With decades of clinical and leadership experience, Janelle Prueter has been instrumental in designing and implementing programs that help individuals transition from government systems to health and self-sufficiency in the community.
As vice president of operations for TASC in Illinois (Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities), Janelle directed TASC’s statewide assessment, treatment, and independent case management services for people with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders who are involved in criminal justice, juvenile justice, or child welfare systems.
Prior to being named vice president, she led TASC’s Corrections & Community Reentry division for nine years, managing services for more than 6,000 adults and youth annually who were incarcerated or returning to their communities following incarceration. In partnership with the Illinois Department of Corrections, the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice, and community-based service providers across the state, Janelle played a key role in shaping community reentry programs that help individuals successfully reintegrate into society. Under Janelle’s leadership, TASC’s reentry case management services significantly increased treatment outcomes and reduced recidivism among formerly incarcerated individuals.
Also while at TASC, Janelle co-developed and implemented TASC’s Family Recovery and Reunification Program, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, which works with parents whose substance use disorders resulted in loss of child custody. The Recovery Coach Program increased parents’ success in treatment and family reunification rates, saving the state more than $6 million in its first ten years.
She earned her BA in Psychology and Sociology from Beloit College (Beloit, Wisconsin), and her MS in public services administration from DePaul University (Chicago).