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20th National TASC Conference on Drugs, Crime & Reentry

20th Annual National TASC Conference on

Drugs, Crime and Reentry

May 7-9, 2014 | The Sheraton Birmingham Hotel| Birmingham, AL

2014 Draft Agenda Now Available!

Each year, the National TASC Conference brings hundreds of individuals from around the country together to explore the latest advancements and issues in the treatment and recovery of justice-involved individuals with behavioral health needs. National TASC is a national membership organization representing TASC programs across the United States. National TASC members are dedicated professionals delivering screening, assessment, referral and case management services to substance-abusing adult and juvenile offender populations. Our mission is to offer leadership, advocacy, and policy recommendations for innovative treatment and recovery supports resulting in opportunities for justice-involved individuals with behavioral health needs to achieve healthy and productive lives with their families and communities.

Who Will Attend

TASC Professionals Ÿ• Substance Abuse and Mental Health Treatment Providers •Ÿ Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections Staff •Ÿ Program Directors and Administrators •Ÿ Law Enforcement Officials •Ÿ Counselors and Social Workers •Ÿ Court Personnel and Administrators •Ÿ Community Leaders Ÿ• Educators •Ÿ Practitioners, Researchers, and Policymakers •Ÿ Employee Assistance Professionals •Ÿ Recovery and Reentry Advocates

This year’s conference will feature a keynote presentation from:

Michael Botticelli: Deputy Director of the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy –

Mr. Botticelli has more than two decades of experience supporting Americans who have been affected by substance use disorders.  Prior to joining ONDCP, Mr. Botticelli served as Director of the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, where he successfully expanded innovative and nationally recognized prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  He also forged strong partnerships with local, state, and Federal law enforcement agencies; state and local health and human service agencies; and stakeholder groups to guide and implement evidence-based programs. These programs include the establishment of a treatment system for adolescents, early intervention and treatment programs in primary healthcare settings, jail diversion programs, re-entry services for those leaving state and county correctional facilities, and overdose prevention programs.

Presentation Topics and Conference Highlights

The 20th Annual National TASC Conference on Drugs, Crime, and Reentry will feature presentations on Reentry, Clinical, Community Based, and Juvenile topics from the nation’s top researchers and practitioners.


Medical and Legalized Marijuana: What We Can Learn from Colorado’s Experience –

In this talk we will trace the process by which marijuana was legalized in Colorado, the legislative and regulatory challenges subsequent to legalization, and challenges and opportunities for prevention programs. Colorado’s unique history with marijuana has also provided us with data regarding potential impact of progressive decriminalization (i.e. medical marijuana) on communities, and we will discuss some of Peer Assistance Services’ recent findings in these areas. Additionally, we will describe processes developed within our programs (including Workplace Prevention Services and Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment [SBIRT]) to improve services for clients and programs operating within a framework of ambiguously-legalized marijuana at the State level.

Recovery through Entrepreneurship

We will host nationally recognized presenters in a plenary followed by  a round table discussion with representatives of six diverse perspectives including (1) substance abuse treatment programs that have successfully employed entrepreneurial approaches, (2) universities, (3) business, (4) labor, (5) government and (6) private foundations with an interest in the role of employment through entrepreneurship in recovery from substance abuse. The roundtable discussants will focus on the challenges of applying entrepreneurial thinking and training, ways of partnering to advance these efforts, and what we can do in the future.

The following is a sampling of tentatively scheduled session topics:

  • Criminal and Addictive Thinking
  • Drug Testing: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions and New Drug Trends
  • Evidence Based Substance Abuse Treatment in Juveniles
  • Risk, Need, and Responsivity Tool for Reentry
  • Addressing Father Absence
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Mental Health Courts and Managing Clients with Mental Health Issues

The conference will also include panels and presentations on the ACA, new developments on the current state of healthcare reform, and other nationally relevant topics.


National TASC has secured special hotel pricing at the Sheraton Birmingham. To reserve your room please click HERE.

Exhibitor Opportunities Still Available for the 20th NTASC Conference
Each year, the National TASC Conference brings hundreds of individuals from around the country together to explore the latest advancements and issues in the treatment and recovery of justice-involved individuals with behavioral health needs. By joining as a Corporate Sponsor, Exhibitor, or Advertiser, your company is recognized as a leader in the field and community.

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