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Your PTACC Ticker
for the Week of December 18th

1) Cook County Sheriff’s Office program helps hard-to-reach drug users

Deflection has seen positive results in Cook County, Illinois through a new initiative led by Sheriff Tom Dart and his office’s community treatment resource specialists. Their program is centered around connecting people on the street to treatment before they are incarcerated or worse.

In addition to distributing naloxone, they perform active outreach to individuals who they think will be receptive to treatment, such as those hospitalized after an overdose. Since it began in June, approximately 160 people have agreed to engage with the program and roughly half are still participating.

“The number of people we’re getting into treatment — that, to me, has been astounding,” said Sheriff Tom Dart. “That is really tricky even in the best of scenarios. I want to see where they are a year from now, but the initial numbers and reactions have been fantastic.”
Read the full article from the Chicago Tribune here.

2) SAFE Project in St. Louis

PTACC National Partner SAFE Project is working with the City of St. Louis to improve the city’s response to the addiction epidemic. This initiative of SAFE Project, SAFE Communities, works with communities across the nation to create comprehensive ways to respond to the addiction epidemic and identify the tools they need to convert intent into action.
SAFE Communities works to directly implement a strategy to: 
  • Bring stakeholders together in order to improve coordination and tear down traditional silos,
  • Identify continued needs and gaps of local programs and services, and
  • Help provide solutions that can fill identified gaps and expand needed services.

Read more about SAFE Project’s work with St. Louis here
To learn more about SAFE Project’s initiatives and resources, such as the SAFE Community Playbook, a step-by-step process of how to organize, evaluate and create change to impact the opioid epidemic, visit their website here.

3) Call for proposals: 2020 COAP National Forum, due Friday 12/20

Bureau of Justice Assistance's Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) is convening practitioners, agency and community leaders, service providers, and innovators from across public safety and public health disciplines and levels of government in a National Forum to be held March 10th-12th in Washington, D.C.
They are asking for proposals in an opportunity to share your expertise on the National Stage. This is an open call: Proposals are welcome from the field at large as well as from COAP grantees! Vendors and industry personnel may not be primary applicants; however, because partnerships with the private sector are critical to many efforts, representatives may be included as panelists. Click here to complete the proposal submission form. 
Proposals are due THIS FRIDAY: December 20, 2019

Guidelines and Eligibility
Session presentations should be tailored to provide stakeholders with timely and relevant information in one of the following COAP Areas of Focus:
(The submission form also allows applicants to propose emerging trends and innovations outside these parameters.)

Please review the submissions guidelines before applying. Questions? Contact Donna Jean Lindquist at


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