PAARI http://paariusa.org The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative Tue, 10 Jul 2018 22:15:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 https://johnguilfoil.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/jgprsmallonly1.png PAARI http://paariusa.org 32 32 93051737 True Stories: A Busy Month for AmeriCorps Member Tyshaun Perryman http://paariusa.org/2018/07/02/true-stories-a-busy-month-for-americorps-member-tyshaun-perryman/ http://paariusa.org/2018/07/02/true-stories-a-busy-month-for-americorps-member-tyshaun-perryman/#respond Mon, 02 Jul 2018 17:46:21 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4733 Each month, our team of PAARI AmeriCorps Member share a short write up of the month’s activities. We’re pleased to share Tyshaun Perryman’s June 2018.

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Each month, our team of PAARI AmeriCorps Members share a short write up of the month’s activities. We’re pleased to share Tyshaun Perryman’s write up for June 2018 to give you an inside look of what it’s like to be a PAARI AmeriCorps Member. Tyshaun is serving as a Recovery Coach with Boston Police Department.

Learn more about our AmeriCorps members who are working to make a difference in their communities every day.

June 2018: Busy Month

My work initiative increased this month tremendously.  Five people were placed in treatment, I did a lot of Recovery Coach training and I attended several exciting events.  Out of the five people placed; four have gone on to further treatment after leaving detox, and only one has returned back to the streets. I continue to follow-up with this individual and to encourage him to “never give up!”

Regarding the meetings I attended:  I attended the Hub meeting at Urban Edge in Jamaica Plain. This meeting was great because I became a part of a collaborative team of diverse human service professionals whose soul purpose is to help people who are in acute crisis situations overcome their circumstances.  I attended the US Conference of Mayors that addressed the opioids crisis. At the conference I was sworn in by Mayor Walsh as an AmeriCorps civil servant. This was an honor. Lastly I attended the third annual PAARI Awards Ceremony in Gloucester. It was a fantastic event, full of honorable public servants who deserved to be recognized for their tremendous contribution to society and PAARI.

I attended the Faster Paths training at Boston Medical Center. At the training I was blessed with the fortunate opportunity to to meet Dr. Edward Weinstein. He is a pioneer in substance use disorder treatment services, the founder of Project Assert, and creator of the Brief Negotiated Interview, which is a form of motivational interviewing.

I also attended the Recovery Coach Training II course at North Shore Community College. My trainer was a fabulous guy by the name of Steve Chisolm. Over the four day training I was able to network with peers, increase my education on Recovery Coaching, and finish all the core training courses necessary to obtain my CARC Recovery Coach Certification.

Over all this month has been my most productive and busiest month since working with PAARI as a result of the knowledge and experience gained this month I am a better Recovery Coach than I was before.

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Chief Thomas Bashore Featured in VOA News Series on Opioids http://paariusa.org/2018/07/02/chief-thomas-bashore-featured-in-voa-news-series-on-opioids/ http://paariusa.org/2018/07/02/chief-thomas-bashore-featured-in-voa-news-series-on-opioids/#respond Mon, 02 Jul 2018 14:51:04 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4726 Tom Bashore, who was recognized just last week at P.A.A.R.I's third anniversary celebration, is featured in the first part of a VOA News series on opiods.

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Nashville, North Carolina Police Chief Tom Bashore, who was recognized just last week at P.A.A.R.I’s third anniversary celebration, is featured in the first part of a series from VOA News on the opioid crisis.

The Nashville Police Department’s recovery program is patterned after the Gloucester ANGEL program that launched this movement toward treatment over arrest. Since launching their program, Chief Bashore and his officers have helped 391 people into treatment and recovery.

Chief Bashore was presented a P.A.A.R.I. Law Enforcement Leadership award last week.

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P.A.A.R.I. Celebrates Three Years Working With Law Enforcement to Combat Opioid Crisis http://paariusa.org/2018/06/29/p-a-a-r-i-celebrates-three-years-working-with-law-enforcement-to-combat-opioid-crisis/ http://paariusa.org/2018/06/29/p-a-a-r-i-celebrates-three-years-working-with-law-enforcement-to-combat-opioid-crisis/#respond Fri, 29 Jun 2018 22:16:09 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4715 P.A.A.R.I. celebrated its third anniversary earlier this week by honoring several individuals and groups who have helped contribute to its mission. 

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P.A.A.R.I.
John Rosenthal, Co-founder & Chairman
Frederick Ryan, Co-Chairman
186 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

For Immediate Release

Friday, June 29, 2018

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

P.A.A.R.I. Celebrates Three Years Working With Law Enforcement to Combat Opioid Crisis

GLOUCESTER — Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade and the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) are pleased to announce that the organization celebrated its third anniversary earlier this week by honoring several individuals and groups who have helped contribute to its mission.

On Wednesday, June 27, representatives from some of the more than 400 P.A.A.R.I. law enforcement partners, along with government leaders and public health professionals, gathered at the Gloucester House restaurant to celebrate the work P.A.A.R.I. has done to change the national conversation about addiction.

P.A.A.R.I. was founded in 2015 in concert with the groundbreaking Gloucester ANGEL Initiative, which reinvented the way law enforcement agencies confront addiction in their own communities by treating it as a treatable disease rather than a crime.

Working with a constantly expanding network of law enforcement agencies, P.A.A.R.I. is continuing to make progress toward a collective vision where pre-arrest, treatment-first programs become a standard policing practice across the country. This ongoing effort 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.

“Our third anniversary serves as an inspirational reminder of the critical, lifesaving work that our colleagues in the law enforcement, public health and government sectors are doing each day,” P.A.A.R.I. Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade said. “We’re so proud of progress we’ve made in this fight against addiction, but it’s important to remember that there’s still more work to be done to reverse the trend of overdose deaths that have robbed communities and families of loved ones across America.”

P.A.A.R.I. honored several individuals and groups in multiple categories for their contributions to the effort to combating the opioid crisis, including Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, who addressed the attendees via video message.

Law Enforcement Leadership

  • Chief Peter Volkmann — Chatham Police Department (New York)
  • Commissioner William B. Evans and Deputy Superintendent Winifred Cotter — Boston Police Department
  • Chief Tom Bashore — Nashville Police Department (North Carolina)
  • Chief Joseph Cordeiro — New Bedford Police Department
  • Chief Robbie Moulton — Scarborough Police Department (Maine)
  • Sheriff Kevin Coppinger, Gary Barrett, Community Relations Coordinator, and the entire Detox Unit team — Essex County Sheriff’s Department

Government Leadership 

  • Rep. Joe Kennedy III
  • Jim Cormier — New England High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area
  • Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken
  • Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders

Advocacy and Community Leadership 

  •  Marty Ginivan and Christine Bobek — Grace Center
  • Suzanne Graves — Evelyn Lilly Lutz Foundation, Beverly Hospital
  • Sarah Cloud — Beth Isreal Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth
  • Dr. Sarah Wakeman — Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Emily Haber — Massachusetts Service Alliance

Stephenie Jesi Memorial Scholarship

  • Courtney Favazza
  • Ieisha Clements
  • Matthew Foley

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*Media Advisory* P.A.A.R.I. to Host Third Anniversary Celebration and Awards Ceremony http://paariusa.org/2018/06/25/media-advisory-p-a-a-r-i-to-host-third-anniversary-celebration-and-awards-ceremony/ http://paariusa.org/2018/06/25/media-advisory-p-a-a-r-i-to-host-third-anniversary-celebration-and-awards-ceremony/#respond Mon, 25 Jun 2018 21:04:10 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4707 P.A.A.R.I. John Rosenthal, Co-founder & Chairman Frederick Ryan, Co-Chairman 186 Main Street Gloucester, MA 01930 For Immediate Release Monday, June 25, 2018 Media Contact: John Guilfoil Phone: 617-993-0003 Email: john@jgpr.net *Media Advisory* P.A.A.R.I. to Host Third Anniversary Celebration and Awards Ceremony GLOUCESTER — The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) is pleased to announce […]

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P.A.A.R.I.
John Rosenthal, Co-founder & Chairman
Frederick Ryan, Co-Chairman
186 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

For Immediate Release

Monday, June 25, 2018

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

*Media Advisory*

P.A.A.R.I. to Host Third Anniversary Celebration and Awards Ceremony

GLOUCESTER — The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) is pleased to announce it will welcome law enforcement leaders from across the country to celebrate its third anniversary and honor those who are helping in the fight against opioid addiction.

Tickets are required to attend, and anyone who would like to purchase a ticket or support the event may do so by clicking here. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

WHEN: 

Wednesday, June 27 from 6-9 p.m.

WHERE: 

Gloucester House Restaurant, 63 Rogers St., Gloucester

WHAT: 

The public is invited to help celebrate as P.A.A.R.I. marks three years working to fight the opioid epidemic through its partnerships with more than 400 law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S.

P.A.A.R.I. was founded in 2015 in concert with the groundbreaking Gloucester ANGEL Initiative, which reinvented the way law enforcement agencies confront addiction in their own communities by treating it as a treatable disease rather than a crime.

With its network of 408 law enforcement partners, P.A.A.R.I. is working toward 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.

Since it began on June 1, 2015, the Gloucester ANGEL Initiative has directed more than 600 people into treatment and served as the foundation for a pathway to recovery for hundreds more nationwide.

“Our law enforcement partners have been a tremendous asset in creating access to treatment, and their continued support is what will ultimately help turn the tide in our national struggle against addiction,” Co-Founder and Co-Chairman John Rosenthal said. “This celebration is an opportunity for us to recognize the fantastic work of so many people who have made this movement possible.”

“These first three years have been inspirational, and I’m so proud of the work that our partners have done to change the conversation around addiction,” Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade said. “What started with a single department opening its doors has evolved into a phenomenon that has earned the buy-in of hundreds of agencies from all over our country and gotten the attention of key policymakers at all levels of government.”

“Our diverse group of partners, which includes agencies large and small, shows that this renewed approach is what it’s going to take to overcome the opioid crisis,” Co-Chairman and Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan said. “I want to thank the law enforcement and community leaders for their continued support and their recognition of the fact that this is a public health issue that we cannot do away with simply by arresting and incarcerating those who need our help.”

P.A.A.R.I. will honor several individuals and groups in multiple categories for their contributions to the effort to combating the opioid crisis. Those confirmed to attend are marked by an asterisk.

Law Enforcement Leadership

  • Chief Peter Volkman — Chatham Police Department (New York)*
  • Commissioner William B. Evans and Deputy Superintendent Winifred Cotter — Boston Police Department
  • Chief Tom Bashore — Nashville Police Department (North Carolina)
  • Chief Joseph Cordeiro — New Bedford Police Department*
  • Chief Robbie Moulton — Scarborough Police Department (Maine)
  • Sheriff Kevin Coppinger, Gary Barrett, Community Relations Coordinator, and the entire Detox Unit team — Essex County Sheriff’s Department*

Government Leadership 

  • Rep. Joe Kennedy III
  • Jim Cormier — New England High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area*
  • Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken*
  • Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders*

Advocacy and Community Leadership 

  •  Marty Ginivan and Christine Bobeck — Grace Center*
  • Suzanne Graves — Evelyn Lilly Lutz Foundation, Beverly Hospital*
  • Sarah Cloud — Beth Isreal Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth*
  • Dr. Sarah Wakeman — Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Emily Haber — Massachusetts Service Alliance

Stephenie Jesi Memorial Scholarship

  • Courtney Favazza*
  • Ieisha Clements*
  • Matthew Foley*

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Video: P.A.A.R.I. Makes Donation to Seattle Police Department’s Nasal Naloxone Program http://paariusa.org/2018/04/05/video-p-a-a-r-i-makes-donation-to-seattle-police-departments-nasal-naloxone-program/ http://paariusa.org/2018/04/05/video-p-a-a-r-i-makes-donation-to-seattle-police-departments-nasal-naloxone-program/#respond Thu, 05 Apr 2018 21:20:38 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4520 Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade and Board Member Gil Kerlikowske were on hand today as the Seattle Police Department announced it had received a donation from P.A.A.R.I. to expand its lifesaving nasal naloxone program. 

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Seattle — Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade and Board Member Gil Kerlikowske were on hand today as the Seattle Police Department announced it had received a donation from P.A.A.R.I. to expand its lifesaving nasal naloxone program.

Here’s video of the press conference announcing the partnership:

 

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Plymouth County Outreach Featured in Police Chiefs Magazine http://paariusa.org/2018/03/21/plymouth-county-outreach-featured-in-police-chiefs-magazine/ http://paariusa.org/2018/03/21/plymouth-county-outreach-featured-in-police-chiefs-magazine/#respond Wed, 21 Mar 2018 17:12:48 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4464 P.A.A.R.I. partner Plymouth County Outreach was recently featured in the March issue of The Police Chief Magazine, which is the nationally distributed magazine of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). The entire March issue was dedicated to the topic of current issues involving drugs. “Leading a Community Solution to a Community Problem” was […]

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P.A.A.R.I. partner Plymouth County Outreach was recently featured in the March issue of The Police Chief Magazine, which is the nationally distributed magazine of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). The entire March issue was dedicated to the topic of current issues involving drugs.

“Leading a Community Solution to a Community Problem” was penned by East Bridgewater Police Chief Scott Allen and Plymouth Police Chief Michael Botieri, with the assistance of Stonehill College assistant criminology professor Pamela Kelley, Roger Williams University criminal justice professor Sean Varano and Patrick Nevins, assistant director of grants and special projects in the Plymouth District Attorney’s Office.

The article provides an in-depth look at the opioid epidemic that local law enforcement has been dealing with for more than a decade. It highlights the tactics, partnerships and ongoing efforts to find solutions that help save lives and offer substance users the help and recovery options they need.

Plymouth County Outreach (PCO) is an opioid prevention and recovery coalition made up of 27 municipal police departments in Plymouth County, along with the Bridgewater State University Police. The partnership extends beyond law enforcement to include hospitals, recovery and faith-based organizations, as well as local coalitions and recovery-oriented groups. Chiefs Allen and Botieri are members of P.A.A.R.I.’s National Police Council and currently host five P.A.A.R.I. AmeriCorps members to support the county-wide initiative.

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P.A.A.R.I. Responds to Trump Administration’s Efforts to Curtail Opioid Epidemic: “We Cannot Arrest and Incarcerate Our Way Out of the Opioid Crisis” http://paariusa.org/2018/03/19/p-a-a-r-i-responds-to-trump-administrations-efforts-to-curtail-opioid-epidemic-we-cannot-arrest-and-incarcerate-our-way-out-of-the-opioid-crisis/ http://paariusa.org/2018/03/19/p-a-a-r-i-responds-to-trump-administrations-efforts-to-curtail-opioid-epidemic-we-cannot-arrest-and-incarcerate-our-way-out-of-the-opioid-crisis/#respond Mon, 19 Mar 2018 21:11:18 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4474 P.A.A.R.I. Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade and Arlington Police Chief and P.A.A.R.I. Co-Chairman Frederick Ryan participated in a conference call over the weekend with White House officials, who discussed the administration’s newly-unveiled plan to curb the opioid epidemic.

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P.A.A.R.I. Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade and Arlington Police Chief and P.A.A.R.I. Co-Chairman Frederick Ryan participated in a conference call over the weekend with White House officials, who discussed the administration’s newly-unveiled plan to curb the opioid epidemic.

The federal initiative includes a renewed commitment to providing first responders nationwide with the lifesaving overdose reversal drug naloxone, emphasizes treatment over incarceration for those battling addiction and outlines a variety of proactive approaches that have the potential to save countless lives.

“Empowering medicaid to provide more comprehensive coverage for those seeking inpatient treatment is a dramatic step forward in addressing this crisis,” said Dr. David Rosenbloom, P.A.A.R.I. Board Member and Professor of Public Health at the Boston University School of Public Health. “We fully support an approach that treats those battling addiction not as criminals, but as patients suffering from a treatable disease.”

The White House proposal — while placing a heavy focus on curtailing the supply of drugs through strict enforcement as well as limiting over-prescription of opioids — offers an opportunity for P.A.A.R.I. to further establish its model of pre-arrest diversion as the ideal approach.

“It’s clear that steering people toward recovery resources has been the most effective approach we can take on both a local and national level to combat opiate disorder and its effects,” Chief Ryan said. “I’m hopeful that the administration will stand with law enforcement and direct significant and sustained resources to supporting those of us on the front lines working hand-in-hand with the millions of Americans who are fighting this epidemic every single day.”

The elements of the administration initiative that focus directly on recovery and access to treatment include:

  •       Work to ensure first responders are supplied with naloxone, a lifesaving medication used to reverse overdoses.
  •       Leverage Federal funding opportunities to State and local jurisdictions to incentivize and improve nationwide overdose tracking systems that will help resources to be rapidly deployed to hard-hit areas.
  •       Expand access to evidence-based addiction treatment in every State, particularly Medication-Assisted Treatment for opioid addiction.
  •       Seek legislative changes to the law prohibiting Medicaid from reimbursing residential treatment at certain facilities with more than 16 beds.

o   In the meantime, continue approving State Medicaid demonstration projects that waive these barriers to inpatient treatment.

  •       Provide on-demand, evidence-based addiction treatment to service members, veterans and their families eligible for healthcare through the Departments of Defense or Veterans Affairs.
  •       Leverage opportunities in the criminal justice system to identify and treat offenders struggling with addiction.

o   Screen every Federal inmate for opioid addiction at intake.

o   For those who screen positive and are approved for placement in residential reentry centers, facilitate naltrexone treatment and access to treatment prior to and while at residential reentry centers and facilitate connection to community treatment services as needed.

o   Scale up support for State, Tribal, and local drug courts in order to provide offenders struggling with addiction access to evidence-based treatment as an alternative to or in conjunction with incarceration, or as a condition of supervised release.

P.A.A.R.I.’s law enforcement movement is based on the notion that we cannot arrest and incarcerate our way out of the opioid crisis.  We truly believe that a pre-arrest solution, which keeps those struggling with substance use disorders out of the criminal justice system entirely, is the gold standard for how to approach to this issue on a local and national level,” Executive Director Hunter McDade said. “Nearly 400 law enforcement agencies have seen significant success as a result of treating the opioid problem as a public health problem, and I hope this administration will take a look at community policing programs like ours that reduce overdose deaths, make our communities safer, and help people get access to the treatment they need and deserve.”

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Media Coverage: Brattleboro Police Chief Gets High Praise for Drug Crisis Response http://paariusa.org/2018/03/16/media-coverage-brattleboro-police-chief-gets-high-praise-for-drug-crisis-response/ http://paariusa.org/2018/03/16/media-coverage-brattleboro-police-chief-gets-high-praise-for-drug-crisis-response/#respond Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:27:33 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4451 Brattleboro, Vermont Police Chief Michael Fitzgerald was featured in the Brattleboro Commons newspaper for his ongoing commitment to working with his community to overcome the opioid epidemic, including his work on drug and alcohol prevention initiatives. The article highlights Chief Fitzgerald earning one of six “Prevention Champion” awards from the organization Prevention Works! VT at […]

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Brattleboro, Vermont Police Chief Michael Fitzgerald was featured in the Brattleboro Commons newspaper for his ongoing commitment to working with his community to overcome the opioid epidemic, including his work on drug and alcohol prevention initiatives.

The article highlights Chief Fitzgerald earning one of six “Prevention Champion” awards from the organization Prevention Works! VT at the Vermont Statehouse on Feb. 22.

The Brattleboro Police Department is one of PAARI’s newest law enforcement partners and Chief Fitzgerald is quoted at length in the article discussing the need for a revamped approach to drug use:

“In some areas, enforcement isn’t the most appropriate action,” he said. “We need to change the culture away from 100 percent law enforcement, away from this warrior mentality, toward what we can do to help good people, and not just arrest bad people.”

When asked why he supported these changes, which go against the grain of most aspects of law enforcement, Fitzgerald said, “we were dealing with the same people again and again, doing the same thing. The only time we wouldn’t deal with them was when they were incarcerated. It’s a waste of resources, and you’re not fixing the problem.”

“It’s the definition of insanity, and it was not working,” Fitzgerald said. “Let’s stop it before it starts is the most forward thinking.”

“We find that a lot people suffering from mental health illness or drug addiction, once you sit down and listen to their stories, you get a whole different perspective,” Fitzgerald said. “You find out they were blue-collar, white-collar, a high school drop out, a Ph.D, everything in-between. You find out they’re not a bad person, they’re just in a bad situation.”

“And, I personally believe that when an individual asks for help, that is a sign of strength, and we have to get an environment where that is generally accepted so people feel comfortable and confident to seek help,” he said.

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True Stories: Offering Help and Hope http://paariusa.org/2018/03/16/true-stories-offering-help-and-hope/ http://paariusa.org/2018/03/16/true-stories-offering-help-and-hope/#respond Fri, 16 Mar 2018 18:13:08 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4445 Recovery Coach, AmeriCorps member, mother of six, partner, mentor, friend: Tracey Drimer has endless amounts of energy and enthusiasm that she owes to her passion for helping others, as well as coffee - and lots of it.

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Written by guest contributor Melissa Thompson

Recovery Coach, AmeriCorps member, mother of six, partner, mentor, friend: Tracey Drimer has endless amounts of energy and enthusiasm that she owes to her passion for helping others, as well as coffee – and lots of it.

In recovery from heroin addiction for nearly seven years, Tracey was inspired to make a difference and shatter the stigma that surrounds addiction and medication-assisted treatment. “People see Methadone and Suboxone as a crutch,” she says. “I was made to feel ashamed of my treatment pathway, but it’s proven – it works for many people.”

Encouraged by her boyfriend – also a Recovery Coach – Tracey began her career by volunteering at the EB Hope Drop-In Center in East Bridgewater and began attending Recovery Coach Academy. After learning about the partnership between PAARI and AmeriCorps, she knew this would be the right opportunity to reach even more people in the community.

Working with police departments primarily in Hingham, Hull, Norwell, and Cohasset, a typical assignment starts after someone has overdosed, treated at the hospital, and refuses further treatment. This where Tracey springs into action, visiting the person at their home the following day. Accompanied by a police officer, Tracey sits down with the addict, as well as their loved ones – offering support, resources, and various options for treatment and recovery.

“Each call is different,” says Tracey. “Some people are receptive, some feel hopeless and confused. Often people need time to process what we talk about and they reach back out to me at a later time. When I’m at the home, we explore all the different recovery options available.”

“Whether it’s inpatient, outpatient, going to meetings, or medication-assisted treatment – everyone’s path is different. I try to make them aware of what’s out there, meet their needs, and educate them. I’m not there to judge them, I’m there to help them and I can truly relate to what they are going through.”

Working with AmeriCorps has made a positive impact on Tracey’s own growth and she’s facing a bright future full of possibilities. “Since being in recovery, my quality of life is incredibly different. I love giving people hope that their quality of life can be this good, too,” explains Tracey.

“When people realize that recovery is possible – that they are worth it – and seeing them just come alive – that’s what keep me going every day.”

Learn more about our AmeriCorps members who are working to make a difference in their communities every day.

 

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Salt Lake City Police Department Partners With P.A.A.R.I. to Fight Opioid Addiction http://paariusa.org/2018/03/08/4428/ http://paariusa.org/2018/03/08/4428/#respond Thu, 08 Mar 2018 21:12:51 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4428 Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown, Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) Co-Chairs John Rosenthal and Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan, and P.A.A.R.I. Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade are pleased to announce that the Salt Lake City Police Department has partnered with P.A.A.R.I.

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For Immediate Release
Thursday, March 8, 2018

 

 

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

Salt Lake City Police Department Partners With P.A.A.R.I. to Fight Opioid Addiction

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown, Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) Co-Chairs John Rosenthal and Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan, and P.A.A.R.I. Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade are pleased to announce that the Salt Lake City Police Department has partnered with P.A.A.R.I. to better serve individuals and families impacted by the opioid epidemic.

The Salt Lake City Police Department and P.A.A.R.I. formally began their partnership in late 2017, bolstering the ongoing efforts of Operation Diversion — a partnership between Salt Lake County and Salt Lake City.

Since October 2016, Operation Diversion has helped place 246 individuals into treatment.

“The Salt Lake City Police Department is excited to join P.A.A.R.I. because we have been facing an opioid crisis in our community for the last several years and our officers respond to multiple overdoses on a daily basis,” Chief Brown said. “We know that we cannot arrest our way out of this problem and we believe that working with P.A.A.R.I. will help us actively contribute to finding a sustainable solution to this crisis.”

Through its partnership with P.A.A.R.I., the Salt Lake City Police Department will open its doors to those suffering from addiction — and their families — by referring them to treatment and recovery options in lieu of arrest and prosecution.

To help accomplish their goal of directing those actively seeking help to the most appropriate resources, Salt Lake City Police have enlisted the help of eight social workers who coordinate directly with those battling substance use disorders to support their recovery efforts.

Hunter McDade will be making a site visit in Salt Lake City this week and will be collaborating with officers on a presentation at Utah Valley University’s conference on addiction on Friday.

“The Salt Lake City Police Department has shown a deep commitment to helping those impacted by the opioid epidemic overcome substance abuse and rebuild their lives,” Hunter McDade said. “I’m eager to work hand-in-hand with the department and their local partners to build upon that foundation and make lifesaving recovery resources more accessible.”

About P.A.A.R.I.:

The Police Assisted Addiction & Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) is a 501c3 nonprofit with a mission to help law enforcement agencies establish pre-arrest programs that create immediate and stigma-free entry points to treatment and recovery programs.

P.A.A.R.I. works across sectors to provide training, coaching and support; program models, policies and procedures and templates; seed grants; connections to more than 300 vetted treatment centers; a network of like-minded law enforcement agencies; a unified voice with media and legislators; and capacity building through AmeriCorps.

P.A.A.R.I. is free to join and open to any law enforcement agency that believes in treatment over arrest and views addiction as a disease, not a crime. Since June 2015, P.A.A.R.I. has launched more than 375 law enforcement programs in 32 states, distributed 10,000 4mg doses of life-saving nasal naloxone and helped more than 12,000 people into treatment.

 

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