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Wednesday, February 24th

PTACC "Conversations with the Field"
Let's Talk About Research: The Key to any Great Program
TODAY Wednesday, February 24th from 1:00pm - 2:30pm ET
In this “Conversation with the Field,” Let's Talk About Research: The Key to any Great Program, we will hear from researchers about the importance of metrics and outcomes to program evaluation. There will also be a discussion on the benefits of the symbiotic relationship between researchers and practitioners for success in the field. Register now!

Next Conversation: Public Safety: The Field of Deflection and Improving Health Outcomes Friday, March 12th at 1:00pm ET

You can also watch past Conversations with the Field here.

Upcoming Strategy Area Calls
Treatment, Housing, & Recovery
Wednesday, February 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, February 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.
A message from the Treatment, Housing, and Recovery Strategy Area
Greetings, current and hopefully soon to be members of the Treatment, Housing, and Recovery Strategy Area! While on hiatus, we have had ample opportunity to reflect on the way forward for our group. It occurred to us that the fundamental question at the beginning and end of so many deflection related conversations, "Deflect to what?", has yet to be adequately answered.  

It is more critical than ever that we start creating meaningful answers or pathways to solutions, or the deflection movement might collapse under the weight of unmet expectations. The November elections have opened the door for potential generational changes in policy. 
To get there, we need new folks, including those with "boots on the ground" experience and fresh ideas to join us in open dialogue. Our next call is scheduled for TODAY, Wednesday the 24th at 1pm ET. Join our call today online or by phone (413) 853-0790‬, PIN: ‪759 173 897#‬. Calls will be recurring monthly on the fourth Wednesday. Questions? Email Nikki Munoz, 

Resources: JBS International 
Opioid Overdose Response by Law Enforcement- Training Tips and FAQs
JBS International, Inc., for HRSA’s RCORP-TA Program created two short publications to help law enforcement personnel responding to opioid overdoses during COVID-19. 

For Law Enforcement Department Leaders: Training Patrol Officers for Opioid Overdose Response During COVID-19 & FAQs for Patrol Officers: Responding to Opioid Overdose During COVID-19:

Resources: Council of State Governments
New Tool to Lower Recidivism Rates for People with Co-occurring Disorders
Many criminal justice leaders are looking to specialized caseloads as a tool for reducing recidivism among people who have mental illnesses and co-occurring substance use disorders. CSG's brief presents 5 effective practices for implementing specialized caseloads using a collaborative and coordinated approach. Access the brief.

Reducing Homelessness for People with Behavioral Health Needs Leaving Prisons and Jails
While homelessness has many root causes, incarceration is a major risk factor. Evidence suggests that a highly effective way to reduce future contact with law enforcement and reincarceration is to connect people to housing as they leave prison or jail. This resource highlights 5 of the greatest challenges in California and 10 recommendations that state, county, and local leaders can take to reduce homelessness among people returning to their communities from incarceration. Read the report.

News from PTACC National Partners
Operation 2 Save Lives and QRT National Announce Merger
Operation 2 Save Lives (O2SL) and QRT National announced this month that they have combined O2SL with QRT National. The merger of these leaders in the field of pre-arrest diversion and deflection enhances the ability of both organizations to provide robust solutions and data-driven approaches to saving lives and limiting the damage of opioid addiction to families and communities. Read the full announcement.

Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities Announces New President and CEO
The board of directors of Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC) has named Joel K. Johnson, a recognized Chicago-based behavioral healthcare leader, as its next president and CEO, effective March 1. TASC and its Center for Health and Justice --which is led by PTACC co-founder Jac Charlier--are at the forefront of local, state, and national efforts to build equitable justice systems and increase access to quality care in the community. Johnson will succeed Pam Rodriguez, who is retiring after a nearly 40-year career with TASC, including serving as CEO since 2009. More.

PTACC's Deflection Classifieds
Funding Opportunities

Job Postings

University of Chicago Health Lab is seeking a Project Associate, Health Lab T911 and Research Manager, Health Lab T911 to work on large-scale data and research amalgamation to support the development of effective social policy interventions. The role will primarily focus on supporting an ongoing foundational research project called TRANSFORM911 (T911). 

The Center for Health and Justice at TASC is hiring an Administrator- First Responder Consulting and Training, who will be responsible for the management of consulting, training and technical assistance projects at the intersection of justice and health policy. The Administrator will work independently with both internal staff and external partners, agencies, consultants, trainers and organizations to accomplish this work.  

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.

October 12-15, 2021, Chicago
More information coming soon. 

Did you see it?
How to Manage and Grow Your Pre-Arrest Diversion Program
Webinar: February 24 at 12pm ET
In a 15-minute webinar (recorded), learn how Lex Loci’s diversion management platform can help you efficiently manage your diversion program, from officer referral through program completion and recidivism tracking. Register here. 

Medication Options for Treatment of Stimulant Use Disorders: Optimistic Update and New Research
NCBH Webinar: March 2 at 1pm ET
While there are currently no FDA-approved medications for the treatment of individuals who are dependent on stimulants, new treatments utilizing readily available medications are showing encouraging empirical support. Learn about the latest information in addiction medicine. Register here

Drug Endangered Children Roadmap and Toolkit to Local Alliance Building
National DEC, in partnership with the COPS Office, has designed a toolkit to build a drug endangered children (DEC) alliance. Access the toolkit.
Want to get involved in the growing field of deflection and pre-arrest diversion?
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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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