Family Court TASC is an intervention and prevention program that connects treatment services to individuals who have substance abuse issues and who are involved in Nassau or Suffolk Family Courts.
Clients Served Last Year:
Funding Generously Provided by:
New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, Suffolk County Department of Social Services’ Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives, Suffolk County Department of Social Services, and private donations.
An estimated 13% of children live with a parent who is dependent on or abuses alcohol or other drugs and are thus at increased risk for maltreatment and/or entering the child welfare system.
Give struggling parents an opportunity to overcome their substance abuse barriers through treatment and other supportive services.
How We Do it:
Parents who are substance abusers responding to child neglect, visitation and custody petitions, or family offense charges in Family Court are referred to Family Court TASC for services. Case Mangers screen individuals to establish program eligibility (they must be willing to participate in treatment for a minimum of 12 months), conduct detailed assessments to determine the level of addiction, develop an individualized treatment plan that is approved by the court, refer participants to the appropriate treatment agency, and monitor the treatment progress. Throughout the process, various random toxicology tests are performed ranging from instant on-site urine analysis to 12-month hair follicle tests. Family Court TASC staff members stay actively connected with participants, treatment providers, and other service providers to ensure positive compliance and outcomes.
The Outcomes of Family Court TASC
Over the past ten years,
Family Court TASC has served more than 25,000 individuals
Approximately 75% of participants successfully complete treatment and fulfill all court-ordered requirements.
What People Say About Family Court TASC
When I first came for my intake, I felt I was the victim. I felt betrayed by my ex-husband and his wife and knew that it didn’t have to be this way. I didn’t need my children to be taken away from me after 10 years of raising them alone. This was the most difficult time in my life and if ever a wakeup call was received, it was the week before my intake with Family Court TASC. I felt sorry for myself but they always had an encouraging word for me. They were firm with me but concerned for my well being. I didn’t just come there and take a drug test. I was asked how everything was going. I was able to vent and speak about my concerns. They always had an ear open for me and whenever I left the court, I felt better. I had to call you once a week and I was never rushed off the phone. I always talked about what was going on and they always asked me. It felt like someone actually understood what I was going through and how I may be feeling. It was hard to talk about my feelings when all I was concerned about were my children. They are home now and I know through my recovery program and my long talks with my counselor that I am blessed to be alive and to have custody of my children. I will never forget your concern, your firm hand that kept me on the right path, and your encouraging words.