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 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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Burlington Police Department’s Enhanced Drug Recovery Program Yields Strong Early Results http://paariusa.org/2018/01/17/4299/ http://paariusa.org/2018/01/17/4299/#respond Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:30:52 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4299 Just two months after enhancing its drug recovery efforts through its Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.)/AmeriCorps Unit, the Burlington Police Department is already reporting meaningful results.

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

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

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

Burlington Police Department’s Enhanced Drug Recovery Program Yields Strong Early Results

BURLINGTON — Just two months after enhancing its drug recovery efforts through its Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.)/AmeriCorps Unit, the Burlington Police Department is already reporting meaningful results.

Since Program Coordinator Margie Taylor and Recovery Coach Jackie Tayabji, two AmeriCorps members, joined the Burlington Police Department last fall, they have reached more than 53 individuals suffering from substance use disorder — or their family members — and linked each one with critical resources.

They’ve also placed an emphasis on supporting the loved ones of those battling addiction to ensure they have the help they need to overcome the challenges they face as a result of their family members’ drug use.

Together, Taylor and Tayabji comprise Burlington’s P.A.A.R.I./AmeriCorps Unit, which works closely with Burlington Police Officer Robert Aloisi to combat substance abuse disorders and the current nationwide opioid crisis on a local level.

Taylor and Tayabji’s early success with the program is due in large part to the strong partnership they have formed with the police department, as well as the broad support of the community at large and organizations that are committed to helping them accomplish their mission.

“Forging relationships within the community is essential, as there is always power in numbers, and we can accomplish so much more when the all of the stakeholders are addressing this issue together,” Taylor said. “We have already seen how these relationships have opened the lines of communication among numerous stakeholders.”

Several organizations have proven integral to the recovery team’s efforts, including the Burlington Fire Department, Burlington Overcoming Addiction, the Board of Selectmen, Council on Aging, Rotary Club, Burlington Schools, Learn to Cope, Lahey Health and the Town Administrators office.

The recovery team has directed eight people into treatment, though their work does not end when a person enters a recovery program.

“Our goal as recovery coaches is to be a support system for the person pursuing treatment through their entire continuum of care,” Taylor said. “We want to provide support for the individual from the very start and help guide them along their journey so we can assist them with tackling any issues or barriers that could prevent a smooth path to recovery.”

The mission of the Burlington Police P.A.A.R.I./AmeriCorps Unit was bolstered early on by the entire team’s participation at P.A.A.R.I.’s inaugural National Law Enforcement Summit. While there, they gave their own presentation and learned from hundreds of law enforcement and healthcare executives and professionals from all over the country. The event took place over a two day period at Boston University and featured numerous presenters and speakers, including Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III.

Taylor and Tayabji’s contributions to the Burlington Police Department have been made possible by an AmeriCorps grant administered through P.A.A.R.I.

“We’re excited about the potential this program holds in allowing us to approach this significant issue from a new angle,” Chief Michael Kent said. “Jackie and Margie have already made tremendous inroads within our community and I couldn’t be happier about the impact they’re having on those in need.”

The Burlington community has bought into the work the recovery unit is doing, and has significantly eased the work of building essential partnerships that have helped the program thrive in a short period of time.

“We have had the full support of the entire community and have been welcomed with open arms,” Tayabji said. “We could not be successful without the backing and collaboration we have received from our Burlington Police partners, and we’re grateful for their commitment to making a difference and helping those struggling with substance abuse issues.”

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

For Immediate Release

Monday, Oct. 16, 2017

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

P.A.A.R.I. to Host Inaugural National Law Enforcement Summit

GLOUCESTER — The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) is pleased to announce it will hold its inaugural National Law Enforcement Summit this December.

This groundbreaking event will connect law enforcement leaders who currently run, or would like to learn more about how to launch, a police-led access to addiction treatment program that helps prevent overdose deaths and steer people suffering with substance use disorders into recovery.

The P.A.A.R.I. Summit, which will be held Dec. 5-6 at the Boston University School of Medicine, will offer a first-of-its-kind look at how law enforcement agencies have successfully provided access to addiction treatment through a renewed approach to the opioid epidemic.

“Our partners have committed to taking an innovative and impactful approach to this nationwide epidemic, and we’re eager to share and discuss our law enforcement based access to treatment programs directly with more law enforcement leaders across the Country,” Arlington Police Chief and P.A.A.R.I. Police Council Chairman Frederick Ryan said. “Our over 320 PAARI law enforcement partner agencies in 31 states have seen tremendous success by providing desperately needed access to opioid addiction treatment, and we’re looking forward to sharing best practices and expanding these life-saving programs through this summit.”

While P.A.A.R.I. law enforcement members are strongly encouraged to attend, registration is now active and open to all members of law enforcement and their guests. Click here to learn more about the event and sign up.

“In just two years, P.A.A.R.I. has completely altered the dialogue on law enforcement’s role in addressing opioid addiction in America,” former White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director and P.A.A.R.I. Board of Directors member Gil Kerlikowske said. “The National Law Enforcement Summit gives us an opportunity to amplify and add more voices and stakeholders to that conversation, while empowering our police colleagues nationwide to join P.A.A.R.I. and provide police based access to treatment initiatives in their communities.”

P.A.A.R.I. also wishes to thank the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans and the Boston University School of Public Health for their ongoing support and sponsorship of the National Law Enforcement Summit. Others interested in sponsoring the event are encouraged to contact P.A.A.R.I. Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade at allie@paariusa.org.

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Gloucester Police and P.A.A.R.I. Partnering To Connect Overdose Victims To Treatment Options http://paariusa.org/2017/08/14/gloucester-police-p-r-partnering-connect-overdose-victims-treatment-options/ http://paariusa.org/2017/08/14/gloucester-police-p-r-partnering-connect-overdose-victims-treatment-options/#respond Mon, 14 Aug 2017 22:12:54 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=3829 The Gloucester Police Department and P.A.A.R.I. have begun a new outreach effort by paying follow-up visits to victims of nonfatal overdoses.

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

Gloucester Police Department

John McCarthy, Interim Chief of Police
197 Main St.
Gloucester, MA 01930

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Immediate Release

Monday, Aug. 14, 2017

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

Gloucester Police and P.A.A.R.I. Partnering To Connect Overdose Victims To Treatment Options

GLOUCESTER — Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, Interim Chief John McCarthy, John Rosenthal, Co-founder and Chairman of the the Police Assisted Addicition and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.), and Allie Hunter McDade, Executive Director of P.A.A.R.I., are pleased to announce that the Gloucester Police Department and P.A.A.R.I. began a new outreach effort Monday in which victims of nonfatal overdoses will receive follow-up visits aimed at directing them into treatment.

Through the partnership, Gloucester Police Officers and P.A.A.R.I. Certified Recovery Coach Tito Rodriguez visit the homes of recent overdose victims to provide them with direct access to recovery resources, including same-day referrals to treatment centers.

“We are tremendously excited to begin this outreach effort,” Hunter McDade said. “This new aspect of the ANGEL Program will enable us to bring resources directly to overdose victims where they live, and reach Gloucester residents who are at the highest risk for a fatal overdose.”

Rodriguez and officers working on behalf of the Gloucester ANGEL Program will work with victims and families in an effort to direct people into treatment soon after an overdose event.

“Mental health, substance abuse and so much more are issues that cross into all communities so we have to work together to address them,” said Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken. “Partnerships are a necessity, not a choice, to save lives and help people get the help and services that everyone deserves.”

P.A.A.R.I. will also provide overdose survivors and families with 4mg nasal naloxone, the life-saving overdose reversal drug​, so they are prepared in the event of a future overdose.​

“Our top priority is ensuring that those in need are connected to the resources that can help them overcome addiction,” Chief McCarthy said. “Our doors are always open, and we hope that these face-to-face visits will encourage people to get help.”

Similar initiatives have proved successful in Arlington, Plymouth and East Bridgewater, where officers and recovery coaches visit with overdose survivors shortly after responding to calls for service.

“Data driven policing has been an essential tool that has allowed us to develop a predictive and preventative approach to overdoses,” P.A.A.R.I. Police Council Chair and Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan said. “I am pleased that P.A.A.R.I. and the Gloucester Police are joining together to adopt this proactive program.”

Chairman Rosenthal added: “It is impossible to effectively address the opioid crisis that has impacted so many families nationwide without a collaborative, hands-on effort by law enforcement and the recovery community.”

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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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Chief Fred Ryan Represents P.A.A.R.I. on Capitol Hill http://paariusa.org/2017/07/31/chief-fred-ryan-represents-p-a-a-r-i-on-capitol-hill/ http://paariusa.org/2017/07/31/chief-fred-ryan-represents-p-a-a-r-i-on-capitol-hill/#respond Mon, 31 Jul 2017 17:38:34 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=3769 Fred Ryan represented P.A.A.R.I. in Washington earlier this month, where he spoke before 80 lawmakers and Capitol Hill staffers.

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Chief Fred Ryan addressing lawmakers and their staff members on Capitol Hill. (Courtesy Photo/Scavone Photography)

Arlington Police Chief and Police Council Chairman Fred Ryan represented P.A.A.R.I. in Washington earlier this month, where he spoke before 80 lawmakers and Capitol Hill staffers about the enhanced role police have taken in directing people into recovery.

At the forum, which was hosted by Boston University, Chief Ryan spoke about the evolution of his personal thinking on the role of law enforcement in the war on drugs and discussed the new ways police departments are approaching the opioid crisis nationwide.

For more on the forum, click here.

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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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P.A.A.R.I. Participates in First-Ever Joint Plymouth County Outreach Meeting http://paariusa.org/2017/07/18/p-r-participates-first-ever-joint-plymouth-county-outreach-meeting/ http://paariusa.org/2017/07/18/p-r-participates-first-ever-joint-plymouth-county-outreach-meeting/#respond Tue, 18 Jul 2017 20:56:11 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=3722 P.A.A.R.I. Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade was in Plymouth Tuesday morning for the first-ever joint meeting of Plymouth County Outreach.

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PLYMOUTH — P.A.A.R.I. Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade was in Plymouth Tuesday morning for the first-ever joint meeting between the northern and southern regions of Plymouth County Outreach (PCO).

The meeting brought law enforcement and recovery partners from throughout Plymouth County together to share their ideas and collaborate to curb opioid use in the county.

“This was a powerful event that we were honored to be involved with,” Hunter McDade said. “The level of commitment to saving lives and increasing access to treatment that was on display was truly inspiring to see.”

Among the 180 people in attendance Tuesday were representatives from all 27 police departments in Plymouth County. The event was co-hosted by East Bridgewater Police Chief Scott Allen and Plymouth Police Chief Michael Botieri, who are both P.A.A.R.I. National Police Council members.

The joint meeting, which marked the first time the north and south regions of PCO met together, also featured P.A.A.R.I. board member and former Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Gil Kerlikowske as its keynote speaker.

 

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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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