ATI Basics: Fundamentals of Alternatives to Incarceration (ATI)

ATI Webinar - Spanish Interpretation

ISSUP, in collaboration with ICATI, presents part II of the ATI webinar series on the Fundamentals of Alternatives to Incarceration (ATI).

Treatment, care, and accountability are viable Alternatives to Incarceration (ATI) that can reduce drug use and crime. This webinar series is designed to help countries and professionals understand ATI and develop an interest in its implementation.

ATI Basics is a four part webinar series designed to provide a foundation in the following areas:

1.    Why ATI
2.    What is ATI
3.    SUD Treatment for Individuals Involved in the Justice System
4.    Models of ATI

Intended audience: 

Justice (law enforcement, prosecutors, defense counsel, magistrates, judges, probation, parole, corrections), health (medical, substance use treatment, mental health, pharmacology), community service/non-governmental organisations, government representatives, international agencies, implementation sites, and professionals who are interested in developing ATI initiatives are invited to participate.

Learning outcomes:

As a result of participating in this webinar, participants will understand:

  • Evidence-based treatment and interventions designed to have the most significant impact in reducing drug use and crime

  • Building blocks for systems of alternatives to incarceration, including justice/health/community system roles, utilizing individual risks and needs to determine the right approach, and how case care management supports service planning and delivery

  • Understand how alternatives to incarceration can be designed from the front to the back end of the justice system involving the full continuum of the justice system


Michele Worobiec - Global Lead, International Consortium for Alternatives to Incarceration (ICATI)

Michele Worobiec is a recognized international expert who works to make communities safe and healthy through policy, legislation, multi system-based strategies, and best practices. Michele served as Magistrate/Acting Judge and Ohio Supreme Court Policy Counsel. Her executive leadership includes VP/Chief Counsel of TASC, President of NAMSDL (legislative, policy), Division Director of the Foundation for Drug Policy Solutions, and Founder/CEO of Silta Strategy (consulting, legal services). Michele Worobiec is a Global Expert and Co-Author of the international courses on Alternatives to Incarceration for Policy Leaders (UTC 81) and Case Care Management (UTC 82). Michele now leads the newly formed International Consortium for Alternatives to Incarceration (ICATI).

Melody Heaps - Senior Consultant for Strategic Planning

Melody M Heaps founded TASC (Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities), in 1976 and led the NGO to become a nationally recognized agency before she retired as president in 2009. She is currently providing consulting services on public policy related to public health and addiction in the United States and internationally.
Ms. Heaps has provided consultation services for numerous private and public agencies including the U.S. Department of State, INL (Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs); U.S. Department of Justice, BJA (Bureau of Justice Assistance) and NIJ (National Institute of Justice); and the NASADAD (National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors). 

Roger Peters - Research and Evaluation Consultant

Dr. Roger Peters is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy at the University of South Florida and holds a joint appointment in USF’s College of Public Health. He serves as a consultant to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, the Colombo Plan, and the Organization of American States/CICAD.  During his 35 years at the University of South Florida, he served as Department Chair from 2004-2011 and as Associate Chair from 2002-2004. Dr. Peters received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Florida State University and is a licensed Psychologist in Florida. 

Jac Charlier - Technical Expert Consultant

Jac Charlier is the Executive Director of TASC’s Center for Health and Justice (CHJ), and Executive Director and co-founder of the Police, Treatment, and Community Collaborative (PTACC). He is a co-founder of the international deflection movement and works to grow and develop the global field of deflection from research to legislation to policy to practice.
Jac’s core expertise is in crime reduction at the intersection of drugs and crime. He is a member of the White House US Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Emerging Drug Threats Committee. He is a Global Expert Trainer in Alternatives to Incarceration (ATI) with the US Department of State, working alongside international organizational partners including ISSUP, Colombo Plan, UNODC, and the Organization of American States (OAS). He is responsible for the development of ATI Global Expert Trainers as a team member with the International Consortium for ATI (ICATI).



Webinars and online events delivered and hosted by the International Society of Substance Use Professionals (ISSUP) are provided for informational purposes only. They are educational in nature and do not constitute medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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