Externally Published Papers & Reports

TASC and CHJ staff frequently author articles and reports that are distributed by external publishers. A sample of recent work is listed below.

The Unmet Need for Mental Health Services Among Probationers’ Children

This study explores the unmet need for mental health services among children with parents on probation and suggests that probation departments could play an important role in linking probationers’ children to mental health services.

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Recovery-Oriented Care for Drug-Abusing Offenders

A recovery-oriented system of care for drug-abusing criminal offenders is one that provides for continuity of treatment, using evidence-based interventions at every stage as clients progress through the justice system. Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities of Illinois has partnered with criminal justice and treatment programs to establish a basic recovery-oriented system, with programs that span pre-adjudication, probation or incarceration, and parole.

Click here to read the full article, and here to read the response to the article entitled A Sensible Division of Labor.

An Outcome Evaluation of a Treatment Readiness Group Program for Probationers with Substance Use Problems

From 2003 to 2008, Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities of Illinois (TASC) implemented the Reducing Risk: Outreach and Pretreatment for Probationers program (RROPP) in Cook County (Chicago), Illinois. This outcome evaluation obtained useful information regarding lessons learned in the implementation of pretreatment services for probationers. Participation was related positively to treatment entry, length of stay in first treatment episode, and completion of first treatment episode.

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A Process Evaluation of Treatment Readiness Groups: Lessons Learned in the Implementation of a Treatment Readiness Intervention Model for Felony Probationers with Substance Use Problems

A process evaluation of Cook County's treatment readiness intervention program Reducing Risk: Outreach & Pretreatment for Probationers (RROPP) during its first 24 months of operation (October 1, 2003 to September 30, 2005).

Cook County adult probationers accepted as TASC clients and awaiting admission into treatment, were provided education and treatment readiness services. The RROPP program incorporated Texas Christian University’s evidence-based treatment practices, which recognize that preparing an individual for treatment is a fundamental step in the recovery process.

The Offender Substance Abuse Report is a publication of Civic Research Institute which is available by subscription only.

A large court system tackles a huge problem: Stakeholders in an Illinois county work toward better outcomes for mentally ill offenders

This feature article highlights the success of the marked success exhibited by the Cook County Mental Health Court in its first two-plus years.

Although some jurisdictions across the country have one problem-solving courtroom to meet the needs of people with serious mental illness, Cook County's sheer volume of cases would overwhelm a single specialized courtroom. Instead, Cook County's large, complex system required a much broader and systemic approach in which a wide array of high-level officials, treatment providers, and client advocates shared equally in the conceptualization of and planning for the program.

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No Entry: Safe Alternatives to Incarceration

This article discusses the ineffectiveness of sending nonviolent, drug-involved offenders to prison when more productive and fiscally responsible solutions are available.

The Offender Substance Abuse Report is a publication of Civic Research Institute which is available by subscription only.

Integrating Prevention, Treatment and Recovery to Support Re-Entry Following Incarceration

The majority of individuals leaving Illinois prisons have alcohol and other drug problems. Prevention, treatment, and recovery support services can work together to give the formerly incarcerated a greater chance of living drug-free and crime-free.

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The Cook County Mental Health Court: Development, Implementation, and Initial Implications

By enabling treatment, supporting engagement and retention in services, intervening swiftly as problems develop, and using a system of graduated responses, the [Mental Health Court] aims to reduce subsequent arrests, incarcerations, and hospitalizations of mentally ill offenders sentenced to probation in the Cook County Criminal Courts.

The Offender Substance Abuse Report is a publication of Civic Research Institute which is available by subscription only.

The Case Management Role in Clinical Reentry Management

This article reviews the clinical reentry model employed by TASC in its role as partner in the Sheridan Correctional Center's effort to serve as a dedicated substance abuse treatment facility, with integrated reentry services and community support for inmates.

The Offender Substance Abuse Report is a publication of Civic Research Institute which is available by subscription only.