COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Resources for the Field of Deflection

A note from PTACC’s Executive Director

A special greeting to you, the Field of Deflection and Pre-Arrest Diversion during these very difficult times that we are all going through, and that we will all be coming out of on the other side of…together.

As we have so much before us and coming at us with the COVID-19 pandemic, including many more emails than we can all get through, the PTACC National Leadership Council decided that the best thing we could do for our field would be to compile resources, guidance, and tools and make those easily available in the PTACC Ticker and on our PTACC website ( The list is sorted by our name P – T – C and all that includes such as housing, recovery, services, race, mental health, children, and more.

If you have something you are learning that our field needs to know, email us at and we can share it with our deflection colleagues. PTACC is the national voice of and knowledge leader for deflection and pre-arrest diversion and that’s because of you and your essential service to our nation. PTACC is here for you.

Be well. Be safe.

Jac A. Charlier, M.P.A.

Executive Director

Police, Treatment, and Community Collaborative (PTACC)

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Police & First Responders

National and International first responder associations are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, sharing information specific to the impact of COVID-19 on law enforcement, fire departments, and EMS.

PTACC National Partner, Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP) hosted a webinar with Sheriff Jim Manfre (Ret.) on how law enforcement and public officials can improve public safety by significantly reducing the incarcerated population in response to the coronavirus. Here is the webinar recording and Here is a live-updated document summarizing the recommendations, providing sources on key actions in specific jurisdictions, and linking to valuable resources across the field on this issue

Treatment & Recovery

Resources for Treatment Providers

Resources for Tele-Recovery

  • Addiction Policy Forum – Free app to support people in recovery during COVID-19 outbreak
  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357), a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
  • Listing of more resources here.


Children & Families:


Faith-Based Communities

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Corrections & Justice System

PTACC’s Global Partners: International Guidance


COVID-19 Resource Clearinghouses

  • National Council of State Legislators: Criminal Justice System Responses to COVID-19, a list of resources detailing action being taken by courts, law enforcement, state and local agencies and other civil and criminal justice stakeholders.
  • Center for Disease Control: COVID-19

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