Thomas Bashore MA
Director of the National TA Center, TASC Center for Health and JusticeEmail Tom
As director of the National TA Center at TASC’s Center for Health and Justice, Tom Bashore manages a broad portfolio of projects that support justice systems in designing and implementing effective responses to substance use and mental health disorders. Through webinars, customized trainings, and in-depth consulting initiatives, Tom and his team educate criminal justice officials and other local, state, national, and international partners on the concept of deflection and in translating science and knowledge into on-the-ground practice and results.
Prior to joining TASC in 2022, Tom was an instructor developer with the North Carolina Department of Justice developing courses on hate crimes, police legitimacy, and procedural justice for law enforcement agencies across North Carolina. He also served as director of criminal justice programs for the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association where he managed programs for all 100 sheriffs in North Carolina.
Tom is a retired North Carolina police chief, who started the first police deflection program (Hope Initiative) in the state, and a retired military police veteran having served over 24 years in both the active Air Force and Army Reserves. He has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Western Carolina University and a master’s in organizational leadership from Bellevue University in Nebraska.
In 2017, Tom was awarded the Dogwood Award from N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein, for his work related to the opioid crisis, and appointed to the Commission on Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services by N.C. Governor Roy Cooper.