TASC Diversion Program

The TASC concept was developed in 1972 in response to the tremendous burden the drug-involved offender placed on the criminal justice system. TASC has expanded to more than 168 TASC programs at 130 sites in 22 States and 1 territory, some states with both juvenile and adult programs.

The program was built on the premise that a more productive method could be developed to manage the drug-involved offender population rather than to incarcerate them and impose other previously used criminal justice sanctions. To further this end, TASC employs through assessment, appropriate treatment referral, and a structured course of monitoring and drug testing combined with drug treatment. Through effective intervention, TASC works to break the cycle of drug use, crime, arrest, prosecution, incarceration, release, and persistent drug use. The TASC concept of drug offender identification, assessment, referral to treatment, and overall drug offender management has proven to be an effective means of intervening in the cycle of drug use and criminal behavior.

The development of the TASC critical elements training in 1986 structured and defined the TASC concept. The TASC critical elements training comprise support of justice, support of treatment, TASC administrative unit, staff training, data collection and evaluation, eligibility criteria, client identification, assessment and referral, urinalysis, and case management. These 10 elements have proven effective for the successful implementation and operation of TASC.

The TASC critical element training course teaches the fundamentals of the TASC concept for each element as well as other relevant concepts such as confidentiality. The goal of the course is to furnish staff with the understanding of the philosophy, purpose, and operation of the TASC model.