TASC (Treatment Accountability for Safer Communities), a division of Meridian HealthCare, works together with Mahoning County’s Criminal Justice System to help criminal offenders with chemical dependency issues.
An OhioMHAS-certified agency, TASC works closely with a number of Mahoning County 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.
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.
For every dollar invested in treatment and prevention, eleven dollars in costs such as criminal justice fees and community loss are saved.
Since its founding in 1999, TASC has provided services to over 12,000 offenders in Mahoning County.