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Treatment Accountability for Safer Communities (TASC) incorporates the philosophies of both the juvenile justice and treatment systems into its operating principles, and does so by capitalizing on the leverage of the juvenile justice system to achieve maximum benefits from treatment. The TASC model is based on critical elements fundamental to integrating the juvenile justice and substance use treatment systems, holding juveniles and both systems accountable through the implementation of client-specific case management. A goal of integrated services is to safely manage high-risk, high-need juveniles in the community by balancing intervention opportunities with controlled supervision.

DATA administers this program in both Circuits. Whenever possible, TASC staff are co-located at DJJ facilities to support ongoing communication. This assessment/case management model designed to decrease juvenile delinquency by identifying individuals with substance use and mental health problems and placing them in services that are appropriate. The TASC program provides early identification, in-depth assessment, recommendations, facilitates placement, monitors progress, and reports on all clients referred via the Juvenile Justice System.

In the early 1990’s, the Florida legislature mandated that all youth who were arrested had to be screened and subsequently assessed for substance use and mental health problems. The Department of Juvenile Justice screens all clients entering the delinquency system. Any youth who is identified through this process as having a potential substance use and/or mental health problem is referred to the TASC program for further assessment. The TASC staff complete the assessment (SAMH 2) and generate a comprehensive report and recommendations (SAMH 3). The report is reviewed and approved by the Director of TASC and then forwards all results/recommendations to the client’s Juvenile Probation Officer. This information is incorporated into the recommendations to the courts. If the youth is found to be in need of services, it is the TASC Specialist’s responsibility to facilitate the placement and monitor the client’s progress. In turn, progress or lack of progress is communicated to the Juvenile Probation Officer on a monthly basis. The target population and eligibility criteria for TASC Services are all youth entering the Juvenile Justice System who shows signs of having substance use and/or mental health problems. The average length of stay is highly influenced by the treatment recommendations. The primary goal and objective of the program are to reduce criminal behavior that is related to substance use and mental health issues.

  • Fees: There are no fees to participate in the TASC program.
  • Locations: Palm Beach Regional Juvenile Detention Center, Lake Worth DJJ, Delray Beach DJJ, Riviera Beach DJJ, Stuart DJJ, Okeechobee DJJ, St. Lucie County Juvenile Detention Center (Ft. Pierce), Vero Beach DJJ

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