About TASC

Purpose

The Texas Association of Specialty Courts (TASC) was founded to:

Mission

The Texas Association of Specialty Court Courts (TASC) builds and strengthens Texas specialty courts through collaboration, advocacy and education.

History

Drug Courts are special courts given the responsibility to handle cases involving chemically dependent offenders through an intensive supervision and treatment program. Based on an innovative program that was first developed in Miami in 1989, Drug Courts have received wide-spread attention as an effective treatment strategy for chemically dependent criminal offenders. Drug Courts attempt to solve some of the underlying problems leading to criminal behavior by forcing offenders to deal with their substance abuse problems. The design and structure of Drug Court programs are developed at the local level and reflect the unique strengths and needs of each community. Drug Court participants are subject to mandatory drug and alcohol testing and report frequently to the Judge and program staff. Drug Courts are not in adversarial relationships, rather all parties work together toward the long term sobriety of the participant - judges, treatment providers, probation officers, law enforcement officers and others.

  • Board of Directors

    Executive Committee

    President
    The Honorable Peter Sakai
    Bexar County
    210-335-2300
    Email
    President Elect
    Shay Rustam
    Assistant County Attorney
    Montgomery County
    936-539-7885
    Email
    Vice President
    Elizabeth Cortright
    Attorney at Law
    Tarrant County
    214-679-6160
    Email
    Treasurer
    Mary Covington
    Special Programs Manager
    Harris County
    832-927-4304
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    Secretary
    Erin Morgan
    Senior Probation Officer
    Travis County CSCD
    512-854-5737
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    Directors

    Region 1
    The Honorable
    Laura A. Weiser
    Texas Center for the Judiciary
    861-571-7618
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    Region 2
    Kimberly Duran
    Program Clinician
    Dallas County
    214-475-1055
    Email
    Region 3
    The Honorable
    Jeff M. Addison
    Bowie & Red River Counties
    903-627-6835
    Email
    Region 4
    The Honorable
    John B. Board
    Potter County
    806-468-5559
    Email
    Region 5
    Faustino Lopez
    Deputy Director
    Hidalgo County
    956-587-6016
    Email
    Region 6
    The Honorable Paul White
    Angelina County
    936-639-3913
    Email
    Region 7
    The Honorable
    Elizabeth N. Rainey
    Midland County
    432-688-4504
    Email
    Harris County
    Jeannette Kolarik
    Program Director
    Harris County
    832-927-4347
    Email
    Bexar County
    The Honorable Ernie L. Glenn
    Bexar County
    210-335-3065
    Email
    Dallas County
    The Honorable
    Hector Garza
    Dallas County
    214-653-5812
    Email
    At Large Place #1
    The Honorable Larry Phillips
    Grayson County
    903-814-7406
    Email
    At Large Place #2
    Lori Compton
    Major/Assistant Jail Administrator
    Kaufman County
    972-932-9721
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    Executive Director
    Amber Gregory
    936-294-3916
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