Plymouth County Highlighted in State Report on Decline of Opioid-Related Overdose Deaths

[gallery link="file" columns="1" size="full" type="thumbnails" ids="611"] For Immediate Release Wednesday, May 15, 2019 Media Contact: Benjamin Paulin Phone: 781-428-3299 Email: ben@jgpr.net The Police Chiefs of Plymouth County and Plymouth County Outreach (PCO) are pleased to announce that the county was singled-out and recognized by the state today for the many ongoing efforts countywide in helping to reduce the number of opioid-related overdose deaths. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health issued its quarterly report on opioid-related overdose deaths among Massachusetts residents today. The report states that overdose deaths in Massachusetts are continuing to decline, falling an estimated four percent between 2016 and 2018. The statistics in Plymouth County show even better results. "While the report shows a decline in the opioid-related overdose death rate statewide, there were also particularly notable declines in some pockets of the state. One such place was in Plymouth County, including the city of Brockton, which experienced a notable decrease in deaths in 2018 compared with 2017," the report states. In its county-by-county report, the state DPH indicates that there was a 26% drop in overdose deaths in Plymouth County from 2017 to 2018. In March, Plymouth County Outreach released the data from its 2018 Annual Report, showing a more conservative, but still impactful 18 percent decrease in fatal overdoses and a 13 percent decrease in non-fatal overdoses in Plymouth County, compared to 2017. It should be noted that the data compiled by PCO is collected differently than the data compiled by state, thus the difference in percentages. "To see Plymouth County recognized in the state's report only further validates the hard work that we have been doing with Plymouth County Outreach over the past few years," East Bridgewater Police Chief Scott Allen said. "As our outreach efforts and capabilities continue to expand and grow, we hope to see those numbers drop further until they are down to zero." Last October, PCO was awarded the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Leadership in Community Policing Award. In addition, PCO is currently eight months into a two-year, federal Bureau of Justice Assistance grant (Comprehensive Opioid Site-Based Program grant), which is providing $496,000 to PCO to expand and build upon the great work of the coalition throughout the county. Earlier today, the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) announced that P.A.A.R.I. has been awarded a $930,000 Integrative Behavioral Health grant by South Shore Health. South Shore Health awarded $2.4 million to nonprofit groups this spring to support behavioral healthcare in Plymouth and Norfolk counties. P.A.A.R.I. was one of two nonprofit groups selected to receive a five-year grant for $930,000 this cycle. The grant will support a new partnership between P.A.A.R.I. and Plymouth County Outreach. Over the next five years, P.A.A.R.I. will work with PCO to implement a "hub model" throughout the county to expand the behavioral health services available to the community, and coordinate outreach visits for individuals identified as being at acutely elevated risk due to substance use and/or mental health issues. About Plymouth County Outreach: Plymouth County Outreach is a collaborative of police departments throughout Plymouth County led by the following chiefs: Abington Chief David Majenski, Bridgewater Chief Christopher Delmonte, Bridgewater State University Chief David Tillinghast, Brockton Chief John Crowley, Brockton Police Lt. Richard Linehan, Carver Chief Marc Duphily, Duxbury Chief Matthew Clancy, East Bridgewater Chief Scott Allen, Halifax Chief Ted Broderick, Hanover Chief Walter Sweeney, Hanson Chief Michael Miksch, Hingham Chief Glenn Olsson, Hull Chief John Dunn, Kingston Chief Maurice Splaine, Lakeville Chief Frank Alvihiera, Marion Chief John Garcia, Marshfield Chief Phillip Tavares, Mattapoisett Chief Mary Lyons, Middleboro Chief Joseph Perkins, Norwell Chief Ted Ross, Pembroke Chief Richard Wall, Plymouth Chief Michael Botieri, Plympton Chief Patrick Dillon, Rochester Chief Robert Small, Rockland Chief John Llewellyn, Scituate Chief Michael Stewart, Wareham Chief John Walcek, West Bridgewater Chief Victor Flaherty and Whitman Chief Scott D. Benton.

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Plymouth County Outreach presents at the 2019 Annual Drug Abuse Task Force Conference.

On April 22nd, Plymouth County Outreach had the honor and privilege to present at the 2019 Annual Drug Abuse Task Force Conference taking place at Bridgewater State University. The conference focused on the power of partnership and featured many distinguished speakers who discussed the importance of community partnerships. We saw this as a great opportunity to express how important all of our partners are to the success of our ever-growing and evolving program. Chief Botieri gave a brief history of how Plymouth County Outreach came to be what it is today and highlighted the efforts that have lead the Plymouth County Outreach model to be looked at as a best practice nationally. Chief Allen followed up by highlighting the importance of partnerships and pointed out the many PCO partners in the room. He explained how Plymouth County Outreach would not be what it is today without the hard work and dedication of everyone involved, including all of our partners. One of our Recovery Coaches, Anne Marie Winchester, presented on the importance of recovery coaching and the impact it is making in our communities. Anne Marie shared her own story of hope and how she came to find and obtain a life in recovery. Plymouth County Outreach is grateful for Anne Marie and our team of Recovery Coaches who use their own experiences to help provide resources to those struggling in our communities and their loved ones. Other speakers at this conference included Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz speaking on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Drug Endangered Children, Drug Intelligence Officer James Cormier from New England HIDTA speaking about the Opioid Response Strategy (ORS), Director of the Brockton Area Prevention Collaborative and Director of Prevention Services at High Point, Hillary Dubois Farquharson speaking on the power of coalitions and Interim Director of Plymouth Council on Aging Conni DiLego speaking on grandparents raising grandchildren. The Keynote Speaker for the day was Jay Ruais, Executive Vice President of Field Advancement, Addiction Policy Forum. BSU President, Fred Clark got the conference underway with a wonderful welcome and opening remarks. Plymouth County Sheriff Joe McDonald followed with his remarks. He touched on how partnerships are a key piece in fighting the opioid epidemic and that everyone has a role to play in combating it. Sheriff McDonald also discussed the importance of Senate Bill 1414, which if passed, would allow officers to disseminate naloxone at outreach visits. The Plymouth County Drug Abuse Task Force was formed in the summer of 2015 through the efforts of Plymouth County Sheriff Joe McDonald and Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz. The task force brings together local experts in many fields including law enforcement, education, medical, prevention , treatment and faith based organizations, to assist in the fight against the opioid epidemic. Enterprise article on the conference: https://www.enterprisenews.com/news/20190422/plymouth-county-officials-stress-united-approach-to-opioid-epidemic

PAARI is now accepting applications for a full time position to oversee a new PCO project

Job Title : Hub Manager Reports to: PAARI Executive Director Allie Hunter and PCO Chiefs Advisory Board Liaison Chief Joe Perkins Job Summary : The Hub Manager will be r esponsible for a dministrative and project management of a new initiative to implement a “hub model” throughout Plymouth County to expand access to behavioral health services for individuals identified as being at acutely elevated risk due to substance use, mental health issues, or other risk factors. This position is an exciting opportunity for a high-performing individual with outstanding project management skills and a strong sense of initiative to play a critical role in a new county-wide collaboration. The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (PAARI) is the lead grant agency overseeing this project and position, in close coordination with the Plymouth County Outreach Chiefs Advisory Board. This position is based in Plymouth, MA and requires regular travel throughout Plymouth County. Responsibilities: ● Develop strategic and project work plans and oversee project administration and implementation ● Establish and maintain productive and effective relationships across diverse sectors of the community, including law enforcement, partner organizations, municipal leaders, etc ● Coordinate workshops, trainings, and all program-related training and technical assistance ● Convene regular stakeholder meetings to discuss project implementation and outcomes ● Establish partnerships across diverse sectors of the community ● Work with partner organizations and departments to develop information sharing and communications plan ● Work with research partner to manage data systems and ensure data is accurate and up to date ● Assure timely report submissions and respond to requests for data, reports, and information ● Ensure that the program is in full compliance with regulations and expectations ● Work with program evaluation partners to manage program evaluation and continuous improvement ● Manage program budget to maximize resources and ensure alignment with approved spending ● Work alongside and in coordination with other PAARI and Plymouth County Outreach employees and programs, including working with PCO Program Coordinator and Operations Supervisor, each of whom reports to the PCO Chiefs Advisory Board ● Coordinate any other matters related to the management and implementation of the PCO Hub Qualifications: ● 3 or more years of experience in program management and implementation ● Grant management experience, including budget management and grant reporting ● Demonstrated ability to organize, coordinate, and collaborate with cross-sector programs ● Highly self-motivated, superior interpersonal skills, and ability to function in a team atmosphere ● Knowledge of Plymouth County and area services preferred ● Strong computer and internet skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Excel ● Excellent written and oral communication skills, including presentation skills ● Strong organizational and a dministrative s kills and attention to detail ● Flexibility, resourcefulness, positive attitude, strong work ethic, and ability to solve problems ● High integrity, sound judgment, and ability to maintain confidentiality ● Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations ● Commitment to PAARI and PCO’s values and mission ● Valid driver’s license and regular access to a vehicle How to Apply: This is a full-time, salaried position based out of PAARI’s Plymouth Office, 225 Water Street, Plymouth, MA 02360 with regular travel throughout Plymouth County. T he compensation package for this position includes health insurance, including dental and vision, 120 hours paid time off, 401k with employer match, life insurance, professional development, and an annual salary of $50,000-75,000, based on experience. P lease submit a resume and cover letter in PDF format to info@paariusa.org with“ HubManager” andyourfullnameinthesubjectline.Weencourage candidates to apply by June 30, 2019. PAARI is an equal opportunity employer. I ndividuals with relevant lived experience are encouraged to apply. This is a 5-year grant funded position and will be a PAARI employee at-will. No phone calls please.

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