(Chicago, IL) — TASC, Inc. is pleased to announce that Cook County Judge Paul P. Biebel, Jr. and author Christopher Kennedy Lawford will be honored at the organization’s annual Leadership Awards Luncheon on December 12.
TASC will present its Justice Leadership Award to The Honorable Paul P. Biebel, Jr. for championing collaboration and science as critical tools for advancing improved criminal justice practices. As presiding judge of the Criminal Division in Cook County, the largest unified court system in the United States, Judge Biebel engages community service providers and clinical experts to help confront the pervasive challenges that addiction and mental health problems impose on justice systems. He has led the implementation of problem-solving courts and clinically specialized probation for people with substance abuse and mental health problems, and continues to engage health scientists and community partners in addressing the complex variables that contribute to criminal behavior. Judge Biebel is widely respected for his commitment to science-based solutions that serve both public safety and public health.
TASC will present its Public Voice Leadership Award to Christopher Kennedy Lawford for his tireless work to promote recovery worldwide. Committed to bringing forth knowledge and enlightenment over myths and misinformation, he works in partnership with international health organizations, the US government, Fortune 500 companies, and numerous non-profit groups to advance the dialogue around addiction and other complex public health issues. In recovery from addiction for more than 26 years, he is the author of two New York Times bestselling books, Symptoms of Withdrawal: A Memoir of Snapshots and Redemption (2005) and Moments of Clarity: Voices from the Front Lines of Addiction and Recovery (2009). He has also published Healing Hepatitis C (2009) and his newest work, Recover to Live, Kick Any Habit, Manage Any Addiction, is forthcoming.
TASC serves adults and youth across Illinois who have alcohol, drug, or mental health problems and who are involved in courts, jails, prisons, or foster care. Founded in Cook County in 1976, TASC has a long tradition of client advocacy and success. Individuals who receive the agency’s case management services, including continuing supervision and support, are twice as successful in completing treatment those who do not receive these services.