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Your PTACC Ticker
for the Week of April 15th

1) In the News: Adapting HomeSafe1st App for COVID-19
Trevor Brooks, the founder of PTACC National Partner organization, GunBail, created a new app, HomeSafe1st as a way to communicate incidents or encounters of concern. The app serves as an anonymous reporting system for preventing threats of gun violence, school shootings, teen suicide & illicit drug use. Information collected via HomeSafe1st is forwarded to appropriate local law enforcement authorities and/or appropriate social services agencies.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office was selected to roll out the app to allow for anonymous reporting to prevent gun violence. However, they have transformed the HomeSafe1st app into a way for people to access help during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Individuals in St. Louis are able to use the app to self-report their symptoms and seek appropriate medical attention to while limiting the spread of the virus and reducing the strain on the healthcare system. The app for St. Louis COVID-19 Response is live as a web link here and available for download in Apple and Google Play stores.

Read these two stories about the use of HomeSafe1st in St. Louis in response to COVID-19: The St. Louis American & KMOV4.

2) Diversion Research: Florida’s Second Judicial District
Dr. Albert M. Kopak, Associate Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice at Western Carolina University (PTACC National Partner), published his research on pre-arrest diversion in Florida's second judicial district in the Justice Evaluation Journal. This report analyzes data from 2010–2017.

The study was designed to examine within-program indicators of completion and post-program arrest between the Adult Civil
Citation (ACC) pre-arrest and the Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI)
post-booking program in Florida’s second judicial district, and to conduct a matched samples comparison of subsequent arrest
between the two programs.

Although participants in both programs experienced similar
post-program arrest rates, further research is needed on additional program features, including qualitative differences between programs.

Read the full article with findings here or accessible by DOI at


3) Diversion Research: Longmont, CO

Analysis of data from Longmont, Colorado's diversion program indicates significant success from their efforts. Longmont's comprehensive public safety based response system includes a LEAD pre-arrest diversion program (since July 2018) and a Co-Responder (CORE) team that pairs an officer, a clinician, and a paramedic in a dedicated response unit.  

Analysis of the results from the 133 LEAD participants indicate:
  • a 59% reduction in the number of all legal incidents after first contact with case management (“Recidivism Rate”);
  • a 50% reduction in arrest rate after first contact;
  • that 35% of participants were not arrested again, and 32% did not receive another summons after first contact; 
  • and a 25% reduction in hospitalizations.
Leadership credits the four core tenets of the program for its success: Officer Discretion; Harm Reduction; Intensive, Community Based Outreach; and Individual relationships.
Read the Executive Summary here
4) ASAM National Practice Guideline for the Treatment of OUD 2020

On March 20, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) released an update to its National Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder (NPG). 

The update is intended to inform and empower clinicians, health system administrators, criminal justice system administrators, and policymakers who are interested in implementing evidence-based practices to improve outcomes for individuals with OUD. This is especially critical in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 emergency, which threatens to curtail patient access to evidence-based treatment.  

The document is an update to the previous guideline released in 2015 and includes major revisions to 35 existing recommendations, along with the addition of 13 new recommendations. Notable changes include guidelines related to:
  • Pregnant women with OUD
  • Individuals with co-occurring OUD and pain
  • Individuals with OUD within the criminal justice system 
The full guideline is accessible here.

PTACC COVID-19 Resources
PTACC decided that the best thing we could do for our field would be to compile resources, guidance, and tools and make those easily available via the PTACC Ticker and PTACC website. View the Ticker from April 1st for the list of resources and our website for updates.

Did you see it?

COVID-19 Emergency Supplemental Funding Solicitation

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ),  Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications for the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program. This program will provide funding to assist eligible states, local units of government, and tribes in preventing, preparing for, and responding to the coronavirus. The solicitation can be found online here. Application Deadline: May 29, 2020.

In addition, PTACC National Partner, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) recently led a webinar to provide an overview on the BJA Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Fund. The full webinar can be found here.

Funding Opportunity: COSSAP 2020
The Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program's (COSSAP) purpose is to provide financial and technical assistance to states, units of local government, and Indian tribal governments to develop, implement, or expand comprehensive efforts to identify, respond to, treat, and support those impacted by illicit opioids, stimulants, and other drugs of abuse.

The competitive grant solicitation deadline is May 21, 2020. The full solicitation is available here.

Attend an upcoming webinar on the solicitation: April 24, 2020. Register at

Mentor Program: Evidence-based Treatment in Custody, Jail-based 
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) announced the creation of the Evidence-based Treatment in Custody, Jail-based Mentor Program, to begin September 2020, facilitated by Advocates for Human Potential, Inc., in its role as a COSSAP TTA provider, in close collaboration with BJA. 

The program will provide facilities interested in starting a medication-assisted treatment program with the opportunity to learn from established or innovative programs that have shown success in meeting the treatment needs of individuals in custody. Submission Deadline: June 15, 2020.  Application available here. For questions about the application process or issues with submission, please send an email to

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