Historically, an Advisory Committee for the Treatment Alternatives and Diversion (TAD) program actively participated in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the TAD programs, providing a system-level perspective and invaluable guidance on a wide variety of program issues. Committee members made recommendations for TAD program improvements, and expanded knowledge of TAD programs within their local communities, to the state legislature, and statewide. However, the original TAD Advisory Committee was not attached to a state body with the ability to recommend changes and have a statewide program impact. The original TAD Advisory Committee disbanded several years ago.
As a result of the numerous expansions of the TAD program and the number of local sites receiving funding, the State CJCC has continued to prioritize the TAD program through its efforts to engage local criminal justice coordinating councils (CJCCs) and its efforts to expand Evidence-Based Decision Making (EBDM) at the local level. As a result, in 2019, the newly recreated State CJCC created the Treatment Alternatives and Diversion (TAD) Subcommittee. The first official meeting of this new TAD Subcommittee occurred on Tuesday, December 17, 2019.
The membership of the TAD Subcommittee provides appropriate representation of the state and local partners involved with TAD programs throughout the state and will provide beneficial guidance to DOJ to promote the success of these programs. In this role, the members of the TAD Subcommittee will assist DOJ staff by providing input on new issues or questions that arise related to TAD. Examples of these types of issues would include:
- Developing recommended changes to the TAD statutory requirements to reflect current challenges, as well as current program standards and language;
- Providing guidance and coordinating efforts regarding the overall administration of the TAD program;
- Providing guidance when problems arise within a county/tribe or related to specific program models;
- Providing input into the evaluation and cost-benefit analysis of programs; and
- Assisting with building relationships between or within the program teams and local CJCCs.