Agenda – Monday

PTACC 2019 Agenda





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Monday, November 11th


7:00 AM – 4:30 PM PTACC Registration Desk Hours



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, allowing these individuals to access services in the community and avoid the collateral consequences of repeated contact with the criminal justice system. In this informative plenary session meant to describe 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.

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 are implementing 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.



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


Allie Hunter
Executive Director
Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative

Dan Meloy
QRT National
Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety (Ret)
Colerain Township, Ohio

Tom Olk
Founder and CEO
Civil Citation Network, Inc.

Michelle Webb
LEAD Coordinator
Longmont, CO

Fred Ryan
Chief of Police (ret)
Community Relations, Alkermes, Inc
PAARI Board Member
Arlington Massachusetts


10:00 – 10:20 PM Networking Break


10:20 – 11:05 AM PTACC 1 – Strategic Action Planning: Using the Deflection Planning Tool and 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 or diversion program, describe what success looks like, and list the necessary steps that must be taken to arrive at the desired outcomes. Sites will have a 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

Hope Fiori
TASC’s Center for Health and Justice


10:20 – 11:05 AM PTACC 2 – The Necessity of Data Collection – Demonstrating the Impact of Your Pre-Arrest Deflection Effort on Your Community

This session will describe why data are essential to monitoring benchmarks for each set of stakeholders (law enforcement, behavioral health, housing, etc.) involved in your program, and how the data help agency leaders substantiate statements of success about the program. In addition, outcome data can help support calls for enhancing or expanding your deflection program. Data collection and management are required to monitor and report on performance, understand staffing and scheduling, and evaluate results to support program sustainability. Data are also critical to securing funding and informing legislators, the media and your community about program performance.

Al Kopak, PhD
Western Carolina University

Dan Meloy
QRT National and DPM Innovation Consulting
Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety (Ret)

Tom Olk
Founder and CEO
Civil Citation Network


11:15 – 12:05 PM PTACC 1 – Strategic Action Planning: 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 – Setting a Larger Table

Maintaining and growing cross-sector stakeholder engagement is critical to the ongoing success of any prearrest diversion program. This session will focus on how to create partnerships to grow existing pre-arrest diversion programs. The group will explore challenges and successes in stakeholder engagement for their existing programs, examine existing partnerships, identify additional partners not yet engaged with their initiative, and consider mechanisms for integrating these partners into this important work. From this, teams will be able to determine additional stakeholders to integrate into their existing pre-arrest diversion initiatives and clarify plans to support ongoing stakeholder engagement.


Karen Maline
Project Manager
International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)


Marlene Biener
Deputy Counsel
Association of Prosecuting Attorneys

Allie Hunter
Executive Director
Police Assisted Addiction Recovery Initiative


12:10 – 1:30 PM Plenary Luncheon – Critical Barriers to Developing and/or Implementing a Pre-Arrest Diversion Program

The program will start with a Ted Talk-style presentation that discusses the results of a 50-state survey on barriers to diversion. The panel will then discuss obstacles often encountered in developing, implementing, and expanding a pre-arrest diversion/deflection program, including funding, coordination of resources, officer/law enforcement buy-in, community integration and support, addiction and mental health issues, and issues regarding equity and diversity.


Arthur Rizer
Director of Criminal Justice & Civil Liberties
R Street Institute

Brian Stettin
Policy Director
Treatment Advocacy Center

Lars Trautman
Resident Senior Fellow, Criminal Justice & Civil Liberties
R Street Institute

Bob Trojan
President & CEO
DC Insights, LLC


1:30 – 2:30 PM 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.
Affinity Groups include:

  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 session, spokespeople for each affinity group will report out on best practices, highlights, or challenges that were identified during the conversations.


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


4:10 – 5:15 PM PTACC 2 – Exploring the Value & Role 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, MPA, CPRS
Executive Director
Ammon Foundation


Robert Childs, MPH
Technical Expert Lead
JBS International

Melissia Larson
Law Enforcement Programs Manager
North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition

Justin Kunzelman
Executive Director/Co-Founder
Rebel Recovery Florida


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