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Wednesday, March 17th

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day can be difficult for individuals in recovery.
The average person consumes 4.2 alcoholic drinks a day on St. Patrick’s day, making it one of the most popular drinking holidays in the United States. Beer sales spike as high as 152%, and 819% more Guinness is consumed than on the average day. For some tips and tricks on how to handle the upcoming holiday, check out the Plymouth County Outreach Facebook page to see their latest campaign and access a compilation of tele-recovery resources here.  
Upcoming "Conversations with the Field"
Future conversations:
April 7th: A Conversation with PTACC’s Prosecutor Workgroup
April 21st: A Conversation with the Stigma Reduction Strategy Area
You can also watch past Conversations with the Field here.

Upcoming Strategy Area Calls
Children & Families 
Thursday, March 18th from 11-12pm ET
Join online. 
Call-in # 828-528-5039‬
PIN: ‪328 754 164‬#

Contact the Strategy Area Advisor, Nikki Munoz,
Learn more.

Treatment, Housing, & Recovery
Wednesday, March 24th from 1-2pm ET
Join online. 
Call-in # 413-853-0790‬
PIN: ‪759 173 897#‬

Contact the Strategy Area Advisor, Nikki Munoz,
Learn more. 

Community, Diversity, & Equity 
Thursday, March 25th from 1-2pm ET
Join online. 
Call-in # 567-234-0158‬
PIN: ‪473 497 611‬#

Contact the Strategy Area Advisor, Chico Tillmon,
Learn more.
Op-ed: The Philadelphia Inquirer 
To truly reform criminal justice, women need more access to diversion programs
People with criminal records generally experience unemployment at five times the rate of the population as a whole. They are also shut out of housing and educational opportunities. With more and more women serving as head of their households, their families are particularly impacted by the pervasive use of criminal records in hiring decisions. Over two-thirds of incarcerated women are also mothers, and many are the sole wage-earners for their families. If women are denied the opportunity to further their education or secure gainful and meaningful employment because of their records, entire families are entrapped in poverty, possibly for generations. Despite all of this, historically, reentry and criminal justice reform efforts are focused on men. Women need more access to diversion programs. Read the op-ed.
“These programs should be offered to women as the rule, rather than the exception, under consistent and transparent processes.”
The author interviewed women who had been recently incarcerated to hear directly from them what they would have needed to have better outcomes. Their experience and recommendations are outlined in a new report from the Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, Supporting Women in the Criminal Legal System Through Access to Diversionary Programs. The authors call for diversionary programs to recognize the unique experiences and needs of women who have contact with the criminal system, to center and compensate directly impacted women in designing and creating programs, and to offer effective community-based gender and trauma responsive services that recognize the individual needs, strengths, and agency of women. Access the report.

Webinars: SAMHSA
Stimulant Use Disorders and Their Impact on Brain and Behavior: Best Practices and Approaches for Effective Treatment & Recovery
TOMORROW, Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 11:30 am ET Register here.

Relapse Prevention for Recovering Counselors/Peer Advocates — Webinar
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 12:00pm ET. Register here

Connection and Support: Peers Helping Others When Life Gets Tough — Webinar
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 2:00 pm ET. Register here.

Webinar: Denver STAR
Alternative Responses to Calls for Service in Your Community
Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 2:00 pm ET.
COSSAP in collaboration with Center for Health and Justice at TASC, will be joined by representatives from Denver, Colorado, will discuss their approach to call for service in the community through their STAR (Support Team Assisted Response) program. 

Communities across the country are looking at options for providing alternative responses to calls for service for nonviolent, low-level incidences such as trespassing, substance misuse-related, or behavioral health episodes. Working as a team consisting of mental health clinicians and a paramedic, members of the STAR program are dispatched to call that previously would have been handled by patrol officers. The panelist will discuss the planning and implementation of their program, describe how the program is utilized, and discuss early outcomes. Register here.

News from PTACC Partners 
Gaudenzia, in collaboration with the Norristown Police Department and the Montgomery County Office of Drug and Alcohol, has been conducting outreach programs in local neighborhoods to offer treatment options to those in need. The initiative, known as Operation Rebound, began with virtual training on diversion programs provided by the Police Treatment and Community Collaboration (PTACC) during the fall of 2020. Though Operation Rebound, Gaudenzia and its partners aim to reduce fatal opioid overdoses in Montgomery County, divert those struggling with opioid use from the criminal justice system to treatment programs and increase engagement with those struggling in treatment and recovery support services. Read the story.

PTACC's Deflection Classifieds
Funding Opportunities- SAMHSA

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment
Application Due Date: Monday, April 19, 2021
SAMHSA is accepting applications for Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) grants. The purpose of this program is to implement screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment services for children, adolescents, and/or adults in primary care and community health settings, with a focus on screening for underage drinking, opioid use, and other substance use. These grants support clinically appropriate services for persons at risk (asymptomatic) for substance use disorder (SUD), as well as those diagnosed with SUD. Learn more.

Medication Assisted Treatment — Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction
Application Due Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2021
SAMHSA is accepting applications for Medication-Assisted Treatment Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction (MAT-PDOA) grants. The purpose of this program is to expand/enhance access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) services for persons with an opioid use disorder seeking or receiving MAT. Learn more.

Did you see it?

IACP Training Opportunity: Law Enforcement Training in Collaborative Crisis ResponseThe International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) are inviting U.S. law enforcement agencies to apply to participate in the Law Enforcement Training in Collaborative Crisis Response. This initiative is designed to enhance, implement, and evaluate crisis response training for law enforcement and first responders and to assist communities in their development of collaborative crisis response programs, with a specific focus in addressing the needs of individuals with behavioral health disorders and developmental disabilities. Applications are due April 2nd, 2021. Apply here.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Funding to Support Comprehensive Community Prevention, Treatment, Recovery and Health Services
The Biden Administration will provide nearly $2.5 billion in funding to states and territories to address the nation’s mental illness and addiction crisis, which has worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), will direct $1.65 billion in Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant funding and $825 million in Community Mental Health Services Block Grant funding to states and territories. Funding allocation tables can be viewed here: 
FY 2021 Community Mental Health Block Grant Program COVID-19 Supplemental AwardsFY 2021 Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant Program COVID-19 Supplemental Awards.

Telehealth Legislation Re-Introduced
This week, Sens. Portman (R-OH) and Whitehouse (D-RI) and Reps. McKinley (R-WV), Budd (R-NC), Cicilline (D-RI), and Trone (D-MD) re-introduced the Telehealth Response for E-prescribing Addiction Therapy Services (TREATS) Act. The legislation, first introduced last Congress, seeks to support the expansion of telehealth services for substance use care. The TREATS Act would allow for the prescription of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) without a prior in-person visit, and for Medicare to be billed for audio-only telehealth services. 

Moving Upstream: Advancing Family Well-Being Through Housing and Economic Mobility
A webinar from Abt Associates discussed the experience of families, leading practitioners, and researchers, and explored how housing and economic mobility programs can coordinate to help families thrive. Watch the recording.
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The PTACC Ticker is a summary of resources, news stories, opportunities, and updates for deflection related issues, including the topics of police and other first responders, treatment, and community. It is compiled and published by PTACC each Wednesday.

Some headlines and text have been altered by PTACC for clarity or emphasis, or to minimize discriminatory or stigmatizing language. Opinions in the articles and op-eds do not necessarily express the views of PTACC and our partners.