PAARI http://paariusa.org The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative Tue, 12 Jun 2018 18:46:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 https://i0.wp.com/paariusa.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/46/2015/06/PAARI_Logo_PUB_052815-02-11-5570acc8v1_site_icon.png?fit=32%2C32 PAARI http://paariusa.org 32 32 93051737 P.A.A.R.I. and Partners Featured in Politico Magazine http://paariusa.org/2018/06/07/p-a-a-r-i-and-partners-featured-in-politico-magazine/ http://paariusa.org/2018/06/07/p-a-a-r-i-and-partners-featured-in-politico-magazine/#respond Thu, 07 Jun 2018 13:41:50 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4655 P.A.A.R.I. and some of its partners, as well as Co-Chairmen John Rosenthal and Frederick Ryan, were recently featured in Politico Magazine for their work reinventing law enforcement’s role in responding to the nationwide opioid crisis. Thanks to @PaariUSA and many others, police are connecting people with #opioid addiction to treatment. https://t.co/hSKPl9yL84 — ONDCP (@ONDCP) June […]

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P.A.A.R.I. and some of its partners, as well as Co-Chairmen John Rosenthal and Frederick Ryan, were recently featured in Politico Magazine for their work reinventing law enforcement’s role in responding to the nationwide opioid crisis.

The story highlights the work being done by Plymouth Police through Plymouth County Outreach, as well as in Arlington to reach out directly to overdose victims and their families in order to connect them with life changing recovery options.

It also highlights the beginnings of P.A.A.R.I., which was founded in the wake of the immense success Gloucester Police found when they opened their doors to those suffering from substance abuse disorders and forever changed the role of police in fighting the opioid abuse:

Three years later, the unique approach to combating the opioid epidemic has evolved into a national program called Police-Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative, or PAARI, a partnership of 390 police departments that has helped 12,000 people get into drug treatment. Some members, like Gloucester, have opened their police stations as safe spaces for the addicted. Others, like Plymouth, follow a variation created in Arlington, Mass., a Boston suburb, in which officers and addiction counselors reach out to recent overdose victims instead of waiting for addicts to come to them.

While PAARI started in small cities, it is now getting attention from cities with much larger populations and significantly more overdoses. The biggest partner is Macomb County, Michigan, made up of 27 suburbs of Detroit with a combined population of 860,000 and the second-highest rate of opioid overdose deaths in the state—more than twice the national average. Officials there tweaked the Gloucester model, using 250 “angel” volunteers so the police don’t have to arrange the treatment themselves. Phoenix started a program in one of its police stations. Salt Lake City launched a program on the troubled street across from its homeless shelter. Boston just kicked off an effort in which police officers in certain neighborhoods give out cards with the names of treatment advocates PAARI has hired through AmeriCorps.

To read the whole story, “The Police Aren’t Just Getting You In Trouble. They Actually Care” click here.

 

 

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Arlington Police Chief Co-Authors National “10 Standards of Care” for Police Responding to Opioid Crisis http://paariusa.org/2018/06/04/arlington-police-chief-co-authors-national-10-standards-of-care-for-police-responding-to-opioid-crisis/ http://paariusa.org/2018/06/04/arlington-police-chief-co-authors-national-10-standards-of-care-for-police-responding-to-opioid-crisis/#respond Mon, 04 Jun 2018 17:23:09 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4651 ARLINGTON — Police Chief Frederick Ryan is proud to announce the release of a groundbreaking document aimed at guiding the actions and policies of police departments nationwide that are scrambling to respond to the opioid crisis. The work comes after a historic gathering of municipal police chiefs, policymakers and academic leaders from Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg […]

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ARLINGTON — Police Chief Frederick Ryan is proud to announce the release of a groundbreaking document aimed at guiding the actions and policies of police departments nationwide that are scrambling to respond to the opioid crisis. The work comes after a historic gathering of municipal police chiefs, policymakers and academic leaders from Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Now, the proven strategies employed by the nationally-modeled Arlington Outreach Initiative are being melded with efforts in Vermont and West Virginia in a Johns Hopkins publication entitled “Ten Standards of Care: Policing and The Opioid Crisis.”

In the publication, Chief Ryan, along with Burlington, Vermont Police Chief Brandon Del Pozo, Morgantown, West Virginia Police Chief Edward Preston argue for a significant shift in the approach taken by municipal police departments.

“Law enforcement officers are on the front lines of addressing this nationwide crisis. They are often the first to arrive on the scene of an overdose. They encounter and respond to the consequences of addiction every day. They see the toll the crisis is taking on communities, and they have a critical role to play in influencing how communities address it,” said the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg American Health Initiative in a statement accompanying the document’s release Thursday.

For Chief Ryan, who has testified before Congress and has sat around the table with the past two presidential administrations and the U.S. Surgeon General, the “Ten Standards of Care” lends national academic credence to an evolving set of policies  that police departments have rapidly begun to employ. These procedures have become all the more important in recent years, as overdoses now exceed motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of accidental death in the United States.

“The opioid epidemic, especially with the dramatic and unprecedented rise in synthetic drugs like Fentanyl, represents one of the most significant public health emergencies in a generation. This cannot be solved by arresting and incarcerating more people. As police officers, we are often the first on scene and are being called upon to do something as more and more Americans die every day,” Chief Ryan said. “We did not ask for this responsibility, and we must open our minds to new, research-backed methods. The opioid crisis is, itself, the evolution of a longstanding drug addiction and mental health problem in our society, and those of us in the law enforcement community must evolve our methods to tackle it.”

In addition to the Arlington Opiate Outreach Initiative and other municipal programs, the document recognizes The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) as a promising approach that has been adapted by hundreds of police departments across the country. Chief Ryan is a founding member and co-chairman of P.A.A.R.I., and he chairs its Police Council. 

The “Ten Standards of Care” was co-authored by the chiefs and Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Former Office of National Drug Control Policy Directors Gil Kerlikowske and Michael Botticelli, and six members of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. It is the product of a historic meeting of chiefs, veteran policymakers and academic leaders on May 3-4 at the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) headquarters in Washington, D.C. The document contains consensus best practices for police departments responding to the opioid crisis.

Working together, the group developed these 10 standards of care to serve as a guide for police departments and other law enforcement agencies trying to grapple with this crisis. They are:

1. Focus on overdose deaths. Just as homicide is the leading indicator for violence, the standard of care for police departments should be to work with public health agencies toward the goal of reducing overdose deaths. This can be done by using data-driven approaches and rigorous research to drive strategies and measure effectiveness.

2. Use naloxone. Nasal Narcan saves thousands of lives each year. To reverse otherwise fatal overdoses, the standard of care for departments should be to equip and train officers in the use of naloxone.

3. Educate on addiction and stigma. As respected and influential voices in their communities, police and health departments should work together to support training and public education on addiction to dispel the stigma on people with substance use disorders. Within police departments, the standard of care should be for this training to be part of the naloxone program.

4. Refer to treatment. To save lives from overdose, address opioid addiction and reduce recidivism, the standard of care should be for departments to equip, train and recognize officers for helping people in need access effective treatment that offers all three FDA-approved medications.

5. Advocate for “on demand” treatment access. To save lives from overdose, address opioid addiction and reduce recidivism, the standard of care should be for departments to advocate for “on-demand” access to addiction treatment that offers all three FDA-approved medications.

6. Advocate for treatment for those who are incarcerated or under community supervision. To save lives from overdose, address opioid addiction and reduce recidivism, the standard of care should be for departments to advocate for access to effective treatment that offers all three FDA-approved medications for individuals in jail, in prison and under community supervision with the appropriate transition to continuing care.

7. Prevent outbreaks. To reduce HIV and hepatitis outbreaks, protect officer health and help individuals reach treatment, the standard of care should be for departments to collaborate with public health and community-based agencies to support well-managed syringe service programs.

8. Consider fentanyl detection. To prevent death due to fentanyl and its analogues, the standard of care should be for departments to explore efforts with public health and community partners to help individuals detect the presence of fentanyl in their drugs.

9. Explore innovation. The standard of care should be for departments to explore, with their public health, law enforcement and community partners, the evidence on the efficacy of supervised consumption spaces to connect people to treatment and reduce overdoses.

10. Support Good Samaritan laws. To facilitate an effective and broad response to the opioid epidemic, the standard of care should be for departments to work to make sure that Good Samaritan laws are understood and implemented consistent with the spirit and intent of the legislation.

Click here to download the document in LONG or SHORT form.

About the Arlington Opiate Outreach Initiative:

In July 2015, Chief Frederick Ryan and the Arlington Police Department outlined a new strategy for police officers to get directly involved in the demand side of the heroin and opiate crisis by working with a public health clinician to conduct direct outreach to the known substance user community and their families, friends and caregivers. This program is called the Arlington Opiate Outreach Initiative. Read more here and here.

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3 years ago today Gloucester Police Department opened its doors http://paariusa.org/2018/06/01/3-years-ago-today-gloucester-police-department-opened-its-doors/ http://paariusa.org/2018/06/01/3-years-ago-today-gloucester-police-department-opened-its-doors/#respond Fri, 01 Jun 2018 16:59:56 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4641 On June 1, 2015 — 3 years ago today — the Gloucester ANGEL Initiative opened its doors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to anyone suffering from the disease of addiction, creating a non-arrest, stigma-free, and immediate pathway to treatment and recovery. This innovative program has helped more than 600 people enter treatment […]

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On June 1, 2015 — 3 years ago today — the Gloucester ANGEL Initiative opened its doors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to anyone suffering from the disease of addiction, creating a non-arrest, stigma-free, and immediate pathway to treatment and recovery. This innovative program has helped more than 600 people enter treatment to date.

The Gloucester ANGEL Initiative also sparked a movement of law enforcement agencies across the country who recognize that addiction is a disease not a crime that requires treatment not arrest. Founded alongside the groundbreaking Gloucester ANGEL Initiative in June 2015, PAARI has been a driving force behind this rapidly expanding community policing movement.

PAARI and our network of 408 law enforcement partners are working towards a collective vision where non-arrest diversion programs become a standard policing practice across the country. This movement is reducing overdose deaths, expanding access to treatment, improving public safety, reducing crime, diverting people away from the criminal justice system, reducing stigma, and increasing trust between law enforcement and their communities.

Thank you to the many law enforcement agencies, treatment programs, partners, volunteers, donors, and community members who have helped turn this simple idea into a national movement.

Although there is much to celebrate, there is still much work left to be done, as the opioid epidemic continues to claim 174 lives each day. PAARI’s work is more vital today than ever.

We encourage you to get involved by making a donation, talking to your local police department about joining PAARI, or reaching out to someone you know who is struggling with a substance use disorder.

3 Year Celebration & Awards Ceremony – June 27 at 6pm

What an amazing 3 years it has been! Since June 2015, PAARI has grown into a national movement of more than 400 law enforcement agencies who believe in treatment over arrest and incarceration. We have placed more than 600 people into treatment through the Gloucester ANGEL Program alone and more than 15,000 individuals in total through our partners across the country.

Come celebrate with us and congratulate the 2018 PAARI Leadership Award winners who make this all possible. Thanks to the unending support of Steve Jesi and Cheryl Marlow, for the 3rd year in a row, 3 participants of the Gloucester ANGEL Program will also receive the Stephenie Jesi Memorial Scholarship to support their recovery journey.

This event is not to be missed. We hope to see you there!

Tickets can be purchased here.

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Please join us for the 3rd Annual Comedy Night in Memory of Stephenie Jesi http://paariusa.org/2018/02/09/please-join-us-3rd-annual-comedy-night-memory-stephenie-jesi/ http://paariusa.org/2018/02/09/please-join-us-3rd-annual-comedy-night-memory-stephenie-jesi/#respond Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:34:16 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4376 Once again, we are pleased to have one of Boston's best comedian​​ Dave Russo and ​friends for a comedy night to help raise funds in memory of Stephenie Jesi.

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Date: Sunday, April 15
Location: Breakaway​,​ 221 Newbury St​,​ Route 1, Danvers
Time: Doors open at 5:30 p.m., Event ends at 9:30 p.m.

Once again, we are pleased to have one of Boston’s best comedian​​ Dave Russo and ​friends for a comedy night to help raise funds in memory of Stephenie Jesi. This year the event will benefit two great organizations: PAARI (paariusa.org) and Shatterproof (shatterproof.org). Join us for pizza, calzones, salad, drinks, and lots of fun to celebrate a fun-loving lady and raise funds to help us fight the disease of addiction. We are looking forward to another great night with lots of family, friends​,​ and fun!

Order your tickets now and please pass the link on to others and post to social media to get the word out.

Cheers,
Steve Jesi, Cheryl Marlow, and family

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Please join us for the 3rd Annual Comedy Night in Memory of Stephenie Jesi http://paariusa.org/2018/02/07/please-join-us-3rd-annual-comedy-night-memory-stephenie-jesi-2/ http://paariusa.org/2018/02/07/please-join-us-3rd-annual-comedy-night-memory-stephenie-jesi-2/#respond Wed, 07 Feb 2018 19:25:29 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4360 Date: Sunday, April 15 Location: Breakaway​,​ 221 Newbury St​,​ Route 1, Danvers Time: Doors open at 5:30 p.m., Event ends at 9:30 p.m. Once again, we are pleased to have one of Boston’s best comedian​​ Dave Russo and ​friends for a comedy night to help raise funds in memory of Stephenie Jesi. This year the […]

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Date: Sunday, April 15
Location: Breakaway​,​ 221 Newbury St​,​ Route 1, Danvers
Time: Doors open at 5:30 p.m., Event ends at 9:30 p.m.

Once again, we are pleased to have one of Boston’s best comedian​​ Dave Russo and ​friends for a comedy night to help raise funds in memory of Stephenie Jesi. This year the event will benefit two great organizations: PAARI (paariusa.org) and Shatterproof (shatterproof.org). Join us for pizza, calzones, salad, drinks, and lots of fun to celebrate a fun-loving lady and raise funds to help us fight the disease of addiction. We are looking forward to another great night with lots of family, friends​,​ and fun!

Order your tickets now and please pass the link on to others and post to social media to get the word out.

Cheers,
Steve Jesi, Cheryl Marlow, and family

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P.A.A.R.I. Leaders Testify Before Massachusetts Legislature http://paariusa.org/2018/01/17/p-r-leaders-testify-massachusetts-legislature/ http://paariusa.org/2018/01/17/p-r-leaders-testify-massachusetts-legislature/#respond Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:16:17 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4305 BOSTON – Members of P.A.A.R.I.’s leadership team testified yesterday before the Massachusetts Legislature in support of a bill that would increase access to treatment and long term recovery and work to curb prescription drug misuse. In their remarks in support of Governor Charlie Baker’s Bill No. H4033 “An Act Relative to Combating Addiction, Accessing Treatment, […]

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BOSTON – Members of P.A.A.R.I.’s leadership team testified yesterday before the Massachusetts Legislature in support of a bill that would increase access to treatment and long term recovery and work to curb prescription drug misuse.

In their remarks in support of Governor Charlie Baker’s Bill No. H4033 “An Act Relative to Combating Addiction, Accessing Treatment, Reducing Prescriptions, and Enhancing Prevention” (The CARE Act) Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade and Co-Chairs John Rosenthal and Frederick Ryan discussed pre-arrest programs that save lives, increase access to treatment, reduce crime, build trust, and reduce health care and criminal justice costs.

Also in attendance was, Cody Desmond, P.A.A.R.I. AmeriCorps member and Recovery Coach at Lynn Police Department who shared his experiences and discussed the role of a Recovery Coach.

P.A.A.R.I. has 375 law enforcement partners in 32 states across the country and 74 police departments in Massachusetts have signed onto the organization since its founding in 2015 with Gloucester and Arlington Police.

Highlights from P.A.A.R.I.’s testimony include:

  • We support legislation that will save lives and expand access to treatment and long term recovery like every other chronic disease, including:
    • Requiring ERs to conduct an evaluation and provide a link to treatment following an overdose.
    • Needing oversight of treatment provider licensing with an emphasis on medication assisted recovery.
    • Making treatment available 24/7 to patients with public insurance on the same basis as private insurance.
    • Expanding the role that Recovery Coaches play in successful long-term addiction treatment and recovery and creating more robust training and standards.
    • Expanding access to nasal naloxone to all first responders.

P.A.A.R.I. also stands ready and willing to assist Massachusetts state government and Governor Baker’s administration to join two proposed state commissions to review treatment standards and create Recovery Coach standards in Massachusetts.

The CARE Act is sponsored by Governor Baker, who also gave the opening remarks at P.A.A.R.I.’s National Law Enforcement Summit in December sponsored by the BU School of Public Health and the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans.

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Covington, Louisiana Reports Crime Down 22 Percent http://paariusa.org/2018/01/09/covington-louisiana-reports-crime-22-percent/ http://paariusa.org/2018/01/09/covington-louisiana-reports-crime-22-percent/#respond Tue, 09 Jan 2018 17:05:09 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4282 From Covington, La. Police: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, January 05, 2018   Covington Crime Stats for 2017 Released, Overall Crime Rate Down 22%   Chief Tim Lentz has released the 2017 crime statistics for the City of Covington, showing a 22% reduction in the overall crime rate based on FBI Part I reported offenses. In […]

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From Covington, La. Police:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, January 05, 2018

 

Covington Crime Stats for 2017 Released, Overall Crime Rate Down 22%

 

Chief Tim Lentz has released the 2017 crime statistics for the City of Covington, showing a 22% reduction in the overall crime rate based on FBI Part I reported offenses.

In 2017, the Covington Police Department continued its strategy of reducing crime through a community-oriented policing philosophy. This philosophy focuses on strengthening relationships with our community through outreach programs, day-to-day interactions with the public and our youth.

In 2016, the Covington Police Department responded to 440 crimes meeting the criteria for FBI Part I Uniform Crime Reports. Through the hard work of the officers who serve our community and their dedication to our philosophy of community policing, that number fell to an astonishing 345 reportable crimes last year.

Mayor Cooper states, “I commend Chief Lentz and the dedicated members of the Covington Police Department for their hard work and dedication to the safety and service of our community.”

Drug abuse has continued to be an epidemic that affects our entire nation. In March of 2016, Chief Lentz led an effort for the creation of Operation Angel, a program designed to combat drug addiction. Through this program, anyone seeking help for drug addiction can walk into any police station in St. Tammany Parish and be admitted into a treatment program. In 2017, the first full year that Operation Angel was in effect, more than 50 people took advantage of the program through the Covington Police Department alone.

As with previous years, traffic crashes continue to be the most common call for service. In 2016, the Covington Police Department responded to 667 crashes, with 70 of those resulting in injuries. Last year, in addition to the crime rate, the number of crashes fell to 627, with 70 of those resulting in injuries.

The Covington Police Department has continued working toward increased driver awareness, through programs such as the “I Got Caught” t-shirt campaign and mock DWI crashes at local schools.

The FBI Part I reported crimes are shown below, including a comparison of previous years.

Category 2015 2016 2017
Murder 0 1 1
Rape 0 2 1
Robbery 4 3 1
Aggravated Assault 23 40 25
Assault 114 87 78
Burglary 38 23 27
Theft 318 278 204
Vehicle Theft 13 6 8
Total UCR Crimes 510 440 345

Media contact:  Chief Tim Lentz- 985.768.1205 tlentz@covla.com or

Officer Trey Mahon- 985.966.9131 tmahon@covla.com

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Watch live! Day Two of the National Law Enforcement Summit http://paariusa.org/2017/12/06/watch-live-day-two-national-law-enforcement-summit/ http://paariusa.org/2017/12/06/watch-live-day-two-national-law-enforcement-summit/#respond Wed, 06 Dec 2017 13:42:05 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4162 The post Watch live! Day Two of the National Law Enforcement Summit appeared first on PAARI.

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Watch live! P.A.A.R.I. Law Enforcement Summit http://paariusa.org/2017/12/05/watch-live-p-r-law-enforcement-summit/ http://paariusa.org/2017/12/05/watch-live-p-r-law-enforcement-summit/#respond Tue, 05 Dec 2017 14:35:40 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4158 The post Watch live! P.A.A.R.I. Law Enforcement Summit appeared first on PAARI.

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