Stop, Triage, Engage, Educate and Rehabilitate (STEER) Program
The STEER Program in Montgomery County, MD, is a pre-booking law enforcement and drug treatment linkage program that aims to provide rapid identification, deflection, and access to treatment for drug-involved individuals as an alternative to conventional arrest. Individuals are assigned a care-coordinator who focuses on rapid treatment access, retention, motivation, engagement and completion, as well as conducts a full clinical assessment and referral.
Overdosed: New England Fights Back
One focus of “Overdosed: New England Fights Back” is on those suffering from what is now more commonly called “substance use disorder.” The other core element is the response to the problem. There has been a shift. Police are approaching addicts as individuals who need help, rather than criminals. Doctors are re-thinking their approach to care. Recovery units are now offering more than just a bed.
Police officer’s experiment to fight opioid epidemic starts with ditching uniform
For 22 years, Deputy Charles Johnson has started his workday by putting on his police uniform. But he won’t be wearing that uniform today, tomorrow or anytime soon. Johnson is part of an experiment to help curb the opioid epidemic in Ohio, where on average, eight people die every day from unintentional drug overdoses. Instead of arresting people who use heroin, Johnson tries to help them. He drives them to their detox appointments. He visits them at home and meets their families. He helps them find work. He takes their phone calls in the middle of the night when they have the urge to shoot up. That’s why Johnson wears a coat and tie instead of a police uniform and why he drives a regular car instead of a sheriff’s cruiser. He wants his clients, as he calls them, to feel like he’s more of a counselor and less of a cop.
Roll Call Videos for Law Enforcement
When people are addicted to drugs, their decision-making abilities are compromised. With information on how addiction affects the brain and how to effectively partner with drug treatment organizations, many law enforcement agencies are working to reduce crime and improve community relations by diverting individuals with substance use disorders to treatment rather than arrest them. Designed for showing during roll call, these videos cover two specific areas:
What happens when a brain is addicted, and what this means for law enforcement who encounter people with addictions; and
How to partner with local drug treatment providers to address drug use and addiction.
Self-Study Courses for Criminal Justice Practitioners
The Center for Health and Justice (CHJ) at TASC and the National Judicial College (NJC) co-developed three free online self-study courses to support justice leaders in implementing evidence-based responses to help stop cycles of drug use and crime. These courses provide timely information and practical solutions offered by top national researchers in addiction and criminal justice. The three courses are: The Neuroscience of Addiction, Evidence-Based Sentencing for Drug Offenders, and Medication-Assisted Treatment.