Birmingham UAB

Recovery and renewal through service, research and collaboration

The Substance Abuse Division resides within the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry. It consists of a criminal justice arm (Treatment Accountability for Safer Communities – TASC) and a substance abuse treatment arm (Beacon Addiction Treatment Center – BATC). The Criminal Justice Programs – TASC – include a Community Referral Office Program, Community Corrections Program, Drug Court (Adult, Family, Juvenile and Veteran’s Drug Courts), Mental Health Court, Misdemeanor Drug Court, Offender Reentry Program, Adolescent Programs, Electronic Monitoring, and Laboratory Services. The Substance Abuse Treatment at Beacon Addiction Treatment Center includes both adult and adolescents and has served the people of Birmingham, Jefferson County and surrounding counties for more than 28 years with professional outpatient substance abuse treatment.

All participants receive comprehensive case management services including evidence-based assessment and screening, individualized case planning, linkage to community resources, courtroom and community advocacy, as well as case plan monitoring. Case plans are developed for each participant and address substance abuse, medical and psychological needs, housing, transportation, vocational and social support needs. Participants are required to follow their individualized case management plans, attend court reviews, perform community service, pay fees and submit to random, observed drug screening.