ANGEL Initiative – PAARI http://paariusa.org The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:07:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 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 ANGEL Initiative – PAARI http://paariusa.org 32 32 93051737 P.A.A.R.I. To Honor Law Enforcement Leaders At Two-Year Anniversary Celebration And Awards Ceremony http://paariusa.org/2017/06/22/p-r-honor-law-enforcement-leaders-two-year-anniversary-celebration-awards-ceremony/ http://paariusa.org/2017/06/22/p-r-honor-law-enforcement-leaders-two-year-anniversary-celebration-awards-ceremony/#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:34:42 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=3617 P.A.A.R.I. John Rosenthal, Co-founder & Chairman 186 Main Street Gloucester, MA 0193 For Immediate Release Thursday, June 22, 2017 Media Contact: John Guilfoil Phone: 617-993-0003 Email: john@jgpr.net P.A.A.R.I. To Honor Law Enforcement Leaders At Two-Year Anniversary Celebration And Awards Ceremony Acting Director Of White House Office of National Drug Control Policy To Attend GLOUCESTER — […]

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P.A.A.R.I.
John Rosenthal, Co-founder & Chairman
186 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 0193

For Immediate Release
Thursday, June 22, 2017

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

P.A.A.R.I. To Honor Law Enforcement Leaders At Two-Year Anniversary Celebration And Awards Ceremony

Acting Director Of White House Office of National Drug Control Policy To Attend

GLOUCESTER — To celebrate its second year and recognize law enforcement leaders committed to its mission, the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) will host an anniversary celebration and awards ceremony.

WHEN:

Wednesday, June 28, 6-9 p.m.

WHERE:

The Gloucester House Restaurant, 63 Rogers St., Gloucester

WHAT:

Since June 2015, P.A.A.R.I. has grown into a national movement of law enforcement agencies who believe in and are committed to treatment of those struggling with drug addiction rather than arrest and incarceration.

P.A.A.R.I. has placed more than 550 people into treatment through the Gloucester Police Department’s ANGEL Initiative alone, and placed another 10,000-plus individuals via its partner agencies across the United States.

“These two years have been truly incredible,” Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade said. “Our partner agencies have been active participants in a major shift in policy that has helped improve lives and put thousands of people on the road to recovery.”

To celebrate, P.A.A.R.I. will honor several law enforcement officers and program supporters who have been instrumental in transforming the approach to addiction and recovery nationwide.

“Law enforcement has been a game changer in the fight against the opioid epidemic and in reducing barriers to treatment,” P.A.A.R.I Co-Founder and Chairman John Rosenthal said. “I am very proud of our police department and treatment center partners in 30 states and we look forward to continuing to work with them to increase our police based access to life saving treatment.”

Due to the unending support of Steve Jesi and Cheryl Marlow, P.A.A.R.I. will present four ANGEL Initiative participants — Richard Naugle, Patrick Anderson, Benjamin Muse and Lillian Salah — with the Stephanie Jesi Memorial Scholarship in order to help them on their journeys toward recovery.Steve Lesnikoski, the first participant in Gloucester’s ANGEL Initiative, will also be in attendance.

“I’m honored to receive P.A.A.R.I.’s Leadership Award,” said Richard Baum, Acting Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. “The opioid epidemic has devastated communities all across the country, from right here in Gloucester to Ohio, Arizona, and beyond. Solving this problem requires new ways of addressing addiction, including bringing law enforcement and public health together. Efforts like PAARI and the ANGEL Initiative that help connect people to treatment are key to turning the tide on this crisis.”

The anniversary celebration and awards ceremony, which is sponsored by Eastern Bank, is open to the public. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by clicking here.

The following people, many of whom are scheduled to attend, will be recognized at the ceremony:

  • White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Acting Director Richard Baum and two senior ONDCP staff members
  • Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken of Gloucester
  • Interim Chief John McCarthy of the Gloucester Police Department
  • Sgt. Brittney Garrett of the Jeffersontown, Kentucky Police Department
  • Chief Tim Lenz of the Covington, Louisiana Police Department
  • Katie Donovan of Families Against Narcotics/Hope Not Handcuffs in Michigan
  • Chief Scott Allen of the East Bridgewater Police Department
  • Chief Michael Botieri of the Plymouth Police Department
  • Joan Whitney of Healthy Gloucester Collaborative
  • JJ Bartlett of Fishing Partnership Support Services
  • Ed Leahy of Adapt Pharma
  • David Rosenbloom of the Boston University School of Public Health
  • Hillary Dubois Farquharson of High Point Treatment Center
  • Leslie Darcy, Chief of Staff for Massachusetts Health and Human Services
  • Secretary Marylou Sudders
  • Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona
  • Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania
  • Massachusetts Sate Sen. Stan Rosenburg
  • State Representative Bob DeLeo of Massachusetts
  • Chuck Wexler of Police Executive Research Forum
  • Kevin Norton from Lahey Health Behavioral Services
  • Mike Duggan from Wicked Sober/Recovery Centers of America
  • Barry Reiman from Satori Waters

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Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan Travels to Arizona to Speak about Opioid Epidemic, P.A.A.R.I. Programs http://paariusa.org/2016/10/25/arlington-police-chief-frederick-ryan-travels-arizona-speak-opioid-epidemic-p-r-programs/ http://paariusa.org/2016/10/25/arlington-police-chief-frederick-ryan-travels-arizona-speak-opioid-epidemic-p-r-programs/#respond Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:26:12 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=2862 PHOENIX -- John Rosenthal, chairman of the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.), is pleased to announce that Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan and P.A.A.R.I. Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade traveled to Arizona yesterday to speak about P.A.A.R.I., to attend the signing of an executive order that places a limit on first-time drug prescriptions, and to assist the Phoenix Police Department as it implements its own addiction recovery initiative.

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

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016

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

Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan Travels to Arizona to Speak about Opioid Epidemic, P.A.A.R.I. Programs

Left to right: Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan, P.A.A.R.I. Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade, Debbie Moak, Director of the Arizona Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family, and Frank Milstead, Director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety. (Courtesy Photo
Left to right: Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan, P.A.A.R.I. Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade, Debbie Moak, Director of the Arizona Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family, and Frank Milstead, Director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety. (Courtesy Photo)

PHOENIX — John Rosenthal, chairman of the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.), is pleased to announce that Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan and P.A.A.R.I. Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade traveled to Arizona yesterday to speak about P.A.A.R.I., to attend the signing of an executive order that places a limit on first-time drug prescriptions, and to assist the Phoenix Police Department as it implements its own addiction recovery initiative.

On Monday, Oct. 24, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed an executive order that limits the first fill of prescription opioids to seven days in all cases where the state is the payer. It also caps all fills for children, except for those with cancer, chronic diseases, or a traumatic injury.

The signing was part of a kickoff event for National Red Ribbon Week — a national campaign that works to raise awareness about the negative effects drug addiction can have on communities.

“It is crucial to bring awareness to our state about the issues of substance abuse,” said Debbie Moak, Director of the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family in Arizona. “The stigma that surrounds substance abuse is a significant barrier to so many Arizonans receiving the treatment and support they need.”

As part of the event, Chief Ryan spoke at the “Now You See Me” Addiction: The Elephant in the Room event on the senate lawn of the Arizona State Capitol, where he emphasized the importance of ending the stigma of addiction and changing the way law enforcement handles the nation’s opioid epidemic.

“Law enforcement needs to stop telling America that all we need is more resources to arrest our way out of this problem,” Chief Ryan said while speaking at the event. “The fact is, we can’t. Each drug arrest we make, each dealer we take off the streets is quickly replaced by a rival dealer, and in some instances, it actually makes the problem worse.”

Instead, Chief Ryan said police departments must look at a modern approach to this issue by removing the demand and helping those struggling with addiction recover from their disease. Since P.A.A.R.I.’s launch less than a year-and-a-half ago, more than 160 police departments and 300 partner treatment centers in 28 states have partnered with P.A.A.R.I.

“Those suffering from substance use disorders are not our enemies,” Chief Ryan said. “They’re our sons, they’re our daughters, they’re our neighbors, and they cross the political spectrum. This notion that we’re at war with them must be abandoned.”

While in Arizona, Chief Ryan also met with members of the Phoenix Police Department, who are working to implement an intake angel initiative in their community. Through this program, residents of the Phoenix neighborhood of Maryvale (West Phoenix) will be able to come into the Maryvale-Estrella Precinct police station, surrender any drugs or paraphernalia and work with volunteers who help place them into treatment to overcome their addiction. That program is now up and running as of Monday.

Additionally, on Wednesday, Chief Ryan and Hunter McDade met with a group of 20 law enforcement officials from Arizona to further discuss the Phoenix Police Department’s angel program, and how that model can be implemented in other cities and towns throughout the state in the coming year.

Rosenthal and Hunter McDade would like to commend the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family for organizing the forum on addiction, and for working alongside Arizona police departments to help facilitate an addiction recovery program in their communities.

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.

In just over a year, P.A.A.R.I. has grown into a network of more than 150 police departments across the country and over 200 treatment centers to secure fully-funded scholarships for participants with or without insurance. PAARI 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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Massachusetts Police Chiefs, Elected Officials and Addiction Recovery Partners Speak Out In Support of Good Samaritan Bill http://paariusa.org/2016/03/07/massachusetts-police-chiefs-elected-officials-addiction-recovery-partners-speak-support-good-samaritan-bill/ http://paariusa.org/2016/03/07/massachusetts-police-chiefs-elected-officials-addiction-recovery-partners-speak-support-good-samaritan-bill/#respond Tue, 08 Mar 2016 01:57:45 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=1761 Law enforcement and addiction recovery leaders gathered with Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester) today at the Massachusetts State House to pledge their support for a bill aimed at creating new and innovative policing programs that facilitate treatment and recovery options for those in need throughout the state.

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Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante
Gloucester
Massachusetts State House
Room 26
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: 617-722-2080

For Immediate Release

Monday, March 7, 2016

Media Contact: John Guilfoil (JGPR/Police)
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Media Contact: Alex Booker (Ferrante)
Phone: 978-395-7660
Email: Alexander.Booker@mahouse.gov

Massachusetts Police Chiefs, Elected Officials and Addiction Recovery Partners Speak Out In Support of Good Samaritan Bill

BOSTON — Law enforcement and addiction recovery leaders gathered with Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester) today at the Massachusetts State House to pledge their support for a bill aimed at creating new and innovative policing programs that facilitate treatment and recovery options for those in need throughout the state.

Rep. Ferrante has filed an amendment to the 2011 Good Samaritan Law (M.G.L. 94C §34A). The amendment was discussed by the Joint State House and Senate Judiciary Committee earlier today. Beforehand, officials held a press conference to advocate for the importance of the bill.

“Today you have a very unique opportunity to lend the pen of legislation to the sword of law enforcement — have them come together for a more compassionate, a more logical, a more dignified approach to this disease,” Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello told those in attendance. “How we do that is encompassed in this law…by saying that the police should have the discretion to not charge someone if they come to them for help.”

In addition to encouraging people suffering from addiction to seek help and police departments to take direct action to help people seeking treatment, the amendment would also go a long way toward removing the stigma and shame of addiction by encouraging treatment without the threat of prosecution.

“What this bill does is it attempts to address the institutional stigma that exists around addiction,” Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan said. “Under Chief Campanello’s leadership, we rolled out our program in Arlington shortly after Gloucester. In the first half of calendar ’15, we were experiencing one overdose death per month in Arlington. We implemented our program July 1, 2015. From July 1, of ’15 to early February of ’16, we had one fatal overdose. The data is abundantly clear.”

Rep. Ferrante, who represents Gloucester, has seen, first hand, the tremendous promise of the Gloucester Police Department ANGEL Initiative. Since the start of the ANGEL Initiative last year, 400 people have been placed into treatment, and the City of Gloucester has seen a nearly 1/3 reduction in property crimes most commonly associated with addiction, including break-ins, larcenies, and car breaks.

As of today, 27 police departments in the state have implemented a program similar to the Gloucester ANGEL Initiative.

“Massachusetts will become the model for the nation in addressing this chronic illness called opioid addiction,” said John Rosenthal, Chairman of the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative.

Those in attendance included:

  • Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante
  • Rep. Alice Peisch (Wellesley), Original Good Samaritan Bill sponsor
  • Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello
  • Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan
  • Bedford Police Chief Robert Bongiorno
  • East Bridgewater Police Chief John E. Cowan
  • East Bridgewater Police Sergeant Detective Scott Allen
  • Hamilton Police Chief Russell Stevens
  • Methuen Police Chief Joseph Solomon
  • Swampscott Police Chief Ronald Madigan
  • Marblehead Police Chief Robert O. Picariello
  • Middleton Police Chief James DiGianvittorio
  • Salisbury Police Chief Thomas W. Fowler
  • Essex County Sheriff Frank G. Cousins Jr.
  • John Rosenthal, Chairman of the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative
  • Steven A. Tolman, President, Massachusetts AFL-CIO
  • Members of East Bridgewater HOPE for Recovery, including Director Susan Silva
  • State Representatives from various Massachusetts districts

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