BOSTON, MA December 18, 2023 – The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (PAARI) is excited to announce the release of its 2023 Annual Report. The report, issued annually by the organization, highlights PAARI’s impact and accomplishments throughout the past twelve months.
The report highlights significant achievements for the nonprofit including:
- Welcoming 103 new PAARI law enforcement and public health partners to PAARI’s network
- Launching and completing the Xylazine Pilot Project in collaboration with Thomas Jefferson University and Brandeis University
- Training over 3,000 individuals on topics ranging from emerging threats, program best practices, and naloxone administration
- Initiating the Partner Spotlight Series to highlight an incredible PAARI partner once per month
In addition to these accomplishments, the report provides updates to data and the impact of PAARI’s AmeriCorps VISTA Program and the Plymouth County HUB Situation Table staffed by PAARI. The report also offers significant milestones shared by PAARI law enforcement partners in Arizona, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Jersey, South Carolina, and Wisconsin.
“We are delighted to release our 2023 Annual Report, a testament to the remarkable achievements of PAARI over the past year,” says Zoe Grover-Scicchitano, Executive Director of PAARI. “This report reflects the commitment and collective effort to our cause by our proud law enforcement partners, dedicated staff, esteemed board and invaluable AmeriCorps Vistas.”
The full 2023 Annual Report can be viewed at the link 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 700 police departments in 44 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.