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Wednesday, December 16th

TODAY Webinar: Diversion Programmes in the African Context
Hosted by the GLEPHA Deflection and Diversion Special Interest Group
December 16, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. ET

It is recognized globally that punishment and coercion are not effective responses when dealing with law violations that happen because people are living with unmet behavioral health needs or in extreme poverty. Public safety is often better served not through criminal sanctions, but by focused person-centered responses which provide appropriate responses, supports, and services to people. This webinar will explore these options through our expert speakers. Includes presenters from both Incarceration Nations Network and Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD). Register here

Resources: The Native Center for Behavioral Health 
Evidence based and traditional cultural practices for behavioral health disorders
As documented by the Indian Health Service, the opioid crisis consistently ravaged tribal communities and now, tribal communities are among those being hit hardest by the new methamphetamine ‘crisis,’ with Indigenous youth continuing to be at greatest risk. A research center at the University of Iowa College of Public Health, the Native Center for Behavioral Health’s mission is to serve as subject-matter experts and key authorities on resources for culturally informed prevention practices, addiction treatment, recovery, and mental health services, supporting behavioral health professionals working with Native communities.

The Center has a variety of trainings & presentations on their YouTube channel.

Job Opportunity: Cordata Project Coordinator
Expanding Quick Response Teams in Ohio
Cordata is looking for a passionate COSSAP Project Coordinator who will be responsible for planning, coordinating, implementing, and reporting activities as part a multi-site statewide program in Ohio. The position requires strong prior experience in managing projects focused on improving health outcomes, as well as an understanding of interventions that address addiction, and opioid use disorder, specifically. Visit Cordata for more information and to apply.

Research Opportunity: Call for Expressions of Interest
Expanding Evidence on Replicable Recovery and Reunification Interventions for Families (R3)
Child welfare jurisdictions are increasingly turning to interventions that use recovery coaches in their efforts to improve access to and engagement in substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and recovery support services, with the goal of improving parental recovery and child welfare outcomes. Yet, there is limited evidence on the effectiveness of these interventions.
The purpose of this Call for Expressions of Interest is to identify child welfare or related agencies that may be interested in partnering with the R3 project, a federal effort to replicate and evaluate interventions that use recovery coaches for families involved in the child welfare system due to parental SUD. Selected Jurisdictions ultimately selected to participate in the R3 evaluation will benefit from: 1) Technical assistance, 2) Supplemental funds to offset costs of participating in the evaluation and/or establishing the intervention, 3) Opportunity to build evidence eligible for review, 4) National visibility and the potential to help inform nationwide policies and practices.

Expressions of Interest must be submitted by Friday, January 22, 2021. 
For more information about this opportunity, please contact 


Did you see it?

How Plymouth County Outreach Stepped Up During the Pandemic 
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit and things began shutting down,  many of the factors that led to substance use disorder were returning in full force- isolation, confusion, frustration and desperation. PCO client’s credit them as a lifeline during this pandemic- reaching out to clients continuously during the early months of the pandemic and consistently throughout the summer and into the fall. “They would reach out first through phone or text, and multiple times they came out to see me...they wore masks, and kept a safe distance away, but never let the virus get in the way of doing their job. What mattered to me was that they were there, no matter what, even if things couldn’t be the same as they were.” Read more

In Opioid Fight, Cook County Launches Deflection, Naloxone Initiative with TASC/CHJ as Partner
The Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) has launched a comprehensive initiative to prevent opioid overdose deaths in suburban Cook County. The initiative, rooted in a deflection strategy, will work with TASC’s Center for Health and Justice (CHJ), to provide no-cost technical assistance to suburban law enforcement agencies. Watch the press conference and learn more. 

Orange County sheriff to test sending mental health experts on some calls
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office (FL) plans to begin testing a new program in the coming weeks that will send mental health clinicians out with deputies on certain calls. OCSO’s pilot program — which will include two mental health experts and two deputies with special training — follows this week’s approval of a similar program for the Orlando Police Department, which will send mental health counselors, instead of officers, to some calls involving people who are suicidal or experiencing issues related to mental illness. Read more

Resource: Peer Support Toolkit  
This interactive toolkit from the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities Services is intended to support organizations that are hiring (or planning to hire) peers into new support roles. The toolkit discusses considerations for preparing the organizational culture for adding peer support services, recruiting and hiring peer staff, creating effective service delivery of peer support services, and supporting, supervising, and retaining peer staff. Get the toolkit

Opioid Prevention Campaign
PTACC national partner, National Association for Children of Addiction (NACoA), and the Addiction Policy Forum have launched an Opioid Prevention Campaign. The Opioid Prevention Campaign provides evidence-based explainer videos, social media content, workbooks and fact sheets to help prevent substance use disorders among adolescents. The content was developed in collaboration with educators, parents, pastors, coaches, youths, and experts in adolescent medicine and prevention and with funding support from the AmerisourceBergen Foundation. Campaign materials can be accessed here
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