Your PTACC Ticker
for the Week of January 15th
1) Plymouth County Outreach to be a mentor in fight against opioids
Plymouth County Outreach (PCO), a program that fosters collaboration between law enforcement, medical professionals, and community coalitions, has announced their selection as a mentor site in the Law Enforcement/First Responder Diversion and Referral Mentoring Initiative. Mentor sites will offer their experience and expertise to visiting law enforcement and first responder agencies.
“PCO has fostered an innovative law enforcement/non-law enforcement collaboration which includes the District Attorney's Office, the Sheriff's Department, all 27 police departments in the county, 5 major hospitals, recovery coaches, DCF, District Court Probation, PAARI, community and faith-based coalitions. The two main aspects of the program are; overdose follow-up and community drop in centers.”
The Plymouth County Drug Abuse Task Force
Read more about their announcement here.
Mentor sites were selected through a competitive process to participate in the program, which will fund peer-to-peer site visit opportunities for law enforcement and first responder agencies to visit mentor agencies. The eight mentor sites represent a diverse cross-section of successful diversion programs and 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.
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) LEAP & Center for Policing Equity: Using Police Data to Reduce Racial Disparities
In a webinar hosted by PTACC National Partner, Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP), Chief Chris Burbank (Ret.) and Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff discussed how the Center for Policing Equity uses data to identify specific opportunities for policing agencies to reduce racial disparities. They provide examples of how their approach, first explained in a viral TED talk, is working on the ground. Access the webinar recording here.
Here is CPE's 2016 “Austin report,” The Science of Policing Equity: Measuring Fairness in the Austin Police Department, that is mentioned in the webinar. To get more information on the police analysis for a specific city, contact Amos Irwin of LEAP at email@example.com.
CPE also recommends the resources of the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice, a collaborative project to study and promote the use of interventions like procedural justice, implicit bias training, and reconciliation to improve police-community trust
One of the greatest challenges in public safety today is building trust and collaboration between police and the community. Police can improve trust in particular by reducing disparately high negative contacts in communities of color. The Center for Policing Equity (CPE) helps agencies identify specific drivers of these racial disparities by analyzing officer surveys and data on crime, police stops, and the use of force and comparing them with others in their National Justice Database. CPE then helps advise police on actions to reduce those disparities, from changing policies to improving training and community engagement.
Chief Burbank and Dr. Goff discuss how insights from the National Justice Database have led to departmental changes and the creation of their Compstat For Justice (C4J) approach. Their work empowers police and communities to collaborate on next steps to reduce negative outcomes and racial disparities they can control. It demonstrates the importance of strong data collection to build public trust and safety. Access the webinar recording link here.
3) CLOUD: Opioid Resource Library
The Curated Library about Opioid Use for Decision-makers (CLOUD) compiles evidence-based resources on opioids and the opioid crisis in the United States. The site is actively curated and managed by the Center for Evidence-based Policy at Oregon Health & Science University.
Courts, police, jails and correctional institutions across the country will benefit from a clearinghouse of policy prescriptions that have already been vetted, said Jac Charlier, executive director of TASC’s Center for Health and Justice, a Chicago-based national nonprofit that works along the justice continuum from police to parole and all points in between to create safe, healthy and just communities by interrupting the cycle between drugs and crime.
“I see this as a tool for saving lives,” Charlier said.
The library pulls together resources such as:
- One- and two-page summary documents
- Policy reports
- Program evaluations
- Implementation guides
- Patient and provider educational materials
- Government documents, including relevant legislation and regulations
- Clinical practice guidelines
- Links to videos and external web sites
If you’d like to submit materials for inclusion consideration or suggest a future featured topic, please visit CLOUD’s call for submissions page.
4) 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:
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:
Learn more and apply for the FY 2020 Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.
- 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.
Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on February 3, 2020.
The press release can be accessed here.
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