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- Youth Re-entry Program
Stark County TASC conducts over 100 assessments and provides case management services for over 75 youth a year. We receive referrals from the Akron Region of the Ohio Department of Youth Services and the Stark County Family Court. Assessments can be conducted at the homes of potential clients as well as correctional facilities. Youth who are involved with TASC services receive intensive monitoring and assistance and show higher rates of treatment success and a lower rate of re-arrests than those without our services.
- Stark County Family Court - STAR Drug Court Program
Stark County TASC provides the counseling and case management services to the youth and their families who are involved in the STAR Drug Court Program. The STAR program has shown to be effective in helping youth increase periods of abstinence, improve relationships with families, and improve their school attendance and grades.
- Stark County Family Court - "Street Addiction" Program
Stark County TASC, in conjunction with the Stark County Family Court Probation Department, provides programming with the focus of reducing both criminal behavior and substance use of youth involved in past gang activities while increasing the youths' pro-social behavior and choices. Stark County TASC provides intensive community-based substance abuse counseling and case management services. TASC staff members work closely with Stark County Family Court probation officers to ensure a seamless and effective intervention strategy.
- Gang Intervention Programs
Through funds received from the Stark County Citizens' Council for Non-Violence, and the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Stark County, TASC provides outreach and early intervention services to young people who live in areas where gang activity is prevalent. TASC staff members initiate relationships with both the youth and their family. As basic living needs are identified the TASC staff member helps the family connect with the available community resources to assist in these needs. Pro-social activities are conducted with youth to provide a venue that encourages the young person to attend and provide an opportunity to engage in discussion regarding issues the youth is facing and what choices are in front of them. Social activities are planned at community recreation centers, these social activities provide informal "teaching moments" wherein pro-social values and behaviors are reinforced. Behaviors that are detrimental to pro-social development are identified and redirection encouraged. The TASC staff member also conducts formal discussions to focus on shifting peer group norms and perception, reducting or preventing associations with antisocial behaviors, changing attitudes regarding education, and increasing community awareness.