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Wednesday, March 10th

PTACC "Conversations with the Field"
First Responder Leadership in Enhancing Deflection, Ensuring Racial and Ethnic Parity, and Facilitating Collaboration with Community-based Partners and Stakeholders
THIS FRIDAY: March 12th from 1:00pm - 2:30pm ET
On March 12th, the Police, Treatment, and Community Collaborative (PTACC) Public Safety Strategy Workgroup will host a roundtable discussion on the importance of collaboration among police, treatment providers, and the community in the practice of deflection and pre-arrest diversion. Featuring three panelists currently engaged in this work, the discussion will focus on their shared front line experiences that correlate to the Public Safety Strategy Workgroup’s focus areas of 1) first responders and behavioral health partner collaboration; 2) ensuring equity in all aspects of deflection/diversion, including treatment; and 3) authentic law enforcement engagement with program partners and stakeholders, as well as with the community they serve. Register now. 

You can also watch past Conversations with the Field here.

Future conversations:
April 7th: A Conversation with PTACC’s Prosecutor Workgroup
April 21st: A Conversation with the Stigma Reduction Strategy Area

Upcoming Strategy Area Calls- add them to your calendars!
Children & Families 
Thursday, March 18th from 11-12pm ET
Join online. 
Call-in # 828-528-5039‬
PIN: ‪328 754 164‬#

Contact the Strategy Area Advisor, Nikki Munoz,
Learn more.
Treatment, Housing, & Recovery
Wednesday, March 24th from 1-2pm ET
Join online. 
Call-in # 413-853-0790‬
PIN: ‪759 173 897#‬

Contact the Strategy Area Advisor, Nikki Munoz,
Learn more. 

Community, Diversity, & Equity 
Thursday, March 25th from 1-2pm ET
Join online. 
Call-in # 567-234-0158‬
PIN: ‪473 497 611‬#

Contact the Strategy Area Advisor, Chico Tillmon,
Learn more.
IACP Training Opportunity: Law Enforcement Training in Collaborative Crisis Response
Academic Training to Inform Police Responses
Applications due April 2nd, 2021
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) are inviting U.S. law enforcement agencies to apply to participate in the Law Enforcement Training in Collaborative Crisis Response. This training program is part of a larger initiative supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA) Academic Training to Inform Police Responses: A National Curriculum to Enhance Police Engagement with People with Behavioral Health Issues and Developmental Disabilities. 

This initiative is designed to enhance, implement, and evaluate crisis response training for law enforcement and first responders. Additionally, this initiative seeks to assist communities in their development of collaborative crisis response programs, with a specific focus in addressing the needs of individuals with behavioral health disorders and developmental disabilities. 

Selected agencies will be supported in their planning for the development and delivery of a collaborative crisis response program for their community and receive assistance with planning, delivering, and evaluating this training. Click here to review the Solicitation and Application. Interested parties are encouraged to attend our information session on March 17th from 1:30-2:30 PM ET. Register Here.

Webinar: Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network
Medications for Opioid Use Disorder in Criminal Justice Settings
This webinar from JCOIN will feature presentations from key researchers who will summarize the effectiveness of medications for addiction treatment (MAT) for individuals with opioid use disorder, and specifically those in jails and prisons. Register here.

Research Study: University of Southern California (USC)
Opioid Addiction Relapse May Be Different for Men, Women
A new study that followed 1,100 recovering opioid users reveals that their risks are different. The researchers followed the men and women for one year after treatment at more than 100 substance-use treatment facilities across the United States. During that time, 55% of the women and 51.5% of the men used opioids at least once. The study looked at more than 30 potential reasons for relapse.

For women, the greatest risk factors for opioid relapse were depression, more severe withdrawal and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). For men, the strongest risk factors included use of multiple substances and a history of conduct disorder. That's a behavior problem in which rules or basic rights of others are violated. For both women and men, younger age was also a relapse risk, the findings showed. The University of Southern California (USC) study was published online recently in the journal Addiction. The researchers said their findings may point the way to gender-targeted treatments. Learn more and access the study.

Research Study: 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
High schoolers who misuse prescription opioids are at higher risk for suicidal behaviors
About one of every three high school students who said they were misusing prescription opioids when they were surveyed reported they had attempted suicide, according to a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics. Previously, researchers have reported that young people who had misused prescription opioids at any point were at higher risk for suicidality, which the American Psychological Association defines as the "risk of suicide, usually indicated by suicidal ideation or intent" and a detailed plan to carry it out. 

Authors of the new study investigated whether the timing of teens' prescription opioid misuse — if it was current (in the 30 days preceding the survey), in the past or never — affected its link to suicidality. The study used data from more than 13,600 US high schoolers' responses in the 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The students answered questions about when and how often they had taken specific opioid pain relievers either without a prescription or differently from how their doctors had directed. The teens also reported whether and how many times they had seriously considered attempting, planned or actually attempted suicide in the past year. About 7.4% of students reported that they had misused prescription opioids at least once before, while 7.2% reported misuse once or more within the last month. Learn more and access the study.


PTACC's Deflection Classifieds

Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit (@RxSummit)
April 2021: Virtual annual gathering for stakeholders to discuss what's working in prevention and treatment.

National Council for Behavioral Health 
May 2021: The largest conference in mental health and addiction care.

West Coast Symposium on Addictive Disorders
June 2021: Promoting the design, provision, and monitoring of outcomes-based substance use disorder services.

National Alliance For Drug Endangered Children
August 2021: Training on research and best practices to help DEC, their families, and communities.

PTACC: Training and Technical Assistance Conference
October 12-15, 2021, Chicago
More information coming soon.
Check out info from our last conference here.

Did you see it?

Atlanta's new initiative to handle behavioral health crises
Changing the default response of law enforcement to all 911 calls, Atlanta announced they will work with the Fulton County Justice and Mental Health Task Force and other local agencies to ensure everyone in the city has access to supportive services, especially during moments of crisis. The city will work with experts in substance abuse and mental health services to build a crisis care system and to “reimagine the crisis system of care and to develop additional responses and infrastructure for behavioral health emergencies.” Read more.

TASC Marks 45 Years of Advancing Health and Justice
Incorporated on March 8, 1976, TASC, Inc. of Illinois (PTACC Founding Partner) turned 45 years old this week. Across the decades, TASC has grown from a small pilot program in Cook County to an independent nonprofit reaching nearly 30,000 people across Illinois annually, and providing consulting and public policy advocacy to advance health access and justice reform in Illinois and across the globe. Read the announcement. 

Update on the Evidence for Alcoholics Anonymous Participation
Despite Alcoholics Anonymous’ (AA’s) long-standing international popularity, there has been debate about its clinical and public health utility. Through a meta-analysis of 27 studies on AA,  the research team at the Recovery Research Institute found that AA/12-Step Facilitation was overall better than other empirically-supported treatments in facilitating continuous abstinence and remission and was at least as effective as other well-established treatments in reducing intensity of drinking, alcohol-related consequences and severity of alcohol addiction. Read the full study.

Online Training Courses for First Responders
This issue of The Dialogue from the SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC) highlights trainings available for first responders to help mitigate the stress and trauma they encounter on the job. Articles in this issue mention trainings that are available online and free of charge, and the importance of self care. Trainings mentioned include Shield of Resilience, Service to Self, and Creating Safe Scenes. The Dialogue Volume 16 Issue 2.

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