Since 1989, the Maricopa County Attorney/Treatment Assessment Screening Center (TASC) Adult Deferred Prosecution Program (TASC Diversion) has been a successful, cost-effective alternative to prosecution. It is fully funded by the clients we serve, which results in greater client accountability and program stability.

With a cumulative success rate of more than 73 percent, a long-term study by Arizona State University indicates that participants successfully completing the TASC adult diversion program have a significantly lower rate of recidivism than non-participants. To date, more than 34,000 successful cases have been treated through TASC Diversion, saving county resources and allowing participants to avoid a felony conviction.

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office (MCAO) offers TASC Diversion to individuals who:

  1. Face felony drug possession charge(s)
  2. Do NOT contest their guilt
  3. Would likely benefit from a community treatment program

Through close communication with the MCAO, TASC’s deferred prosecution program provides programming to meet each individual’s needs. Those who voluntarily participate and successfully complete TASC Diversion will either have the case dropped with no charges filed or have the charges dismissed with prejudice.

  • Possession of Marijuana Program
    • Those dealing with marijuana charges will take part in the Possession of Marijuana program for up to six months. This includes drug screening, education and counseling.

      3-Hour Drug Education Seminar
      Clients are required to attend the drug education seminar one time.

      Substance Abuse Counseling
      If a client shows a new usage for marijuana or tests positive for any other illegal substance (including prescription drugs that are not verified with a valid prescription), the client will be referred for substance abuse counseling assessment and services (group or individual sessions).

  • Possession of Narcotic or Dangerous Drugs Program
    • Individuals enrolled in the Possession of Narcotic or Dangerous Drugs program participate for at least one year and have monthly contact with case managers. This program includes screening, education, counseling and self-help meetings.

      3-Hour Drug Education Seminar
      Clients are required to attend the drug education seminar one time.

      24 Hours of Substance Abuse Counseling
      Individuals will be referred for substance abuse counseling assessment and services (group or individual sessions) while in the program. All clients must successfully complete substance abuse counseling.

      48 Hours of Self-Help Meetings
      Clients must attend 12-step meetings with AA, NA, CMA or a similar organization. Meetings are held seven days a week and are free to attend. Clients are not restricted to a certain meeting (e.g., if they have a cocaine charge, the client doesn’t have to attend NA) and are encouraged to try different options until they feel comfortable with one. TASC recommends clients obtain a sponsor for additional support when needed.

      Monthly Contact
      Each person who enters the program is assigned a case manager. Throughout the duration of the program, clients are required to maintain monthly contact with case managers to discuss meeting program requirements. Depending on the client’s progress and his or her proximity to the assigned case manager, phone or email contact may be acceptable options.

      Besides monitoring and tracking client involvement, the case manager is also a source of support and provides community referrals as needed.

  • Misdemeanor Adult Diversion Program
    • This misdemeanor diversion program is an alternative to prosecution offered by the MCAO through the Justice Courts. TASC/Maricopa County Behavior-Specific Adult Diversion Program (TASC Justice Court Diversion) is offered for minor offenses to individuals who have:

      1. A case that presents a reasonable likelihood of conviction
      2. No prior felony conviction at any time and no misdemeanor convictions within the past five years
      3. An offense that did not involve any physical contact with the victim and did not result in any physical injury to any person
      4. A charge that does not involve a motor vehicle moving violation

      As part of TASC Justice Court Diversion, participants attend a one-day education seminar utilizing an evidence-based interactive curriculum.