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Deflection and Pre-Arrest Diversion

TASC's Center for Health and Justice (CHJ) is a pioneer in the field of deflection and pre-arrest diversion, and a founding partner of the Police, Treatment and Community Collaborative (PTACC), the national voice of and nation’s knowledge leader in deflection and pre-arrest diversion. 

Through collaborative partnerships between law enforcement, fire, EMS, treatment providers, and the recovery community, programs across the nation are working to deflect or divert individuals with substance use disorder to treatment and recovery and away from traditional avenues, such as emergency departments or jail. CHJ has defined pathways that represent common elements of these new models in first responder response.

Law enforcement is on the front lines of being part of the solution to a wide variety of behavioral health issues confronting their communities, and CHJ has been there from the start to provide solutions that best respond to their needs, while promoting public safety and officer well-being.

Whether communities are confronting drug use, mental illness, trauma, or a need for housing and other services, CHJ will bring to bear its internationally recognized action planning to develop practical solutions that fit the local context of the community. 

Expert Area | 2023
Critical Elements of First Responder DeflectionA successful deflection initiative must execute several critical elements: establish...
Expert Area
Communities across the country are launching pre-arrest diversion initiatives designed to better address law enforcement’s encounters with people who have challenges with drug use and mental health. Such initiatives enable law...
Factsheet / Handout | 2020
10 Steps Deflection and Pre-Arrest Diversion Sites Can Take During and After the PandemicAs part of an ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Police, Treatment, and Community Collaborative (PTACC) has created its 10 Steps document.This paper outlines steps deflection and pre-arrest...
Expert Area
The Center for Health and Justice at TASC (CHJ) helps communities that are suffering from the opioid crisis by bringing together criminal justice, behavioral health, and community partners to create practical solutions...
Program / Media Feature | 2021
This article co-authored byTASC Center for Health and Justice (CHJ) Executive DirectorJac CharlierandJessica Reichert, manager for the Center for Justice Research and Evaluation at the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA), introduced the deflection...
Expert Area | 2020
Law Enforcement and First Responder Deflection Services TASC works with police, other first responders, and community partners to help people who are at risk of overdose get to needed services, instead of being sent to the emergency room or jail. How do we do this? In suburban Cook County, we...
Program / Media Feature | 2020
Jac Charlier, executive director of TASC's Center for Health and Justice, recently co-authored this April 28, 2020, op-ed for The Crime Report. It discusses the importance ofrapidly adapting andapplying thelessons...
Report / Issue Brief | 2020
TASC-CHJ As communities across the country face crises of drug addiction and overdose, the need for timely access to quality, evidence-based treatment for people with substance use disorders is clear and pressing. This series of briefs is offered to help...
Report / Issue Brief | 2019
Jac Charlier, executive director of TASC’s Center for Health and Justice (CHJ), and Ben Ekelund, director of CHJ, have co-authored an issue brief for the National Drug Court Resource Center to support law enforcement officers in...
Video / Podcast | 2019
CHJ facilitated this July 2019 episode of the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (or COAP) podcast series, in which Daniel Meloy introduces the Quick Response Team model for overdose response and...
Factsheet / Handout | 2018
SB 3023: The Community-Law Enforcement Partnership for Deflection and Substance Use Disorder Treatment Act Mundelein Police Chief Eric Guenther (right) and Dixon City Manager (former Police Chief) Danny Langloss (left) - photo by D. Ormsby Illinois Senate Bill 3023, signed...
Program / Media Feature | 2017
In this March 2017 online article for The Police Chief Magazine, Jac Charlier described the concept of deflection as a model to connect people to substance use and mental health treatment in the community. This is a follow-up to the September 2015 piece,“Want to Reduce Drug Use in...
Report / Issue Brief | 2017
: A Decision Making Tool for Police LeadersAcross the country, local law enforcement agencies are seeking new ways to better serve and protect communities confronting the consequences of drug addiction and overdose. Rather than arresting and re-arresting individuals...
Video / Podcast | 2016
for Law Enforcement Improving Community Safety and Community Relations by Understanding and Addressing Drug Addiction When people are addicted to drugs, their decision-making abilities are compromised. With information on how addiction affects the brain, and how to effectively...
Program / Media Feature | 2015
In this article from the September 2015 issue ofThe Police Chief Magazine, Jac Charlier writes about models to divert people from arrest to treatment. The Montgomery County (Maryland) Deflection Model or...