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Wednesday, February 3rd

PTACC "Conversations with the Field"
Deflection and Pre-Arrest Diversion:  Standing Up for the Children
Wednesday, February 17th from 1:00pm - 2:30pm ET
This “Conversation with the Field” will focus on those closest to deflected individuals – their children and families – who have all struggled with the consequences of addiction and also need support to heal. 

Following the presentation, participants will have the opportunity to have a real-time conversation with panelists. To get started, you will need to create a free FRN account. Sign-up and register below!

Next Conversation: Deflection Research, February 24th 

You can also watch past PTACC Conversations with the Field here
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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.
Download the journal
Resources: National CASA/GAL
Children, families, and substance use disorders
In preparation for our upcoming “Conversation with the Field, here are several resources from National CASA/GAL.

Substance Use Disorder:  Child Welfare and Achieving PermanencyFrequently Asked Questions provides resources or materials specific to Family Treatment Courts.

Substance Use Disorder:  A Family-Centered Approach to Understanding Impact—Frequently Asked Questions addresses questions such as: what are the requirements that have to be met for a child to be taken due to substance abuse? Do there have to be signs of neglect or just if there is a substance abuse disorder? It includes resources from the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare.

Reunifying Families With Substance Use Disorders lists action steps advocates for child welfare can take as well as tools and examples of programs that support reunification of families with substance use disorders.

From the January 2021 COSSAP Digest. 

Addiction Policy Forum: Diversion Program Highlight
The Deschutes County, Oregon Goldilocks Program 
The goal of the Goldilocks Program is to get as many individuals as possible into the first of three tiers -- the “just right” option.

Tier 1: Clean Slate is diversion for people facing a possession of a controlled substance charge and starts at the initial contact with law enforcement.
Tier 2: Boost is traditional prosecution for those not successful in clean slate or those eligible for the program.
Tier 3: Deter is enhanced prosecution for the small number of people who’ve made a career of drug distribution and manufacturing.

Once diverted through Tier 1,  participants meet with a primary care provider, who also addresses the physical health needs of the individual. Since its inception in 2017, and as of September 2019,  84% of Level I participants and 40% of Level II had not recidivated. Read more.

Seeking Safety Peer Recovery Studies 

Opportunity to participate in two studies for mobile apps for recovery
Seeking Safety is now recruiting adults (anywhere in the U.S.) as part of peer-led  mobile app study that will address trauma and substance abuse. The app includes augmented reality and 12 free Seeking Safety sessions plus social support and app-based learning. E-gift cards for completing study assessments. Read more and fill out the form.

They are also recruiting recruiting adults ages 18-26 with substance abuse (anywhere in the U.S.) for a study on a new high-tech app to detect emotions. The app uses machine learning to detect emotions that the person may not be aware of; and augmented reality to provide a wonderful app experience. E-gift cards for completing study assessments. Read more and fill out the form. 

Conference: National Council for Behavioral Health 
The largest conference in mental health and addiction care
NatCon21 will be held May 3-5. Early bird registrations rates are through February 15. Register here


PTACC's Deflection Classifieds
Funding Opportunities

SAMHSA Grants including:
Tribal Opioid Response Grants to address the opioid crisis in tribal communities by increasing access to culturally appropriate and evidence-based treatment, recipients may also address stimulant misuse and use disorders, including cocaine and methamphetamine. Applications Due: February 16, 2021. Apply.

National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative to develop and maintain a collaborative network structure, support resource and policy development and dissemination, and coordinate the network’s national child trauma education and training efforts. Applications Due: February 12, 2021. Apply.

Building Communities of Recovery to mobilize resources within and outside of the recovery community to increase the prevalence and quality of long-term recovery support from substance abuse and addiction. Applications Due: February 15, 2021. Apply

Grants to Prescription Drug/Opioid Overdose-Related Deaths
The purpose of this program is to reduce the number of overdose-related deaths by training first responders and other key community sectors on the prevention of overdose-related deaths and implementing secondary prevention strategies, including the purchase and distribution of naloxone to first responders. Applications due by March 1, 2021. View the funding opportunity here.

Other funding sources

Equity-Focused Policy Research: Building Cross-Cutting Evidence on Supports for Families with Young Childrento fund a body of research that illuminates strategies and policies that enhance families’ equitable access to key resources for supporting their children’s healthy development. Applications Due: February 16,  2021. Apply.
Did you see it?

Webinar: Reentry Best Practices for People with Opioid Use Disorder
JCOIN recently co-hosted a webinar with The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center about the latest research, science, and innovation around mitigating risk during reentry for people with opioid use disorders. A recording of the webinar is available online, as well as a PDF of the presentation.

Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit Seminar
The Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit is hosting its "annual gathering for stakeholders to discuss what's working in prevention and treatment" virtually in April 2021. Jac Charlier, Executive Director of PTACC and TASC’s Center for Health and Justice, will co-present a session with Jessica Reichert, Research Manager, Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) on "The Evolution of Deflection, Pre-Arrest Diversion, and Co-Responder Programs" on Tuesday, April 6, at 12:45 pm ET. More info.

Abt Associates: Reimagining Response to Vulnerable Populations in Crisis
Online scan to collect information on first responder-led programs that were designed to maximize diversion from the justice and emergency systems to treatment and community-based services. Read more.

Conference on Law Enforcement and Public Health
The sixth international LEPH conference will be held this March. Topics to be discussed include: how inclusive policing can help to overcome discrimination and marginalization and what programs and policies work both in practice and ‘on the street.'  View the flyer and learn more.

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