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Your PTACC Ticker
for the Week of January 8th

1) Apply Now: Law Enforcement/First Responder Diversion and Referral Mentoring Initiative

PTACC National Partner, TASC’s Center for Health and Justice (CHJ), has announced that mentee applications for the Law Enforcement/First Responder Diversion and Referral Mentoring Initiative are now being accepted through the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) website. Mentor sites will offer their experience and expertise to visiting law enforcement and first responder agencies. 

The eight law enforcement and first responder agencies to serve as peer mentor sites for the Mentoring Initiative are:

•    Cabell County (WV) Emergency Management Services 
•    Colerain Township (OH) Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services 
•    Lucas County (OH) Sheriff’s Office
•    Mundelein (IL) Police Department 
•    City of Philadelphia (PA) 
•    East Bridgewater (MA) Police Department 
•    Seattle-King County (WA) Public Defender Association 
•    Tucson (AZ) Police Department

These sites represent a diverse cross-section of model strategies and examples of successful collaborations between law enforcement and first responders, behavioral health providers, and other community partners to connect individuals with opioid use disorder to treatment, instead of entering the criminal justice system. 

Additional information regarding the Law Enforcement and First Responder Diversion Mentoring Initiative, including Mentor site profiles and instructions on how to request technical assistance from the sites—is available at the COAP website.

CHJ will be supporting travel for selected mentees to visit mentor sites and learn about their diversion programs. This initiative is sponsored by funding through the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

2) Deflection and Housing

Housing is an essential component of deflection- it provides a stable place from which people can begin to work on their recovery. However, access to affordable housing is a common challenge across communities. Deflection programs need to improve connections to housing for all subpopulations. 

PTACC’s Treatment, Recovery, and Housing Strategy Group would welcome more input from the field on how to best integrate housing in deflection programming-- join the recurring open conference calls on the last Thursday of the month. 

There are also two great upcoming opportunities to fund and learn about supportive housing:
a) Funding Opportunity: FY 2020 Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Human Trafficking

U.S. Department of Justice's Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) announced the release of the FY 2020 Housing Assistance Grants for Victims  of Human Trafficking solicitation.

The program will support:
  • transitional housing, including funding for the operating expenses of a newly developed or existing transitional housing program; and
  • short-term housing assistance, including rental or utilities payment assistance and assistance with related expenses.
Learn more and apply for the FY 2020 Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on February 3, 2020.

The press release can be accessed here

b) CHS Training: Billing Medicaid for Supportive Housing Services

PTACC National Partner, the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) is hosting a two-part webinar series on the current role of Medicaid in supportive housing and community integration. 
The Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion have enabled states to extend coverage of health and related services to a broader segment of vulnerable populations.

Part 1 of the series provides a high-level, historical overview of Medicaid while addressing the current landscape of Medicaid reimbursement options in light of recent efforts regarding Health Care Reform and Medicaid Expansion.

Part 2 of the webinar series will help you identify general steps in becoming a Medicaid billing agency with a self-assessment for agencies who are considering this step.

AND after the course sessions are complete, you'll get access to CSH trainers through office hours where you can ask specific questions about your state, or seek additional guidance and information about next steps for your agency!

The first series will be on January 14th, 23rd, and 24th. They will also be repeating the series on July 22nd, 29th, and 30th. 

To learn more and register, click here: JANUARY or JULY

Want to get involved in the growing field of 
deflection and pre-arrest diversion field?
Then join a PTACC Strategy Area today! Click Here

Check It Out! The PTACC National Pre-Arrest Diversion Resource Website

PTACC is the NATIONAL voice of the pre-arrest diversion field and provides vision, leadership, advocacy, and education to facilitate the growth and practice of deflection and pre-arrest diversion across the United States.
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