The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative is excited to announce that the organization will hold its first National Law Enforcement Summit in three years.
Monday, Nov. 14 to Tuesday, Nov. 15
Boston University: 43 Hawes St., Brookline, MA
From Nov. 14-15 at Boston University, PAARI will join law enforcement agencies from across the country and public health partners for the organization’s first National Law Enforcement Summit since 2019.
PAARI’s National Law Enforcement Summit is an annual meeting that seeks to bring together public safety and law enforcement partners at any stage in creating or engaging in non-arrest programs that assist individuals in treatment and recovery. The summit is an opportunity to hear from public safety and public health partners about developments in the field and evidence-based best practices, and to network with other departments involved in similar work. This year’s summit will include attendees from over 20 states and Canada.
The agenda will include presentations on substance use disorder, use of peer supports, self-referral models, overdose outreach models, use of Opioid Settlement Funds, restoration centers, stigma and language, plus two social networking events for attendees.
Speakers will include:
- Mass General Brigham Medical Director for Substance Use Disorder Dr. Sarah Wakeman
- Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, Harris County, TX
- Bureau of Substance and Addiction Services Department of Public Health Director Deirdre Calvert
- Boston Medical Center Clinical Nurse Educator Justin Alves
- Judge Linda Davis from Hope Not Handcuffs
- State Sen. Cindy Friedman
- President of Massachusetts Association for Mental Health Dr. Danna Mauch
- Boston University School of Public Health Dean Sandro Galea
To view a detailed agenda, click here.
“Our annual summit is a chance for both public safety and public health professionals to stay in tune with the latest developments and up-to-date research in substance use disorder, recovery, and non-arrest programming,” said Director Zoe Grover. “This type of programming is saving lives all over the country today, and we are committed to remaining at the forefront of this vitally important movement.”
To view a video recap of PAARI’s 2019 National Summit, click here.
The Police Assisted Addiction & Recovery Initiative (PAARI) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to help law enforcement agencies nationwide create non-arrest pathways to treatment and recovery. Founded alongside the groundbreaking Gloucester, Mass., Police Department Angel Initiative in June 2015, PAARI has been a driving force behind this rapidly expanding community policing movement. We provide technical assistance, strategic guidance, connection to training resources, and other capacity-building resources to more than 700 police departments in 40 states.
PAARI works with more than 130 law enforcement agencies in Massachusetts alone. PAARI and our law enforcement partners are working towards a collective vision where non-arrest diversion programs become a standard policing practice across the country, thereby reducing overdose deaths, expanding access to treatment, improving public safety, reducing crime, diverting people away from the criminal justice system, and increasing trust between law enforcement and their communities. Our programs and partners have saved tens of thousands of lives, changed police culture, reshaped the national conversation about the opioid epidemic, and have placed more than 30,000 people into treatment since its founding in June 2015. Learn more at paariusa.org.