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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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...
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    Connecting Youth
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 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 3: Substance Use Disorder Associated with Increased Risk of Death Long After Release from Prison
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    FOJ 2015, Issue 3
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 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 Facts on Justice Issue 4: Higher Rates of Recidivism Associated with Prison Crowding
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    FOJ 2015, Issue 4
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
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 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 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 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 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 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...
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
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
2013 Facts on Justice Diverting Individuals With Substance Use Disorders from Incarceration to Community Treatment Saves Billions, Prevents Crime
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    FOJ 2013, Issue 1
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...