Queens TASC provides alternatives to incarceration for misdemeanor and felony offenders whose substance abuse or mental health is related to their criminal activity.
Clients Served Last Year:
Funding Generously Provided by:
New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives, New York City Council, and private donations.
120-34 Queens Boulevard
Kew Gardens, NY 11415
The connection between drug use and crime is well known. Substance use and abuse can impair judgment resulting in criminal behavior and a cycle of drug use, crime, and incarceration.
Divert substance abusing offenders from jail or prison into treatment while still holding them accountable and ensuring the safety of our communities.
How We Do it:
Queens TASC has been operating since 1986. TASC manages cases by moving individuals from the criminal justice process and into treatment, simultaneously providing monitoring services as an adjunct to criminal justice supervision. TASC comprehensive case management services create a unique interface among the criminal justice system, the treatment service system, and the client, thus allowing for effective and efficient outcomes.
The TASC model comprises four discrete activities:
1) identification of alcohol or drug-involved and/or mentally ill individuals to determine their appropriateness for referral by the criminal justice system into the TASC case management system;
2) assessment of the individual’s behavioral health treatment needs;
3) referral to the appropriate treatment placement; and
4) continuous case management through reporting protocols, urine monitoring, and ancillary requirements to ensure compliance with criminal justice orders and the treatment regimen.
How You Can Help:
Queens TASC is in need of computers, office furniture, and volunteers. To volunteer your time, please contact Jeanette Ackerman at (718) 268-5657. To support Queens TASC with a gift, click here or call (516) 539-0150 x117.
The Outcomes of Queens TASC
By diverting people from jail or prison, TASC saves taxpayers millions of dollars each year.
Those who complete TASC (approximately 70%) return to their communities drug free and with the skills to maintain a law-abiding lifestyle.
What People Say About Queens TASC
Since starting, I have been able to spend a lot of one-on-one time with my clients. I have been exposed to a range of different mental health and substance use disorders. In this job, you see people at various stages of their disorder. Since they are with us for an entire year, it allows us to be with them throughout their journey, alongside them through all aspects of their treatment. Sometimes, you have clients that know what they are signing up for, and some clients do not know. I find ways to reach all clients and assist them with their process. I have also enjoyed working in a supportive staff environment. It feels as if it is a very family oriented environment.