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COVID-19 Resources for the Field of Deflection

A note from PTACC’s Executive Director

A special greeting to you, the Field of Deflection and Pre-Arrest Diversion during these very difficult times that we are all going through and that we will all be coming out of on the other side...together.

As we have so much before us and coming at us with the COVID-19 pandemic, including many more emails than we can all get through, the PTACC National Leadership Council decided that the best thing we could do for our field would be to compile resources, guidance, and tools and make those easily available in the PTACC Ticker and on our PTACC website. The list is sorted by our name P - T - C and all that it includes: housing, recovery, services, race, mental health, children, and more. 

If you have something you are learning that our field needs to know, email us at and we can share it with our deflection colleagues. PTACC is the national voice and knowledge leader for deflection and pre-arrest diversion and that's because of you and your essential service to our nation. PTACC is here for you.

Be well. Be safe.

Jac A. Charlier, M.P.A.
Executive Director
Police, Treatment, and Community Collaborative (PTACC)
PTACC Deflection Resource Center Home

Police & First Responder Resources
National and International first responder associations are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, sharing information specific to the impact of COVID-19 on law enforcement, fire departments, and EMS. 

Treatment & Recovery

Resources for Treatment Providers
Resources for Tele-Recovery
  • Addiction Policy Forum – Free app to support people in recovery during COVID-19 outbreak 
  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357), a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
  • Listing of more resources here.

Community Children & Families Housing Faith-Based Communities
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Corrections & Justice System PTACC’s Global Partners: International Guidance
COVID-19 Resource Clearinghouses
  • National Council of State Legislators: Criminal Justice System Responses to COVID-19, a list of resources detailing action being taken by courts, law enforcement, state and local agencies and other civil and criminal justice stakeholders. 
  • Center for Disease Control: COVID-19

Thought Pieces
Did you see it?

LEAP Webinar: Public Safety and COVID-19

PTACC National Partner, Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP) hosted a webinar with Sheriff Jim Manfre (Ret.) on how law enforcement and public officials can improve public safety by significantly reducing the incarcerated population in response to the coronavirus. Here is the webinar recording and Here is a live-updated document summarizing the recommendations, providing sources on key actions in specific jurisdictions, and linking to valuable resources across the field on this issue.

For questions or to share additional resources, contact Amos Irwin, Program Director, Law Enforcement Action Partnership at

PAARI Survival Kits
The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) launched a Survival Kit program with three correctional facilities in Massachusetts in response to COVID-19. The Survival Kit program in Massachusetts will help those released from incarceration who will be at an increased risk for fatal overdose at a time of limited medical resources. Read the full news release here

A Different Kind of Heat Map
For MLB fans and/or people who need a break AND also a prize for reading until the very end.

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