, Interview 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),... link
2009 Article, Interview Recovery-Oriented Care for Drug-Abusing OffendersArticle published in Addiction Science and Clinical Practice (April 2009, Vol. 5, No. 1). The article affirms that a recovery-oriented system of care for drug-abusing criminal offenders is one that provides for continuity of treatment, using... link

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