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Wednesday, December 2nd

PTACC "Conversations with the Field"
Deflection: Connecting People in Communities of Color to Treatment and Services in the Best Possible Way
TODAY Wednesday, December 2nd from 1:00pm - 2:30pm ET
Registration is FREE and open to all in the field of deflection!
This “Conversation with the Field” session provides an opportunity for practitioners working in the field of deflection to discuss challenges programs are facing in the current divisive climate, as well as possible solutions to specifically address diversity, equity, and racial disparities. Attendees will be able to ask questions of experts in the field and share their own solutions.
To register you will need to create a free Frontline Responders Network (FRN) account. FRN is a PTACC partner that is hosting the “Conversations with the Field." Once you have an account, go to the sessions page and add the conversation to your agenda. Register today.
Upcoming: Taking it to the streets: Treatment, Housing, and Recovery During COVID-19
Wednesday, December 9th from 1:00pm - 2:30pm ET
THIS WEEK: West Coast Symposium on Addictive Disorders
Complimentary access to the PTACC community!
Virtual Conference: December 3rd-4th, 2020
C4 Recovery Foundation’s 11th annual WCSAD will explore the diverse issues that are currently impacting the core goal of behavioral healthcare. This conference will provide healthcare professionals with the most current insights and actionable ideas from industry leaders to help them achieve that goal.

C4 has decided to make registration to the upcoming virtual West Coast Symposium free 
for the PTACC Community! Email with questions. 

Instructions for complimentary registration:
1. Access the webpage at 
2. Go through the registration process and when you get to the payment page enter FOR
 in the code box.    

Resource: Peer Support Toolkit  
Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities Services
This interactive toolkit from the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities Services is intended to support organizations that are hiring (or planning to hire) peers into new support roles. The toolkit discusses considerations for preparing the organizational culture for adding peer support services, recruiting and hiring peer staff, creating effective service delivery of peer support services, and supporting, supervising, and retaining peer staff. The toolkit also includes helpful, interactive worksheets and checklists that support the implementation of each set of considerations. Get the toolkit

Publication: The Use of Predictive Analytics in Policing
How law enforcement agencies & researchers use predictive analytics 
This issue brief from CNA focuses on how predictive analytics has been used in policing and why machine learning has emerged as a preferred predictive analytics technique. The brief also provides real-world examples of how predictive analytics has been used by law enforcement agencies and researchers to inform policing operations and strategies. Finally, necessary considerations and limitations of predictive analytics are discussed. The goal of this brief is to be a resource that agencies can use to foster discussions, gain knowledge, and build the capacity to adopt the use of predictive analytics if desired. Access the brief. 

Journal of Rural Health:  Increasing access to addiction treatment in rural areas
Nurse Practitioners Improve Rural Access To Care, Opioid Treatment
Research shows that nurse practitioners have improved access to care and medication-assisted treatment for those suffering from opioid addiction in rural areas. Rural regions have received better access to care and addiction treatment since early 2017 when nurse practitioners and physician assistants were given the authority to prescribe buprenorphine, according to a new study published in the Journal of Rural Health. They found that nurse practitioners had an almost immediate impact on access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in rural Oregon, especially in areas known as frontier regions—sparsely populated counties with six or fewer people per square mile. 
By the end of 2018, nurse practitioners accounted for more than a third of buprenorphine prescriptions dispensed in frontier regions. In rural areas, nurse practitioners were responsible for almost 20 percent of buprenorphine prescriptions, according to the study. Nurse practitioners are sometimes the only healthcare provider in these extremely rural frontier regions, said Klein. By allowing nurse practitioners to prescribe buprenorphine, the gold standard treatment for opioid addiction is now available to people who might not have had access to it before, mitigating a rural health disparity. Read more. 

NPR: Fentanyl Moves West
Street Fentanyl Surges in Western U.S., Leading To Thousands of Deaths
Fentanyl is making swift inroads in the western U.S. where it used to be rare. "Up through 2018, the vast majority of synthetic opioid overdoses occurred east of the Mississippi River," said Chelsea Shover, an epidemiologist at Stanford University. People addicted to opioids in western states often use a different kind of heroin that doesn't mix easily with fentanyl powder. But while studying overdose deaths last year, Shover and other researchers found what they describe as a "fentanyl breakthrough" in the West. Last year, responding to pressure from the Trump administration, the Chinese government cracked down on direct shipments of fentanyl to American buyers. Chinese chemical companies quickly adapted by selling their product to "middle man" drug cartels in Mexico. The spike in fentanyl deaths in the West contributed to a record number of fatal overdoses last year. Read the article
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Harm Reduction Resources
This educational resource from the Harm Reduction Coalition provides a 2-page description of the principles of harm reduction. The handout outlines 8 key ideas that are key to the harm reduction practice, and discusses key concepts in understanding the risk, mindset, and setting that can be considered when understanding what might promote or reduce risk for an individual. 

This resource from the Yale Program in Addiction Medicine offers guidance on COVID-19 for people who use substances

TASC's President Announces Retirement
Pam Rodriguez, president and CEO of Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities, announced Tuesday that she will retire in 2021. A nationwide search for her successor has begun. Rodriguez, has led TASC since 2009. Read the announcement.
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