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Plymouth County Outreach Selected as a Law Enforcement/First Responder Diversion Mentor Program Site

Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019 Media Contact: Benjamin Paulin Phone: 781-428-3299 Email: ben@jgpr.net

Plymouth County Outreach Selected as a Law Enforcement/First Responder Diversion Mentor Program Site

The Police Chiefs of Plymouth County are pleased to announce that Plymouth County Outreach (PCO) has been selected as a mentor site for The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Law Enforcement/First Responder Diversion Mentor Program. The mentor program, set to begin in October, will provide communities interested in implementing a law enforcement/first responder diversion program with the opportunity to learn from programs that have shown success in meeting their communities’ treatment needs. As a mentor site, PCO will host communities interested in starting a diversion program or enhancing an existing program. Law enforcement/first responder diversion refers to overdose response plans where first responders, working in partnership with substance abuse treatment providers and peer recovery coaches, may refer overdose victims to treatment and recovery support services rather than the criminal justice system. PCO began offering diversion program services in 2016. On average, 1,350 individuals have contact with the program each year and approximately 43 treatment referrals are made each month. Communities who are selected to visit PCO will send representatives from the key groups involved in a collaborative diversion program, such as law enforcement, public health and recovery organizations. They will be able to observe and experience day-to-day operations, shadow PCO's civilian project coordinator and operations supervisor, attend meetings and trainings, shadow post-overdose follow-up outreach visits with officers and recovery coaches, experience daily collaboration with key stakeholder partner organizations and observe how the law enforcement Critical Incident Management System (CIMS) database supports real time overdose tracking and follow-up outcomes. "We are honored to have been selected to be one of the few programs throughout the country that will serve as a mentor site," East Bridgewater Police Chief Scott Allen said. "We're proud of our diversion program and how it has grown over the past three years and we look forward to sharing our approach with other communities." As a result of being selected as a mentor site, PCO is recognized by BJA as an exemplary model of multidisciplinary overdose response and diversion programs. PCO will also be provided with a $2,000 stipend to cover some costs associated with hosting visitors. Mentor sites will serve for two years and will host approximately three to five communities per year. More information on PCO can be found at
www.plymouthcountyoutreach.org 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 Stephen McDonald, East Bridgewater Chief Scott Allen, Halifax Chief Joao Chaves, Hanover Chief Walter Sweeney, Hanson Chief Michael Miksch, Hingham Chief Glenn Olsson, Hull Chief John Dunn, Kingston Chief Maurice Splaine, Lakeville Chief Matthew Perkins, 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 Interim Chief Matthew Clancy, 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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Job Posting: PCO PAARI/AmeriCorps Support Coordinator

Job TitlePCO PAARI/AmeriCorps Support Coordinator Job SummarySupport Coordinator Essential Functions (40 hours per week): Plymouth County Outreach PAARI/AmeriCorps members in the Support Coordinator role will work to improve the effectiveness of non-arrest programs that save lives and that create pathways to treatment. Support Coordinators will be utilized in different ways depending on the host site’s program model. Activities could include building community partnerships, strengthening data systems, developing community resource kits, developing program manuals, providing trainings, developing marketing materials, fundraising, managing volunteers, planning events, creating or supporting coalitions, and more. Support Coordinators will: keep a log of all interactions, placements, hours, and prepare monthly reports as required and requested; attend regular calls and meetings with Program Manager and Recovery Coach Mentor; participate in 60 hours of training, including Recovery Coach Academy, and at least 35 hours of supervision in pursuit of becoming a Certified Addiction Recovery Coach (CARC); follow protocol of PAARI, AmeriCorps, and law enforcement host site; maintain integrity, boundaries, confidentiality, and ethical standards; and assist with other duties as assigned. Qualifications:
  • Commitment to service and PAARI’s mission and values
  • Able to commit to serve Oct. 1, 2019 through Aug. 31, 2020
  • Understand living allowance and service benefits
  • Background or interest in community outreach, law enforcement, or substance use disorders
  • Ability and willingness to work a flexible schedule including some evenings and weekends
  • Ability to build strong relationships with diverse individuals and organizations to achieve common goals
  • Self-motivated and resourceful, with a positive attitude and strong work ethic
  • Basic computer, internet, information, and communication technology skills
  • Comfortable operating in a new environment
  • Knowledge of the local treatment ecosystem and continuum of care
  • Relevant lived experience preferred, especially those in recovery for a minimum of two years
  • Must be a United States citizen, national, or legal permanent resident, at least 17 years of age, and must complete and pass a background check (note that a criminal record does not preclude someone from being considered)
Benefits: Support Coordinators are expected to complete 1,700 hours of service from Oct. 1 2019 to Aug. 31, 2020, which is an average of 40 hours per week. Benefits include a twice monthly living allowance of $628, 60 hours of training, and 35 hours of supervision towards the CARC Recovery Coach Certification. Capacity Building Fellows who successfully complete a term of service also receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of up to $5,815 which may be used to pay educational costs at post-secondary educational institutions or to repay student loans. Capacity Building Fellows may be eligible for federal student loan forbearance and interest accrual payments, health insurance allowance, and child care vouchers. To Apply: To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to 
info@paariusa.orgIn your cover letter, please indicate the role to which you are applying (Support Coordinator) and that you are interested in serving with Plymouth County Outreach. Please include “Recovery Corps Application” in the subject line of your email. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with priority given to individuals who apply by Aug. 31, 2019. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Incomplete applications will not be considered. No phone calls please. Members will begin service on Oct. 1, 2019 and end service on Aug. 31, 2020. PAARI is an equal opportunity employer and reasonable accommodations can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to participate in the interview process, orientation, and service. This year, 62 police departments and two sheriff’s departments will be served by the Massachusetts-based PAARI Recovery Corps Program.  

Job Posting: Plymouth County Outreach Operations Supervisor

Job Title: PCO Operations Supervisor            Reports to: PCO Project Coordinator Job Summary: PCO Operations Supervisor manages the day to day operations including oversight of the PCO CIMS , post overdose follow up notifications, facilitating monthly meetings, assisting in coordinating trainings, and representing PCO at substance use disorder/mental health events. The Town of East Bridgewater Police Department is the lead grant agency overseeing administrative and fiduciary duties for this position. Requirements
  • Experience in community organization, substance use prevention and intervention
  • Demonstrate ability to organize, coordinate and collaborate with cross-sector community   
  based work.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Demonstrate ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Be available for some evening and weekend work as needed.
  • Knowledge of Plymouth County and area services preferred.
  • Commitment to PCO’s values and mission
Duties and responsibilities
  • Assist in the implementation of a strategic and annual work plans to support county in overdose outreach initiative
  • Implement communication plan as determined by the coordinator through earned and social media
  • Establish and maintain productive and effective relationships across diverse sectors of the community, including law enforcement, partner organizations, municipal leaders, etc
  • Provide education, technical assistance to law enforcement and partnership organization to ensure that overdose outreach is conducted in a consistent manner and all parties have necessary information.
  • Assist in hosting workshops, trainings, conferences and other activities.
  • Coordination of meetings and all related correspondence 
  • Organization and maintenance of all documents and files
  • Promote culturally competent, state-of-the-art research-based prevention practices.
  • Assist with maintenance of social media accounts
  • Facilitate press coverage with traditional media outlets (newspapers, radio, TV, etc.) and non-traditional media outlets (e-newsletters, blogs, podcasts, agency newsletters, etc)
  • Establish partnerships across diverse sectors of the community, other responsibilities as assigned.
Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred in public health, criminal justice, psychology, or a related field.
  • Knowledge of Plymouth County and the PCO model
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
Other Requirements
  • Work alongside Plymouth County District Attorney’s Drug Endangered Children Initiative Program Director
  • Work alongside AmeriCorps/PAARI positions, including Recovery Coaches and administrative positions
  • Work in collaboration with PCO Research and Data partner, Kelley Research Associates
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Access to a vehicle
  • Successfully passing a CORI, Criminal Offender Record Information, background check
Work Schedule: Full time, contract, benefit eligible position Salary: Negotiable, range $35,000-$50,000 based on credentials and experience Application Process, if interested in this position, submit a letter of interest along with a resume by August 27th, 2019 to
vbutler@plymouthcountyoutreach.org Interviewing process will start on August 28. This position is a federal grant funded position that ends September 2020 with the plan to reapply for an additional two years of funding.  The person holding this position will be at will, and will not be considered an “employee” of the Town of East Bridgewater.

Plymouth County Outreach Shares 2018 Success Stories

DECEMBER 26, 2018 BY BENJAMIN PAULIN (EDIT) Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018 Media Contact: Benjamin Paulin Phone: 781-742-3922 Email: ben@jgpr.net Plymouth County Outreach Shares 2018 Success Stories The Police Chiefs of Plymouth County are pleased to share some of the successes that Plymouth County Outreach (PCO) had in 2018 and look forward to what lies ahead for next year. “This has been a fantastic year for PCO as far as growth and recognition on a local and national level,” East Bridgewater Police Chief Scott Allen said. “Our outreach officers and recovery coaches have worked hard all year to successfully get treatment and care for dozens of people. Our countywide model for dealing with the opioid crisis has developed a proven track record of success and I know all of the chiefs look forward to seeing what next year brings.” Outreach Team Successes The PCO Outreach Team consists of recovery coaches and outreach officers who respond to the home of an overdose survivor within 24-72 hours of the event taking place. Together, they bring resources and offer support to the individual that overdosed and their family. PCO would like to share several individual success stories that were received via outreach officers, recovery coaches and various partners throughout the year. To read some of the success stories click here. (Click link to read full PDF file) Plymouth County Outreach Honored With National Community Policing Award (Click link to read more) Plymouth County Outreach (PCO) was awarded the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Leadership in Community Policing Award in October. Several PCO representatives traveled to Orlando, Florida to accept the award during the 2018 IACP Annual Conference and Exposition – including many Plymouth County police chiefs, District Attorney Timothy Cruz and Sheriff Deputy Superintendent James Muscato. The Leadership in Community Policing Award recognized outstanding community policing initiatives undertaken by law enforcement agencies across the world. The award is given to police agencies whose best practices in community policing utilize collaboration and partnerships to make their communities safer. Plymouth County Outreach to Receive $500,000 Federal Grant (Click link to read more) In October, Plymouth County Outreach was awarded a federal grant that will significantly improve the services provided by the group in the coming years. PCO will receive a $496,650 grant as part of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) Program through the U.S. Department of Justice. The award was among the first major federal funding grants to go toward substance use disorder treatment and recovery legislation, with the aim of addressing the ongoing opioid epidemic. The funds, which will be dispersed over the next two years, will allow PCO to hire two full-time staff members – a Project Coordinator and an Operations Supervisor. In addition, the money will enable PCO to improve its Critical Incident Management System database, which tracks the number of overdoses in the region and allows for research and detailed analysis of the data collected to be studied by PCO’s treatment and healthcare partners. Plymouth County Outreach Continues Participation in AmeriCorps Program (Click link to read more) PCO announced in August that it was going to be participating for a second year in the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I) AmeriCorps program, and would be adding a second outreach coordinator position. PCO is continuing its partnership with Outreach Coordinator Vicky Butler and Recovery Coaches Kurt Gerold and Sloane Ferenz. The three were recognized for their work in August by P.A.A.R.I at the Arlington Police Department’s first AmeriCorps graduation ceremony. Plymouth County Outreach Featured in National Policing Magazine (Click link to read more) In March, PCO was featured in the March issue of The Police Chief Magazine (Click link to read more) The nationally distributed magazine is a product of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. The entire March issue was dedicated to the topic of current issues involving drugs. The 3,700-word article entitled “Leading a Community Solution to a Community Problem” provides an in-depth look at the opioid epidemic that local law enforcement has been addressing for more than a decade. It highlights the tactics, partnerships and ongoing efforts to find solutions that help save lives and offer substance users the help and recovery options they need. “I think this year has proven that our community and partnership-based approach to the opioid epidemic can provide avenues for people to get the help they so desperately need. Plus, it gives support for family members and loved ones who are at times at a loss for how to help their son, daughter or relative,” Plymouth Police Chief Michael Botieri said. “On behalf of all of the chiefs, we would like to give a heartfelt thank you to the recovery and outreach workers that made PCO a success in 2018.” 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. ###

PCO Accepting Applications for 2 Federal GranT Positions to Coordinate County-wide Initiative

Plymouth County Outreach recently received a federal grant from the Office of Justice Programs, to fund two contract positions for the next two years. The positions that PCO will be contracting with are for; 1) a PCO Project Coordinator and 2) a PCO Operations Supervisor. Both positions will be responsible for working with all (28) Plymouth County Police Departments, their partners in public health, healthcare, treatment, recovery, faith-based and other PCO partners. The Plymouth County Outreach Chiefs & Advisory Board is now accepting letters of interest and resumes for these two grant-fund positions. See that attached job description postings. Both positions job descriptions include below. Letters of interest and resumes should be submitted via email to pco@ebmass.com. PCO Project Coordinator Job Description Job Title: PCO Project Coordinator Reports to: PCO Chiefs & Advisory Board Job Summary: The PCO Project Coordinator will provide operational and clinical oversight of the Tier 2 Initiative including supervision of PCO Recovery Coach Team members and PCO Operations Coordinator. Town of East Bridgewater Police Department is the lead grant agency overseeing administrative and fiduciary duties for this position. Requirements · Experience in community organization, substance use prevention and intervention. · Demonstrate ability to organize, coordinate and collaborate cross-sector community partners. · Experience with evaluation research including different modalities of data collection. · Experience in overdose prevention training including nasal naloxone administration. · Experience with grant management and reporting. · Strong written and verbal communications skills. · Demonstrate ability to work with diverse populations. · Be available for some evening and weekend work as needed. Commitment to PCO’s values and mission. Duties and responsibilities · Identify the needs of the community, including working with the research partner to collect and analyze administrative and overdose data. · Develop and implement a strategic and annual work plans to support county overdose outreach initiative. · Convene regular stakeholder meetings to discuss project implementation and disseminate research findings and project outcomes. · Respond to requests from stakeholders or funders for data, reports, and information about the PCO initiative. · Work with partner organizations and departments to develop information sharing and communications plan. · Establish and maintain productive and effective relationships across diverse sectors of the community, including law enforcement, partner organizations, municipal leaders, etc. · Provide education, technical assistance to law enforcement and partnership organization to ensure that overdose outreach is conducted in a consistent manner and all parties have necessary information. · Enhance and promote community engagement. · Educate local and state level decision makers about overdose initiatives. · Develop effective regional and community based outreach plans and participate in local, regional and statewide planning and coordination meetings. · Coordinate or oversee workshops, trainings, conferences and other activities. · Promote culturally competent, state-of-the-art research-based prevention practices. · Keep communities and collaterals informed of all current evidence-based practices. · Work closely with BJA’s designated TTA provider or evaluator to conduct site-specific or cross-site evaluations. · Assist research partner with data collection and preparation for reporting and or completion of state/federal reporting. · Work with research partner on evaluation activities to ensure that outcomes are being met. · Act as a spokesperson for initiative in coordination with partner organizations and funders. · Maintain social media presence around outreach initiative. · Facilitate press coverage with traditional media outlets (newspapers, radio, TV, etc.) and non-traditional media outlets (e-newsletters, blogs, podcasts, agency newsletters, etc) · Conduct assessments and key informant interviews with agencies working with populations affected by overdose to define population needs, and readiness to address problems and gaps in services, as well as to inform programming and strategies. · Establish partnerships across diverse sectors of the community. · Other responsibilities as assigned. Qualifications · Bachelor’s degree in public health, criminal justice, psychology, or related field. Master’s preferred, plus two years of supervisory experience High energy level, superior interpersonal skills and ability to function in a team atmosphere. · Knowledge of Plymouth County · Proficiency in Microsoft Excel · Excellent written and oral communication skills · Grant management experience preferred Other Requirements · Work alongside Plymouth County District Attorney’s Drug Endangered Children Initiative Program Director · Supervise AmeriCorps/PAARI positions, including Recovery Coaches and administrative positions · Work in collaboration with PCO Research and Data partner, Kelley Research Associates · Valid driver’s license · Access to a vehicle · CORI, Criminal Offender Record Information background check Work Schedule: Full time, contract, non-benefit eligible position Salary: Range $50,000-$70,000 based on credentials and experience Application Process, if interested in this position, submit a letter of interest along with a resume by November 23, 2018 to pco@ebmass.com This position is federal grant funded. Person holding this position will be at will, non-benefit eligible and will not be considered an “employee” of the Town of East Bridgewater. PCO Operations Supervisor Job Description Job Title: PCO Operations Supervisor Reports to: PCO Project Coordinator Job Summary: PCO Operations Supervisor manages the day to day operations including oversight of the PCO CIMS overdose entries, follow up notifications, facilitating monthly meetings, assisting in coordinating trainings, and representing PCO at substance use disorder/mental health events. Town of East Bridgewater Police Department is the lead grant agency overseeing administrative and fiduciary duties for this position. Requirements · Experience in community organization, substance use prevention and intervention · Demonstrate ability to organize, coordinate and collaborate with cross-sector community based work. · Strong written and verbal communications skills · Demonstrate ability to work with diverse populations. · Be available for some evening and weekend work as needed. · Knowledge of Plymouth County and area services preferred. Commitment to PCO’s values and mission. Duties and responsibilities · Assist in the implementation of a strategic and annual work plans to support county in overdose outreach initiative · Implement communication plan as determined by coordinator through earned and social media · Assist in the maintenance the membership priority community work groups. · Establish and maintain productive and effective relationships across diverse sectors of the community, including law enforcement, partner organizations, municipal leaders, etc · Provide education, technical assistance to law enforcement and partnership organization to ensure that overdose outreach is conducted in a consistent manner and all parties have necessary information. · Enhance and promote community engagement. · Educate local and state level decision makers about overdose initiatives. · Assist in hosting workshops, trainings, conferences and other activities. · Promote culturally competent, state-of-the-art research-based prevention practices. · Maintain social media presence around outreach initiative. · Facilitate press coverage with traditional media outlets (newspapers, radio, TV, etc.) and non-traditional media outlets (e-newsletters, blogs, podcasts, agency newsletters, etc) · Establish partnerships across diverse sectors of the community, other responsibilities as assigned. Qualifications · Bachelor’s degree preferred in public health, criminal justice, psychology, or related field. · Knowledge of Plymouth County · Proficiency in Microsoft Excel · Excellent written and oral communication skills Other Requirements · Work alongside Plymouth County District Attorney’s Drug Endangered Children Initiative Program Director · Work alongside AmeriCorps/PAARI positions, including Recovery Coaches and administrative positions · Work in collaboration with PCO Research and Data partner, Kelley Research Associates · Valid driver’s license · Access to a vehicle · CORI, Criminal Offender Record Information background check Work Schedule: Full time, contract, non-benefit eligible position Salary: Negotiable, range $30,000-$50,000 based on credentials and experience Application Process, if interested in this position, submit a letter of interest along with a resume by November 23, 2018 to pco@ebmass.com This position is a federal grant funded positions. Person holding this position will be at will, non-benefit eligible and will not be considered an “employee” of the Town of East Bridgewater.

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