PAARI http://paariusa.org The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative Mon, 23 Apr 2018 14:31:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 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 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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P.A.A.R.I. Attends White House Opioid Summit http://paariusa.org/2018/03/02/p-a-a-r-i-represented-at-white-house-opioid-summit/ http://paariusa.org/2018/03/02/p-a-a-r-i-represented-at-white-house-opioid-summit/#respond Fri, 02 Mar 2018 21:33:00 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4408 WASHINGTON -- P.A.A.R.I. Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade was among a select group that attended The White House Opioid Summit yesterday.

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WASHINGTON — P.A.A.R.I. Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade was among a select group that attended The White House Opioid Summit yesterday.

The event served as an opportunity to update key stakeholders on the status of the Trump Administration’s efforts to combat the opioid epidemic following the president’s classification of the crisis as a national public health emergency last fall.

“P.A.A.R.I. is grateful to be invited to contribute to addressing this nationwide crisis,” Hunter McDade said. “Our sincere hope is that the administration will act quickly and adopt a strategy that heavily emphasizes expanding access to treatment rather than arrest and incarceration.”

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar committed to allocating $75 million to supply first responders with lifesaving nasal naloxone, a move P.A.A.R.I. has long called for and is hopeful will become a reality.

The Summit included two panels featuring cabinet secretaries whose departments are combating the crisis on all fronts.

P.A.A.R.I. supports federal efforts to interdict the supply of synthetic opiods into the U.S., which were discussed at length at yesterday’s summit.

P.A.A.R.I. remains primarily committed to creating and sustaining an environment in which those battling substance use disorders feel comfortable asking for help to begin their journey to recovery.

Hunter McDade added, “This is a complex issue that can only be brought under control through common-sense strategies, including escalated enforcement on the supply side and a compassionate and community-oriented solution for individuals and families trying to overcome the devastating affects of addiction.”

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Over 200 Law Enforcement Leaders Urge Trump Administration Not to Cut Drug Control Program Funding http://paariusa.org/2018/02/21/200-law-enforcement-leaders-urge-trump-administration-not-cut-drug-control-program-funding/ http://paariusa.org/2018/02/21/200-law-enforcement-leaders-urge-trump-administration-not-cut-drug-control-program-funding/#respond Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:49:52 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4397 The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) sent a letter to White House Adviser Kellyanne Conway urging the Trump administration not to cut the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy's budget.

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

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018

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

Over 200 Law Enforcement Leaders Urge Trump Administration Not to Cut Drug Control Program Funding

P.A.A.R.I. Letter Opposes White House Proposal to Cut ONDCP Budget by 95 Percent

GLOUCESTER — Co-Founder and Co-Chairman John Rosenthal, Co-Chairman Frederick Ryan and Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade announce that the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) sent a letter to White House Adviser Kellyanne Conway urging the Trump administration not to cut the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy’s budget.

For the second time in a year, President Trump has proposed slashing the ONDCP budget almost entirely, and P.A.A.R.I. leaders and law enforcement members are instead encouraging the president to increase funding for the critical programs and initiatives funded by ONDCP. 

Police officers from cities, towns and rural counties are literally on the front lines of this epidemic. We have the unique duty of aiding the victims in the search for quality treatment and recovery while pursuing the dealers and traffickers who profit from misery and death,” the letter reads in part. “No other group of professionals bears this responsibility, and perhaps no organization is as supportive of our efforts as the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) programs.

Opioid overdoses kill 174 Americans every day. The ONDCP is a critical resource upon which law enforcement relies to counter this growing epidemic, which poses a consistent and urgent threat to public health and quality of life nationwide. P.A.A.R.I. warns that the proposed 95 percent cut to ONDCP funding would be a misguided and dangerous move that would carry deadly consequences.

“It was just three months ago that I stood on the stage alongside President Trump as he publicly declared that the opioid epidemic was a top priority for the White House, and my law enforcement colleagues and I sincerely hoped that this declaration would represent a shift in the effort to save lives rather than serve as a purely symbolic gesture,” Co-Chairman and Arlington Police Chief Ryan said. “The proposed cuts to ONDCP’s funding would represent a devastating setback to longstanding efforts to fight the spread of substance abuse, and I strongly urge the administration to reconsider this move.”

ONDCP has been a strong supporter of the work P.A.A.R.I. and its hundreds of law enforcement partners are doing to save lives by diverting those struggling with substance use disorders away from the criminal justice system and into treatment and recovery. 

“Opioids pose a deadly threat to Americans no matter where they live, no matter their socioeconomic background and no matter their political affiliation,” Rosenthal said. “The White House should be directing more resources to ONDCP so that the progress we have made with our partners is not lost along with the lives of potentially thousands more Americans.”

The letter — signed by more than 200 law enforcement leaders from 28 states — notes that ONDCP’s backing of more widespread distribution of the overdose reversal drug naloxone, as well as HIDTA’s sounding of the alarm on fentanyl and carfentanyl, has resulted in countless lives being saved. 

The president has proposed shifting nearly all of ONDCP’s $340 million budget to the Department of Justice, effectively stripping it of its mission to enhance the efforts of local law enforcement to stop the flow of drugs into the country while connecting those caught in the grips of addiction with the resources they need to set out on the path to recovery.

Click here to read the letter.

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 over 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 over 12,000 people into treatment.

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Highland, Ind. Police Department Partners With P.A.A.R.I. to Renew its Approach to Addiction http://paariusa.org/2018/01/22/4322/ http://paariusa.org/2018/01/22/4322/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:01:05 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4322 Highland Police Chief Peter Hojnicki and Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) co-chairs John Rosenthal and Frederick Ryan and Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade are pleased to announce that the Highland Police Department has partnered with P.A.A.R.I.

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For Immediate Release
Monday, Jan. 22, 2018

 

 

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

Highland, Ind. Police Department Partners With P.A.A.R.I. to Renew its Approach to Addiction

HIGHLAND, Ind. — Highland Police Chief Peter Hojnicki and Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) co-chairs John Rosenthal and Frederick Ryan and Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade are pleased to announce that the Highland Police Department has partnered with P.A.A.R.I. to better serve individuals and families impacted by the opioid epidemic.

The Highland Police Department and P.A.A.R.I. formally began their partnership last July and, in the months since, Detective Brian Stanley has worked to forge strong partnerships with area recovery groups that have proved instrumental in the program’s early success.

Detective Stanley and his department first learned of the initiative last year after reading about the neighboring Griffith Police Department’s membership in a Northwest Indiana Times story.

Upon reading about it, he knew that a renewed approach was something that Highland Police needed to pursue, as it could make a lifesaving difference for the Highland community.

“We understand that this is an epidemic that is plaguing our community, and that we need to become further engaged and do more to meet the challenge,” Detective Stanley said. “The goal is to proactively seek out those individuals and families that could benefit from a changed approach to let them know that we are here to help them and — just as importantly — we want to help them.”

Through its partnership with P.A.A.R.I., the Highland 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.

“As law enforcement officers, we realize that we cannot arrest our way out of this opioid epidemic,” Highland Police Commander John Banasiak said. “We’re committed to attacking this problem in another way, and we’re grateful for P.A.A.R.I. and the local organizations we’ve partnered with that have made that possible.”

Since partnering with P.A.A.R.I., Highland Police have built connections with several area recovery organizations to ease access to recovery options:

  • Edgewater Health of Gary
  • Recovery Works of Merrillville
  • Heartland Recovery of Lowell
  • Big Book Legacy Group of Griffith

“Recovery is a lifelong journey that begins by simply asking for help, and I am so glad that the Highland Police Department has made itself available as a resource for those ready to ask for help,” P.A.A.R.I. Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade said. “They have done tremendous work to build a strong recovery network in a very short period of time, and their efforts will no doubt help save lives in their community.”

Highland Police responded to 36 overdoses in 2017 and administered the overdose reversal drug naloxone in 13 of those cases.

Since launching its recovery initiative, the Highland Police Department has placed a strong emphasis on proactive outreach to individuals they know could benefit from recovery resources and has so far directed two people into treatment.

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 over 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 over 12,000 people into treatment.

 

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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

Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

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

P.A.A.R.I. Makes Resources From Groundbreaking National Law Enforcement Summit Available Online

GLOUCESTER — The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative is pleased to announce that it is making numerous resources from its groundbreaking National Law Enforcement Summit available online

The summit, which took place over two days earlier this month, was a first-of-its-kind meeting of law enforcement agencies committed to reversing the tide of opioid addiction. It included presentations from police leaders throughout the country and also featured remarks from Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III.


The new page on the P.A.A.R.I. website features numerous resources that will benefit both law enforcement agencies that were represented at the summit​ as well as ​those who were not able to attend, but wish to build a more in-depth understanding of the work being done by other departments to alter their approach to addiction in their communities.

“It was truly inspiring to see so many people coming together to build upon the work we’ve already done to change the conversation about drug addiction,” P.A.A.R.I. Co-Founder and Chairman John Rosenthal said. “The National Law Enforcement Summit was a key moment for this movement, and we’re eager to continue helping our partners share their knowledge and experience and build upon the tremendous early successes we’ve had.” 

The site also features a large set of videos of the panel discussions and presentations from both days. 

The following organizations, agencies and individuals were among the dozens of people who shared their ideas and approaches at the summit, and whose presentations are now available online:

  • Hope Not Handcuffs (Michigan)
  • Plymouth County Outreach (Massachusetts)
  • Massachusetts Association of Health Plans
  • P.A.A.R.I. AmeriCorps Recovery Coaches
  • Chelsea Police Department (Massachusetts)
  • Essex County County Correctional Facility Detoxification Unit (Massachusetts)
  • Gloucester Police Department Angel Program (Massachusetts)
  • Dr. Sarah E. Wakeman, Massachusetts General Hospital Substance Use Disorder Initiative
  • Danny Langloss, City Manager and Retired Chief of Police in Dixon, Illinois
  • Frederick Ryan, Chief of the Arlington, Massachusetts Police Department, P.A.A.R.I. Co-Chairman and P.A.A.R.I. National Police Council Chairman

“This event helped foster a tremendous exchange of ideas and approaches that we can all learn from and use in our own communities,” Chief Ryan said. “The P.A.A.R.I. model has become a nationwide movement, and I’m thrilled by how willing our partners have been to modify their approach and accept a new role in fighting this crisis.”

To see the extensive collection of presentations and other resources from the summit, including photos, please visit paariusa.org/police/2017-summit/

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