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Your PTACC Ticker
for the Week of February 12th

1) NPR Highlights Deflection Program in Ware, MA
The NPR article “Police Offering Drug Recovery Help: 'We Can't Arrest Our Way Out Of This Problem,’” highlights the Drug Addiction Recovery Team (DART) operating in Ware, MA.
 “In the past, Cacela might have immediately read Ligawiec her rights, 'because for the longest time, the whole idea was — arrest, arrest,' he said. Instead, he tapped on the car window and assured her she wasn't in trouble.”
Ware partnered with the neighboring police departments of Amherst, Northampton, Easthampton, Belchertown, Hadley, Southampton, Amherst College, and Hampshire County HOPE to implement their program. DART police officers team up with recovery coaches to reach out to individuals who have, engaged in criminal activity as a result of their substance misuse, or who have reached out themselves for help.

Within 48 hours of the initial call, the DART officer and recovery coach discuss local treatment options, provide resources, and may even transport people to a local treatment facility. Follow-up contact is also provided to offer additional support check-in on the individual. 

Read the full NPR article here.

More info can also be found here.

2) NCBH Releases MAT Toolkit 

The National Council on Behavioral Health released their planning and implementation toolkit for “Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Jails and Prisons.”

The National Council, in partnership with Vital Strategies and faculty from Johns Hopkins University, developed this resource to help to reduce the risk of opioid overdose and recidivism and to better serve incarcerated individuals with opioid use disorder. 

You can access the toolkit 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.

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

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. 

The library is asking for help to disseminate and archive resources on programs and initiatives that have been shown through research or program evaluation to be effective at achieving their intended goals. Resources may include research reports, program evaluations, protocols, implementation guides, website links, infographics, and toolkits.

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

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

IACP Call for Proposals

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)has opened the call for presentation proposals for 2020 annual conference.
The IACP Annual Conference is the largest gathering of law enforcement in the world, and the information presented each year helps to shape the field by providing attendees at every level with new strategies, techniques, and resources for successfully navigating the evolving policing environment. 
This year’s IACP Annual Conference and Exposition, will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, October 17-20, 2020. 

The Call for Presentations is open until Friday, February 21. The Call for Presentations and frequently asked questions about the submission process are available here.

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