PAARI http://paariusa.org The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative Tue, 12 Jun 2018 18:46:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 https://i0.wp.com/paariusa.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/46/2015/06/PAARI_Logo_PUB_052815-02-11-5570acc8v1_site_icon.png?fit=32%2C32 PAARI http://paariusa.org 32 32 93051737 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. Law Enforcement Leaders Urge Congress to Forego Medicaid Cuts http://paariusa.org/2017/07/27/p-r-law-enforcement-leaders-urge-congress-forego-medicaid-cuts/ http://paariusa.org/2017/07/27/p-r-law-enforcement-leaders-urge-congress-forego-medicaid-cuts/#respond Thu, 27 Jul 2017 20:25:13 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=3759 P.A.A.R.I.’s National Police Council sent a letter to Congress stressing the importance of maintaining health coverage for opioid addiction treatment.

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

For Immediate Release

Thursday, July 27, 2017

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

P.A.A.R.I. Law Enforcement Leaders Urge Congress to Forego Medicaid Cuts

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

The letter, signed by 130 law enforcement members from across the country (and counting), was initially sent as the new administration took office in January and was re-distributed today as lawmakers continue to consider potential changes in healthcare. (If you cannot click the link above, copy and paste the following into your browser: http://jgpr.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2017/01/new-paari-letter.pdf).

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

“The opioid epidemic is the most urgent public health and public safety issue we face today, as a country and as law enforcement,” the council wrote. “As any health policy change is considered in Congress, we respectfully urge you to stand with law enforcement and vote ‘no’ on any legislation that makes it harder for police departments like ours to prevent overdose deaths and protect our citizens.”

Through P.A.A.R.I., officers​ ​create​ ​entry points to treatment and recovery programs for people with substance use disorders

“Our lawmakers should remember that Medicaid matters because it is such an essential piece of our mission to prioritize treatment over incarceration,” said Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan, chairman of the Police Council. “P.A.A.R.I. was created for this very reason — to support police departments nationwide that recognize that addiction is a disease that can be overcome through a commitment to treatment.”

In just two years, P.A.A.R.I. has grown into a network of more than 250 police departments in 30 states, and works with over 300 treatment centers to secure fully-funded scholarships for participants with or without insurance.

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

P.A.A.R.I. also encourages police and law enforcement officials to call their elected officials directly to state their support. You can find your representative here.

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

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

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