(Treatment Alternative to Safe Communities)
The purpose of the Juvenile TASC model is to address the special considerations of juveniles involved or at risk of involvement in criminality and substance abuse. The program provides the opportunity for early intervention to forestall more serious drug use patterns in criminality.
Juvenile TASC identifies, screens, assesses and refers appropriate drug and/or alcohol involved juveniles engaged or at risk to be engaged in criminal or delinquent behavior to community based substance abuse treatment as an alternative or supplement to existing justice or human services system sanctions and procedures.
The TASC counselor then monitors the juvenile's compliance with individually tailored progress expectations for abstinence and improved social -personal functioning. Services are provided in the community, as well as at a COPE site.