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Your PTACC Ticker
for the Week of February 5th

1) Huntington QRT involves the Faith Community in Deflection Efforts

“They go to the door with no script, as each visit is different.
The four team members are a jazz ensemble.”

On one of Stakeholder Health’s Inland See Road Trips, they journeyed to Huntington, West Virginia to meet with the Quick Response Team (QRT).

Initially when Huntington QRT, coordinated by Connie Priddy, first contacted the community's faith-based organizations, they were envisioning them in a supporting role. However, the community’s churches wanted to take a more active role-- to make a difference and save lives. After receiving training, a diverse QRT clergy group was formed. Now the QRT outreach consists of four members, with representation from EMS, law enforcement, peer recovery, and the faith community.

“QRT clergy were candid about how these visits are so meaningful to them and help them feel less helpless after burying so many people, ranging from young to old, rich to poor and everyone in between. The opioid epidemic has touched people from all walks of life.”

When out on visits, the team hands out brown paper bags full of information on substance use disorders, treatment options, HIV/AIDS and other resources. Each bag contains bonus items such as a purple bracelet with the QRT contact information and peanut butter sandwich- they recognize that many of their client’s basic needs, such as food are not always met.

“A few clergy acknowledged that getting to know persons experiencing has made them less judgmental and more compassionate. And it has inevitably changed their relationship with their own members.”

Read more about Stakeholder Health’s Inland See Road Trip, “Loving them to Life: Huntington’s Quick Response Team” here.

2) NADCP's Advancing Justice Journal
National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) is accepting articles for publication for two special journal issues in 2020 under Volume III of the Journal for Advancing Justice. Issue 2 will address emerging best practices for law enforcement diversion and deflection programs. These special issues are supported by a grant from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Learn more about the submission process here.
3) CLOUD Library Asking for Submission of Resources
The Curated Library about Opioid Use for Decision-makers (CLOUD) offers resources on a broad range of topics, including addiction treatment, harm reduction, prevention, and recovery, and alternative treatments for pain. Interested in the CLOUD? Read about it here.

The library is asking for help to disseminate and archive resources on programs and initiatives that have been shown through research or program evaluation to be effective at achieving their intended goals. Resources may include research reports, program evaluations, protocols, implementation guides, website links, infographics, and toolkits.

Visit the call for submissions page if you have materials you would like included in the CLOUD.

4) Be Counted! National Survey to Assess Law Enforcement-led Diversion Programs and Fire/EMS-led Responses to the Opioid Crisis

PTACC National Partner, TASC's Center for Health and Justice (CHJ) and NORC at the University of Chicago have launched the National Survey to Assess Law Enforcement-led Diversion Programs and Fire/EMS-led Responses to the Opioid Crisis initiative. All law enforcement and first responder diversion programs that primarily serve individuals with substance use disorders are encouraged to complete a survey and be counted! Learn more & take the survey here
Why participate? Participation from all entities that offer diversion programs is critical for the survey to accurately reflect the broad field of first responder diversion programs. These data will help identify essential features of diversion programs and provide a comprehensive picture of the state of the field. Although this survey is voluntary,  your organization’s participation to make the results comprehensive and accurate.

Did you see it?

Law Enforcement/First Responder Diversion and Referral Mentoring Initiative 

Through the Law Enforcement/First Responder Diversion and Referral Mentoring Initiative, you can be paired with a mentor who has shown success in first responder diversion. The Initiative is being support by TASC's Center of Health and Justice. Applications are now open on the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) website. 

IACP Call for Proposals

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), a PTACC National Founding Partner, has opened the call for presentation proposals for 2020 annual conference.
The IACP Annual Conference is the largest gathering of law enforcement in the world, and the information presented each year helps to shape the field by providing attendees at every level with new strategies, techniques, and resources for successfully navigating the evolving policing environment. 
This year’s IACP Annual Conference and Exposition, will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, October 17-20, 2020. 

The Call for Presentations is open until Friday, February 21. The Call for Presentations and frequently asked questions about the submission process are available here. For reference, check out the 2019 Conference Program for examples of last year’s presentations.

NACO hiring Justice Program Manager

The National Association of Counties (NACo) is hiring a justice program manager to support county officials in their justice reform efforts, particularly at the intersection of behavioral health and justice and building coalitions of local stakeholders.

This person will manage grant-funded projects and report to the Associate Program Director of Health and Justice. The position is based in Washington, D.C. and requires travel.
Learn more and apply here.
Want to get involved in the growing field of 
deflection and pre-arrest diversion field?
Then join a PTACC Strategy Area today! Click Here

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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