Treatment Alternatives and Diversion (TAD) Program

railroad switchTreatment Alternatives and Diversion (TAD) programs provide treatment and diversion for non-violent adult offenders where substance abuse was a factor in the offender's criminal activity. These programs provide local jurisdictions with options to offer offenders the opportunity to enter diversion or treatment court programs that typically involve drug and/or alcohol abuse treatment, case management, and other risk reduction services. Diverting non-violent offenders into treatment keeps them out of jail and correctional facilities, saving bed space and taxpayer dollars, as well as treating the underlying addiction that may be a contributing factor in the offense and may contribute to future criminal behavior.

Funding for TAD programs comes from grants through the Wisconsin Department of Justice. Initial funding for the TAD program began in 2005. 2013 Wisconsin Act 197 expanded the program by $1.5 million annually, and 2015 Wisconsin Act 388 further expanded funding by an additional $2 million, bringing the total TAD expenditure to more than $6 million in 2017. As a result of the additional funding, in 2017 14 new counties were awarded TAD funds through a competitive grant process, bringing the total number of TAD funded programs statewide to 46 counties and two tribes. Administratively, the TAD program is a joint effort involving the Wisconsin Department of Justice as the granting agency, in program collaboration with the Director of State Courts Office, the Wisconsin State Public Defender's Office, the Department of Health and Family Services, and the Department of Corrections. An ongoing TAD advisory committee also includes representatives from involved state and local agencies and organizations, treatment providers, and consumers.

Additional TAD information

For more information, contact the Office of Court Operations at (608) 266-3121.