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Thursday, January 21st

Upcoming PTACC "Conversations with the Field"
Deflection and Pre-arrest Diversion: Choosing the Right Technology for your Program
Wednesday, January 27th from 1:00pm - 2:30pm ET
Data are critical to understanding the individual-and community-level impacts of deflection and pre-arrest diversion programs over time. PTACC invites you to the third in a series of “Conversations with the Field,” which will showcase four companies that provide software for deflection and pre-arrest diversion sites. 

Panelists will preview and provide information on software that allows program managers to enhance data collection and analysis that helps to inform the delivery of deflection services. 

Following the presentation, participants will have the opportunity to have a real-time conversation with these deflection software and data collection experts, several of whom are also the research partners for their sites. To get started, you will need to create a free FRN account. Sign-up and register below!

You can also watch past PTACC Conversations with the Field here
Sign-up and Register
NADCP: Journal for Advancing Justice
Emerging Best Practices in Law Enforcement Deflection and Community Supervision Programs
The NADCP Journal for Advancing Justice published a special issue on "Emerging Best Practices in Law Enforcement Deflection and Community Supervision Programs." The issue addresses programs and interventions designed to assist individuals with mental health and substance use disorders who come to the attention of law enforcement and community corrections programs. The introduction to the issue was written by PTACC Executive Director, Jac Charlier, with Jessica Reichert of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority.
Funded by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, this volume addresses programs and interventions designed to assist individuals with mental health and substance use disorders who come to the attention of law enforcement and community corrections programs. 

Download the journal
Conference on Law Enforcement and Public Health
Defying Boundaries, March 22-26, 2021
The sixth international LEPH conference will be held this March. Topics to be discussed include: 
  • Why the intersection and common goals of law enforcement and public health is poorly recognized and understood
  • If inclusive policing can help to overcome discrimination and marginalization
  • What programs and policies work both in practice and ‘on the street’ 
  • Building police-public health partnerships that are effective, accountable, sustainable and inclusive 
View the flyer and learn more.

IACP Training Series
Enhancing the Law Enforcement Response to Violence Against Women
Join the International Association of Chiefs of Police for their free, five-part “Enhancing the Law Enforcement Response to Violence Against Women” training series. These interactive trainings are “designed to enhance the capacity of law enforcement when responding to and investigating crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and strangulation.” Participants will be expected to actively participate in group discussion via webcam. View the list of events.

Job Opportunities 
The Center for Health and Justice at TASC
Administrator – First Responder Consulting and Training:
The Center for Health and Justice at TASC is hiring! You'll join the team in providing training and consulting to law enforcement and first responders on first responder diversion and deflection.  This position is responsible for the management of consulting, training and technical assistance projects at the intersection of justice and health policy. The Administrator will work independently with both internal staff and external partners, agencies, consultants, trainers and organizations to accomplish this work. Apply today. 

Law Enforcement Action Partnership
Media Relations Associate 
LEAP is seeking expand the media department’s capacity and the organization’s presence in the news and social media! The ideal applicant is a highly motivated, adept communicator eager to contribute to a fast-growing organization working at the leading edge of public policy reform. LEAP is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to promoting fairness in the hiring process, supporting Second-Chance Hiring and Fair Chance Act legislation. They strongly encourage formerly incarcerated and other justice-impacted individuals to apply. Applications accepted until January 25th. Learn more and apply.

Funding Opportunity 
Grants to Prevent Prescription Drug/Opioid Overdose-Related Deaths
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2021 Grants to Prevent Prescription Drug/Opioid Overdose-Related Deaths (Short title: PDO). The purpose of this program is to reduce the number of prescription drug/opioid overdose-related deaths and adverse events among individuals 18 years of age and older by training first responders and other key community sectors on the prevention of prescription drug/opioid overdose-related deaths and implementing secondary prevention strategies, including the purchase and distribution of naloxone to first responders. SP-21-002. Applications due by March 1, 2021. View the funding opportunity here.  
Did you see it?

The voices the giant drug distributors don’t want you to hear
The nation’s largest opioid distributors are pushing to block testimony from West Virginians who want to speak out about how the addiction crisis has ravaged their communities. The Cabell County Commission and the City of Huntington, which are suing the distributors in federal court, have railed against the companies’ effort to exclude testimony from people who have suffered from the crisis. Fighting back are our friends and leaders in deflection, Connie Priddy, Program Coordinator for the Huntington/Cabell County Quick Response Team and Jan Rader, Chief of the Huntington Fire Department! Read the article

New Clinical Trial: Combination of two drugs can help treat methamphetamine addiction 
In a new study, researchers found that a combination of two existing drugs — one, a treatment for opioid addiction (naltrexone), and the other, an antidepressant (bupropion)— can help some people who use methamphetamine regularly cut back. The two drugs used in the trial were injectable naltrexone and oral bupropion. Access the study.
Crisis center helps people who would otherwise face jail, saves taxpayer dollars 
[Council of State Governments, Justice Briefing] Ten years ago, police in Idaho Falls responding to an incident involving a person with a mental illness had two options: leave the person where they are, or take them to jail. In 2014 a new option became available: Take them to the Behavioral Health Community Crisis Center of East Idaho, where people going through a mental health crisis can receive help. In the six years since it opened, the center has become a mainstay of eastern Idaho’s justice system by giving people in crisis an opportunity to seek help. Learn more.
Want to get involved in the growing field of deflection and pre-arrest diversion?
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