Annette Kahrs is the founder and Executive Director of Tri-County Community Partnership, Inc., a non-profit, located in the Hudson Valley region of New York. The Partnership operates several programs including a youth drug prevention program, family support program, and a pre-arrest diversion program. Annette is a New York State Certified Addiction Recovery Coach (CARC) and she initiated “Hope Not Handcuffs- New York,” a nationally recognized Deflection and Pre- arrest Diversion program now operating in partnership with over 60 law enforcement agencies in six-counties, as well as two District Attorneys’ offices to assist individuals who are seeking help for substance abuse. Annette is a 2021 recipient of the New York State Senate Commendation Medal for her leadership in addressing the opioid epidemic. Her work was recognized by the prestigious Rockefeller Institute of Government as an “innovative” program. Annette continues to conduct trainings on diversion and deflection pathways to law enforcement agencies, as well as police academy classes.