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Your PTACC Ticker
for the Week of November 20th

1) Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Funding Initiative: Police Diversion to Treatment

Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) announced a funding initiative of Police Diversion to Treatment programs for State Fiscal Years 2019/2020 and 2020/2021.

DDAP’s funding is to support opportunities for a collaborative approach to assisting individuals with an opioid use disorder (OUD) who are arrested to be referred to treatment as an alternative to the criminal justice system.

DDAP is anticipating that there will be new projects developed in areas of Pennsylvania without current diversion programs. Proposals may include the development of an initial initiative within the county or expanding a developed service to other police departments who currently are not engaged in this type initiative. Eligible applicants are Single County Authorities (SCAs).

Applications must be submitted via email to before December 5, 2019 at 5:00pm. To view the full RFP, go here.

2) Walker County, Alabama’s Mercy Project 

The Mercy Project is a diversion initiative of the Walker County Sheriff’s Office in Alabama. Sheriff Nick Smith expanded the project from his time as police chief in Cordova, Alabama. Like many communities, Walker County has been heavily impacted by the opioid epidemic and has the highest rate of drug overdoses in the state.

Mercy Project was recently profiled by CNN. 

"It's not about just trying to lock people up, but it's about actually helping that individual, especially in small towns." -Deputy TJ Armstrong, Walker County Sheriff's Department

Click here to read the full CNN article and watch the news segment. 
For more information on the Mercy Project, visit their website and watch their informational video

3) Save the Date: December 11th NASW webinar on the connection between law enforcement, social work, and deflection

On December 11th, attend a webinar hosted by National Association of Social Workers and presented by PTACC co-founder, Jac Charlier, titled "Law Enforcement, Social Work and Deflection: Working Together to Help People Avoid Arrest and Jail, and Instead Access Treatment and Services." 

Joining Jac on the webinar are Ricki Pribyl, MSW, LICSW from Blue Earth County, Minnesota’s Yellow Line Project, and Kurt August, MSW, from Philadelphia’s Police-Assisted Diversion Program.

The webinar is free to NASW Specialty Practice Section members and includes 1.5 CEUs for social workers!

About the Webinar

This webinar will provide a national overview and introduction to the newly emerging field of deflection and pre-arrest diversion, which sits at the intersection of law enforcement, behavioral health, and community. As the field grows, the demand for social workers, clinical staff, peers, and people in recovery, to do this work is expected to grow. Harkening back to the days of police and social workers working in the 1970's side-by-side on the streets, deflection is similarly developing now in response to the opioid epidemic, police encounters with people with mental illness, the high rate of U.S. incarceration, and the need to change the narrative on community-police relations.
December 11, 2019 from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST
Go here for more information and to register!


Thank you to everyone who attended our 2nd Annual Conference last week! Whad over 200 people join us in Florida to work on strategic action plans for deflection in their communities and to learn from experts in the field. 

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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