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Wednesday, January 27th

PTACC "Conversations with the Field"
Deflection and Pre-arrest Diversion: Choosing the Right Technology for your Program
TODAY, Wednesday, January 27th from 1:00pm - 2:30pm ET
Data are critical to understanding the individual-and community-level impacts of deflection and pre-arrest diversion programs over time. PTACC invites you to the third in a series of “Conversations with the Field,” which will showcase four companies that provide software for deflection and pre-arrest diversion sites. 

Panelists will preview and provide information on software that allows program managers to enhance data collection and analysis that helps to inform the delivery of deflection services. 

Following the presentation, participants will have the opportunity to have a real-time conversation with these deflection software and data collection experts, several of whom are also the research partners for their sites. To get started, you will need to create a free FRN account. Sign-up and register below!

You can also watch past PTACC Conversations with the Field here
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NADCP: Journal for Advancing Justice
Emerging Best Practices in Law Enforcement Deflection and Community Supervision Programs
The NADCP Journal for Advancing Justice published a special issue on "Emerging Best Practices in Law Enforcement Deflection and Community Supervision Programs." The issue addresses programs and interventions designed to assist individuals with mental health and substance use disorders who come to the attention of law enforcement and community corrections programs. The introduction to the issue was written by PTACC Executive Director, Jac Charlier, with Jessica Reichert of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority.
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Abt Associates: Reimagining Response to Vulnerable Populations in Crisis
Online scan to collect information on first responder-led programs
Abt Associates conducted an online scan to collect information on first responder-led programs that were designed to maximize diversion from the justice and emergency systems to treatment and community-based services. Programs analyzed included those that aim to prevent crises or improve emergency responses for individuals experiencing SMI, SUD, and/or homelessness and are in crisis. Available research evidence was reviewed to assess the effectiveness of the various approaches. Findings support efforts to minimize involvement of first responders by engaging behavioral health or other specialists in crisis response. Read more about these efforts.

Webinar: Fentanyl and First Responder Safety: Myths vs Reality
Justice Clearinghouse, February 3, 2021 at 1:00pm ET.
Fentanyl and drugs containing fentanyl are the leading cause of overdose deaths in America. Law enforcement officers are encountering this deadly drug with increasing frequency. This presentation will discuss the danger of fentanyl and how to safely conduct presumptive tests in the field to determine if the substance contains fentanyl. Register for the webinar.

Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit Seminar
The Evolution of Deflection, Pre-Arrest Diversion, and Co-Responder Programs
The Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit is hosting its "annual gathering for stakeholders to discuss what's working in prevention and treatment" virtually in April 2021.

Jac Charlier, Executive Director of PTACC and TASC’s Center for Health and Justice, will co-present a session with Jessica Reichert, Research Manager, Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA), entitled 'Relieving the Burden on Law Enforcement in the Opioid Epidemic: The Evolution of Deflection, Pre-Arrest Diversion, and Co-Responder Programs' on Tuesday, April 6, at 12:45 pm ET.

This session will explore the evolution, growth, and support of deflection. Presenters will discuss challenges for programs, such as limited treatment capacity and a resistant police culture, as well as race and equity, and how to address those challenges. Presenters will offer a review of current research on deflection programs and directions for future research. Finally, there will be a presentation from the Coordinator of the Police and Community Overdose Response Team (also known as “Nu-Start”) in Hamilton County, Tennessee. The program coordinator and evaluator will share practical information about their program and their experiences including steps taken to develop, implement, and evaluate the program’s effectiveness. Learn more about the seminar and register for the conference.


PTACC's Deflection Classifieds
Job Postings

National Indian Health Board (NIHB)
Public Health Project Coordinator (Behavioral Health)

NIHB seeks an experienced public and/or behavioral health professional to work on current and future projects and initiatives that focus on creating and coordinating projects that seek to improve the state of Tribal behavioral health programming, including opioid overdose prevention, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and tobacco cessation. Location: Washington, DC. NIHB job posting.

The Center for Health and Justice at TASC
Administrator – First Responder Consulting and Training

The Center for Health and Justice at TASC is hiring! You'll join the team in providing training and consulting to law enforcement and first responders on first responder diversion and deflection.  This position is responsible for the management of consulting, training and technical assistance projects at the intersection of justice and health policy. The Administrator will work independently with both internal staff and external partners, agencies, consultants, trainers and organizations to accomplish this work. Location: Chicago, IL. CHJ job posting.
Funding Opportunities 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Grants to Prevent Prescription Drug/Opioid Overdose-Related Deaths

The SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2021 Grants to Prevent Prescription Drug/Opioid Overdose-Related Deaths (Short title: PDO). The purpose of this program is to reduce the number of prescription drug/opioid overdose-related deaths and adverse events among individuals 18 years of age and older by training first responders and other key community sectors on the prevention of prescription drug/opioid overdose-related deaths and implementing secondary prevention strategies, including the purchase and distribution of naloxone to first responders. SP-21-002. Applications due by March 1, 2021. View the funding opportunity here.  
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Conference on Law Enforcement and Public Health
The sixth international LEPH conference will be held this March. Topics to be discussed include: how inclusive policing can help to overcome discrimination and marginalization and what programs and policies work both in practice and ‘on the street.'  View the flyer and learn more.

Enhancing the Law Enforcement Response to Violence Against Women 
Join the International Association of Chiefs of Police for their free, five-part “Enhancing the Law Enforcement Response to Violence Against Women” training series. View the list of events.  

New Clinical Trial: Combination of two drugs can help treat methamphetamine addiction 
In a new study, researchers found that a combination of two existing drugs — one, a treatment for opioid addiction (naltrexone), and the other, an antidepressant (bupropion)— can help some people who use methamphetamine regularly cut back. The two drugs used in the trial were injectable naltrexone and oral bupropion. Access the study.


Want to get involved in the growing field of deflection and pre-arrest diversion?
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