The Queens TASC Mental Health Diversion Program partners with the courts, the defense bar, and treatment providers to serve as a bridge that connects the criminal justice system with effective assessment and treatment services.
The program provides access to comprehensive mental health services to mentally ill predicate felons and/or first time felony offenders who may benefit from diversion options, for a minimum of twelve months, under court mandate. Typically, services include intensive psychiatric monitoring, psychotropic medication, medical coverage, financial support, socialization skills and work readiness training. In addition, about half of these defendants are in need of housing, thus requiring placement in residential facilities that provide board and treatment.
Defendants in the program are expected to remain compliant with treatment recommendations and services, to remain abstinent from drugs and to remain free of new arrests or charges for the duration of the court mandate.