Mission: The treatment access and services center of berks county (tasc), inc. Is committed to combating the problems of chemical dependency and mental illness by: a) providing a central point of intake, evaluation, and referral for the public clients of berks county who are in need of drug and alcohol services; b) providing intensive case management and blended case management services for the chemically dependent and the mentally ill; and c) helping to reduce the number of drug and alcohol dependent and/or mentally ill people currently on the caseloads of public agencies and/or in public institutions.
Programs: Central intake unit - to provide a central point of intake, evaluation, and referral for the public clients of berks county who are in need of drug and alcohol treatment services. Clients include members of the public involved in the criminal justice system, children & youth services, and school-aged children. Other assessment services provided by tasc include the court reporting network (crn), which is the state-mandated screening for all individuals adjudicated for a driving under the influence (dui) offense and the relapse risk assessment for individuals entering the dui second time offenders program. Tasc also provides assessments for juveniles involved in the act 53 process (act 53 provides that a parent or legal guardian may petition the court of common pleas for commitment of the minor to involuntary drug/alcohol treatment services if the minor is incapable of accepting or unwilling to accept voluntary treatment). Tasc's central intake unit served 6,542 clients during fye 6/30/2014, of which 3,676 were unique clients. Tasc also manages the local single county authority's automated client management system, by providing initial treatment authorizations, continued stay reviews, level of care change authorizations and utilization/billing reconciliation. These services are performed by tasc's utilization management unit. 4,487 clients were servedpre-treatment group - the purpose of the pre-treatment group is to take away all barriers to treatment. Our goal is to have our clients engage in their treatment process. Tasc clients waiting for a treatment appointment will be offered pre-treatment group. During group sessions a variety of resources and information will be available to our clients to assist them in their early recovery efforts. Short term case management services are also provided to assist clients through the medical assistance process as well as help with emergent housing/food needs and employment. Clients that require longer term case management are referred to tasc's case management unit. Tasc's pre-treatment group served 396 unique clients during fye 6/30/14.
case management services - to provide case management services for the chemically-dependent and mentally-ill public clients who meet eligibility criteria with the goal of helping to reduce the number of drug and alcohol dependent and/or mentally-ill people currently on the caseloads of public agencies and/or in public institutions. These services address the ancillary needs of clients to help them become self-sufficient and independent. For fye 6/30/2014, tasc served 114 mental health clients with 19,800 units of service and 132 drug & alcohol clients with 4,599 units of service.
urine collection center - to serve the substance-abusing court involved clients by providing randomly scheduled observed urine collection and drug testing and reporting. Referring agencies, berks county adult probation, children & youth services, drug court, dui treatment court & remedial intermediate punishment program, and berks connections/pretrial services, receive attendance and drug test outcome results one business day after the screening is done. Three or five panel tests are done on the observed urine collected by the appropriate male and female monitors through mirrored observation rooms. The clients pay a fee ($8. 00) for this service. The five panel tests screen for marijuana, cocaine, opiates, amphetamine, and benzodiazepines or pcp. Beginning in 2013, clients began to be tested for synthetic drugs (k2/spice). There is also an instrument on site to perform preliminary breath testing (pbt) if requested. Tasc's urine collection center served 3,275 unique clients and collected 20,677 urine samples during fye 6/30/2014. Urine kits (also known as pass throughs) - at the request of council on chemical abuse, inc. , beginning july 1, 2009 tasc purchases urine drug test kits for resale to both council funded halfway house programs at the ymca, berks counseling services, easy does it, and other housing programs in berks county such as the hope rescue mission. The purpose of the urine kits at the house is to give the house program staff a resource that they can use to confirm that their housing clients remain drug-free as per the requirements of the program. The use of these dip kits is very effective as they can be used at any time, and they are very cost effective. Tasc works with the houses to determine the number of urine kits needed and orders and notifies the housing staff that they can pick up and sign for the kits. Tasc then invoices council or the housing program that made the request. Urine dips - urine dips are urine tests done on urine collected from tasc's regular clients who report to the collection center when called. The council reimburses tasc for these services on a fee for service basis ($3. 50 each for a 5-panel and $9. 00 each for synthetic drugs). These tests cost the council less than the tests sent to st. Joe's lab. The purpose of these dips is twofold; one to ensure that tasc can continue to operate the urine collection center program without losing money and to ensure that the council's financial responsibility to st. Joe's lab for the urine analysis does not exceed the contracted amount. 791 unique clients had 5,772 dip tests performed.
recovery support services - to serve adults with substance abuse or co-morbid substance abuse and mental illness who are identified as high-end service users, those on a waiting list for ambulatory services, and those entering detoxification services using a recovery oriented system of care (rosc). In a rosc model, client needs are met through long-term supportive involvement that helps establish and solidify a personal program of recovery throughout the treatment continum as opposed to a string of single episodes of treatment that are not necessarily connected and serve merely to address a particular crisis or situation. During the fiscal year 154 clients were provided with 3,136 units of service.