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North Carolina TASC Clinical Series Training Module One: Understanding TASC
North Carolina TASC The mission of the North Carolina TASC Network is to provide care management services to druginvolved and mentally ill offenders. TASC’s objective is to provide quality services to offenders as early in the criminal justice continuum as possible.
TASC combines legal sanctions with treatment matching & supervised community reintegration to interrupt the cycle of: üAddiction üCriminality üArrest üConviction üIncarceration üRelease üRe-arrest
Offender Management Model (OMM) ü Creates a seamless system of care ü Clarifies roles in providing control and treatment ü Reduces the rate of revocation for technical and drug violations ü Combines efforts to guarantee the effective utilization of limited resources ü Provides cognitive behavioral interventions ü Develops an integrated information system ü Ensures probation, CJPP, DACDP, DOP and TASC staff are trained to implement the OMM
OMM Agreements TASC, probation services, DACDP and CJPP agree to: ü Develop a unified case/service plan specific to the offender’s needs in order to accomplish mutually agreed upon goals ü Promote an open exchange of information in accordance with the rules of confidentiality and legal waivers and/or releases of information ü Abide by and promote the use of the principles of effective interventions with offenders
TASC in North Carolina Referral / Placement into Treatment TASC Identification Monitoring & & Assessment Reporting Justice System Treatment
TASC Partnerships ü State of North Carolina ü Center for Health Care Strategies - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ü Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Where is TASC in North Carolina?
TASC Service System Unified Statewide TASC System Regional Coordinating Entities Existing TASC Programs TASC Expansion
Current TASC System Value Options Standard Functions: Information Systems Quality Management & UM Policies Financing Clinical Policy Grievance & Appeals TASC Training Institute State Division RCE 1 RCE 2 RCE 3 RCE 4 Local Functions: • Program Management Program Audit • Technical Assistance TASC Services • Provider Network Development Person-Centered Client Flow • Service Authorization Provider Network
Organizational Elements ü A broad base of support from the justice, treatment, and other social services systems for effective communication and service delivery ü Organizational integrity ü Policies and procedures for regular staff training
Operational Elements ü Clearly defined client eligibility criteria ü Screening procedures for identification of TASC candidates within the justice system ü Standard operating procedures for assessment and referral ü Client-centered care management ü Objective standards for purchasing services ü Access to a complete array of services ü Policies, procedures, and protocols for monitoring drug use through chemical testing ü Competency with diverse populations
System Coordination Elements ü Coordination of justice, treatment and other systems ü Provision of information and cross-training to justice, treatment and other systems ü Monitoring of and accountability for funding allocation and resource utilization ü Training on standard clinical operating procedures ü Standard administrative operating procedures for regional coordinating entities ü Regional information system networks connected to and accessible by the overseeing state entity ü Stakeholder buy-in from the highest levels of state and community corrections
Early Intervention Rationale ü Reaches client at point of greatest need and highest motivation level ü Provides maximum information to the court, corrections and treatment ü Saves money, time and resources for corrections, treatment and the courts ü Increases the likelihood of successful participation in treatment ü Strengthens client motivation for treatment
Who Does TASC Benefit? ü Jail – reduces tension, discipline problems and overcrowding ü Court – provides additional information on defendants, focuses resources and reduces costs ü Probation – provides additional supervision and assistance in linking clients with treatment
Who Does TASC Benefit? ü Parole/Post-Release – assures continuity of care following release ü Community – reduces costs, increases public safety, reduces criminal activity and reduces drug use
Criminal Justice System TASC agrees to provide: ü Specific points of intervention ü Timeframes for action on referrals ü Frequent client contact and progress reports containing objective information ü Timeframes for notification of client termination, disappearance etc. ü Criteria for termination from TASC services
Congratulations! You now understand TASC!