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Treatment alternatives and diversion (TAD) program

The Treatment Alternatives and Diversion (TAD) program is a grant program for counties funded through 2005 Wisconsin Act 25, the Biennial Budget for 2005-2007. The program provides grants to counties to develop treatment and diversion alternatives to jail and prison sentences for non-violent offenders with drug and alcohol problems.  Administratively, the program is a joint effort involving the Office of Justice Assistance (OJA) as the granting agency, in program collaboration with the State Departments of Health and Family Services and Corrections.  An ongoing advisory committee has been created, with representatives from involved state and local agencies and organizations, treatment providers and consumers.


In July of 2006 the Office of Justice Assistance published the first TAD request for proposals.  The OJA received 24 applications that collectively equaled over four million dollars in funding requests – legislative spending authority for the program was set at $755,000. 

In September of 2006 the Office of Justice Assistance awarded a total of five TAD grants totaling $891,900 to Dane, Rock, Wood, Washburn/Burnett and the St. Croix Tribe, Washington and Milwaukee counties.  One-time funding ($275,400) for the Milwaukee TAD grant was through Justice Assistant Grant (JAG) funds.

Grant awards were provided to the counties beginning on January 1, 2007 and will run through December 31, 2007.  A reapplication process for continued funding in calendar 2008 will take place in the fall of 2007 – with continued award decisions to be made by September 1, 2007.  Counties who received the 2007 awards will be receiving continued funding in 2008 – assuming they are meeting their stated program goals and objectives.

Dane County is receiving $163,725 to expand and coordinate current Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) services in Dane County through the establishment of a Day Report and Treatment (DART) program.

Rock County is receiving $156,814 to establish a TAD program based on the success of the Rock County Educational and Criminal Addiction Program (RECAP), a treatment program for jail inmates operated by the state Department of Corrections.

Wood County is receiving $147,025 to expand the current drug court pilot program established by the Wood County Criminal Justice Task Force in October 2004 and offer greater access to the court to the citizens most in need of AODA treatment services.

Washburn/Burnett Counties and the St. Croix Tribe is receiving $148,936 to create a new substance abuse court in Washburn County – similar to a court opened in Burnett County in July 2006 – and utilize offender time spent in jail to conduct drug abuse screening, needs assessments, and pre-treatment services.

Washington County is receiving $130,950 to hire of two Recovery Support Coordinators who will establish and administer treatment plans and recovery support services to offenders of non-violent alcohol and drug related crimes.

Milwaukee County is receiving $275,398 to fund six new positions, including five drug and alcohol Diversion Specialists who will screen offenders as they are booked and enter jail.

Annual 2007 Evaluation Report for the Treatment Alternatives and Diversion (TAD) Program: Report | Executive summary | One-page summary Adobe PDF

2005 WISCONSIN ACT 25: SECTION 90m. 16.964 (12) Adobe PDF
(Commonly referred to as the “Roessler Bill” provision of the 2005 Budget Act)

Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance, Information on TAD Grant Program (external link)


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