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Your PTACC Ticker
for the Week of January 22nd


1) Mundelein Police Department Selected as National Mentor Site 
The Mundelein Police Department in Illinois was selected to be a mentor site in the Law Enforcement/First Responder Diversion and Referral Mentoring Initiative for their leadership with the program A Way Out. A Way Out is a first responder program designed to connect individuals to substance use treatment and services and is available 24 hours a day at participating police departments across Lake County.

Read the announcement here.


Mundelein Police Chief, Eric Guenther’s, efforts were again highlighted, this time in IACP's Police Chief Magazine article Leadership through Modern-Day Approaches to Community and Employee Wellness. 

Per Chief Guenther, the success of A Way Out is a result of how “participating organizations put egos and excuses aside and created a workable solution that everyone was willing to support… [Notably] the A Way Out program started and existed for more than two years with absolutely zero funding and cost only time and effort.”


Apply Now to be a Mentee in the Law Enforcement/First Responder Diversion and Referral Mentoring Initiative through the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) website.


2) Report: Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration
The Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration released a report on January 10, 2020 listing their recommendations for jail decarceration.


Pages 21 and 22 of the report detail diversion efforts for behavioral health. Specifically, Recommendation 5 is to “Divert people with behavioral health needs away from the justice system."

The Task Force recommends providing statutory authorization for and guidance on the use of deflection and diversion:

  • Law enforcement agencies should be authorized and incentivized to partner with treatment and community organizations on programs that: 1) Deflect individuals with behavioral health needs away from the justice system before arrest and into treatment or supportive services, and 2) Divert such individuals out of the justice system after arrest and into treatment or supportive services.
  • The law should presume pre-arrest deflection and post-arrest diversion for individuals identified as, or observed to be, experiencing a mental health or substance use disorder, with exceptions based on public safety and resource availability
The report also includes the following recommendations:
  • Expand offenses that are eligible for citation in lieu of arrest, and presume citation for common misdemeanors,
  • Fund, train, and incentivize deflection of people with behavioral health needs away from the criminal process,
  • Presume that lower-level felonies be sentenced to probation rather than jail, and that most misdemeanors be sentenced to neither,
  • Invest in and expand supportive services for crime victims, and
  • Require statewide data collection and reporting.
Read the executive summary or full report.
 


 
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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