The work of TASC benefits not only the clients it serves but the entire community. The correlation between crime and the use of drugs and/or alcohol is well known. Through early identification, assessment, referral, monitoring and case management, offenders participating in the program are more likely to have a successful treatment experience. This, in turn, reduces the likelihood that they will re-offend.
TASC Court Relationships
As an OhioMHAS-certified agency, TASC works closely with a number of Mahoning Valley entities, including the Mahoning County Common Pleas Drug Court, Family Dependency Treatment Court, Juvenile Treatment Court and Jail Program, and the Department of Youth Services Re-Entry Project.
Judges may offer certain offenders the option of getting treatment instead of jail time. The offenders must stay drug-free, verified by regular testing, and meet other conditions. TASC also assists in referrals to ancillary services such as mental health counseling, GED classes, job training, etc.
Meridian currently provides TASC testing assessments, drug testing, case management and non-intensive outpatient services to several specialty court programs, all Mahoning County Courts, the Adult Parole Authority, and Girard Municipal Court.
Following a comprehensive assessment that matches the client with the most appropriate level of care based on OhioMHAS criteria, the program facilitates referrals to treatment. Factors such as transportation barriers, specific client programming and client preference are considered.
Impact of TASC Supportive Services
For every dollar invested in treatment and prevention, eleven dollars (used for criminal justice fees and community loss) are saved.
Since its founding in 1999, Meridian HealthCare’s TASC program has provided services to over 12,000 offenders in Mahoning County.
TASC helps offenders engage in treatment and assists in referrals to all other ancillary needs: mental health providers, GED (high school equivalency) classes, job training, etc.