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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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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P.A.A.R.I.
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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P.A.A.R.I. to Hold Two-Year Anniversary Celebration and Awards Ceremony http://paariusa.org/2017/05/17/p-r-hold/ http://paariusa.org/2017/05/17/p-r-hold/#respond Wed, 17 May 2017 18:36:11 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=3510 What an amazing two years it has been! Since June 2015, P.A.A.R.I. has grown into a national movement of law enforcement agencies who believe in treatment over arrest and incarceration. We have placed more than 550 people into treatment through the Gloucester ANGEL Program alone and more than 10,000 individuals in total through our partners across the country.

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To celebrate its two-year anniversary, P.A.A.R.I. will host a celebration and awards ceremony next month and the public is invited to attend.

WHEN:

June 28, from 6-8 p.m.

WHERE:

The Gloucester House Restaurant, 63 Rogers St., Gloucester

WHAT:

What an amazing two years it has been! Since June 2015, P.A.A.R.I. has grown into a national movement of law enforcement agencies who believe in treatment over arrest and incarceration. We have placed more than 550 people into treatment through the Gloucester ANGEL Program alone and more than 10,000 individuals in total through our partners across the country.

Come celebrate with us and congratulate the 2017 P.A.A.R.I. Leadership Award winners who make this all possible. Thanks to the unending support of Steve Jesi and Cheryl Marlow, for the second year in a row, three participants of the Gloucester ANGEL Program will also receive the Stephenie Jesi Memorial Scholarship to support their recovery journey.

This event is not to be missed. We hope to see you there!

Tickets are $20 and available here: paariawards.eventbrite.com

Thank you to our event sponsor, Eastern Bank.

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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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P.A.A.R.I. Members Travel to D.C. to Speak to Congress About Continued Funding for Opioid Addiction and Recovery http://paariusa.org/2017/03/29/p-r-members-travel-d-c-speak-congress-continued-funding-opioid-addiction-recovery/ http://paariusa.org/2017/03/29/p-r-members-travel-d-c-speak-congress-continued-funding-opioid-addiction-recovery/#respond Wed, 29 Mar 2017 21:00:44 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=3313 WASHINGTON -- The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) is pleased to announce that Co-founder and Chairman John Rosenthal and Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade led a contingent of law enforcement leaders on a trip to Washington, D.C. this morning to participate in a roundtable discussion with six U.S. Senators about the importance of continued affordable access to treatment for those suffering from a substance use disorder.

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

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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

P.A.A.R.I. Members Travel to D.C. to Speak to Congress About Continued Funding for Opioid Addiction and Recovery

WASHINGTON — The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) is pleased to announce that Co-founder and Chairman John Rosenthal and Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade led a contingent of law enforcement leaders on a trip to Washington, D.C. this morning to participate in a roundtable discussion with six U.S. Senators about the importance of continued affordable access to treatment for those suffering from a substance use disorder.

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) hosted the roundtable at 1:30 p.m. in light of President Donald Trump’s recent budget plan, which cuts the Department of Health and Human Services by 18 percent, and in turn, would remove essential funding for treatment and recovery services for those suffering from the disease of addiction.

Law enforcement officials from around the nation joined Rosenthal and Hunter McDade for the discussion, and they shared their own stories of joining P.A.A.R.I. and implementing addiction recovery programs in their cities and towns. Such initiatives have had an overwhelmingly positive impact on communities by giving residents options for treatment over incarceration or death.

“The opioid crisis is having a devastating impact on our nation’s families and it is putting a strain on law enforcement and first responders who are on the front lines of keeping our communities safe,” Sen. Casey said. “Members of the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative recognize that we cannot arrest ourselves out of this epidemic. We must help people seek treatment so that they can get on the road to recovery. I am committed to doing everything in my power to fight this epidemic and support law enforcement agencies by increasing health insurance coverage and the amount of funding for treatment services.”

Last year, P.A.A.R.I. played a critical role in securing a $1 billion investment in opioid treatment through the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act, which will be significantly curtailed if not paired with health insurance coverage.

Severe cuts to the Department of Health and Human Services could impact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. This would make the work of police officers and first responders, who are on the front lines of the opioid crisis, all the more difficult. Despite a $1 billion investment to tackle the opioid crisis contained in the 21st Century Cures Act, budget cuts could wipe out any resource gains.

“Overdose deaths now exceed automobile fatalities each year and it’s critical that Congress increases funding for proven long-term treatment options that save lives, reduce costs and rebuild trust between police and their communities,” Rosenthal said. “In the absence of critical health care funding, which treats addiction like every other chronic disease, recovery will be all the more difficult across the nation.”

Congress is currently debating policies that could reduce the coverage for individuals with substance use disorders and undermine efforts to expand the availability of treatment. Researchers estimate that repealing the Affordable Care Act – including the Medicaid expansion and requirements for coverage of mental health and substance use disorder treatment benefits – will cut $5.5 billion from mental health and substance use services.

“I am pleased to be here in D.C. with P.A.A.R.I.’s law enforcement leaders from across the country to discuss Medicaid’s essential role in treatment access within and beyond their pre-arrest programs,” Hunter McDade said. “I am grateful to our members for coming to D.C. to share their perspectives and grateful to the members of Congress who are meeting with us throughout the day. I am confident that bringing the voice of law enforcement into these important conversations will help lead to federal policies that improve access to treatment.”

Throughout the day, Rosenthal and Hunter McDade also met with U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, and Congressman Stephen Lynch to further discuss a need for Medicaid and health insurance for all, which would ensure that those struggling with addiction receive the treatment they need to recover.

Rosenthal and Hunter McDade were joined by a group of P.A.A.R.I. members, including:

  • East Bridgewater, Mass. Police Chief Scott Allen
  • Olmsted Township, Ohio Police Chief Matt Vanyo
  • Berea Ohio Police Chief Joseph Grecol
  • Berwick Borough, Pa. Police Chief Kenneth Strish
  • Cheshire County, N.H. Sheriff Eli Rivera
  • Sgt. Brittney Garrett from the Jeffersontown, Ky. Police Department
  • Steve Lesnikoski, Gloucester Police Department Angel participant and P.A.A.R.I. intern

Quotes from law enforcement leaders and P.A.A.R.I. members:

Chief Joe Grecol, Berea Ohio: “The fact that Cuyahoga County is on pace to exceed 600 heroin deaths in 2017 based on the first two months of the year, where we had 46 in January and more than 60 in February, mandates that we as law enforcement professionals do more than just respond to the calls. We need to step into uncomfortable territory and offer another avenue for addicts to find treatment.”

Chief Matt Vanyo, Olmsted Township, Ohio: “The State of Ohio is ground zero for the opiate crisis. Our congressional leaders and state representatives need to hear testimony from first responders who are on the front lines of this health epidemic, hear about the collaborative policing programs law enforcement is initiating, and hear about the ramifications for their communities if Medicaid funding for substance abuse treatment is severely cut and/or negated.”

Chief Scott Allen, East Bridgewater, Mass.: “I traveled to D.C. as part of P.A.A.R.I.’s national law enforcement council to support and advocate for the need to continue providing healthcare and resources to support those in need as a result of the opioid crisis. The majority of our substance use disorder sufferers that attend our East Bridgewater-based, EB HOPE Drop-In Center have Massachusetts health insurance and rely on the state and federal funding to access treatment on a daily basis. We will continue to advocate for those families suffering through this crisis on a daily basis.”

Chief Ken Strish, Berwick Pa: “There are many residents in Berwick that are battling drug addiction, and drug related crime has become a constant. The current problem and alarming statistics indicate that there is a dire need to change tactics. This is the main reason that the Borough of Berwick Police Department joined P.A.A.R.I. and why I will offer anything that I can do to assist with combating the opioid epidemic. Most of the members of my community utilize Medicaid and because Pennsylvania is one of the states with the highest opioid overdose death rates, we have expanded access to medication-assisted treatment. This needs to continue not only throughout Pennsylvania but nationwide. The Affordable Care Act must expand the availability of long-term treatment.”

Sheriff Eli Rivera, Cheshire County N.H.: “I am joining this group of law enforcement leaders in D.C. to continue the conversation on the opioid crisis this nation is facing and remind congressional leaders the importance of long-term and sustainable services and funding for the treatment of people suffering from a substance misuse disorder. I am also here to thank them for supporting the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act.”

Sgt. Brittney Garrett, Jeffersontown Ky.: “Many of our community members in need of help are encountering persistent barriers from a lack of available beds and services, insufficient insurance coverage, and various obstacles along the continuum of care. I hope to discuss the barriers to recovery that I’ve encountered in Kentucky, as well as funding and intervention at the federal level that will improve access to treatment and increase the safety and health of our communities. We want to enhance the safety and health of the communities we serve through collaborative solutions that ensure pathways to recovery instead of arrest for those seeking help with drug addiction.”

Steve Lesnikoski, Gloucester Police Department Angel participant and P.A.A.R.I. intern: “I decided to join the trip to D.C. and meet with my senators to provide insight and show that recovery is possible. It’s imperative to keep Medicaid subsidized treatment in place. Cycling in and out of detox, inpatient rehab, and jail led me to a life of homelessness and estrangement from my loved ones. An unlikely source of hope came in the form of a police chief, who had no emotional investment in my life other than seeing me suffer as I lay in a hospital bed suffering from opiate withdrawal. I am one of the fortunate ones to be able to share this with individuals who can make a tangible change. I know firsthand what it is like to benefit from Medicaid subsidized treatment. Addiction is a bipartisan issue and our policy makers need to start treating it as such. The fact remains that people are dying in every socioeconomic segment of this country so please, let us come together and find a solution. Recovery is possible but it takes solutions that are considered outside of the box to compete with the powerful narcotics on our streets. My drug dealer certainly never cared what insurance I had. Continuous investigation into evidence based treatment that works, Medicaid and funding for programs like P.A.A.R.I. and the Gloucester Angel Initiative, and initiatives inspired by the Gloucester Police Department, are what will turn the tide on this epidemic.”

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. National Police Council Sends Letter to Congress Stressing Importance of Access to Opioid Treatment Options http://paariusa.org/2017/01/26/p-r-national-police-council-sends-letter-congress-stressing-importance-access-opioid-treatment-options/ http://paariusa.org/2017/01/26/p-r-national-police-council-sends-letter-congress-stressing-importance-access-opioid-treatment-options/#respond Thu, 26 Jan 2017 17:32:06 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=3149 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 sent a letter to members of Congress stressing the importance of continuing to provide affordable opioid addiction treatment.

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

For Immediate Release

Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017

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

P.A.A.R.I. National Police Council Sends Letter to Congress Stressing Importance of Access to Opioid Treatment Options

More Than 100 Law Enforcement Members Nationwide Sign On

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 sent a letter to members of Congress stressing the importance of continuing to provide affordable opioid addiction treatment.

The letter, signed by more than 100 law enforcement members from across the country (and counting), comes on the cusp of potential changes in healthcare as the new administration reviews the nation’s policies and procedures.  (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 loss of access to treatment would be devastating to those seeking help overcoming their addiction,” Rosenthal said. “The opioid epidemic affects every community in this nation and increasing access to treatment is a bipartisan issue and must be at the forefront of Congress’s agenda. A loss of health care and affordable health insurance will have devastating consequences for millions of Americans suffering with the disease of addiction. We strongly urge Congress to stand with P.A.A.R.I. and our more than 200 law enforcement partners across the country by recognizing addiction as a disease and refraining from making changes that will prevent people in need from getting life-saving treatment.”

“We need to stop criminalizing addiction and empower people to seek help, thus defeating the stigma of addiction,” said Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan, chairman of the Police Council. “This is why P.A.A.R.I. was created — to assist police departments throughout the nation, who have recognized addiction as a disease, help people access the treatment they need to recover. We’re committed to this mission and we hope that the new administration will support us going forward.”

In just over a year-and-a-half, P.A.A.R.I. has grown into a network of more than 200 police departments in 28 states, and works with over 300 treatment centers to secure fully-funded scholarships for participants with or without insurance.

“P.A.A.R.I. is reshaping the war on drugs through proactive crime-fighting strategies that place people suffering from addiction into treatment instead of jail. This is not a ‘light on crime’ approach. This is a ‘smart on crime’ approach,” said Dixon, Ill. Police Chief Danny Langloss, a member of the Police Council. “We are reducing drug-related crimes by 30 percent in our communities. We are saving lives, restoring families and seeing unprecedented success rates in treatment that we have never seen before.”

Police 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 )

Additionally, individuals and non-police agencies who would like to show their support can join here and are also encouraged 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. Attends Signing of 21st Century Cures Act at White House http://paariusa.org/2016/12/13/3040/ http://paariusa.org/2016/12/13/3040/#respond Tue, 13 Dec 2016 19:51:51 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=3040 WASHINGTON and GLOUCESTER -- Allie Hunter McDade, Executive Director of the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.), is pleased to announce that P.A.A.R.I. Co-founder and Chairman John Rosenthal attended the signing of the 21st Century Cures Act in Washington, D.C. today after being invited by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

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

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016

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

P.A.A.R.I. Attends Signing of 21st Century Cures Act at White House

WASHINGTON and GLOUCESTER — Allie Hunter McDade, Executive Director of the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.), is pleased to announce that P.A.A.R.I. Co-founder and Chairman John Rosenthal attended the signing of the 21st Century Cures Act in Washington, D.C. today after being invited by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

The bill, which Congress passed last week, will allocate more than $6 billion to address public health challenges like cancer research, mental health treatment and the country’s opioid epidemic.

Specifically, it will fund $1 billion worth of initiatives over two years, including $500 million in fiscal year 2017, to combat the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic. The resources included in the bill will allow states to expand access to treatment to assist individuals looking to recover from the disease of addiction.

The legislation also includes substance use disorder parity provisions that build on the work of the President’s Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force, mental health reforms, such as a renewed emphasis on evidence-based strategies for treating serious mental illness, improved coordination between primary care and behavioral health services and re-authorization of programs focused on suicide prevention.

On July 6, Rosenthal, along with 50 P.A.A.R.I. partner Police Chiefs from across the United States were invited to the White House to meet with President Obama’s Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and Michael Botticelli, Director of National Drug Control Policy, to discuss law enforcement’s role in increasing access to treatment, as well as to advocate with Congress for the need to support President Obama’s call for $1 billion to fund treatment.

Following the meeting, Rosenthal and the chiefs held a press conference on the White House lawn calling on Congress to approve President Obama’s funding request for $1 billion to increase treatment and recovery services for Americans suffering from opioid addiction.

“It’s been an honor to work closely with President Obama and his senior staff, who recognize the unique and game-changing involvement of law enforcement in the fight against opioid addiction. I am extremely grateful to have been invited to the White House bill signing today, and am proud to have represented P.A.A.R.I., along with our more than 200 police department partners who helped enact this historic legislation that will provide critical funding to expand access to treatment and address our nation’s opioid epidemic,” Rosenthal said. “We’re extremely pleased that Congress and President Obama have committed over $1 billion to fund addiction recovery initiatives and services. It is a great step forward in assisting those struggling with the disease of addiction to get the help they need for long-term recovery.”

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. Welcomes Tito Rodriguez to the Role of Care Advocate and Outreach Specialist http://paariusa.org/2016/10/26/2873/ http://paariusa.org/2016/10/26/2873/#respond Wed, 26 Oct 2016 20:05:11 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=2873 GLOUCESTER -- John Rosenthal, chairman of the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.), and P.A.A.R.I. Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade are pleased to announce that Tito Rodriguez has been hired to step into the role of Care Advocate and Outreach Specialist. Rodriguez will assist P.A.A.R.I. and its police department partners with creating and expanding recovery programs for Gloucester Angel Initiative participants and others struggling with the disease of addiction to achieve a life in long-term recovery.

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

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016

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

P.A.A.R.I. Welcomes Tito Rodriguez to the Role of Care Advocate and Outreach Specialist

Tito Rodriguez
Tito Rodriguez

GLOUCESTER — John Rosenthal, chairman of the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.), and P.A.A.R.I. Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade are pleased to announce that Tito Rodriguez has been hired to step into the role of Care Advocate and Outreach Specialist. Rodriguez will assist P.A.A.R.I. and its police department partners with creating and expanding recovery programs for Gloucester Angel Initiative participants and others struggling with the disease of addiction to achieve a life in long-term recovery.

Rodriguez started work on Oct. 17, and as the newest member of P.A.A.R.I., will work closely with the Gloucester Police ANGEL Initiative, collaborating with volunteers, communities, family members and treatment centers to build on the successful, nationally recognized program. He will also serve as a co-responder with the Gloucester Police Department by assisting with the intake process and coordination of long-term treatment and recovery for Angel Initiative participants.

For more than 40 years, Rodriguez has been involved with helping others access treatment for the disease of addiction. While at City College of New York in the 1970s, he established a drop-in center for Vietnam veterans struggling with addiction. Twenty years later, he co-founded Casa Esperanza, a bilingual, bicultural residential treatment home. This program first encompassed a 25-bed facility for men, but has now grown to include a program for women with children, a family center and a long-term sober living home. Most recently, Rodriguez worked with the City of Lynn as the police department’s Jail Diversion Coordinator, where he focused on outreach and providing treatment options to those struggling with addiction and substance abuse, as well as residents with mental health issues.

“I have always been involved with addiction services behind the scenes, and addiction has touched me on a professional and personal level,” Rodriguez said. “I have a passion for helping people, and as a resident of Cape Ann, I’m excited to work closely with the Gloucester Police ANGEL Initiative and our current and future P.A.A.R.I. partners.”

“Tito has tremendous relevant experience that will be a huge benefit to the Gloucester Police ANGEL Initiative and P.A.A.R.I. as a whole,” added Rosenthal. “We look forward to utilizing his expertise to assist program participants seeking treatment and long-term recovery, as well as Angel volunteers and the 160 and growing partner police departments across the country.”

Rodriguez will be based in Gloucester at the P.A.A.R.I. office and can be reached at tito@paariusa.org, or by calling him directly at (888) 9-PAARI-9 ex. 703.

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. 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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Longmont, Colo. Department of Public Safety Joins P.A.A.R.I., Launches Addiction Recovery Initiative http://paariusa.org/2016/09/02/longmont-colo-police-department-joins-p-r-launches-addiction-recovery-initiative/ http://paariusa.org/2016/09/02/longmont-colo-police-department-joins-p-r-launches-addiction-recovery-initiative/#respond Fri, 02 Sep 2016 13:42:20 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=2678 LONGMONT, Colo. -- Public Safety Chief Mike Butler is pleased to announce that the Longmont Police Department has partnered with the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative to begin an addiction recovery program.

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For Immediate Release

Friday, Sept. 2, 2016

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 781-791-7627
Email: john@jgpr.net

Longmont, Colo. Department of Public Safety Joins P.A.A.R.I., Launches Addiction Recovery Initiative

First P.A.A.R.I. Partner in Colorado

LONGMONT, Colo. — Public Safety Chief Mike Butler is pleased to announce that the Longmont Department of Public Safety has partnered with the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative to begin an addiction recovery program.

The program launched on Aug. 31 and is modeled after the Gloucester ANGEL Initiative and the Arlington Outreach Initiative. Longmont Police and Fire are committed to:

  • Encouraging drug users to seek recovery.
  • Helping distribute, through Boulder County Mental Health Partners, lifesaving opioid blocking drugs to prevent and treat overdoses.
  • Connecting addicts with treatment programs and facilities
  • Providing resources to other police and fire departments and communities that want to do more to fight the drug addiction epidemic.
  • Placing those struggling with the disease of addiction into treatment.

Working in conjunction with the medical community and recovery programs, the Longmont Police Department, in collaboration with the Longmont Fire Department, is focused on making a difference in town by preventing residents from overdosing on drugs, reducing the number of those struggling with the disease of addiction and decreasing the demand for opioids — thereby devaluing a seemingly endless drug supply.

“Our focus is helping those struggling with the disease of addiction by getting them the assistance they need to recover,” Chief Butler said. “Working with P.A.A.R.I., we’re confident we can change lives for the better.”

As a P.A.A.R.I. partner, the Department of Public Safety will have access to a nationwide network of treatment centers to offer recovery services to program participants. Police and firefighters will also work directly with treatment centers to secure scholarships and fully-funded treatment options for those struggling with the disease of addiction.

To fully launch their program, Longmont is seeking Boulder County treatment providers and angel volunteers, who will assist participants into recovery programs. Those with questions or in need of additional information regarding angel volunteers, should call 303-774-4440.

Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello and John Rosenthal, co-founders of P.A.A.R.I., welcome the Longmont Department of Public Safety and commend Chief Butler for making the commitment to assisting those struggling with the disease of addiction. They are excited to expand P.A.A.R.I.’s reach into Colorado and will work collaboratively with the Longmont Police and Fire Departments to provide the assistance and resources needed to ensure their program is a success.

About P.A.A.R.I. 

The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) was launched to support police departments around the nation as they work to help those suffering from the disease of addiction. The United States faces a nationwide heroin and opioid epidemic, with more people now dying from overdoses than from car accidents in this country. Rather than arrest our way out of the problem of drug addiction, P.A.A.R.I. committed police departments:

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

As of September 1, 2016, a total of 151 public safety agencies in 27 states across the country have launched recovery programs as P.A.A.R.I. partners.

P.A.A.R.I. was created by Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello and John Rosenthal to bridge the gap between police departments and those struggling with the disease of addiction.

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The Shores Treatment and Recovery Center Joins as P.A.A.R.I. Partner to Offer Addiction Recovery Services to Participants http://paariusa.org/2016/04/28/shores-treatment-recovery-center-joins-p-r-partner-offer-addiction-recovery-services-participants/ http://paariusa.org/2016/04/28/shores-treatment-recovery-center-joins-p-r-partner-offer-addiction-recovery-services-participants/#respond Thu, 28 Apr 2016 15:43:57 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=2035 PORT SAINT LUCIE, Fla -- Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello and John Rosenthal, co-founders of The Police Assisted Addiction Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.), are pleased to announce that The Shores Treatment & Recovery has partnered with P.A.A.R.I. to offer addiction recovery services to participants in the program.

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

For Immediate Release

Thursday, April 28, 2016

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

The Shores Treatment and Recovery Center Joins as P.A.A.R.I. Partner to Offer Addiction Recovery Services to Participants

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla — Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello and businessman John Rosenthal, co-founders of The Police Assisted Addiction Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.), are pleased to announce that The Shores Treatment & Recovery has partnered with P.A.A.R.I. to offer addiction recovery services to participants in the program.

Last summer, Chief Campanello and Rosenthal launched P.A.A.R.I., a nonprofit organization created to support law enforcement agencies as they work with those suffering from addiction. Participating police departments place those who come to them for help into treatment programs, instead of jail. As P.A.A.R.I.’s partnerships with treatment facilities continues to grow, so does its ability to help police departments who want to assist their communities in saving lives.

The Shores has already accepted participants from P.A.A.R.I.’s law enforcement partners in Scarborough, Maine and Gloucester, Mass., many of them on scholarship programs.  

“It is an honor to partner with P.A.A.R.I. to offer recovery services and professional treatment to those who are suffering from the disease of addiction,” said Lyle Fried, CEO of The Shores Treatment & Recovery Center. “We feel that this partnership will help provide additional resources to those who are suffering from addiction, and their families as well. The Shores’ goal is to provide the optimal environment and services to give our clients the best opportunity for life-long recovery and happiness.”

The Shores Treatment & Recovery was founded to provide individualized treatment plans for clients, with integrated holistic and medical methods to heal the mind, body and spirit in a nurturing environment. Treatment services include detox, mental health intensive outpatient, intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, a stabilization program, a 12-step spiritual program and an alumni program. The Shores also offers specialized rehab programs for men, women, young adults and executives.

Chief Campanello and Rosenthal are eager to work with The Shores Treatment and Recovery and applaud them for taking the initiative to provide additional resources to P.A.A.R.I. participants.

About The Shores Treatment & Recovery:Wave Solo Outlines (1)

The Shores Treatment & Recovery was founded to provide a more effective model of treatment for drug and alcohol addiction than currently offered in the industry. The goal is to provide the optimal environment and services to allow those suffering from addiction the very best opportunity at life-long recovery and happiness. As an industry leader with Joint Commission Accreditation, five levels of state substance abuse licenses, a medical group license, a pharmacy license and a housing licensing, the Shores holds itself to the highest standards and ethics.

A highly trained and experienced staff of psychiatrists, doctors and registered nurses offer trauma-specific care, grief counseling, and a robust family-intensive program. The Shores addresses the root causes of addiction through a variety of therapies, including neurotransmitter replacement therapies, neurofeedback, brain exercises, physical exercise and movement therapy, music therapy, art therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, massage therapy, chiropractic care and auriculotherapy.

About P.A.A.R.I.:

P.A.A.R.I. was started to support local police departments as they work with opioid addicts. Rather than arrest our way out of the problem of drug addiction, P.A.A.R.I. committed police departments:

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

P.A.A.R.I. was created by Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello and John Rosenthal to bridge the gap between the police department and persons suffering from the disease of opiate addiction who are seeking recovery. Since its founding, more than 40 police departments in 14 states have joined as partners with the initiative.

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