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Wednesday, December 9th

TODAY PTACC "Conversations with the Field"
TODAY Wednesday, December 9th from 1:00pm - 2:30pm ET
Registration is FREE and open to all in the field of deflection!
This “Conversation with the Field” session is hosted by the Treatment, Housing, and Recovery Strategy Area. The panel of nationally recognized experts from law enforcement, behavioral treatment, and recovery services will discuss challenges in community recovery support systems that have been impacted by COVID, as well as potential solutions at a policy and funding level. Additionally, the panel will discuss the evolution in national policy from a focus on abstinence as a treatment philosophy to recovery services, their impact on deflection, and the systems that support deflection. Share the flyer with your colleagues and invite them to attend! 
To register you will need to create a free Frontline Responders Network (FRN) account. FRN is a PTACC partner that is hosting the “Conversations with the Field." Once you have an account, go to the sessions page and add the conversation to your agenda. Register today.
Next Conversation: Public Safety Strategy Area
January 19, 2021 from 2:00PM - 3:30PM ET
Resources: NACoA and APF Opioid Prevention Campaign
Resources for parents and educators to prevent youth opioid misuse
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. 

“This campaign is especially critical for the highest risk population for addiction – the children of parents with a substance use disorder who already are suffering in silence as a result of parental addiction. They are the first hurt and the last helped and are the most in need of these tools.” - Sis Wenger, NACoA CEO

Job Opportunity: Research Director
Join the policing team at Arnold Ventures
The events of this year have raised important questions about the role of police in our society, what it means to be policed, and the role of communities in shaping police policies. The policing team at Arnold Ventures is led by the vision statement that “police act in service to their communities by promoting community safety with reverence for life and dignity and upholding constitutional and human rights of all persons regardless of race, ethnicity, identity, or economic status.” 

They are recruiting a Research Director to help establish their research agenda to support: improving police accountability; reimagining the police response; expanding non-custodial alternatives; enabling the monitoring of police responses through robust data collection; and reducing violent crime.

Research Opportunity: APA’s Elevating Trust & Legitimacy for Prosecutors
How prosecutors can better prioritize trust-building & legitimacy 
The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys’ (APA) Elevating Trust and Legitimacy for Prosecutors Project  is seeking one prosecutor’s office to engage in a robust co-design process to develop procedural justice strategies within the prosecution field. The goal is to show how prosecutors can better prioritize trust-building and legitimacy with the communities they serve. Interested offices are encouraged to complete a brief survey by Friday, December 18, 2020. Offices indicating interest will be contacted in January 2021 regarding next steps. Take the survey to submit your interest.

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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

Harm Reduction Resources
This educational resource from the Harm Reduction Coalition provides a 2-page description of the principles of harm reduction. The handout outlines 8 key ideas that are key to the harm reduction practice, and discusses key concepts in understanding the risk, mindset, and setting that can be considered when understanding what might promote or reduce risk for an individual. 

This resource from the Yale Program in Addiction Medicine offers guidance on COVID-19 for people who use substances.

Publication: The Use of Predictive Analytics in Policing
This issue brief from CNA focuses on how predictive analytics has been used in policing and why machine learning has emerged as a preferred predictive analytics technique. The brief provides real-world examples of how predictive analytics has been used by law enforcement agencies and researchers to inform policing operations and strategies. Considerations and limitations of predictive analytics are discussed. Access the brief

Increasing access to addiction treatment in rural areas
Research shows that nurse practitioners have improved access to care and medication-assisted treatment for those suffering from opioid addiction in rural areas. Rural regions have received better access to care and addiction treatment since early 2017 when nurse practitioners and physician assistants were given the authority to prescribe buprenorphine, according to a new study published in the Journal of Rural Health. They found that nurse practitioners had an almost immediate impact on access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in rural Oregon, especially in areas known as frontier regions. Read more. 
Want to get involved in the growing field of deflection and pre-arrest diversion?
Then join a PTACC Strategy Area

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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