Agenda – Tuesday

PTACC 2019 Agenda





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Tuesday, November 12th


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



7:00 – 8:00 AM Breakfast and Networking


8:00 – 8:45 AM Keynote Address

Ms. Izquierdo will address SAFE Project’s current initiatives by sharing her personal experience as a woman in long-term recovery from substance use disorder and justice involvement. Focusing on these initiatives, Izquierdo will share information about resources and approaches to pre-arrest diversion that can be used in communities to establish long-term sustainable outcomes.

Brandee Izquierdo, MPA, CPRS
Executive Director


8:45 – 9:30 AM Plenary Session – Connecting the Dots … Opioid Use and Neuroscience: Implications for our Treatment System

We have made many advances in the understanding of brain development, the role that genes and environment play in addiction, and effective treatments for opioid use disorder (OUD). However, opportunities to better apply this knowledge with individuals with OUD abound. This plenary will connect the OUD-related disruption in an individual’s neurocircuitry to their ability to prioritize beneficial behaviors over destructive ones and their ability to exert control over these behaviors even when associated with catastrophic consequences. These concepts will be reinforced through a compelling review of a composite example of a “day in the life” of a person with an OUD. Participants will have an opportunity to examine the many opioid-related activities individuals with OUD often experience each day and the potential impact on their ability to access treatment and recovery support. By connecting these dots, law enforcement, behavioral health, and other health and human service systems can contribute and more effectively support long-term recovery and other positive outcomes for this population.

Pamela Petersen-Baston, MPA, MCAP, CPP
Technical Expert Lead
JBS International


9:30 – 9:50 AM Networking Break


9:50 – 10:45 AM Plenary Session – Learning About Critical Issues: The Need for Community, Diversity, and Equity in Pre-Arrest Diversion

Community engagement is an essential part of the Police, Treatment, and Community Collaborative (PTACC) and successful pre-arrest deflection. Engaging these community members in a meaningful way can be hard. This session will offer practical strategies to engage people from different sectors and diverse races and ethnicities in a way that is respectful and equitable. We will include strategies to engage the community in designing and overseeing a diversion program, as well as models to engage individuals as participants in the services offered by the diversion program.

In this session, we define community as the residents, neighbors, and business people in the area where the diversion program will be located and most importantly the family members and individuals with lived experience of substance use and/or mental illness and/or involvement in the criminal justice system in connection with substance use or mental illness. We also include the organizations that represent these individuals – such as neighborhood groups, community advocacy groups, faith groups, and local business groups.


Alexis Brimage-Major
State Advocacy Manager
Community Catalyst


Rashad Saafir, PhD
Bobby E. Wright Comprehensive Behavioral Health Center
Westside Community Triage and Wellness Center (Co-Founder)

Robert Childs, MPH
Technical Expert Lead
JBS International, Inc.


10:45 – 11:35 AM PTACC 1 – Strategic Action Planning: Exercises 3 & 4— Framework Self-Assessment & Collaboration Tool

Strategic planning stakeholder teams will use the Framework Self-Assessment & Collaboration Tools to identify gaps in and targets for collaborative efforts.

10:45 – 11:35 AM PTACC 2 – National Standards for Peer Recovery Support

As more communities integrate peer support into pre-arrest diversion initiatives, there is greater need to adhere to best practices. National standards for peer recovery support service delivery were developed to help emerging and established peer programs to build capacity; improve performance by setting and measuring the achievement of standards; and to increase accountability of peer services providers to funders, the public, and the field. This workshop will explore the four major domains of the standards and dig deeper into the criteria and elements of performance. Examples of standards include: the program is grounded in the values of the recovery community—both local community and the national movement; the program has guidelines, policies, procedures, and practices related to ethics that are consistent with peer values, protecting both providers and recipients of peer services; and the program oversight is inclusive of and responsive to local communities of recovery.

Patty McCarthy
Executive Director
Faces and Voices of Recovery
Washington, DC


11:40 – 1:15 PM Plenary Luncheon – When Deflection Includes Children and Families

There are multiple strategies that caring adults can take that can provide hope for children and families with a loved one who has had an encounter with law enforcement. Community deflection stakeholder teams should include partner agencies specializing in prevention, crisis intervention, and family stabilization services in their pool of treatment resources.

Sis Wenger
National Association for Children of Addiction
Kensington, MD

Liz Olszewski
Executive Director
Horses Healing Hearts
Boynton Beach, Florida


1:20 – 2:05 PM PTACC 1 – Strategic Action Planning: Exercise 5 — Deflection Framework Tool


1:20 – 2:05 PM PTACC 2 – Meeting the Housing Needs of the Deflection Population: Connecting with the Homeless and Recovery Housing Continuums

Many deflection programs report housing challenges for participants, with many at risk of homelessness or already experiencing homelessness. It is critical for law enforcement and treatment providers to connect people they are working with, who are experiencing housing instability or homelessness, with regional homeless continuums of care in order to access housing resources for participants in or attempting recovery. This workshop will offer best practices for connecting to these resources.


Kim Keaton
Director of Data and Analytics

Rexanah Wyse, Esq.
Policy and Program Analyst
US Interagency Council on Homelessness
Washington, DC


2:10 – 2:55 PM PTACC 1 – Pre-Arrest Deflection: Implementation, Process Evaluation and Community Collaboration to Address the Opioid Epidemic

This workshop will present the pre-arrest Deflection program implemented by the Tucson Police Department, Pima County, Arizona. Presenters will cover the development and implementation of the Deflection program, including; identify / connect key decision-makers, develop partnerships, create implementation procedures, develop a monitoring and evaluation plan and obtain funding. Workshop presenters will teach attendees strategies for generating potential solutions to common challenges and barriers to collaboration across different sectors, such as law enforcement and clinical treatment.

Kevin Hall
Assistant Chief
Tucson Police Department
Tucson, Arizona


2:10 – 2:55 PM PTACC 2 – Option 1: Unique Strategies and Approaches in Engaging Women in Deflection & Treatment – Starting at the Street Level

For women, the most common pathways into crime are sexual and physical abuse, poverty, homelessness, mental health issues, and substance abuse. This session will address the unique challenges and opportunities for the criminal justice and community treatment system(s) in working with justice-involved women. These systems were historically designed primarily by and for men. It is now generally accepted that women and girls have different and more complex needs than justice-involved men and working with them requires gender-responsive and trauma-informed approaches and services to be more effective.

Leslie Balonick, MA, CRADC
Ammon Labs, Consultant
President, Balonick & Associates

Erin Pressel, MA., MBA, CCJP, CCDP
Chief Strategy & Business Development Officer

Debora Black
Chief of Police
Prescott Police Department
Prescott, Arizona


2:10 – 2:55 PM PTACC 2 – Option 2: Embedding Equity and Diversity into Pre-Arrest Diversion

This practical session is designed to help sites with diverse communities ensure equitable outcomes for all. Attendees will learn about and discuss concrete steps for program design, implementation, and evaluation that could help reduce racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in the justice and health-care systems. Examples of these steps include conducting outreach using peers who reflect the demographics of the expected participants, training staff members of referring agencies in cultural competency, and putting mechanisms in place to collect data and report on measurable results.

Alice Dembner
Program Director for Substance Use Disorders and Justice-Involved Populations
Community Catalyst
Boston, Massachusetts


3:00 – 3:45 PM PTACC 1 – Strategic Action Planning: Continue Work on the Solutions Action Plan

Using the outcomes identified in Exercise 1, sites will continue to work on the SAP.


3:00 – 3:45 PM PTACC 2 – Option 1: Narrowing the Justice Net: How the CIT Model can Support Mental Health & Deflection

While well intentioned, many efforts to improve response to individuals experiencing mental health crises are expanding the role of police in provision of care. We will discuss how this may inadvertently , widen the justice system net and increase trauma, stigma, the risk of bad outcomes for all. We will demonstrate how the CIT model can provide a foundation to support crisis system development that promotes recovery and early deflection. The model supports communities in minimizing the need for police involvement, while also ensuring police are prepared to assist (and have deflection options) when needed.

Carol Speed
Systems Integration Consultant
Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health

Amy Watson, PhD
Jane Addams College of Social Work
University of Illinois at Chicago


3:00 – 3:45 PM PTACC 2 – Option 2: Workforce Wellness & Compassion Fatigue

This session is designed for employees who work on the front lines in difficult situations. Personnel in probation, diversion, law enforcement, dispatch, EMS, and fire safety have unique work settings that are high stress, and jobs with high burnout rates. This session will give participants information on how to identify the signs of compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and burnout. In today’s world many of us wear many hats; make a plan to change directions from living out-of-balance and on the edge to finding balance in your daily life.

Libby Timmons, M.Ed, LISAC, CEAP, SAP
Addictions and Employee Assistance Specialist
Libby Timmons Counseling
Tucson, Arizona


3:45 – 4:05 PM Networking Break


(PTACC 1 Sites can grab refreshments as they continue to work on their action planning)


4:05 – 4:30 PM PTACC 1 – Strategic Action Planning: Continue Action Planning

Sites will continue to work on their SAP.


4:05 – 4:30 PM PTACC 2 – Language Matters

It is vital to be the conscience of our language when speaking with a person who uses drugs, those in recovery, and the public at large. Why? Because language matters. This training was designed to help shift perspectives in an effort to better serve an already marginalized and disenfranchised population. The use of person-centered language challenges the pervasive stigma associated with the disease of addiction, which ultimately can change the way individuals are treated. When law enforcement officers use person-centered language, they become a missing link in the chain of the larger “recovery movement.” Engaging individuals in productive conversations, providing the opportunity for linkage to recovery resources, and building rapport and credibility with their community builds a mutual respect that is currently missing. This session has three goals: first, to examine the power and effects language has; second, to uncover some of our own personal biases; and third, to identify stigmatizing words and offer non-pejorative replacements (using the Faces & Voices of Recovery (FAVOR) “Recovery Messaging” training from the early-2000’s and recently released research from the University of Pennsylvania).


Mariel S. Hufnagel
Executive Director
Ammon Foundation


4:35 – 5:30 PM PTACC 1 – Strategic Action Planning: Continue Action Planning

Sites will continue to work on their SAP or fill out their “Report Out” form.


4:35 – 5:30 PM PTACC 2 – The Trilogy – Treatment, Housing and Recovery: Integration Guided by PTACC’s Behavioral Health Principles

The PTACC Treatment, Housing and Recovery Strategy Area, is hosting a multi-disciplinary panel to discuss barriers to implementation and integration of a full continuum of treatment, housing, and recovery services. The panel will lead a discussion on how to overcome these barriers using strategies that are in alignment with PTACC’s Behavioral Health Guiding Principles.

Leslie Balonick, MA, CRADC
Consultant, Ammon Labs
President, Balonick & Associates
Chicago, Illinois

Pamela Petersen-Baston, MPA, MCAP, CPPP
Technical Expert Lead
JBS International

Kim Keaton
Director of Data and Analytics
Kansas City, Missouri

Steve Valle, PhD
AdCare Criminal Justice Programs
East Freetown, Massachusetts


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