When I first came for my intake, I felt I was the victim. I felt betrayed by my ex-husband and his wife and knew that it didn’t have to be this way. I didn’t need my children to be taken away from me after 10 years of raising them alone. This was the most difficult time in my life and if ever a wake up call was received, it was the week before my intake with you. I felt sorry for myself but you always had an encouraging word for me. You were firm with me but concerned for my well being. I didn’t just come there and take a drug test. I was asked how everything was going. I was able to vent and speak about my concerns. You always had an ear open for me and whenever I left the court, I felt better. I had to call you once a week and I was never rushed off the phone. I always talked about what was going on and you always asked me. It felt like someone actually understood what I was going through and how I may be feeling. It was hard to talk about my feelings when all I was concerned about were my children. They are home now and I know through my recovery program and my long talks with my counselor, I am blessed to be alive and to have custody of my children. I will never forget your concern, your firm hand that kept me on the right path, and your encouraging words. – S.J.
The Family Court TASC Programs are intervention and prevention programs which bring services to individuals appearing in Family Court who are substance abusers. TASC identifies the level of addiction, makes a referral to an appropriate treatment agency, and monitors treatment progress for the Court. EAC has operated TASC programs in the metropolitan area since 1978.
Family Court TASC includes a detailed assessment and development of a written plan designed to address the treatment needs of individuals appearing in Family Court on PINS and Juvenile Delinquency petitions, Family Offense charges or Child Neglect petitions. Respondents participating in TASC must have a current history of substance abuse and be willing to enter treatment for a minimum of 12 months.
Participants are identified by referral from the Court. The treatment plan developed by TASC staff is presented to the Court for its approval. TASC clients are monitored by staff with an expertise in substance abuse, and regular reports are presented to the Court outlining client progress. Persons not complying with all conditions of the TASC treatment plan are brought back to Court for further Court action. EAC has operated TASC programs in the metropolitan area since 1978.