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 Five P.A.A.R.I. Recovery Coaches Join Boston Police Department through AmeriCorps Program http://paariusa.org/2018/06/11/five-p-a-a-r-i-recovery-coaches-join-boston-police-department-through-americorps-program/ http://paariusa.org/2018/06/11/five-p-a-a-r-i-recovery-coaches-join-boston-police-department-through-americorps-program/#respond Mon, 11 Jun 2018 21:04:13 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4671 GLOUCESTER -- Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade is pleased to announce that five Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) recovery coaches have been sworn in as AmeriCorps members to contribute to the Boston Police Department's addiction and recovery efforts.

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John Rosenthal, Co-founder & Chairman
Frederick Ryan, Co-Chairman
186 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

For Immediate Release

Monday, June 11, 2018

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Five P.A.A.R.I. Recovery Coaches Join Boston Police Department through AmeriCorps Program

GLOUCESTER — Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade is pleased to announce that five Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) recovery coaches have been sworn in as AmeriCorps members to contribute to the Boston Police Department’s addiction and recovery efforts.

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh held an official swearing in of P.A.A.R.I.’s Anita Cunha, Steve Jutras, Tyshaun Perryman, Ursel Hughes and Cheryl Molloy-Emerson as part of the 86th annual meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors on Sunday, June 10. The ceremony marked Mayor Walsh’s first time swearing in a group of AmeriCorps members.

“I’m grateful for the P.A.A.R.I. recovery coaches, who will work closely with our police officers, to fight the opioid epidemic by enhancing direct outreach and getting more people into treatment and on the road to recovery,” Mayor Walsh said. “All of us have a role to play in addressing the opioid epidemic, and as our first responders are on the front lines of answering the call for help, it’s our responsibility to ensure they are equipped with the tools and resources to best support those in need of care. This partnership with P.A.A.R.I. and AmeriCorps will strengthen our work as we continue to implement solutions that will make a real difference.”

During the meeting, where mayors from around the country were in attendance, the P.A.A.R.I.-AmeriCorps program was highlighted as a best practice. The program places members into service at host police department sites across Massachusetts to assist with municipal police-led addiction and recovery programs in direct response to the growing opioid epidemic.

“The opioid epidemic is the most pressing public health and public safety issue affecting our communities, with an estimated 174 fatal overdoses every single day,” Hunter McDade said during the U.S. Conference of Mayors. “So both at the local and federal level, there is an emphasis on leveraging national service programs, such as AmeriCorps, to address it.”

P.A.A.R.I. currently has a team of 22 members who are serving 53 communities across Massachusetts where they help build the capacity of law enforcement programs, prevent overdose deaths, and provide vital resources to community members with substance use disorders and their loved ones. Since October 2017, the team of P.A.A.R.I-AmeriCorps members have provided support to 3,057 unique individuals affected by a substance use disorder.

P.A.A.R.I. Co-founder John Rosenthal, who attended the ceremony and meeting, stressed the importance of communities implementing a pre-arrest program to assist those struggling with addiction while also working with volunteer organizations like AmeriCorps to provide related services to those in need.

“Thank you Mayor Marty Walsh for making the opioid epidemic a priority and for demonstrating your commitment by highlighting our partnership today,” Rosenthal said Sunday.

With the Boston Police Department, P.A.A.R.I.’s five recovery coaches will:

  • Assist individuals struggling with substance use disorders as they make referrals to treatment, navigate and remove barriers to recovery support services, and provide hope, optimism and encouragement.
  • Connect community members with substance use disorders, or those who have loved ones struggling with addiction, to recovery services.
  • Work across city agencies — like the Mayor’s Office of Recovery Services, Boston public libraries and the Boston Public Health Commission — as well as treatment providers, hospitals, neighborhood associations and organizations providing related services to assist those affected by opioid addiction.
  • Travel to neighborhoods where residents have less access to recovery services. All of the recovery coaches are personally in recovery and have direct experience navigating local treatment and recovery supports.

“We are so proud to partner with P.A.A.R.I. on this innovative, groundbreaking AmeriCorps program,” said Emily Haber, CEO of the Massachusetts Service Alliance, which provides funding to the project. “P.A.A.R.I.-AmeriCorps is a strong model for engaging the power of national service to address the devastating opioid crisis in Massachusetts and across the nation.”

The five P.A.A.R.I AmeriCorps members join more than 1,200 AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members combating the opioid epidemic in more than 150 communities across 45 states. This is thanks to support from the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that oversees these national service programs.

 

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P.A.A.R.I. Featured in NY Times Editorial on America’s Eight-Step Program for Treating Opioid Addiction http://paariusa.org/2017/10/02/p-r-featured-ny-times-editorial-americas-eight-step-program-treating-opioid-addiction/ http://paariusa.org/2017/10/02/p-r-featured-ny-times-editorial-americas-eight-step-program-treating-opioid-addiction/#respond Mon, 02 Oct 2017 14:41:20 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=3920 In an editorial published by the New York Times on Sept. 30, P.A.A.R.I. is featured as one of the eight steps that should be taken to combat opioid addiction.

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In an editorial published by the New York Times on Sept. 30, P.A.A.R.I. is featured as one of the eight steps that should be taken to combat opioid addiction.

“Drug overdoses, nearly two-thirds of them from prescription opioids, heroin and synthetic opioids, killed some 64,000 Americans last year, over 20 percent more than in 2015,” the article reads. “That is also more than double the number in 2005, and nearly quadruple the number in 2000, when accidental falls killed more Americans than opioid overdoses.”

To address this national crisis, the New York Times outlines several steps to take, some of which come from the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.

The second recommendation, “treat, don’t arrest,” highlights that nearly 300 law enforcement agencies have joined P.A.A.R.I., which helps those struggling with the disease of addiction get the help they need to recover by working with their local police department. This initiative has been proven to bring about more lasting results and costs less than repeatedly arresting drug offenders.

For the complete list of the steps, read the entire article here.

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P.A.A.R.I. Brings on Former Gloucester Angel Participant as New Care Advocate and Outreach Coordinator http://paariusa.org/2017/09/21/p-r-brings-former-gloucester-angel-participant-new-care-advocate-outreach-coordinator/ http://paariusa.org/2017/09/21/p-r-brings-former-gloucester-angel-participant-new-care-advocate-outreach-coordinator/#respond Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:53:24 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=3903 GLOUCESTER -- John Rosenthal, co-founder and chairman of the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.), and Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade are pleased to announce that Steve Lesnikoski -- the first person to go through the Gloucester Angel Initiative -- is P.A.A.R.I.’s new Care Advocate and

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John Rosenthal, Co-founder & Chairman
186 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

For Immediate Release

Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

P.A.A.R.I. Brings on Former Gloucester Angel Participant as New Care Advocate and Outreach Coordinator

Steve Lesnikoski is P.A.A.R.I.’s new Care Advocate and Outreach Coordinator. (Courtesy Photo Wayne E. Chinnock Photography)

GLOUCESTER — John Rosenthal, co-founder and chairman of the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.), and Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade are pleased to announce that Steve Lesnikoski — the first person to go through the Gloucester Angel Initiative — is P.A.A.R.I.’s new Care Advocate and Outreach Coordinator.

Lesnikoski stepped into his new role on Sept. 11. His position is made possible through P.A.A.R.I.’s two-year project funded by a grant from the Evelyn Lilly Lutz Foundation.

“Steve’s journey, first with the Gloucester Angel Program and then P.A.A.R.I., has really brought him full circle,” Rosenthal said. “We hope every participant who has gone through an opioid recovery program can be as successful as Steve has been. We’re pleased to have him working full-time with P.A.A.R.I. assisting others like him who are trying to overcome substance abuse disorders.”

The partnership with the Lutz Foundation enables P.A.A.R.I. to collaborate with additional police departments in Essex County while expanding its staff to assist these agencies, a​s well as ​​individuals seeking treatment.

As a Care Advocate and Outreach Coordinator, Lesnikoski will work with law enforcement agencies to prevent opioid overdose deaths, engage more residents in effective treatment and recovery from substance use disorders, and improve coordination among hospitals, police and communities. His focus will be centered on police departments in the Beverly Hospital service area.

Lesnikoski previously worked at Eliot Community Human Services in Lynn, where he was a Peer Specialist in the Emergency Services Program. His role included assisting and providing aftercare follow up on post-overdose calls through Eliot’s Jail Diversion Program located in the Lynn Police Department.

In 2015, Lesnikoski reached out to the Gloucester Police Department, following the launch of its Angel Program, seeking help recovering from his opioid addiction. Since then, he has remained committed to assisting others through his work with P.A.A.R.I., first as a volunteer and then as an intern.

In March, Lesnikoski joined P.A.A.R.I. members in Washington to participate in the Senate Round Table to discuss steps leaders can take to address the nation’s opioid epidemic. Most recently, Lesnikoski joined Hunter McDade in Ohio to speak at a law enforcement-led rally on opioids.

“Over the last year, Steve has provided invaluable insight to P.A.A.R.I. and has positively impacted the lives of so many with his inspiring story,” Hunter McDade said. “We’re so pleased and thankful to be working with the Evelyn Lilly Lutz Foundation so that we can increase Steve’s presence and impact in Essex County.”

Lesnikoski is currently attending North Shore Community College, where he’s working to obtain an associate’s degree in drug and alcohol rehabilitation. He has been sober for more than two years.

To contact Lesnikoski, email him at steve@paariusa.org or call him at (888) 9-PAARI-9 ex. 705.

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P.A.A.R.I. Works with City of Gloucester to Place Narcan in Public Buildings http://paariusa.org/2017/06/19/p-r-works-city-gloucester-place-narcan-public-buildings/ http://paariusa.org/2017/06/19/p-r-works-city-gloucester-place-narcan-public-buildings/#respond Mon, 19 Jun 2017 20:59:19 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=3605 GLOUCESTER -- Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I) Co-Founder and Chairman John Rosenthal and Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade are pleased to announce that P.A.A.R.I. has partnered with the City of Gloucester to place 4 mg doses of Narcan in public buildings.

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John Rosenthal, Co-founder & Chairman
186 Main Street, Suite 25A
Gloucester, MA 01930

For Immediate Release

Monday, June 19, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

P.A.A.R.I. Works with City of Gloucester to Place Narcan in Public Buildings

GLOUCESTER — Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I) Co-Founder and Chairman John Rosenthal and Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade are pleased to announce that P.A.A.R.I. has partnered with the City of Gloucester to place 4 mg doses of Narcan in public buildings.

The 4 mg doses, which will be provided by P.A.A.R.I. through a donation from Adapt Pharma, will be placed in the recently installed automated external defibrillator kits. Adding Narcan to these locations will allow the public and city officials to be better equipped in the event that someone witnesses an opioid overdose.

“P.A.A.R.I. is pleased to partner with the Mayor, Gloucester Police Department, Gloucester Fire Department and Department of Public Health to make life-saving nasal naloxone more accessible in the community,” Hunter McDade said. “Lives will be saved by making Narcan available in these public locations and training city employees to be able to assist in emergency situations. We applaud the city’s efforts to continually makes strides in response to this growing epidemic.”

Narcan will be available at the following locations as of June 20:

  • CATA City Hall Annex, 3 Pond Road
  • City Hall, 9 Dale Ave.
  • Rose Baker Senior Center, 6 Manuel F Lewis St.
  • Department of Public Works, 28 Poplar St.
  • Sawyer Free Library, 2 Dale Ave.

“Overdose victims often have mere minutes to survive, so it is imperative that Narcan is readily available to the public in the event that someone witnesses an overdose and needs to assist prior to first responders arrival,” Rosenthal said. “We’re happy to work with Gloucester officials to equip the city with this lifesaving drug.”

Officials will continue to work with P.A.A.R.I. to add Narcan kits to the Visitor Center, Wingarsheek Beach and Good Harbor Beach.

Additionally, the Gloucester Health and Personnel Departments, in collaboration with the Gloucester Fire Department, are providing free nasal Narcan training for all interested city employees.

“The support that our city and community partners continue to provide show that Gloucester continues to lead within education, training and compassionate care,” Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken said. “We all combat negative stigmas around addiction and abuse, but proven solutions always start with awareness – especially through trusted leaders. Through the addition of Narcan within our medical kits, we can help save a life in the event of an overdoses in or near a city building. We will always do all that we can to help those need and I’m proud of this program’s growth.”

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P.A.A.R.I. Executive Director Receives Young Professional Award from Massachusetts Nonprofit Network http://paariusa.org/2017/06/06/p-r-receives-nonprofit-excellence-award-massachusetts-nonprofit-network/ http://paariusa.org/2017/06/06/p-r-receives-nonprofit-excellence-award-massachusetts-nonprofit-network/#respond Tue, 06 Jun 2017 18:55:03 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=3549 During a ceremony at the State House on Monday, June 5, the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network honored Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade with a Young Professional Award. The event coincided with MNN’s annual Nonprofit Awareness Day.

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During a ceremony at the State House on Monday, June 5, the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network honored Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade with a Young Professional Award. The event coincided with MNN’s annual Nonprofit Awareness Day.

Each year, the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network honors the passion and impact of leaders in the state’s nonprofit sector with the Nonprofit Excellence Awards. Recipients exemplify the most innovative, creative and effective work being done throughout the Commonwealth.

The Young Professional Excellence Award recognizes an emerging nonprofit professional who has made a significant contribution to his or her organization through their effectiveness, dedication, perseverance, innovative thinking and interpersonal skills.

“It was an honor to receive the award and have the opportunity to highlight P.A.A.R.I.’s work,” Hunter McDade said.

About Nonprofit Awareness Day:

Massachusetts was the first state in the country to have an annual Nonprofit Awareness Day, which was recognized and signed into law by Governor Deval Patrick in 2008.

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P.A.A.R.I. to Hold Two-Year Anniversary Celebration and Awards Ceremony http://paariusa.org/2017/05/17/p-r-hold/ http://paariusa.org/2017/05/17/p-r-hold/#respond Wed, 17 May 2017 18:36:11 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=3510 What an amazing two years it has been! Since June 2015, P.A.A.R.I. has grown into a national movement of law enforcement agencies who believe in treatment over arrest and incarceration. We have placed more than 550 people into treatment through the Gloucester ANGEL Program alone and more than 10,000 individuals in total through our partners across the country.

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To celebrate its two-year anniversary, P.A.A.R.I. will host a celebration and awards ceremony next month and the public is invited to attend.

WHEN:

June 28, from 6-8 p.m.

WHERE:

The Gloucester House Restaurant, 63 Rogers St., Gloucester

WHAT:

What an amazing two years it has been! Since June 2015, P.A.A.R.I. has grown into a national movement of law enforcement agencies who believe in treatment over arrest and incarceration. We have placed more than 550 people into treatment through the Gloucester ANGEL Program alone and more than 10,000 individuals in total through our partners across the country.

Come celebrate with us and congratulate the 2017 P.A.A.R.I. Leadership Award winners who make this all possible. Thanks to the unending support of Steve Jesi and Cheryl Marlow, for the second year in a row, three 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 are $20 and available here: paariawards.eventbrite.com

Thank you to our event sponsor, Eastern Bank.

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Photos: P.A.A.R.I. Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade Attends Roundtable Event with U.S. Sen. Ed Markey to Discuss Opioid Epidemic http://paariusa.org/2017/04/19/p-r-executive-director/ http://paariusa.org/2017/04/19/p-r-executive-director/#respond Wed, 19 Apr 2017 20:57:41 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=3410 On Wednesday, April 19, P.A.A.R.I. Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade joined U.S. Sen. Ed Markey for a roundtable conversation on the nation's current opioid epidemic.

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On Wednesday, April 19, P.A.A.R.I. Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade joined U.S. Sen. Ed Markey for a roundtable conversation on the nation’s current opioid epidemic. Leaders from across the state attended the meeting, including Taunton Mayor Tom Hoye, state Rep. Jim Cantwell, Steven Tolman, president of Massachusetts AFL-CIO, Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter, state Sen. John Keenan, Dave and Lori Gonsalves and Cory Palazzi, founders of Cory’s Cause, state Sen. Marc Pacheco, Taunton Fire Chief Tim Bradshaw, the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts and Taunton Police Chief Ed Walsh.
Additionally, through Taunton’s P.A.A.R.I. program, police have conducted 211 outreach visits to the homes of individuals who experience an overdose.

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P.A.A.R.I. National Police Council Sends Letter to Congress Stressing Importance of Access to Opioid Treatment Options http://paariusa.org/2017/01/26/p-r-national-police-council-sends-letter-congress-stressing-importance-access-opioid-treatment-options/ http://paariusa.org/2017/01/26/p-r-national-police-council-sends-letter-congress-stressing-importance-access-opioid-treatment-options/#respond Thu, 26 Jan 2017 17:32:06 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=3149 GLOUCESTER -- John Rosenthal, Co-founder and Chairman of the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.), announces that P.A.A.R.I.’s National Police Council has sent a letter to members of Congress stressing the importance of continuing to provide affordable opioid addiction treatment.

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John Rosenthal, Co-founder & Chairman
One Bridge St., Suite #300
Newton, MA 02458

For Immediate Release

Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

P.A.A.R.I. National Police Council Sends Letter to Congress Stressing Importance of Access to Opioid Treatment Options

More Than 100 Law Enforcement Members Nationwide Sign On

GLOUCESTER — John Rosenthal, Co-founder and Chairman of the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.), announces that P.A.A.R.I.’s National Police Council has sent a letter to members of Congress stressing the importance of continuing to provide affordable opioid addiction treatment.

The letter, signed by more than 100 law enforcement members from across the country (and counting), comes on the cusp of potential changes in healthcare as the new administration reviews the nation’s policies and procedures.  (If you cannot click the link above, copy and paste the following into your browser: http://jgpr.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2017/01/new-paari-letter.pdf )

With drug overdose deaths now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, exceeding even motor vehicle accidents, the need for access to mental illness and addiction-related care is more imperative than ever.

“The loss of access to treatment would be devastating to those seeking help overcoming their addiction,” Rosenthal said. “The opioid epidemic affects every community in this nation and increasing access to treatment is a bipartisan issue and must be at the forefront of Congress’s agenda. A loss of health care and affordable health insurance will have devastating consequences for millions of Americans suffering with the disease of addiction. We strongly urge Congress to stand with P.A.A.R.I. and our more than 200 law enforcement partners across the country by recognizing addiction as a disease and refraining from making changes that will prevent people in need from getting life-saving treatment.”

“We need to stop criminalizing addiction and empower people to seek help, thus defeating the stigma of addiction,” said Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan, chairman of the Police Council. “This is why P.A.A.R.I. was created — to assist police departments throughout the nation, who have recognized addiction as a disease, help people access the treatment they need to recover. We’re committed to this mission and we hope that the new administration will support us going forward.”

In just over a year-and-a-half, P.A.A.R.I. has grown into a network of more than 200 police departments in 28 states, and works with over 300 treatment centers to secure fully-funded scholarships for participants with or without insurance.

“P.A.A.R.I. is reshaping the war on drugs through proactive crime-fighting strategies that place people suffering from addiction into treatment instead of jail. This is not a ‘light on crime’ approach. This is a ‘smart on crime’ approach,” said Dixon, Ill. Police Chief Danny Langloss, a member of the Police Council. “We are reducing drug-related crimes by 30 percent in our communities. We are saving lives, restoring families and seeing unprecedented success rates in treatment that we have never seen before.”

Police officials who would like to sign the letter can do so here. (Or paste: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeq0m7LZGHbQeS_VSZrKJTvwCut-9ZsHbeL6xh4TBo-NIZgBg/viewform?c=0&w=1 )

Additionally, individuals and non-police agencies who would like to show their support can join here and are also encouraged to call their elected officials directly to state their support. You can find your representative here.

About the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.):
P.A.A.R.I. police departments share a common mission: encourage opioid drug users to seek recovery, help distribute life saving opioid blocking drugs to prevent and treat overdoses, connect those struggling with the disease of addiction with treatment programs and facilities and provide resources to other police departments and communities that want to do more to fight the opioid epidemic.

P.A.A.R.I. is an independent nonprofit organization that supports law enforcement agencies in setting up, communicating and running their own addiction and recovery programs. The police departments, sheriffs offices, and prosecutors who have partnered with P.A.A.R.I. interact directly with members of the public and those seeking treatment, recovery, and resources. Learn more at paariusa.org.

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Macomb County, Mich. Police Departments Join P.A.A.R.I. to Expand Addiction Recovery Services http://paariusa.org/2017/01/12/macomb-county-mich-police-departments-join-p-a-a-r-i-to-expand-addiction-recovery-services/ http://paariusa.org/2017/01/12/macomb-county-mich-police-departments-join-p-a-a-r-i-to-expand-addiction-recovery-services/#respond Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:05:19 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=3109 GLOUCESTER -- John Rosenthal, Co-founder and Chairman of the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.), and Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade are pleased to announce that every police department, including the Sheriff’s Department, in Macomb County, Mich. have joined P.A.A.R.I. to launch an expansive countywide addiction recovery program on Feb. 1.

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John Rosenthal, Co-founder & Chairman
One Bridge St., Suite #300
Newton, MA 02458

For Immediate Release

Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Macomb County, Mich. Police Departments Join P.A.A.R.I. to Expand Addiction Recovery Services

GLOUCESTER — John Rosenthal, Co-founder and Chairman of the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.), and Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade are pleased to announce that every police department, including the Sheriff’s Department, in Macomb County, Mich. have joined P.A.A.R.I. to launch an expansive countywide addiction recovery program on Feb. 1.

Macomb County is the largest county in Michigan. Police departments throughout the county will implement a Gloucester Police type Angel Program to assist those with substance use disorders, following the model Michigan State Police at the Gaylord Post began earlier this year after joining P.A.A.R.I.

Starting Feb. 1, partner police departments will welcome those struggling with opioid addiction into their stations to work with Angel volunteers to be placed into a treatment and recovery program.

Additionally, police will collaborate with the state’s nonprofit organization, Families Against Narcotics (FAN), which began “Hope Not Handcuffs” — a collaborative effort between FAN, Macomb County police departments, Medstar EMS, Macomb County Office of Substance Abuse, CARE of Southeastern Michigan and Operation RX — to help those struggling with the disease of addiction.

Participating police departments include:

  • Macomb Community College Police
  • Armada Police Department
  • Eastpointe Police Department
  • Richmond Police Department
  • Roseville Police Department
  • Sterling Heights Police Department
  • Utica Police Department
  • Warren Police Department
  • Center Line Public Safety Department
  • Chesterfield Police Department
  • Clinton Township Police Department
  • Fraser Public Safety Department
  • Macomb County Sheriff’s Office
  • New Baltimore Police Department
  • Romeo Village Police Department
  • Shelby Township Police Department
  • St. Clair Shores Police Department
  • Michigan State Police, Metro North Post

Additionally, the Harper Woods Department of Public Safety in Wayne County is joining the initiative. 

“We only just visited Macomb County in early December 2016, and we’re so pleased that every single police department in the county has joined P.A.A.R.I. and the Michigan State Police to provide much needed access to opioid addiction treatment,” Rosenthal said. “Now, residents struggling with the disease of addiction will be able to walk into any police department in Michigan’s largest county and receive access to treatment. Macomb County is the latest example of how law enforcement agencies across the country are leading the way in providing access to opioid addiction treatment.”

To help with the startup of Angel programs, P.A.A.R.I. will provide free doses of 4 mg nasal Narcan to partner police departments and the Sheriff’s Office in Macomb County. As members of P.A.A.R.I., Macomb County police will also have access to a nationwide network of treatment centers to offer recovery services to program participants.

About the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.):

P.A.A.R.I. police departments share a common mission: encourage opioid drug users to seek recovery, help distribute life saving opioid blocking drugs to prevent and treat overdoses, connect those struggling with the disease of addiction with treatment programs and facilities and provide resources to other police departments and communities that want to do more to fight the opioid epidemic.

P.A.A.R.I. is an independent nonprofit organization that supports law enforcement agencies in setting up, communicating and running their own addiction and recovery programs. The police departments, sheriffs offices, and prosecutors who have partnered with P.A.A.R.I. interact directly with members of the public and those seeking treatment, recovery, and resources. Learn more at paariusa.org.

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P.A.A.R.I. Partner Covington Police Department Reports Reduction in Overall Crime Rate http://paariusa.org/2017/01/11/p-r-partner-covington-police-department-reports-reduction-overall-crime-rate/ http://paariusa.org/2017/01/11/p-r-partner-covington-police-department-reports-reduction-overall-crime-rate/#respond Wed, 11 Jan 2017 21:51:27 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=3103 GLOUCESTER -- John Rosenthal, Chairman of the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.), and Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade are pleased to announce that the Covington Police Department, a P.A.A.R.I. partner, has seen a reduction in the city's overall crime rat

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P.A.A.R.I. Partner Covington Police Department Reports Reduction in Overall Crime Rate

GLOUCESTER — John Rosenthal, Chairman of the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.), and Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade are pleased to announce that the Covington Police Department, a P.A.A.R.I. partner, has seen a reduction in the city’s overall crime rate from 2015 to 2016.

Police Chief Tim Lentz released the 2016 crime statistics for the City of Covington, which illustrate a 14 percent reduction in the overall crime rate based on FBI Part I reported offenses.

In 2015, the Covington Police Department responded to 510 crimes meeting the criteria for FBI Part I Uniform Crime Reports. In 2016, that number fell to 440.

To address the nation’s current opioid epidemic, the Covington Police Department led an effort to start the Operation Angel program in St. Tammany Parish — the first of its kind in Louisiana. 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. Participants can then turn over any unused narcotics, without fear of arrest, and be transported to a treatment facility by an officer.

Police officers in Covington are also equipped with nasal Narcan and have been successful in deploying the opioid reversal drug multiple times to patients who were overdosing in the past year.

In March of 2016, a fatal drug overdose led to the first homicide since 2007 in Covington. As part of that incident, investigators were able to identify and arrest the man suspected of selling the fatal drugs to the victim.

Mayor Cooper and Chief Tim Lentz made the following joint statement: “We can proudly say a 14 percent reduction in crime illustrates that the hard work and dedication to community-based policing by our officers has proven to be a success.”

 

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