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Wednesday, April 7th

Webinar: IACP and COSSAP
Using ODMAP to Guide Response to the Opioid Epidemic
April 13, 2021 at  2:00 pm ET
The Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP) is a web-based tool developed and supported by the Washington/Baltimore HIDTA to provide real-time suspected overdose surveillance data across jurisdictions to support the critical fight against opioid overdoses. In this webinar, instructors demonstrate the value of ODMAP and describe how two jurisdictions are using this free tool to identify overdose “hot spots” and trends of concern, and develop coordinated public safety, public health, and behavioral health intervention strategies. Register here.

Report: Police Executive Research Forum 
Policing on the Front Lines of the Opioid Crisis
Law enforcement officers play three important, sometimes conflicting roles on the front lines of the opioid epidemic: emergency response, public safety, and law enforcement. This report discusses the challenge of reconciling these conflicts that can arise among these roles and presents recommendations for alleviating these difficulties and improving law enforcement response to the opioid crisis. Access the report.

Resources: Catching Up With COSSAP 
Firefighters and Diversion: Spotlight on Arlington County (Virginia)
Arlington County, Virginia—the smallest county in the United States and one of the most densely populated—has employed a countywide approach to its substance use challenges that depends on a collaboration of multiple partners. Through diversion, including the Self-Referral pathway Safe Stations model, county services are coordinated by the Arlington Addiction Recovery Initiative (ARI). Read more about Arlington ARI.   

Stigma: Asserting dignity and reducing barriers

“The minute you are arrested, the language begins to be totally derogatory, debasing, and dehumanizing.” -Jerome R. Wright, statewide organizer for the #HALTsolitary Campaign 
Podcast: Discussing the stigma surrounding the overdose crisis 
Just Science interviews Clarence Jordan, the Vice President of Wellness and Recovery at Beacon Health Options, to discuss stigma and its impact on programs designed to support those with substance use disorder and on individual level outcomes. Jordan discusses peer support programs, stigma as a barrier to mental health treatment, and the role of education in the de-stigmatization of substance use disorder. Listen here.

Blog: Words Matter: Don’t Call People Felons, Convicts, or Inmates
Throughout history and across the world, dehumanizing language has facilitated the systemic, inhumane treatment of groups of people. This is certainly the case for people impacted by the U.S. criminal legal and immigration systems. Many people and organizations are moving away from using terms that objectify and make people’s involvement with these systems the defining feature of their identities. Choosing people-first language is a step toward asserting the dignity of those entangled in these dehumanizing systems. Read the blog post.

Webinar: SAMHSA's Gains Center
Addressing the Critical Need for Housing and Strategies to Overcome Barriers to Improve Housing Access
April 22, 2021 at  2:00 pm ET
Housing is a critical need for individuals experiencing homelessness who are in crisis and at risk for justice involvement. Services alone cannot address the overwhelming disruption homelessness contributes to well-being and health. Barriers to accessing housing include criminalization of homelessness, lack of partnership development, funding issues, and myths and realities related to securing housing. Presenters will address comprehensive strategies to improve housing access, which is key to early diversion. Register here.


PTACC's Deflection Classifieds
Funding Opportunities

Bureau of Justice Assistance
  • Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) for State Prisoners Program- Closes 4/13
  • Tribal Justice System Infrastructure Training and Technical Assistance Initiative- Closes 4/21
  • Innovations in Reentry Initiative: Building System Capacity & Testing Strategies to Reduce Recidivism- Closes 4/27
View these and other BJA funding opportunities here

Application Due Date: May 3, 2021
The MacArthur Foundation and Policy Research, Inc. announced a solicitation for applications for a behavioral health and criminal justice focused expansion of the Safety and Justice Challenge: the IMPACT Network. Learn more. #rethinkjails 
JCOIN: Rapid Innovation Grant (J-RIG) Program–2021 Summer Cycle
Application Due Date: May 3, 2021
A grant to support small research grants to study newly emerging policies, practices, or interventions that address prevention and treatment of addiction among justice-involved populations. Learn more.

Job Opportunities

Center for Health & Justice at TASC
Research and Evaluation Coordinator:
This position develops and implements research and evaluation for JCOIN (TCU and GMU) projects involving program planning, implementation, determination of effectiveness, and performance improvement. Apply now.
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Watch past PTACC Conversations with the Field here.

Drug Overdose Deaths Surge Among Black Americans During Pandemic
Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say fatal drug overdoses nationwide have surged roughly 20% during the pandemic. While the CDC doesn't track overdose deaths by race, a growing body of research suggests Black Americans have suffered the heaviest toll. Dr. Utsha Khatri, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, and their team analyzed drug overdose data collected in Philadelphia during the pandemic. They found overdose deaths surged more than 50% among the city's Black residents. Among whites, by contrast, drug overdose fatalities remained flat and in some months even declined. Read and listen.

Maine considers a new strategy in battle against opioid epidemic: decriminalization
Maine lawmakers are considering a bill this session that would remove criminal penalties for drug possession, a step only Oregon has taken in the United States. Instead of going to jail, a person who has heroin or other substances on them would be required to pay a fine or get a health assessment, a potential first step to treatment. Selling or distributing drugs would still be illegal, but this bill could mean a dramatic change in the law for people who use them. Read the article.

OPINION: Civil citation program in Sarasota County makes too much sense not to implement
The civil citation program should be implemented in Sarasota County for adult first-time offenders charged with nonviolent misdemeanors. Most counties in the state already use it for juvenile offenders, and there is little downside to it. Misdemeanor charges related to guns, domestic abuse, sexual abuse and drug possession with the intent to sell would not qualify for the program. Nonviolent charges such as petit theft, trespassing and marijuana possession for recreational use would. There are many in this category. Read the op-ed.  

Civil Citation Network is a PTACC National Founding Partner, program evaluations can be accessed here.

Sen. Portman introduces bill to increase funding for opioid addiction and recovery
Senator Portman and colleagues introduced CARA 3.0 to increase the funding authorization levels for the CARA programs enacted in 2016 which put in place policy reforms to help combat the opioid epidemic that has worsened during the coronavirus pandemic. CARA 3.0 includes $30 million for deflection and pre-arrest diversion programs in the criminal justice system. Read the article.
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The PTACC Ticker is a summary of resources, news stories, opportunities, and updates for deflection related issues, including the topics of police and other first responders, treatment, and community. It is compiled and published by PTACC each Wednesday.

Some headlines and text have been altered by PTACC for clarity or emphasis, or to minimize discriminatory or stigmatizing language. Opinions in the articles and op-eds do not necessarily express the views of PTACC and our partners.