BOSTON, MA August 8, 2023 – The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (PAARI) is excited to announce details for their 2023 National Law Enforcement Summit.
From December 4-5 at Boston University, PAARI will welcome public safety and law enforcement partners to gather among like-minded individuals in the deflection field to attend presentations, engage in networking opportunities, and more.
The event is open to PAARI partners and prospective partners at any stage in creating or engaging in non-arrest programs that assist individuals into 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.
Notable speakers to include:
- Judge Abby Abinati, Yurok Chief Judge
- Dr. John Kelly, Elizabeth R. Spallin Professor of Psychiatry in Addiction Medicine at Harvard Medical School
- Gil Kerlikowske, Former Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Former Seattle Police Chief, and Former Buffalo, NY Police Chief
- Dr. Kamaria Tyehimba, Talbert House Vice President & Co-Chair of the African American Engagement Workgroup
- Michele Worobiec, Ohio Supreme Court Policy Counsel
Presentation topics to include:
- A Moral Imperative within the Police Data Set, the Call for Guardianship
- Best Practices for Embedding Social Workers
- Cannabis Use Disorder Education and Interventions
- Engaging the African American Community in Addiction Treatment
- Evaluating Deflection: A Framework for Programs
- Lived Experience of Law Enforcement Officers and Job-Related Stress
- The Intersection of Harm Reduction and Recovery: Revising the Substance Use Spectrum
- Unlikely Allies: Engaging Judges and Prosecutors in Deflection
“We are eager to welcome our partners to gather in Boston this December. The summit is the highlight of our year here at PAARI,” says PAARI Executive Director Zoe Grover. “Each year the field of deflection expands and evolves. Our event allows our law enforcement partners to absorb an array of applicable information that can be used as they develop or strengthen their existing programs.”
“PAARI’s National Law Enforcement Summit is a great opportunity for our existing and future partners and staff to share, learn and discuss best practices in the growing field of law enforcement deflection and non-arrest access to treatment and recovery for people suffering from substance use disorder,” says John Rosenthal, PAARI Co-Founder and Executive Board Member. “It is an honor to have the opportunity to be among public safety and public health leaders and first responders who are on the front lines of the opioid addiction crisis. All of our partners would gain invaluable knowledge by attending.”
To register for the event, click HERE.
Written by, Isabella Nowak.
About PAARI: 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 650 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, and reshaped the national conversation about the opioid epidemic since its founding in June 2015. Learn more at paariusa.org.