The purpose of the Treatment Alternative to Incarceration Program (TAIP) is to provide offenders with screening, evaluation, referral, and placement into a licensed and approved chemical dependency program when appropriate. The TAIP is to serve as a linkage between community-based chemical dependency treatment systems and the criminal justice system in order to serve the chemically dependent offender population more efficiently. Without this program, many defendants would be unable to obtain necessary services. In Collin County, only limited programs exist for indigent offenders, and TAIP allows our department to appropriately serve many of those in need.
Defendants meeting the statutory and grant condition eligibility criteria are screened and assessed to determine the level of need, if any, for substance abuse intervention. Then, based on a defendant's inability to pay for the costs of treatment (indigent status), TAIP funds may be used to pay the cost of treatment.
T.A.I.P. provides the following for indigent offenders with significant substance abuse:
- Substance abuse screening, assessment, and evaluation
- Referrals for substance abuse treatment which includes:
- Intensive residential treatment
- Residential treatment
- Outpatient substance abuse counseling and treatment