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 Five P.A.A.R.I. Recovery Coaches Join Boston Police Department through AmeriCorps Program http://paariusa.org/2018/06/11/five-p-a-a-r-i-recovery-coaches-join-boston-police-department-through-americorps-program/ http://paariusa.org/2018/06/11/five-p-a-a-r-i-recovery-coaches-join-boston-police-department-through-americorps-program/#respond Mon, 11 Jun 2018 21:04:13 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4671 GLOUCESTER -- Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade is pleased to announce that five Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) recovery coaches have been sworn in as AmeriCorps members to contribute to the Boston Police Department's addiction and recovery efforts.

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

For Immediate Release

Monday, June 11, 2018

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

Five P.A.A.R.I. Recovery Coaches Join Boston Police Department through AmeriCorps Program

GLOUCESTER — Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade is pleased to announce that five Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) recovery coaches have been sworn in as AmeriCorps members to contribute to the Boston Police Department’s addiction and recovery efforts.

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh held an official swearing in of P.A.A.R.I.’s Anita Cunha, Steve Jutras, Tyshaun Perryman, Ursel Hughes and Cheryl Molloy-Emerson as part of the 86th annual meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors on Sunday, June 10. The ceremony marked Mayor Walsh’s first time swearing in a group of AmeriCorps members.

“I’m grateful for the P.A.A.R.I. recovery coaches, who will work closely with our police officers, to fight the opioid epidemic by enhancing direct outreach and getting more people into treatment and on the road to recovery,” Mayor Walsh said. “All of us have a role to play in addressing the opioid epidemic, and as our first responders are on the front lines of answering the call for help, it’s our responsibility to ensure they are equipped with the tools and resources to best support those in need of care. This partnership with P.A.A.R.I. and AmeriCorps will strengthen our work as we continue to implement solutions that will make a real difference.”

During the meeting, where mayors from around the country were in attendance, the P.A.A.R.I.-AmeriCorps program was highlighted as a best practice. The program places members into service at host police department sites across Massachusetts to assist with municipal police-led addiction and recovery programs in direct response to the growing opioid epidemic.

“The opioid epidemic is the most pressing public health and public safety issue affecting our communities, with an estimated 174 fatal overdoses every single day,” Hunter McDade said during the U.S. Conference of Mayors. “So both at the local and federal level, there is an emphasis on leveraging national service programs, such as AmeriCorps, to address it.”

P.A.A.R.I. currently has a team of 22 members who are serving 53 communities across Massachusetts where they help build the capacity of law enforcement programs, prevent overdose deaths, and provide vital resources to community members with substance use disorders and their loved ones. Since October 2017, the team of P.A.A.R.I-AmeriCorps members have provided support to 3,057 unique individuals affected by a substance use disorder.

P.A.A.R.I. Co-founder John Rosenthal, who attended the ceremony and meeting, stressed the importance of communities implementing a pre-arrest program to assist those struggling with addiction while also working with volunteer organizations like AmeriCorps to provide related services to those in need.

“Thank you Mayor Marty Walsh for making the opioid epidemic a priority and for demonstrating your commitment by highlighting our partnership today,” Rosenthal said Sunday.

With the Boston Police Department, P.A.A.R.I.’s five recovery coaches will:

  • Assist individuals struggling with substance use disorders as they make referrals to treatment, navigate and remove barriers to recovery support services, and provide hope, optimism and encouragement.
  • Connect community members with substance use disorders, or those who have loved ones struggling with addiction, to recovery services.
  • Work across city agencies — like the Mayor’s Office of Recovery Services, Boston public libraries and the Boston Public Health Commission — as well as treatment providers, hospitals, neighborhood associations and organizations providing related services to assist those affected by opioid addiction.
  • Travel to neighborhoods where residents have less access to recovery services. All of the recovery coaches are personally in recovery and have direct experience navigating local treatment and recovery supports.

“We are so proud to partner with P.A.A.R.I. on this innovative, groundbreaking AmeriCorps program,” said Emily Haber, CEO of the Massachusetts Service Alliance, which provides funding to the project. “P.A.A.R.I.-AmeriCorps is a strong model for engaging the power of national service to address the devastating opioid crisis in Massachusetts and across the nation.”

The five P.A.A.R.I AmeriCorps members join more than 1,200 AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members combating the opioid epidemic in more than 150 communities across 45 states. This is thanks to support from the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that oversees these national service programs.

 

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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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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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P.A.A.R.I.
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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*Media Advisory* Governor Baker to Give Opening Remarks at Inaugural P.A.A.R.I. National Law Enforcement Summit http://paariusa.org/2017/11/30/media-advisory-governor-baker-give-opening-remarks-inaugural-p-r-national-law-enforcement-summit-2/ http://paariusa.org/2017/11/30/media-advisory-governor-baker-give-opening-remarks-inaugural-p-r-national-law-enforcement-summit-2/#respond Thu, 30 Nov 2017 23:01:29 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4140 P.A.A.R.I. John Rosenthal, Co-founder & Chairman 186 Main Street Gloucester, MA 01930 For Immediate Release Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 Media Contact: John Guilfoil Phone: 617-993-0003 Email: john@jgpr.net *Media Advisory* Governor Baker to Give Opening Remarks at Inaugural P.A.A.R.I. National Law Enforcement Summit  More than 200 Leaders from Around the Country to Attend GLOUCESTER — The […]

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

For Immediate Release

Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017

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

*Media Advisory*

Governor Baker to Give Opening Remarks at Inaugural P.A.A.R.I. National Law Enforcement Summit 

More than 200 Leaders from Around the Country to Attend

GLOUCESTER — The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) is pleased to welcome law enforcement leaders from throughout the nation next week at its first National Law Enforcement Summit.

The event, which is the first of its kind, will bring more than 200 leaders from 27 states and the District of Columbia to Boston. It is completely open to press, and a schedule of speaking programs is attached below.

WHO: 

  • Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker
  • Sandro Galea, Dean, Boston University School of Public Health
  • John Rosenthal, P.A.A.R.I. Co-Founder and Co-Chairman
  • Frederick Ryan, P.A.A.R.I. Co-Chairman, Police Council Chairman and Arlington Police Chief
  • Allie Hunter McDade, P.A.A.R.I. Executive Director
  • P.A.A.R.I. National Police Council Members
  • More than 200 law enforcement leaders

WHEN:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

WHERE:

Boston University School of Medicine

72 East Concord St. (14th floor), Boston

 

WHAT:

The P.A.A.R.I. National Law Enforcement Summit is a groundbreaking event that will connect law enforcement leaders from around the country who have changed their approach to the opioid epidemic in their communities and taken the lead in preventing overdose deaths and providing access to addiction treatment and recovery.

Over 200 police leaders from agencies of all sizes will be in attendance at the summit, which will include a keynote address from Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

The summit will empower law enforcement agencies to outline their successes and challenges in combating the nationwide opioid epidemic, and will serve as a platform for the sharing of ideas on how to build upon, or launch, a pre-arrest addiction and recovery referral program in order to provide those struggling with addiction with the help they need.

MEDIA LOGISTICS:

There will be opportunities for television, radio and print/online media interviews, and staff will be on-site to assist media. Law enforcement leaders from the following states will be in attendance and are generally available for interviews: Arizona, Connecticut, Washington D.C., Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin. 

Affiliates may be interested in drawing from their local stations. Boston has NBC (NBC Boston/New England Cable News and Telemundo), CBS (WBZ), Hearst (ABC affiliate WCVB), Sunbeam (WHDH) and Cox Media (Fox affiliate WFXT) television news broadcast stations. 

SCHEDULE:

Tuesday, December 5

8:30 a.m. — Networking Breakfast

9 a.m. — Welcome from Chief Frederick Ryan, P.A.A.R.I. Co-Chairman, Arlington, Mass.

9:20 a.m. — Welcome from Sandro Galea, Dean, BU School of Public Health

9:30 a.m.  — Welcome from John Rosenthal, P.A.A.R.I. Co-Founder and Co-Chairman

9:45 a.m. — Introduction of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker from Chief Frederick Ryan and John Rosenthal

10 a.m. — Remarks from Gov. Charlie Baker

10:15 a.m. — Opioid Epidemic and P.A.A.R.I. 101

  • Allie Hunter McDade, P.A.A.R.I. Executive Director, Boston
  • John Rosenthal, P.A.A.R.I. Co-Founder and Co-Chairman, Gloucester
  • Chief Frederick Ryan, P.A.A.R.I. Co-Chairman, Arlington

11 a.m. — Intake Programs 101

  • Lt. Jeremiah Nicastro, Gloucester
  • Chief Robbie Moulton, Scarborough, Maine
  • Sgt. Brittney Garrett, Jeffersontown, Kentucky
  • Katie Donovan, Hope Not Handcuffs, Macomb County, Michigan

Noon — Networking Lunch

12:30 p.m. — Outreach Programs 101

  • Chief Frederick Ryan, Arlington
  • Sgt. Mike Braley, Everett, Washington
  • Dan Cortez, Community Engagement Specialist, Chelsea
  • Kelly Pompilio, Police Social Worker, Alexandria, Kentucky
  • Chief Ed Walsh, Taunton

1:30 p.m. — How do we know this is working?

  • Dr. Davida Schiff, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Sean Varano, Kelley Research Associates and Roger Williams University
  • Tomoko Udo, University of Albany School of Public Health
  • Capt. Dave Batchelor, Chelsea

2:15 p.m. — How do we include the recovery community?

  • Tito Rodriguez, P.A.A.R.I. Care Advocate & Outreach Worker, Gloucester
  • Cody Desmond, P.A.A.R.I. AmeriCorps Recovery Coach, Lynn
  • Steve Lesnikoski, P.A.A.R.I. Care Advocate & Outreach Worker, Essex County
  • Margie Taylor, P.A.A.R.I. AmeriCorps Program Coordinator, Burlington

3:15 p.m. — Spotlight on Essex County Sheriff’s Department

  • Sheriff Kevin Coppinger
  • Gary Barrett, Community Relations Coordinator
  • Darya Maslova, Assistant Director of Programs

3:45 p.m. — Closing Remarks from Chief Frederick Ryan

Wednesday, December 6

 

8:30 a.m. — Networking Breakfast

9 a.m. — Welcome from Chief Danny Langloss, P.A.A.R.I. Police Council Member, Dixon, Illinois

9:30 a.m. — Remarks from Gil Kerlikowske on criminal justice research on the opioid crisis

10 a.m. —  Remarks from Sarah Gordon Chiaramida, Massachusetts Association of Health Plans

10:15 a.m. —  How do we make an evidence-based treatment referral?

  • Dr. Alexander Walley, Boston Medical Center
  • Dr. Sarah Wakeman, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Dr. Shorta Yuasa, Lahey Health Behavioral Services

11 a.m. — Spotlight on Plymouth County Outreach

  • Chief Scott Allen, East Bridgewater
  • Chief Michael Botieri, Plymouth
  • Lt. Richard Linehan, Brockton
  • Hillary Dubois Farquharson, Brockton Area Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative
  • Sarah Cloud,  Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Noon — Networking Lunch

12:30 p.m. —  Spotlight on Anne Arundel Safe Stations

  • Maryland State’s Attorney Wes Adams
  • Lt. Steve Thomas
  • Jennifer Corbin, Director of Crisis Response

1:15 p.m. — How do we form behavioral health partnerships?

  • Chief Tom Bashore, Nashville, North Carolina
  • Amanda Flory, Social Worker, Nashville, North Carolina
  • Chief Robert Bongiorno, Bedford
  • Alia Toran-Burrell, Clinician, Central Middlesex County

2 p.m. — Spotlight on New England HIDTA

  • David Kelley, Deputy Director
  • Bryan Volpe, Drug Intelligence Officer, Rhode Island
  • Margaret Hester, Public Health Analyst
  • James Cormier, Drug Intelligence Officer

2:30 p.m. — How do I start a program in my community?

  • Chief Tim Lentz, Covington Louisiana
  • Chief Joseph Solomon, Methuen
  • Sergeant Pat Greenhill, Berea, Ohio
  • Captain Greg Skehan, Burlington

3:45 p.m. — Closing Remarks Chief Langloss and Chief Ryan

 

Quotes:

“The hundreds of law enforcement agencies that have joined P.A.A.R.I. in the fight against addiction have made a tremendous impact and saved numerous lives,” P.A.A.R.I. Co-Founder and Chairman John Rosenthal said. “This summit will give police leaders from communities large and small a chance to share ideas and learn from one another so that they can continue to build upon their success in the fight to end the opioid epidemic.”

“The Commonwealth of Massachusetts relies on the innovative techniques and strategies developed by our local law enforcement officials to fight against the opioid epidemic,” Gov. Charlie Baker said. “We are glad the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative chose to host a summit focused on bringing the best and the brightest in law enforcement together and we look forward to the progress this group can help us make on prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery.”

“Law enforcement has played a critical role in responding to the nationwide opioid epidemic, and we understand that recovery happens in the community,” Chief Ryan said. “I am very encouraged by the projected turnout for the inaugural P.A.A.R.I. National Law Enforcement Summit, and I look forward to sharing our experiences and learning the best practices of my colleagues from around the nation.”

 

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P.A.A.R.I. To Partner With AmeriCorps To Build Capacity of Law Enforcement Partners http://paariusa.org/2017/08/02/p-r-partner-americorps-build-capacity-law-enforcement-partners/ http://paariusa.org/2017/08/02/p-r-partner-americorps-build-capacity-law-enforcement-partners/#respond Wed, 02 Aug 2017 20:02:49 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=3799 P.A.A.R.I. will receive a three-year grant from the Massachusetts Service Alliance that will place 25 AmeriCorps members into service at police departments.

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

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017

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

P.A.A.R.I. To Partner With AmeriCorps To Build Capacity of Law Enforcement Partners

New Program Will Place Recovery Coaches Directly Into Police Departments

GLOUCESTER — John Rosenthal, co-founder and chairman, and Allie Hunter McDade, executive director of the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.), are pleased to announce that P.A.A.R.I. will receive a three-year grant from the Massachusetts Service Alliance that will place 25 AmeriCorps members into service at law enforcement agencies throughout the commonwealth, assisting in police-led addiction recovery programs.

Through AmeriCorps, P.A.A.R.I. will place 20 part-time recovery coaches and five full-time program coordinators with police departments in Massachusetts, enabling those agencies to dramatically enhance their capacity to reach individuals in need and better support them as they work to access treatment and recovery programs and services. The program is set to launch in October 2017.

P.A.A.R.I. will receive a federal grant of $207,000 per year for three years to carry out this project. As per the grant guidelines, P.A.A.R.I. is also responsible for generating matching funds to cover project costs and welcomes the contributions of individuals and organizations that wish to support its efforts to help those working to overcome addiction.

AmeriCorps members will be responsible for building the capacity of police-based programs to expand and enhance services to address the growing opioid epidemic in their communities, working directly with community members to help individuals who are seeking help access treatment and recovery services, prevent opioid overdose deaths, reduce crime and strengthen law enforcement and community relations.

“P.A.A.R.I’s mission is to provide resources to help law enforcement agencies combat the opioid epidemic and this innovative new program will add significant capacity to the law enforcement agencies we work with in Massachusetts,”  Hunter McDade said. “As an AmeriCorps alum myself, I am thrilled to partner with the Massachusetts Service Alliance and leverage the power of service through this exciting new program.”

“We are excited to partner with P.A.A.R.I. to address the growing opioid epidemic throughout the Commonwealth,” Massachusetts Service Alliance CEO Emily Haber said. “This new AmeriCorps initiative is a prime example of utilizing service as a solution to address critical needs in our communities. These dedicated AmeriCorps members will serve tirelessly alongside law enforcement to help bridge gaps between addiction and recovery services.”

P.A.A.R.I. is also announcing the search for a full-time program director to oversee the program; the job description is available here. Those interested in applying to serve as a part or full-time AmeriCorps member should click here for more information. P.A.A.R.I. is also seeking police departments and law enforcement agencies in Massachusetts that would like to host one or more AmeriCorps members to support their department (or group of departments). Learn more by clicking here.

In addition to its efforts in Massachusetts, P.A.A.R.I. is developing a grant proposal for the Corporation for National and Community Service to place AmeriCorps members in law enforcement agencies on a national scale.

For those interested in financially supporting this exciting new project in Massachusetts, a donation of $10,000 fully covers the cost of one full-time AmeriCorps member for one year and a donation of $5,000 fully covers the cost of one part-time AmeriCorps member for one year. If you would like to make a financial gift, please donate here and write “AmeriCorps” in the comment section. You can also mail a check to 186 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930 and write “AmeriCorps” in the memo line.

About AmeriCorps:

AmeriCorps is a civil society program that engages adults in public service work with a goal of helping others and meeting critical needs in the community. Members commit to full-time or part-time positions offered by a network of nonprofit community organizations and public agencies to fulfill assignments in the fields of education, public safety, healthcare, and environmental protection. There are more than 75,000 Americans in service each year.

About the Massachusetts Service Alliance:

The Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA), established in 1991, is a private, nonprofit organization that serves as the state commission on service and volunteerism. MSA promotes and supports service and volunteerism by investing public and private resources in community-based organizations that rely upon volunteers and people engaged in service to meet their community’s needs. MSA administers the AmeriCorps State program for Massachusetts and the Commonwealth Corps program, as well as support for community service learning, and volunteer generation initiatives. MSA provides training and technical assistance to organizations to support their volunteer and service member management through one-on-one technical assistance, trainings and workshops throughout the year, and a bi-annual statewide conference on service and volunteerism.

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Photos: P.A.A.R.I. Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade Attends Roundtable Event with U.S. Sen. Ed Markey to Discuss Opioid Epidemic http://paariusa.org/2017/04/19/p-r-executive-director/ http://paariusa.org/2017/04/19/p-r-executive-director/#respond Wed, 19 Apr 2017 20:57:41 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=3410 On Wednesday, April 19, P.A.A.R.I. Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade joined U.S. Sen. Ed Markey for a roundtable conversation on the nation's current opioid epidemic.

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On Wednesday, April 19, P.A.A.R.I. Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade joined U.S. Sen. Ed Markey for a roundtable conversation on the nation’s current opioid epidemic. Leaders from across the state attended the meeting, including Taunton Mayor Tom Hoye, state Rep. Jim Cantwell, Steven Tolman, president of Massachusetts AFL-CIO, Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter, state Sen. John Keenan, Dave and Lori Gonsalves and Cory Palazzi, founders of Cory’s Cause, state Sen. Marc Pacheco, Taunton Fire Chief Tim Bradshaw, the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts and Taunton Police Chief Ed Walsh.
Additionally, through Taunton’s P.A.A.R.I. program, police have conducted 211 outreach visits to the homes of individuals who experience an overdose.

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Boston Globe Article Highlights Fishing Industry’s Effort to Tackle Opioid Epidemic, Partnership with P.A.A.R.I. http://paariusa.org/2017/04/19/boston-globe-highlights-fishing-industrys-effort-tackle-opioid-epidemic/ http://paariusa.org/2017/04/19/boston-globe-highlights-fishing-industrys-effort-tackle-opioid-epidemic/#respond Wed, 19 Apr 2017 19:21:16 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=3402 In an article titled, "State’s fishing fleet confronts an opioid problem," the Boston Globe highlights the Gloucester fishing industry's push to be better equipped to handle the nation's opioid epidemic.

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In an article titled, “State’s fishing fleet confronts an opioid problem,” the Boston Globe highlights the Gloucester fishing industry’s push to be better equipped to handle the nation’s opioid epidemic.

Captains are now stocking their boats with nasal naloxone (trademarked under the name Narcan), and are trained on how to administer the opioid reversal drug to curb overdose deaths  on the water.

“This is a mayday call for the fishing industry,” said J.J. Bartlett, president of Fishing Partnership Support Services, a nonprofit agency in Massachusetts that addresses health and safety issues. “Ambulances don’t go where fishermen fish.”

The article explains that the push to bring Narcan to the fishing fleet is the latest move to expand its availability. An increasing number of first responders — including many police, firefighters, and other emergency personnel — now carry the antidote.

Along with stories from fishermen, who have seen the negative affects opioid addiction can have on a person, family and industry, the article highlights that to help address the disease of addiction, the Fishing Partnership has joined forces with the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.).

P.A.A.R.I. is working to ensure that every fisherman’s first aid kit is equipped with Narcan.  Allie Hunter McDade, executive director of P.A.A.R.I., told the Globe that one of the 40 Gloucester fishermen who received a Narcan kit during a training day in March, used the drug to revive an overdose victim on land.

“We’re already talking to other law-enforcement agencies in hopes of expanding it to other fishing fleets,” John Rosenthal, P.A.A.R.I. co-founder and chairman, said in the Globe article. “We’re hoping over time it becomes as integral to safety training as CPR.”

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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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