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 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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P.A.A.R.I.
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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Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan Speaks at U.S. Senate Opioid Roundtable on Behalf of P.A.A.R.I. http://paariusa.org/2016/06/15/2334/ http://paariusa.org/2016/06/15/2334/#respond Wed, 15 Jun 2016 19:21:05 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=2334 WASHINGTON — The Arlington Police Department announces that Chief Frederick Ryan testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs this morning to discuss the nation's current opioid epidemic and look at solutions for the

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Arlington Police Department
Frederick Ryan, Chief of Police
112 Mystic St.
Arlington, MA 02474

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

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

Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan Speaks at U.S. Senate Opioid Roundtable on Behalf of P.A.A.R.I.

WASHINGTON — The Arlington Police Department announces that Chief Frederick Ryan testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs this morning to discuss the nation’s current opioid epidemic and look at solutions for the future.

The roundtable event, titled “America’s Insatiable Demand for Drugs: Examining Alternative Approaches,” brought together federal, state and city officials, along with medical professionals and champions of change on June 15 in the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

Chairman of the Committee, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, shared a startling statistic at the opening of the meeting: the nation has spent about one trillion dollars on war on drugs over the last four years.

“We’re not winning that war,” Sen. Johnson said. “This is looking about different approaches. This affects every community in America.”

As one of four witnesses, Chief Ryan traveled to Washington, D.C. for the meeting on behalf of the Arlington Police Department and the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.), and spoke about how law enforcement is taking a proactive approach with those struggling with the disease of addiction in their communities.

“Every person with a substance abuse problem that I have talked to has said arrest and prosecution was never a deterrent. The physical and psychological need for the substance was far stronger than any seemingly rational deterrent that the police posed,” Chief Ryan told committee members. “This epidemic was built one drug dependent victim at a time, and the solution, while complex and multi-disciplinary, needs to be heavily based on modern evidence based treatment options. There are really only two choices here, long-term treatment or death, and we need to bring an immediate and genuine sense of urgency to this chronic disease and public health epidemic.”

Also testifying before the U.S. Senate Committee was:

  • Dr. D. Scott MacDonald, Physician Lead at the Providence Crosstown Clinic in Vancouver, Canada
  • Ethan Nadelmann, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance
  • David W. Murray, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute

Each speaker offered a different perspective, allowing for an active discussion and debate.

Nadelmann stated that the best drug policy involves reducing the negative consequences of drug use – death, suffering, incarnation. This can be done, he continued, through a highly punitive drug policy that moves step by step to reduce the demand of opioids.

While Dr. MacDonald spoke of the seriousness of individually addressing each person suffering from addiction — as no one treatment can be universal — to prevent illness and death, Murray stressed that the drug supply and the availability of opioids must be focused on the supply side, to allow for this nation to give power to treatment and recovery options once the capacity of drugs is weakened.

Chief Ryan, who closed out the morning’s testimonies, concluded by calling for an end to the stigma associated with addiction to encourage all those in need to seek out the help they need to recover without fear, shame or embarrassment.

“The very real individual and institutional stigma associated with addiction is among the greatest barriers to success, and it has inhibited the power and might of the United States government from a real sense of urgency to the opioid addiction epidemic and from adopting meaningful and effective policy changes to address the demand side of this public health crisis hitting every community — large and small,” Chief Ryan said.

About P.A.A.R.I.

P.A.A.R.I. was started to support local police departments as they work with those struggling with the disease of addiction. 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 from 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 those struggling with the disease of addiction.

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U.S. Senator Ed Markey Praises P.A.A.R.I., Calls for Immediate Action on Illicit Fentanyl http://paariusa.org/2016/05/20/senator-ed-markey-praises-p-r-calls-immediate-action/ http://paariusa.org/2016/05/20/senator-ed-markey-praises-p-r-calls-immediate-action/#respond Fri, 20 May 2016 15:40:31 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=2194 On May 12, U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, in a speech to the U.S. Senate, praised the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative -- calling it a national model and thanking founders, Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello and businessman John Rosenthal for their innovative idea.

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On May 12, U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, in a speech to the U.S. Senate, praised the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative — calling it a national model and thanking founders, Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello and businessman John Rosenthal, for their innovative idea.

Sen. Markey went on to discuss the dangers of the powerful drug Fentanyl and the increase in overdose deaths that have occurred in New England.

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*Media Advisory* Senators Markey and Manchin to Hold Press Conference In Opposition of FDA Commissioner Nominee Dr. Robert Califf http://paariusa.org/2016/02/22/media-advisory-senators-markey-and-manchin-to-hold-press-conference-on-opposition-to-fda-commissioner-nominee-dr-robert-califf-need-for-fda-reform/ http://paariusa.org/2016/02/22/media-advisory-senators-markey-and-manchin-to-hold-press-conference-on-opposition-to-fda-commissioner-nominee-dr-robert-califf-need-for-fda-reform/#comments Mon, 22 Feb 2016 14:46:52 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=1689 WASHINGTON – As the U.S. Senate prepares to vote later today, Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) will hold a press conference today, Monday, Feb. 22 to discuss their opposition to the nomination of Dr. Robert Califf to head the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Senators Markey and Manchin to Hold Press Conference In Opposition of FDA Commissioner Nominee Dr. Robert Califf

Law Enforcement, Medical and Public Health Leaders Join Efforts to Call for Reforms to FDA to Address Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON – As the U.S. Senate prepares to vote later today, Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) will hold a press conference today, Monday, Feb. 22 to discuss their opposition to the nomination of Dr. Robert Califf to head the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Senators will be joined by leading law enforcement, medical and public health leaders, who are calling for the FDA to respond to the prescription drug and heroin crisis.

WHAT:

Press conference on reforming FDA to address opioid crisis

WHEN:

Monday, Feb. 22 at 12:30 p.m.

WHERE:

S-120, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

WHO:

  • Senator Edward J. Markey
  • Senator Joe Manchin
  • Chief Leonard Campanello, Gloucester Police Chief
  • Dr. Andrew Kolodny, Chief Medical Officer, Phoenix House
  • Rodney Miller, Executive Director West Virginia Sheriffs’ Association
  • John Rosenthal, co-founder, Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative
  • Ronda Eddy, Executive Director, Day Report Center

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Social Worker with Everett Police In Washington Shares Two P.A.A.R.I. Success Stories http://paariusa.org/2016/02/09/social-worker-with-everett-police-in-washington-shares-two-paari-success-stories/ http://paariusa.org/2016/02/09/social-worker-with-everett-police-in-washington-shares-two-paari-success-stories/#respond Tue, 09 Feb 2016 19:57:05 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=1606 Lauren Rainbow, an embedded social worker with the Everett Police Department in Washington, shared the story of two P.A.A.R.I. participants who have received treatment through Bella Monte Recovery Center in Desert Hot Springs, Calif. Read their stories here.

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Lauren Rainbow, an embedded social worker with the Everett Police Department in Washington, shared the story of two P.A.A.R.I. participants who have received treatment through Bella Monte Recovery Center in Desert Hot Springs, Calif. Read their stories here.

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