Agenda – Monday

PTACC 2019 Agenda





Monday, November 11th


7:00 – 8:00 AM                     Breakfast and Networking


8:00 – 8:30 AM                     Welcome and Introduction to the Five Pathways
Early diversion programs provide an alternative to arrest for individuals with substance use and/or mental health disorders, as well as for people who are justice involved and low risk, allowing these individuals to avoid the collateral consequences that result from repeated contact with the criminal justice system. In this informative plenary session meant to describe for both new and existing deflection sites, Jac Charlier of the Center for Health and Justice at TASC, will present the five identified pathways (models) of pre-arrest diversion—PTACC’s Five Pathways to Treatment.
Jennie Simpson, PhD
Senior Policy Advisor
Bureau of Justice Assistance

Jac Charlier
Executive Director
TASC’s Center for Health and Justice


8:30 – 10:00 AM                     Examples from the Field
Law Enforcement leaders from jurisdictions that use one of the five models of pre-arrest diversion will discuss their programs so that attendees can hear about an example of each and how it works to create a pathway to treatment. Pathways include: Self-Referral, Active Outreach, Naloxone Plus, Officer Prevention, and Officer Intervention.


10:00 – 10:20 PM                     Networking Break


10:20 – 11:05 AM                     PTACC 1: Learning How to Do Pre-Arrest Diversion or How to Do it Better: Using the Deflection Planning Tool and Your Solutions Action Plan
This session is designed for teams from sites that are new to deflection and pre-arrest diversion (PAD) as well as those with newer programs underway. Teams will use the Deflection Planning Tool, which lists 14 known characteristics about deflection and PAD, to think through everything they should be taking into consideration as they design or modify their initiatives. This will be the foundation for the work of the next two days—developing (or enhancing) a front-end diversion program. Using what they learn from the 14 characteristics, teams will develop a Solutions Action Plan (SAP) to be ready to start their work immediately upon return to their community. The SAP is a real plan, not an exercise, created by completing several foundational exercises. The SAP will help teams identify and understand the problem to be solved or challenges to be addressed by their proposed deflection and diversion program, what success looks like, and the necessary steps that must be taken to arrive at the desired outcomes. Sites will have a guided facilitator who will help them through the days as they go through the tool and develop their SAP.
Jac Charlier
Executive Director
TASC’s Center for Health and Justice


10:20 – 11:05 AM                     PTACC 2: Data Session: What do we do with it? (Data Collection for Research and Evaluation)
Faye Taxman
George Mason University

Al Kopak
Western Carolina University


11:15 – 12:05 PM                     PTACC 1: Exercise 1—Begin work on the Solutions Action Plan
Teams will begin to identify the challenges they want to address with their PAD initiative and begin setting goals.


11:15 – 12:05 PM                     PTACC 2: TBD


12:10 – 1:30 PM                     Plenary Luncheon – Critical Barriers to Developing and/or Implementing a Pre-Arrest Diversion Program
Arthur Rizer
Director of Criminal Justice & Civil Liberties
R Street Institute


1:30 – 2:30 PM                     Breakout Sessions – Meeting within Affinity Groups
Practitioners from the fields of public safety, behavioral health/treatment, community, research, and policy/local government will meet with their colleagues already working in diversion to hear about and discuss their experiences regarding pre-arrest diversion efforts, as well as the extent of their role in those efforts. The information from these breakouts will be discussed with attendees from the other professions in the following plenary session.

  1. Public Safety: law enforcement, first responders, prosecutors; other criminal justice stakeholders
  2. Behavioral Health: providers of treatment, support, and wrap-around services, including accessing and maintaining stable housing.
  3. Community: impacted neighborhoods, people w/lived experience (justice-involved, recovery community, children and family of SUDs
  4. Researchers: researchers who partner with sites to help with data collection, evaluation, and reporting
  5. Policy makers/elected officials


2:30 – 2:50 PM                     Networking Break


2:50 – 4:00 PM                     Listening/Speaking to the Other Professions
In this roundtable, spokespeople for the affinity groups will report out on best practices, highlights or challenges that were identified during the conversations.


4:10 – 5:15 PM                     PTACC 1: Exercise 2— Fill out Community Resource Map


4:10 – 5:15 PM                     PTACC 2: Exploring the Role & Value of Harm Reduction in Deflection
Harm reduction refers to policies, programs and practices that aim to minimize the negative health, social and legal impact associated with drug use. Although often improperly labeled as ‘enabling,’ harm reduction is in fact cost-effective, evidence-based and has a positive impact on individual and community health. Harm reduction does not attempt to minimize or ignore the real and tragic harm and danger associated with licit and illicit drug use. Focused on positive change and on working with people without judgement, coercion, discrimination, or requiring that they stop using drugs as a precondition of support – harm reduction is a movement for social justice rooted in respect for all humans, regardless of current or past drug use and/or sex work. This dynamic panel blends together the experience of those in recovery from a substance use disorder, those facilitating harm reduction practices in their community, and law enforcement.
Mariel S. Hufnagel
Executive Director
Ammon Foundation

Robert Childs, MPH
Technical Expert Lead
JBS International

Donnie Varnell
Dare County (NC) Sheriff’s Office

Justin Kunzelman
Rebel Recovery
West Palm Beach, FL


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