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Media Coverage Archive

A sampling of print and broadcast coverage on TASC’s role in advancing health and justice:

Chief Justice of Trinidad and Tobago Speaks at Case and Care (video)
(TV6 News | Caribbean Communications Network, January 28, 2020)

Mundelein Police Department Selected as National Mentor Site for Opioid Abuse Training
(Village of Mundelein, January 2020 - link updated 2/4/20)

Plymouth County (MA) Outreach selected to participate in mentoring initiative
(Wicked Local Marion, January 10, 2020)

Plymouth County (MA) Outreach to mentor communities that want to set up drug diversion, treatment programs
(The Enterprise, January 13, 2020)

Lt. Gov. Stratton, 4 State Lawmakers Get Criminal Justice Awards
(Chicago Patch, December 18, 2019)

Sen. Mattie Hunter Receives TASC Legislative Champion Award
(Illinois Senate Democrats, December 18, 2019)

Rep. Tom Demmer Receives Award for Support of Substance Abuse Treatment Initiatives, Jail Diversion Programs
(, December 17, 2019)

Worsening Behavioral Health Workforce Shortage Poses Persistent Threat to Providers
(Behavioral Health Business, November 18, 2019)

A Drug That Reverses Opioid Overdoses Has Become Easier To Access
(CBS Chicago, October 21, 2019) 

Connect Home (video)
(Comcast Newsmakers, September 30, 2019) 

Formerly a hellish, brutal lockup, Cook County jail now known for mental health care
(The Colorado Springs Gazette, September 14, 2019) 

Midwestern Legislative Conference Criminal Justice & Public Safety Committee: Is a 'third way' of policing--deflection--emerging? 
(Council of State Governments | Stateline Midwest, August 2019) 

Report: Re-Entry Housing Issues in Illinois: The Current Situation, Challenges, and Possible Solutions
(Metropolitan Planning Council | Illinois Justice Project, July 31, 2019)
[TASC's programming and services are featured on pages six and 20 of the report.]

First drug treatment court to be set up before year end
(Stabroek News | Guyana, July 31, 2019)

Diaper bank packs 10,000 diapers for babies
(Peoria Journal Star, June 18, 2019)

Op-Ed: Jac A. Charlier, Maj. Neill Franklin (Ret.) and Leslie A. Balonick: Improving the lives of people with addiction - alternatives to arrest
(The Hill, June 4, 2019)

Boone County Adult Drug Court celebrates graduation
(The Rockford Register Star, May 21, 2019)

Jacksonville city officials work to combat opioid epidemic
(WNCT | North Carolina, May 9, 2019)

Child welfare experts weigh in on DCFS decision in Crystal Lake case
(Fox 32 Good Day Chicago, April 29, 2019)
   See Related: Pam Rodriguez quoted in Chicago Tribune, April 26, 2019

Editorial: The opioid crisis in Illinois: How to combat drug overdoses
(Chicago Tribune, April 15, 2019)

A 'Quiet Revolution' Gains Momentum
(Clergy for a New Drug Policy, March 26, 2019)

Deflecting Opioid Sufferers From the Justice System 'Can Save Lives,' Experts Say
(The Crime Report, February 26, 2019)

How ‘Deflection’ By Police Can Help Fight Opioid Addiction 
(WBEZ, January 22, 2019)

Can We Help Opioid Abusers Without Jailing Them?
(The Crime Report, January 7, 2019)

Editorial: How suburban police departments are wising up about drug abuse 
(Chicago Sun-Times, January 6, 2019)

Local law enforcement officers prepare for crisis center, courthouse 
(The Daily News - Jacksonville, NC, January 1, 2019)

City Manager to Receive Justice Leadership Award
(Sauk Valley News, December 11, 2018)

'He was still a human being': A little girl's heartbreaking response to the heroin epidemic 
(WUSA 9, November 26, 2018) -- Video

Screening Inmates For Mental Illness To Keep Them From Returning To Jail
(Here and Now on NPR, from WBUR, September 4, 2018)

Indiana Hosts Opioid Event to Help Public Safety, Public Health Officials Collaborate
(WFYI Indianapolis, August 14, 2018)

West Orange (NJ) Takes Innovative Approach to Battling Opioid Addiction
(TAP into West Orange, July 28, 2018)

New task force aims to halve female prison population
(The Bloomington Pantagraph, July 18, 2018)

Jamaica among Caribbean judicial and health officials on visit to US
(Jamaica Observer, June 12, 2018)

U.S. County Jails Step Up Mental Health Screening to Keep Inmates from Coming Back
(Side Effects Public Media, June 4, 2018) 

Instead of more policing, a model to provide more services
(The Chicago Reporter, May 24, 2018) 

Donation equips Lake County first responders with naloxone
(Lake County Journal, March 8, 2018) 

Law Enforcement Needn't Serve Alone on the Front Lines of the Opioid Crisis
(The Police Chief, March 7, 2018) -- Online Article 

Pre-Arrest Diversion: The Long Overdue Collaboration Between Police and Treatment  
(The Police Chief, March 1, 2018)

Public skeptical about Medicaid work requirement rationale
(Modern Healthcare, March 1, 2018) 

Life After Prison Special Report 
(WAND-TV, February 28, 2018)

Why Lake County is teaching [people in jail] to use naloxone
(Daily Herald, December 8, 2017)

IACP Quick Take: Why the fight against the opioid crisis can't stop with naloxone
(, October 22, 2017)

Screening tool digs deeper into opioid risk assessment
(Addiction Professional, September 26, 2017)

Group meets in Carterville to discuss solutions to opioid addiction
(The Southern, September 14, 2017)

Joliet students hear about dangers of substance [use]
(The Herald News, September 6, 2017)

International Association of Chiefs of Police and TASC Announce National Initiative to Combat our Nation's Opioid Epidemic and Mainstream Diversion Programs
(, August 21, 2017)

llinois Program Offers a Room for That First Night Out of Jail
(Wall Street Journal, August 18, 2017, available in print edition or via subscription)

IACP, TASC create initiative to combat opioid epidemic
(, August 16, 2017)

IACP, TASC To Promote Drug, Mental Health Diversion
(The Crime Report, August 13, 2017, available via subscription)

New program gives Cook County Jail ex-inmates fresh start
(Chicago Tribune, July 26, 2017)

Center Aims to Provide 'Softer Landing' for Some Released Inmates
(WTTW Chicago Tonight, July 26, 2017)

U of C, Dart launch new effort to help those just out of jail
(Crain's Chicago Business, July 26, 2017)

UChicago Health Lab and community partners open center for individuals exiting jail
(UChicago News, July 26, 2017)

New Center to Help Newly Released Cook County Jail Inmates
(U.S. News & World Report | Associated Press, July 25, 2017)