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Wednesday, November 11th

PTACC Seminar Series
Seminar I: Taking it to the streets: Treatment, Housing, and Recovery During COVID-19
Wednesday November 18, 1-2:30pm ET
Register today. 

Upcoming Strategy Area Calls:

Children and Families
Thursday, November 19th from 11-12pm ET
Call-in # 918-973-3787‬
PIN: ‪‪732 308 639‬#
Google Meet:
Contact the Co-Chair: Sis Wenger,
Learn more.

Next in the PTACC Seminar Series:
Seminar II: Stigma Reduction
Wednesday, December 9th from 1-2:30pm ET
Contact the Co-Chair: Mariel Hufnagel, 
Learn more.

PTACC Seminar Series: Treatment, Housing, and Recovery Strategy Area
Taking it to the streets: Treatment, Housing, and Recovery During COVID-19
Wednesday November 18, 1:00pm - 2:30pm ET
PTACC invites you to the first in a series of seminars featuring the latest informative output from it's 7 core strategy areas. Next week's program will feature the Treatment, Housing and Recovery Strategy Area. The 90 minute discussion will examine the current COVID-19 landscape with respect to its impact on criminal justice deflection systems at a community level. The panel of nationally recognized experts from law enforcement, behavioral treatment and recovery services will discuss challenges in community recovery  support  systems that COVID-19 has impacted as well as potential solutions at a policy and funding level. Additionally, the panel will discuss the ongoing migration at a national policy level from a focus on abstinence alone to recovery services and its impact on deflection and the systems that support the process. Moderator: Andrew Sidoli. Panelists: Leslie Balonick, Dr. Robert Lynn, Dr. Rashad Saafir, Steve Valle. Register now.
View this strategy area’s “Principles to Guide Behavioral Health Practice in Pre-Arrest Diversion Programs.”

International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology 
The City of Brockton’s “Champion Plan”: The Role of Police Departments in Facilitating Access to Treatment
Abstract: The City of Brockton (MA) initiated The Champion Plan (TCP) in February 2016 as part of a community-wide effort to redefine the public safety sector’s approach to policing the drug crisis. TCP program model allows those suffering from addiction to walk into a police station and ask for treatment. Early evidence suggests substantial successes for this approach to addressing addiction. Data show 523 individuals walked into the Brockton Police Department 818 times looking for help during the first 24 months of operation. Program staff were able to secure placement beds, on average, within 90 minutes of making contact with clients. Program clients report high levels of satisfaction with the program model, and early data indicate that a substantial number of clients retain engagement with services beyond intake. Authored by Sean P. Varano, Pamela Kelley, and Nicholas Makhlouta. Access the full article.

Findings from this study indicate police-centered treatment-on-demand programs may be viable strategies for getting those suffering from the disease of addiction into treatment.

Article highlights the importance of considering children and families in deflection 
Opioid misuse in high school linked to heroin use in adulthood
High school students with nonmedical opioid misuse may have an increased risk for heroin use later in life, according to research published in the Journal of Addiction Medicine. The national study is the first known to examine the transition from prescription opioid use and misuse during adolescence to adult heroin use.

The researchers determined that risk for heroin use was higher among adolescents in the 1997 to 2000 cohorts, with heroin use reported by 9.2% of those who reported nonmedical use after medical use, 21.6% of those who reported nonmedical opioid misuse before medical use, and 31.8% of those with nonmedical opioid use without medical use. They noted these associations were significantly stronger in the 1997 to 2000 cohorts compared with earlier groups. Read the article

Join the conversation on using deflection to address youth impacted by substance use disorders with PTACC’s Children and Families Strategy Area.

Upcoming Conference: West Coast Symposium on Addictive Disorders
Complimentary access to the PTACC community!
Virtual Conference: December 3rd-4th, 2020
C4 Recovery Foundation’s 11th annual WCSAD will explore the diverse issues that are currently impacting the core goal of behavioral healthcare. This conference will provide healthcare professionals with the most current insights and actionable ideas from industry leaders to help them achieve that goal.

C4 has decided to make registration to the upcoming virtual West Coast Symposium free 
for the PTACC Community! Email with questions. 

Instructions for complimentary registration:
1. Access the webpage at
2. Go through the registration process and when you get to the payment page enter FOR
 in the code box.    


Did you see it?

Addressing the Special Needs of Clients Based on Gender, Race, and Culture - Practitioner Tools
Register for the upcoming webinar: Wednesday, November 18th from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET.
This BJA Webinar from the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) program will be held discusses how ethnicity, race, and gender plays an important role in treatment and therapy modalities and will address several assessment instruments that can be useful resources for RSAT program servicing diverse populations, including the Cultural Competence in Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) and the Women’s Risk Needs Assessment (WRNA) models. Additionally, several diagnostic tools for identifying alcohol and other substance use disorders will be shared Presented by Angelia Turner, Director for Health and Justice, TASC's Center for Health and Justice.

Tucson: In the Local Fight Against Opioid Addiction, U-MATTER

The Tucson, Arizona police department has developed a robust and successful deflection program, Unified Medication Assisted Treatment Targeted Engagement Response (U-Matter), under the leadership and passion of Assistant Chief Kevin Hall. Tucson Police Officers in the U-MATTER unit perform outreach to individuals in the community alongside peer-support co-responders from partner agency, CODAC. Watch a video on U-MATTER outreach and read the “Tucson Police Department Deflection Program: 6 Month Evaluation Findings May 2019 report” and more about U-MATTER.

National Academy of Medicine: Diversion a “promising practice” 
The article notes that some promising approaches “focus on re-directing people with an SUD away from the justice system...reducing the number of people incarcerated for drug-related offenses and connecting them instead to treatment.” Diversion saves lives, and results in significant cost savings. 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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The PTACC Ticker is a summary of resources, news stories, opportunities, and updates for deflection related issues, including the topics of police and other first responders, treatment, and community. It is compiled and published by PTACC each Wednesday.

Some headlines and text have been altered by PTACC for clarity or emphasis, or to minimize discriminatory or stigmatizing language. Opinions in the articles and op-eds do not necessarily express the views of PTACC and our partners.