On behalf of the National TASC Board of Directors and the Conference Committee, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 18th National TASC Conference on Drugs, Crime and Reentry! We are excited to have this conference take place in the Baltimore, Maryland area where the TASC model has experienced signifi cant development and diversity, and where experience and leadership have successfully integrated courts and community-based service providers.
We are indebted to our partners at SAMHSA and CSAT for their generous support and thoughtful guidance for this conference. The conference planning committee as a whole and the committee chairs in particular are to be commended for the hard work they put into the various institutes, tracks and sessions that comprise our agenda. Th anks also to the members of the North Carolina TASC Network and Mahoning County TASC. Their assistance in securing speakers, providing input on workshop content, arranging logistics and registration was invaluable.
This conference off ers a comprehensive overview of current evidence based practices, emerging trends and existing programs offered nationwide. It also off ers an excellent platform to honor important individuals who have been involved in the field on national, state and local levels. It is our hope that you leave this conference inspired, motivated and equipped with new information that you can take back to your work. Please use this opportunity to network with other attendees, share what it is you are doing at home and fi nd out what is happening around the country. This is an exciting time for those of us that work in the corrections and behavioral health arenas and we genuinely feel this conference exemplifies the mission and purpose of National TASC and its members. Enjoy the conference and know that your participation here is very important to us!
Michael E. Gray, President
National TASC Board of Directors