“All my life I’ve been doing time, selling drugs, doing drugs and not caring about anything. All this time went by and I had given up; my addiction slowly sucking the life out of me, lying to me – telling me I would survive. But this time it was different. I didn’t want to lose my wife, my kids, my family. This time I wanted help. I wanted to change. I just didn’t know how.
I was interviewed by TASC and at first I was so rebellious. I didn’t trust anyone to help me. I was too street, too hood, too cold; but in the interview they explained to me the benefits, advantages and everything I could gain from staying drug free.
This process has changed my life. I see things totally differently. I’m a better father, a better husband and a better man. I know how to think things through now. I make better choices.” – E.P.
EAC Network has operated TASC programs in the metropolitan area since 1986. TASC Programs divert eligible offenders out of the criminal justice system and into the drug treatment system. TASC monitors these cases for the Court. Offenders are provided with case management, treatment and other ancillary services to aid in the recovery of addiction. NYC TASC Programs include assessments of an offender’s addiction, a determination of the most appropriate treatment placement, referral to treatment and monitoring for the courts. Offenders with a history of violent crimes or who are currently charged with a violent crime are ineligible to participate in TASC. TASC does not accept offenders with a history of inappropriate or illegal sexual acts, arson, or severe mental illness. Offenders must have a current history of substance abuse and be willing to enter treatment for a minimum of 12 months.
Potential participants are identified by referral from the Court, a Defense Attorney, the District Attorney, Probation, or Parole. A treatment plan is developed by TASC staff and 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 in compliance with all conditions of the TASC treatment plan are returned to the Court for criminal processing.
NYC TASC staff is comprised of dedicated professionals delivering screening, assessment, referral and case management services. In recent years, there has been increasing awareness of the value of Treatment Alternatives for Safer Communities (TASC) program services as a means to identify suitable offenders with substance abuse problems for diversion. TASC services positively influence numerous offenders to acknowledge their substance abuse problems, undergo treatment and counseling, and comply with terms and conditions of their release. TASC programs provide essential support and coordination of service delivery to achieve successful reintegration of participants to their respective communities.
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