The Treatment Alternatives and Diversion program was established by the 2005 Wisconsin Act 25 to support county efforts that provide treatment and diversion programs for non-violent adult offenders for whom substance abuse was a contributing factor in their criminal activity. As required by state statute, the TAD program is funded on a five-year cycle and is scheduled to be awarded to counties and tribes on a competitive basis for calendar year 2017. As a result of the recent passing of 2015 WI Act 388(link is external), there has been an additional expansion of the TAD program to over $6 million for calendar year 2017. TAD Programs are now operating in 46 counties and two tribes in Wisconsin. The State CJCC formally supported TAD expansion, as well as increased resources for research and evaluation of TAD.
Upon approval of the 2017-2019 state budget, up to $400,000 will available to local jurisdictions in Wisconsin to support new or enhanced Treatment Alternatives and Diversion projects. Funded projects range from pretrial diversion at the initial prosecutorial decision making stage to drug courts, to alternatives to revocation based on local needs and project design factors. Please note that final funding amounts are contingent upon approval in the 2017-2019 state budget. Please click on TAD Competitive Grant Process For CY18 Funding near the end of this page for more information.
The State CJCC also endorsed a project to develop a web-based, integrated reporting system for problem-solving courts and diversion programs throughout Wisconsin. This system, the Comprehensive Outcomes, Research, and Evaluation (CORE) Reporting System is being developed by DOJ’s new Bureau of Justice Information and Analysis (BJIA), and will be completed in 2016. Once completed, this system will be used by local sites to report participant-level data for their TAD and Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) funded programs. The system will also be made available to sites that do not receive grant funding and will incorporate performance measures developed cooperatively with the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) that can be utilized by drug and hybrid courts across the state.