(Chicago) – The Chicago Defender honored TASC Clinical Supervisor Khalid Scott at the publication’s 8th annual “Men of Excellence” celebration at the Hyatt Regency Chicago on January 16.
One of the nation’s oldest and most influential African-American newspapers, the Chicago Defender annually recognizes men in both public and private sectors who personify the qualities of respect, responsibility, passion, brotherhood, and leadership.
Since 2002, Scott has served as clinical supervisor for TASC’s Recovery Coach program, which helps parents who have lost custody of their children because of parental substance use disorders. According to a 2012 study by the University of Illinois, an estimated 50 percent of children in the Illinois foster care system are removed from families with serious drug problems.
Through this program, which is led by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, TASC Recovery Coaches provide proactive case management and intensive outreach to engage and retain parents in treatment and recovery.
“After a short while working with the Recovery Coach program, I really understood the impact of our work in helping the birth parents,” said Scott. “Once they learned to live sober lives then they’re more likely to be able to be reunited with their children.”
“We are so proud of Khalid and his dedication to families and kids in need,” added TASC President Pam Rodriguez. “His optimism and enthusiasm permeate everything he does.”
The 2012 University of Illinois study found that reunification rates were 21 percent greater for children of parents in the Recovery Coach program than for a control group who did not receive the services; the study also found that the re-arrest rate for youth whose parents are in the program was cut in half. In addition, the program saved the State of Illinois more than $6.1 million between 2000 and 2010.
“We have reunified hundreds of families and have helped save millions of dollars,” said Scott. “Recovery is a long, hard path, but it’s amazing to see the happiness and joy of families coming together.”
In addition to working with TASC, Scott is a college lecturer, youth mentor, godfather, and proud father of daughter Anayah.