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Your PTACC Ticker
for the Week of February 19th

1) ONDCP National Drug Control Strategy 2020

Director Jim Carroll from the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) published the Trump Administration's National Drug Control Strategy, outlining the President’s priorities for confronting the challenges of drug trafficking and use:
  • Prevention through education and evidence-based prevention programs.
  • Reduce barriers to accessing treatment services to make long-term recovery available for individuals with substance use disorders.
  • Reduce the availability of drugs in the United States through law enforcement and cooperation with international partners.
The strategy also identifies the importance of the partnership between law enforcement and public health professionals and highlights deflection and pre-arrest diversion.
Recently, some pioneering police departments began diverting individuals addicted to drugs directly to treatment in lieu of arrest. Many communities are adopting pre-arrest diversion programs where individuals with a substance use disorder are offered treatment in lieu of arrest and deflection models, where those struggling with addiction can walk into a participating police station 24 hours a day for police-assisted rapid treatment entry.”
The strategy also commits to increasing the availability, access, and quality of evidence-based treatment and recovery services in rural, tribal and other under resourced communities.
For more information on ONDCP’s mention of diversion see page 13 and read the full report here

2) Arnold Ventures Request for Proposals: Randomized Controlled Trials of Criminal Justice Programs and Practices 

Arnold Ventures has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for randomized controlled trials (RCTs). They are testing to see “what works” with criminal justice programs and how they can improve outcomes to increase the number of credible criminal justice interventions shown to improve people's lives. Specific interest falls into one of these three tiers: 
  • Interventions backed by promising prior evidence suggesting they could produce sizable impacts on criminal justice outcomes.
  • Interventions that are widely adopted in practice but lack rigorous evaluation.
  • Interventions that are growing in use and on a path to become widely adopted, but lack rigorous evaluation.
Potential applicants should first submit a letter of interest (maximum of three pages). Applicants whose letters are reviewed favorably will be invited to submit a full proposal (maximum six pages). There is no deadline for submitting a letter of interest; applicants may submit a letter at any time via email to

If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Moderson-Kox, by email, or phone 608-698-6560.

Access the full Request for Proposals.

3) Community liaison to join Waldo County Sheriff’s deputies on non-criminal calls
“Incarceration was never intended to be a substitute for mental health treatment, unfortunately in many cases, it’s become that by default.”

In October 2019, Penobscot Community Health Care (PCHC) received a $1 million grant from the Health Resources and Federal Services Administration to tackle the opioid crisis. Part of the award will be used to fund the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office first-ever community liaison position.

The Waldo County Recovery Committee, which consists of the Sheriff’s Office, Restorative Justice Project, Volunteers of America Northern New England, and Seaport Community Health Center, was instrumental in securing funding for the position.
Chief Deputy Jason Trundy says the program model resembles the Portland Police Department Behavioral Health Response Program. Portland’s model is based on a comprehensive police-mental health collaboration and is known as a national law enforcement-mental health learning site by the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

Influenced by Portland PD’s program, Chief Deputy Trundy decided to bring the position to Waldo County. The person hired as the community liaison will wear no uniform and will be sent along with patrol units to address calls involving substance use or mental health disorders. Read more here.

4) Safe Passage: A path to help with addiction
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February 16th the Herald & Review published an article discussing the success and expansion of the Safe Passage deflection initiative in Illinois. 
Safe Passage allows people struggling with addiction to turn in their drugs and ask for help from participating law enforcement agencies. The first Safe Passage program in Illinois began in Dixon in 2015. Since then, other communities’ law enforcement agencies have adopted the initiative, including Taylorville, Kincaid, Pana, Springfield, Lincoln, McLean County, Livingston County and others continue to be added to the program, including most recently Mattoon.

In 2018, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation that made it easier for communities to implement similar programs. 

Read the full story here.

Did you see it?

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.

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 one of eight mentor sites 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. For more information on the Mentoring Initiative or COAP Resources, contact Hope Fiori,, 312-573-8204

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. 

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

National Survey to Assess Law Enforcement-led Diversion Programs and Fire/EMS-led Responses to the Opioid Crisis

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

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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