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Wednesday, March 31st

"Conversations with the Field"

The Prosecutor's Role in Deflecting Those with Behavioral Health Issues Away from the Criminal Justice System
Wednesday, April 7th at 1 pm ET

Join us for a conversation to discuss the prosecutor’s role in deflecting those with behavioral health issues away from the criminal justice system. This conversation will feature two panelists who are currently engaged in this work, Deschutes County, Oregon District Attorney John Hummel, and Melissa O’Mara, Assistant Prosecutor at the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office in New Jersey.

These speakers will offer their insig
hts and expertise on the importance of prosecutors playing an active role in deflection efforts, and will offer their experience with their respective programs, including what successes and challenges they’ve faced. The conversation will be moderated by Dave LaBahn, President and CEO of the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys. Register here.


Future conversations:
April 21st: A Conversation with the Stigma Reduction Strategy Area
Watch past Conversations with the Field here.
Breaking News!
Sen. Portman introduces bill to increase funding for opioid addiction and recovery
Friday, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) 3.0 to increase the funding authorization levels for the Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA) programs enacted in 2016. The act put in place additional policy reforms to help combat the opioid epidemic that has worsened during the coronavirus pandemic. CARA 3.0 includes $30 million for deflection and pre-arrest diversion programs in the criminal justice system. Read the article.

The CARA 3.0 bill text is here, section-by-section here, and summarized here.

Women and the Justice System
The justice system affects more women today than ever before, forcing far too many to navigate life with the collateral consequences that stem from a criminal record. Each year, nearly 2 million women are released from jail or prison with a criminal history that denies them access to employment, housing, education, and other fundamental resources necessary for successful reentry into society.

Advancing Gender Equity for Justice-Impacted Women in the Aftermath of COVID-19
Most resources for reentry that are available are geared toward men and often do not address the specific challenges that women face. Policies that can help justice-impacted women build a successful future are always critical, but the COVID-19 pandemic has made their importance more apparent than ever before. The global health crisis and resulting economic recession have disproportionately affected women—particularly women of color—due to the fact that women are overrepresented in service sector occupations, which have been hit hardest by shutdowns.

Since February 2020, women have lost a net 5.1 million jobs, accounting for 53.5 percent of total net job losses since the start of the pandemic. For justice-impacted women, the pandemic has surfaced and exacerbated additional struggles. The stigma of a criminal record can make building a successful future nearly impossible, especially for women of color. As policymakers begin the work of rebuilding the U.S. economy, it is imperative that they go beyond restoring an inequitable status quo. Read more.

To truly reform criminal justice, women need more access to diversion programs
People with criminal records generally experience unemployment at five times the rate of the population as a whole. They are also shut out of housing and educational opportunities. With more and more women serving as head of their households, their families are particularly impacted by the pervasive use of criminal records in hiring decisions. Over two-thirds of incarcerated women are also mothers, and many are the sole wage-earners for their families. If women are denied the opportunity to further their education or secure gainful and meaningful employment because of their records, entire families are entrapped in poverty, possibly for generations. Despite all of this, historically, reentry and criminal justice reform efforts are focused on men. Women need more access to diversion programs. Read the op-ed.

Virtual Symposium: Strategies for Justice
Conscious Law Enforcement & Inclusive Practices
April 8-10, 2021
SFJ will host its inaugural symposium designed to bring law enforcement, academia, trauma experts, and social justice advocates together. Through its theme, “Change Isn’t Easy, But It’s Necessary,” the symposium will focus on two steps that are necessary for change. Guest speakers, panel discussion, and workshops will help participants understand what conscious law enforcement means and how to effect change through inclusive practices.

“We want to help participants to first develop a consciousness of the impact of generational trauma on their communities and law enforcement relations,” he said. “That will happen through learning, engaging, and building a pathway toward healing. The second step is the work of developing inclusive practices inside and outside of law enforcement by documenting that consciousness and engaging in teaching, research, and legislative change.” - Terry Watson, SFJ founder

More information and tickets are available here.

Webinar: IACP and COSSAP
Using ODMAP to Guide Response to the Opioid Epidemic
April 13, 2021 at  2:00 pm ET
The Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP) is a web-based tool developed and supported by the Washington/Baltimore HIDTA to provide real-time suspected overdose surveillance data across jurisdictions to support the critical fight against opioid overdoses. In this webinar, instructors demonstrate the value of ODMAP and describe how two jurisdictions are using this free tool to identify overdose “hot spots” and trends of concern, and develop coordinated public safety, public health, and behavioral health intervention strategies. Register here.

PTACC's Deflection Classifieds
Funding Opportunities

Bureau of Justice Assistance
  • Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)- Closes 4/2
  • Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) for State Prisoners Program- Closes 4/13
  • Tribal Justice System Infrastructure Training and Technical Assistance Initiative- Closes 4/21
  • Innovations in Reentry Initiative: Building System Capacity & Testing Strategies to Reduce Recidivism- Closes 4/27
View these and other BJA funding opportunities here

Application Due Date: May 3, 2021
The MacArthur Foundation and Policy Research, Inc. announced a solicitation for applications for a behavioral health and criminal justice focused expansion of the Safety and Justice Challenge: the IMPACT Network. Learn more. #rethinkjails 
JCOIN: Rapid Innovation Grant (J-RIG) Program–2021 Summer Cycle
Application Due Date: May 3, 2021
A grant to support small research grants to study newly emerging policies, practices, or interventions that address prevention and treatment of addiction among justice-involved populations. Learn more.

Job Opportunities

Center for Health & Justice at TASC
Research and Evaluation Coordinator:
This position develops and implements research and evaluation for JCOIN (TCU and GMU) projects involving program planning, implementation, determination of effectiveness, and performance improvement. Apply now.
Did you see it?

Seminar: Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit
The session (Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 12:45pm ET), "Relieving the Burden on Law Enforcement in the Opioid Epidemic: The Evolution of Deflection, Pre-Arrest Diversion, and Co-Responder Programs", will explore the evolution, growth, and support of deflection (nationally, state, and locally). Presenters will discuss challenges for programs, such as limited treatment capacity and a resistant police culture, as well as race and equity, and how to address those challenges. Presenters, including Jac Charlier, PTACC’s Executive Director,  will offer a review of current research on deflection programs and directions for future research. Finally, there will be a presentation from the Coordinator of the Police and Community Overdose Response Team (also known as “Nu-Start”) in Hamilton County, Tennessee. The program coordinator and evaluator will share practical information about their program and their experiences including steps taken to develop, implement, and evaluate the program’s effectiveness. Register here.

Brief: Treatment Advocacy Center’s Office of Research and Public Affairs
TAC published a new evidence brief that sheds light on the numerous challenges faced by people with serious mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders. The report, “Dual Diagnosis: Serious Mental Illness and Co-occurring Substance Use Disorders,” offers an extensive analysis of over 150 separate sources of prominent existing research, including the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Mental Health Surveillance Study, one of the most robust surveys of mental health facilities in the country. Read the brief.
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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