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 Broome County, N.Y. District Attorney’s Office Joins P.A.A.R.I., Launches Operation S.A.F.E http://paariusa.org/2016/02/08/broome-county-n-y-district-attorneys-office-joins-p-a-a-r-i-launches-operation-s-a-f-e/ http://paariusa.org/2016/02/08/broome-county-n-y-district-attorneys-office-joins-p-a-a-r-i-launches-operation-s-a-f-e/#respond Mon, 08 Feb 2016 16:00:20 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=1590 BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwell today announced the District Attorney’s Office has launched Operation S.A.F.E (Save Addicts From Epidemic) to send drug addicts to treatment to save lives and prevent crime. He was joined by Cooperstown Police Chief Mike Covert, who instituted the program in November.

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Broome County, Office of the District Attorney
Steve Cornwell, District Attorney
45 Hawley St. # 4,
Binghamton, NY 13901
P.A.A.R.I.
Leonard Campanello, Co-Founder
John Rosenthal, Co-founder & Chairman
One Bridge St., Suite #300
Newton, MA 02458

For Immediate Release

Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

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

Broome County, N.Y. District Attorney’s Office Joins P.A.A.R.I., Launches Operation S.A.F.E 

Broome Becomes First District Attorney’s Office In Country To Initiate Program

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwell today announced the District Attorney’s Office has launched Operation S.A.F.E (Save Addicts From Epidemic) to send drug addicts to treatment to save lives and prevent crime.  He was joined by Cooperstown Police Chief Mike Covert, who instituted the program in November.

“Our goal is to save lives by getting those addicted to drugs into treatment, and in doing so, we will clean up our streets,” Cornwell said. “If you’re in treatment, you’re not stealing from family, neighbors or businesses, or committing other crimes.”

Operation S.A.F.E. is modeled after the Gloucester, Mass. Angel Program, through the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.), a nonprofit that helps law enforcement agencies adopt Gloucester’s program.

Cornwell worked with Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello and P.A.A.R.I. to develop Operation S.A.F.E.

“I am extremely proud to stand with District Attorney Steve Cornwell and all of Broome County as we work together to fight the demand for heroin and other drugs in our community. He is a courageous leader,” said Chief Campanello. “People are more than just addicts. They suffer from a health condition, and they need treatment and compassion, not jail and stigma. I offer Broome County my sincere thanks and congratulations on joining with P.A.A.R.I. as the first District Attorney in the nation to implement this live-saving model.”

Addicts or their family members are encouraged to call Broome County’s S.A.F.E Line at 607-778-6119. A volunteer will then take their information and immediately begin searching the network of quality treatment facilities accepting new patients.

The goals of Operation S.A.F.E. are:

    • Reduce future crimes and overdose deaths associated with drug addiction by getting addicts off the streets and into treatment facilities.
    • Encourage addicts to seek help from law enforcement without fear of being arrested and prosecuted.
    • Connect addicts with treatment facilities that are ready, willing and able to provide treatment, at low or no cost to the addict.

To be eligible for Operation S.A.F.E., addicts must be willing to enter long-term treatment outside of New York. The program will not accept registered sex offenders, those with active arrest warrants, or defendants currently enrolled in Binghamton Drug Treatment Court.

“The drug epidemic in Broome County is a public health crisis and major concern to our public safety. Broome County has waited long enough — addicts and their families are no longer alone in this fight – we are here to help,” added Cornwell.  “Thank you to Chief Campanello, P.A.A.R.I, and Chief Covert for their leadership, dedication and foresight. Now it’s time to save local addicts from the drug epidemic plaguing our community.”

During the planning stages of Operation S.A.F.E., Cornwell has already placed one addict in treatment, with another soon on their way.

Cornwell will use drug forfeiture and traffic diversion funding to offset the costs of treatment for those without insurance and transportation to get addicts to treatment facilities.

“This model is working in Cooperstown,” said Chief Covert.  “Since we began the program on Thanksgiving Day, we’ve sent dozens of addicts to treatment facilities across the country, at no cost to our Village. Until now, addicts from Broome County and across the region have driven to Cooperstown seeking help. Congratulations to District Attorney Steve Cornwell for taking this major step to save lives.”

About P.A.A.R.I.
The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) was started to support local police departments as they work with opioid addicts. Rather than arrest our way out of the problem of drug addiction, P.A.A.R.I. committed police departments:

  • Encourage opioid drug users to seek recovery
  • Help distribute life saving opioid blocking drugs to prevent and treat overdoses
  • Connect addicts with treatment programs and facilities
  • Provide resources to other police departments and communities that want to do more to fight the opioid addiction epidemic

P.A.A.R.I. was created by Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello and John Rosenthal to bridge the gap between the police department and opioid addicts seeking recovery.

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Broome County, Office of the Sheriff
David E. Harder, Sheriff
Public Safety Facility
155 Lt. VanWinkle Drive
Binghamton, NY 13905

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

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015

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

Broome County, N.Y. Joins with P.A.A.R.I., will Create Addiction Outreach and Referral Program

Non Profits, Police Departments will Refer People to Sheriff for Placement in Treatment Centers Nationwide, Given Lack of Options in Broome and Surrounding Counties

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — Sheriff David E. Harder announces that the Broome County Sheriff’s Office will partner with the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) to create and launch an addiction outreach and recovery program for Broome County, making it the first law enforcement agency New York State to do so.

Under the Broome County Sheriff’s Office Recovery Commitment (BCSORC), the Sheriff’s Office will work with the nonprofit organization Truth Pharm to develop a program to pair those affected by the disease of addiction and seeking treatment with treatment centers drawn from partners across the country. They have set a goal to develop and implement the program before the end of 2015. An announcement will be made when a launch date is set.

Truth Pharm
Truth Pharm

“The opioid addiction epidemic has touched every community in the country, and here in Broome County, we are no different,” Sheriff Harder said. “As public servants, we have an obligation to help people in any way that we can. We are committed to providing immediate service when someone asks for help and lining up treatment centers out of the area who will assist with this endeavor. By joining with P.A.A.R.I., we can help people suffering from addictions reclaim their lives. These people are children, parents, cousins, friends, husbands, and wives, and we are tired of watching opioid addiction take them away from us. Our department has already taken steps to address the issue, but we are not having enough of an impact. Now is the time for action.”

To assist the community in getting started, Bella Monte Recovery Center, which recently partnered with P.A.A.R.I. and The Gloucester Initiative, will be providing scholarships to Broome Country participants.

Broome County municipal police departments will also join, serving as eyes and ears on the ground and referring those suffering from the disease of addiction to the Sheriff’s Office for placement in a treatment center.

“People should not live in fear of their police departments. We are here to help, and when it comes to those suffering from addiction, we are going to prove it,” said Port Dickinson Police Chief Douglas E. Pipher, the first police chief in Broome County to sign on to the initiative. “I am genuinely excited to begin this program, because I have seen how it can make a real difference in people’s lives and the lives of their family members and friends. Opioid addiction is a beatable disease.”

Port Dickinson Police have also signed onto the program.
Port Dickinson Police have also signed onto the program.

Steps the Broome County Sheriff’s Office had already taken include having all officers carry lifesaving naloxone, having an active role in the Broome Opioid Addiction Council (BOAC) and providing resource cards to those officers feel may be affected by addiction during their daily operations.

While details and specific policies are still being written, there will be four components to the program:

  1. The Sheriff’s Office will serve as the hub for the program in Broome County. Partners will include other participating law enforcement agencies in Broome County and nonprofit organizations like Truth Pharm. Partner agencies will conduct outreach and refer prospective participants who wish to seek treatment for their addiction.
  2. The Sheriff’s Office, working with P.A.A.R.I.’s treatment partners and by cultivating its own relationships with local, regional, and national centers, will place participants in treatment programs based on their individual needs.
  3. The Sheriff’s Office, BOAC and its partners advocate for the creation of an acute care detox facility in Broome County as well as an increase in available treatment options.
  4. A volunteer system will be developed to assist those seeking help from the Sheriff’s Office.

“Due to the physical and psychological symptoms of opioid addiction, when the small window of opportunity opens in which an addicted person seeks help, it is imperative that we are able to give them that help in a timely, effective manner,” said Susan Hughes, board member of Truth Pharm. “This program enables us to do just that.”

While not identical, the Broome County Sheriff’s Office Recovery Commitment (BCSORC) is inspired by the Gloucester ANGEL Initiative. Gloucester’s Initiative allows people who suffer from addiction to turn over their remaining drug supply and paraphernalia to the Gloucester Police Department without the threat of arrest and then fast-tracks the participant into a treatment center.

Gloucester, Mass. Police Chief Leonard Campanello, one of the founders of P.A.A.R.I., traveled to Binghamton in August and spoke before a large group of more than 120 police officials, healthcare workers, and volunteers. The event was arranged by Truth Pharm, a non-profit organization in Broome County led by mothers of heroin addicts. Chief Campanello spoke about the origins of The ANGEL Initiative

“What I saw in Broome County were moms who lost or nearly lose their children and police officers who are sick of standing by and watching the disease of addiction destroy families and neighborhoods,” Chief Campanello said. “I salute Sheriff Harder and everyone in Broome County that is standing up to take action on this public health issue.”

Added Alexis Pleus, co-founder of Truth Pharm, whose oldest son died of a heroin overdose in 2014: “I am grateful to Chief Campanello for traveling to Binghamton, and I am I am proud to live in Broome County where our Sheriff’s Office is so committed to effecting change in this epidemic that they are willing to blaze the trail in New York State with this progressive program.”

About P.A.A.R.I.
The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) was started to support local police departments as they work with opioid addicts. Rather than arrest our way out of the problem of drug addiction, P.A.A.R.I. committed police departments:

  • Encourage opioid drug users to seek recovery
  • Help distribute life saving opioid blocking drugs to prevent and treat overdoses
  • Connect addicts with treatment programs and facilities
  • Provide resources to other police departments and communities that want to do more to fight the opioid addiction epidemic

P.A.A.R.I. was created by Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello and John Rosenthal to bridge the gap between the police department and opioid addicts seeking recovery.

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