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 Plymouth County Outreach Presents at National Conference about Opioid Abuse Prevention

[gallery type="thumbnails" link="file" columns="2" size="medium" ids="875,876"] Members of Plymouth Country Outreach (PCO) presented at the 'United We Stand' 2020 Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) National Forum this week. Held in Arlington, Virginia, the national conference brings together community members and state experts across the United States who are working to address the opioid epidemic in their local areas. The presentation was called 'Plymouth County Outreach Collaboratively Addressing the Opioid Epidemic' and featured information about the measures PCO and its partners are taking to address the opioid epidemic in Plymouth County. The presentation included a program overview, the evolution of PCO over the last several years, the importance of collaboration and harm reduction, as well as a discussion about newly implemented initiatives. The presentation ended with an in-depth review of PCO data presented by Executive Director of Kelley Research Associates, Pamela Kelley. In October 2018 Plymouth County Outreach received a two-year $496,000 Bureau of Justice Assistance COAP grant. "We were thrilled to be able to present at the COAP National Forum and to share the great work Plymouth County Outreach and its partners have been able to accomplish as a direct result of the generous COAP grant," said PCO Project Coordinator Vicky Butler. "Our main objectives were to show attendees how different community members can come together to help support those struggling with substance use disorder and help support them through recovery." The presentation was given by Project Coordinator Vickey Butler, Plymouth Police Chief Michael Botieri, Hanover Police Chief Walter Sweeney and Executive Director of Kelley Research Associates Pamela Kelley. Operations Supervisor Hannah Panteleos, HUB Manager John Rogers and Lead Recovery Coach Haley Kennedy attended the conference as well to represent PCO. About Plymouth County Outreach: Plymouth County Outreach (PCO) is a collaboration of all 28 municipal police departments in the county, as well as Bridgewater State University Police Department, the District Attorney’s Office, Sheriff’s Department, along with dozens of partners from healthcare including South Shore Health, substance use disorder treatment organizations, the recovery community, faith-based groups, local substance use coalitions, concerned citizens and all hospitals that serve Plymouth County. PCO’s Project Coordinator, Vicky Butler continues to keep the public updated through the PCO website: plymouthcountyoutreach.org | Facebook: @plymouthcountyoutreach | Twitter: @countyoutreach | Instagram: @plymouthcountyoutreach and can be reached at vbutler@plymouthcountyoutreach.org.

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Plymouth County Outreach and P.A.A.R.I. Launch New Hub Model to Expand Care

The Police Chiefs of Plymouth County and the Police Assisted Addiction & Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) are pleased to announce the launch of a new component of the Plymouth County Outreach program, which will increase access to treatment and behavioral health services. Through a grant from South Shore Health, P.A.A.R.I. is partnering with Plymouth County Outreach to enhance their program to launch the nation’s first county-wide Hub model. The HUB model aims to assist those struggling before they reach a crisis point, and to provide outreach and linkages to care for individuals at acutely elevated risk for a variety of behavioral health concerns. The new model is designed to increase collaboration, reduce calls for service, and improve access to care for those struggling with substance use disorders, mental health concerns, and a variety of other risk factors. The model launched earlier this month during five days of training for Plymouth County law enforcement officers and field personnel (outreach officers, recovery coaches, resource and partner clinicians, social workers and others). Representatives from ten police departments outside of Plymouth County also attended the training to prepare to launch the model in their own communities in the future. The training was presented by representatives from the Canadian-based Global Network for Community Safety, the creators and world’s preeminent trainers of the HUB model. On Monday, Jan. 13, more than 100 police chiefs and executives from behavioral health and medical resources attended training at Plymouth’s Memorial Hall, and on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 14 and 15, more than 100 police officers and field personnel attended training as well. By the end of the training on Friday, Jan. 17, all four service groups -- known as "situation tables" -- were up and running. The four service groups in the HUB model include:
  • HUB Table A – Plymouth District Court region, to include the communities of Plymouth, Kingston, Plympton, Halifax, Duxbury, Pembroke, Hanson and Marshfield.
  • HUB Table B – Wareham District Court region, to include the communities of Wareham, Marion, Mattapoisett, Carver, Middleboro, Lakeville and Rochester.
  • HUB Table C – Brockton District Court region, to include the communities of Brockton, Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, West Bridgewater, Abington and Whitman.
  • HUB Table D – Hingham District Court region, to include the communities of Hingham, Hull, Scituate, Norwell, Rockland and Hanover.
“Starting a new initiative is hard enough, but getting all of these law enforcement representatives and community partners into one room at the same time was no easy task,” PCO Project Coordinator Vicky Butler said. “John Rogers, the PCO/P.A.A.R.I. HUB Coordinator overseeing this project, has done an incredible job with this and we are excited to see the HUB model in action.” Funding for the HUB model began last spring, when P.A.A.R.I., Plymouth County Outreach and Beth Israel Lahey Health of Plymouth were selected by South Shore Health to receive a five-year grant for $930,000. P.A.A.R.I. will be the fiduciary of the grant. "We have seen this model prove to be very effective with our partners in Chelsea and Boston Police Departments, and we are incredibly thankful that South Shore Health has chosen to support our plan to bring it to Plymouth County to improve access to behavioral health services on the South Shore," P.A.A.R.I. Executive Director Allie Hunter said. "P.A.A.R.I. has had many successful partnerships with PCO, and we are thrilled to embark on this latest initiative alongside our local law enforcement partners." “Plymouth County Outreach is so fortunate and appreciative to partner with P.A.A.R.I. on expanding our county collaboration, bringing an Integrated Behavioral Health approach to our existing model,” said East Bridgewater Police Chief Scott Allen, a member of the P.A.A.R.I. Law Enforcement Council. “We can’t address substance use and mental health disorders in separate silos.” About Plymouth County Outreach: Plymouth County Outreach (PCO) is a collaboration of all 27 municipal police departments in the county, as well as Bridgewater State University Police Department, the District Attorney’s Office, Sheriff’s Department, along with dozens of partners from healthcare including South Shore Health, substance use disorder treatment organizations, the recovery community, faith-based groups, local substance use coalitions, concerned citizens and all hospitals that serve Plymouth County. PCO’s Project Coordinator, Vicky Butler continues to keep the public updated through the PCO website: plymouthcountyoutreach.org | Facebook: @plymouthcountyoutreach | Twitter: @countyoutreach | Instagram: @plymouthcountyoutreach and can be reached at vbutler@plymouthcountyoutreach.org. About P.A.A.R.I. The Police Assisted Addiction & Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to help law enforcement agencies nationwide create non-arrest pathways to treatment and recovery. Founded alongside the groundbreaking Gloucester MA Police Department Angel Initiative in June 2015, P.A.A.R.I. has been a driving force behind this rapidly expanding community policing movement. We provide technical assistance, coaching, grants, and other capacity-building resources to more than 500 police departments in 35 states. We currently work with more than 130 law enforcement agencies in Massachusetts alone. P.A.A.R.I. and our law enforcement partners are working towards a collective vision where non-arrest diversion programs become a standard policing practice across the country, thereby reducing overdose deaths, expanding access to treatment, improving public safety, reducing crime, diverting people away from the criminal justice system, and increasing trust between law enforcement and their communities. Our programs and partners have saved thousands of lives, changed police culture, reshaped the national conversation about the opioid epidemic and have placed over 24,000 people into treatment since its founding in June 2015. Learn more at
paariusa.org.

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Plymouth County Outreach Selected to Participate in Law Enforcement/First Responder Diversion and Referral Mentoring Initiative

The Police Chiefs of Plymouth County are pleased to announce that Plymouth County Outreach has been selected as a mentor site for the TASC’s Center for Health and Justice’s Law Enforcement/First Responder Diversion and Referral Mentoring Initiative. PCO will serve as a mentor to other law enforcement and first responder agencies across the country in their efforts to respond to the opioid crisis. Mentor sites were selected through a competitive process to participate in the program, which will fund peer-to-peer site visit opportunities for law enforcement and first responder agencies to visit mentor agencies. The eight sites represent a diverse cross-section of successful diversion programs and collaborations between law enforcement and first responders, behavioral health providers, and other community partners to connect individuals with opioid use disorder to treatment, instead of entering the criminal justice system. Plymouth County Outreach is one of eight jurisdictions that will participate in this initiative. Other counties include: Cabell County (West Virginia) Emergency Management Services, Colerain Township (Ohio) Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services, Lucas County (Ohio) Sheriff’s Office, Mundelein (Illinois) Police Department, City of Philadelphia, Seattle-King County (Washington) Public Defender Association, and Tucson Police Department. Click here for more information about the Law Enforcement/First Responder Diversion and Referral Mentoring Initiative. About Plymouth County Outreach: Plymouth County Outreach (PCO) is a collaboration of all 27 municipal police departments in the county, as well as Bridgewater State University Police Department, the District Attorney’s Office, Sheriff’s Department, along with dozens of partners from healthcare, substance use disorder treatment organizations, the recovery community, faith-based groups, local substance use coalitions, concerned citizens and the region’s hospitals. PCO’s Project Coordinator, Vicky Butler continues to keep the public updated through the PCO website: plymouthcountyoutreach.org | Facebook: @plymouthcountyoutreach | Twitter: @countyoutreach | Instagram: @plymouthcountyoutreach and can be reached at vbutler@plymouthcountyoutreach.org.

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Plymouth County Outreach Issues Alert Following Spike in Drug Overdoses this Month

Note: An earlier version of this release included marijuana in a list of non-opioid substances suspected of being mixed with fentanyl. PCO has no confirmed cases of fentanyl being mixed with marijuana or of fentanyl being mixed with marijuana causing an overdose. The Police Chiefs of Plymouth County report that since Dec. 1, the county has had 52 overdose incidents, seven of them being suspected fatal overdoses. The spike is a concerning trend and one that the PCO Chiefs and Advisory Board want to share with the public. PCO and its partners want the public, especially individuals at risk of overdose and their families and friends, to be aware of the increased risk of an overdose and what action you can take. Please be aware that anyone using a substance purchased off the street is at risk of an overdose. It is suspected that Fentanyl is being mixed with other non-opioid substances such as cocaine and street pills marked as Xanax. Know how to recognize the signs of an overdose: -Breathing is very slow and shallow, erratic or has stopped -Face very pale -Cool, clammy skin -Choking sounds or a gurgling noise (death rattle) -Vomiting -Pulse (heartbeat) is slow erratic or has stopped -Blue/grey skin tinge – usually lips and fingers show first, sometimes in tips of ears -Passing out -Body becomes very limp Life saving measures to reverse an overdose: Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is a medication used to reverse an opioid overdose. Narcan saved lives 95% of the time when administered in Plymouth County last year. Narcan is available at the following locations: -Your local pharmacy has an open/standing prescription for everyone. This means you can go to your pharmacy to ask for Narcan. The cost will be whatever your insurance co-pay is. -BAMSI COPE Center at 81 Pleasant Street, Brockton is open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. -Local Drop-In Centers - www.ebhopes.net or call (504) 800-0942 -Local Learn 2 Cope meetings - https://www.learn2cope.org/ -Plymouth County Outreach during follow up visits  Treatment, support and hope are available throughout the county and region: -Brockton Champion Plan - http://opioidoverdoseprevention.org/bmoocp/champion-plan/ -Drop-In Centers, East Bridgewater, Plymouth and Wareham - www.ebhopes.net -Scituate South Shore Peer Recovery Center - http://www.southshorepeerrecovery.com/ -Plymouth Recovery Center - https://www.facebook.com/PlymouthRecoveryCenter/ -Brockton Area Prevention Collaborative -http://opioidoverdoseprevention.org/bmoocp/overdose/ -Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline: 800-327-5050 or https://helplinema.org/ 9-1-1 Make the Call. Save a Life: The Massachusetts Good Samaritan Law, passed in 2007, encourages anyone who witnesses an overdose to seek help by protecting the caller and the person who overdosed from arrest and prosecution for drug possession. Do not be afraid to involve emergency services (911) as soon as possible. The Plymouth County Police Chiefs, District Attorney and Sheriff last year created a PCO Good Samaritan Law PSA, click here to view video; https://vimeo.com/245209366 Safeguard your home: Dispose of unused prescription medications in drug take back boxes at your local police departments or Beth Israel Deaconess-Plymouth hospital at no cost to you. Harm reduction strategies: While we strongly encourage people to seek treatment we understand addiction is a disease and want to share ways to reduce the chance of death: -Don’t use alone -Use slowly -Test a small amount first -Carry Narcan -Test your substance using a fentanyl test strip. Call the PCO office for access to test strips at (508) 830-4218 X261 About Plymouth County Outreach: Plymouth County Outreach (PCO) is a collaboration of all 27 municipal police departments in the county, as well as Bridgewater State University Police Department, the District Attorney’s Office, Sheriff’s Department, along with dozens of partners from healthcare, substance use disorder treatment organizations, the recovery community, faith-based groups, local substance use coalitions, concerned citizens and the region’s hospitals. PCO’s Project Coordinator, Vicky Butler continues to keep the public updated through the PCO website: plymouthcountyoutreach.org | Facebook: @plymouthcountyoutreach | Twitter: @countyoutreach | Instagram: @plymouthcountyoutreach and can be reached at vbutler@plymouthcountyoutreach.org.

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Plymouth County Outreach Police Chiefs and Representatives Attend National Law Enforcement Summit in Washington, D.C.

[gallery type="thumbnails" link="file" size="medium" ids="843,844,842"] WASHINGTON -- The Police Chiefs of Plymouth County are pleased to announce that Plymouth County Outreach (PCO) representatives recently attended the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative's (P.A.A.R.I.) third annual National Law Enforcement Summit. The three-day event took place Wednesday, Dec. 4 to Friday, Dec. 6 in Washington D.C. at three locations adjacent to the U.S. Capitol. It brought together more than 100 law enforcement and recovery leaders from across the United States and Canada to share their collaborative efforts to combat the opioid epidemic in their own communities. East Bridgewater Police Chief Scott Allen, Plymouth Police Chief Michael Botieri, Hanover Police Chief Walter Sweeney, Marion Police Chief John Garcia and Pembroke Police Chief Richard Wall were all in attendance. Other highlights of the summit included a briefing hosted by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) featuring Director James Carroll, and a keynote address by U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams. PCO representatives in attendance included Operations Supervisor Hannah Panteleos, Lead Recovery Coach Haley Kennedy, HUB Coordinator John Rogers and Project Coordinator Vicky Butler. Chief Allen, Chief Botieri, Chief Sweeney and Butler presented as panelists during a PCO presentation on post-overdose outreach. Chief Wall, Chief Garcia and Rogers all spoke about about new initiatives, including police departments working with their local school systems and community to provide resources for children affected by substance use, identifying individuals in the community who are at the highest risk of an overdose and providing wrap-around services to help those individuals obtain long term recovery and/or harm reduction education. PAARI founder John Rosenthal noted to the attendees that Plymouth County Outreach members are at the forefront of reducing opioid usage. "What Plymouth (County) is doing, with the collaboration of every Chief, the Sheriff's Department, and the emergency rooms, is without a doubt a part of the solution," Rosenthal said. "If every county in America was doing what they are doing, you would see a dramatic reduction [in opioid overdoses]. In Massachusetts, they are the model ... It's because of the collaboration and the teamwork." Kennedy then spoke as part of a program of individuals sharing personal stories of their recovery. All of the sessions were video recorded an available online. “The National Law Enforcement Summit is a tremendous event that brings a wide variety of law enforcement and recovery leaders together to share in their common mission to combat the nationwide opioid epidemic,” Butler said. “It was a pleasure to have so many PCO members take part in these critical discussions, and we thank P.A.A.R.I. for hosting this important event.”

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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 Timothy Hanlon.

Plymouth County Outreach Hosts Quarterly Meeting at Bridgewater State University

[gallery link="file" columns="1" size="full" type="thumbnails" ids="611"] [gallery link="file" columns="1" size="medium" type="thumbnails" ids="685"] The Police Chiefs of Plymouth County are pleased to announce that Plymouth County Outreach (PCO) held its quarterly meeting at Bridgewater State University on Thursday. Each fiscal quarter, PCO hosts Plymouth County police departments and partners from around the county to go over the year-to-date overdose data, provide education for outreach teams and give updates on current and new initiatives happening within PCO. About 150 people attended the meeting, including PCO Advisory Board members, several Plymouth County police chiefs, Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz, PCO outreach officers, PCO recovery coaches, local politicians, local school officials and representatives from treatment facilities and area hospitals. During the meeting, Vicky Butler was promoted from Operations Supervisor to Project Coordinator. Anne Marie Winchester was promoted to Lead Recovery Coach, John Rogers was named the PCO HUB Manager and new hire and recent Stonehill College graduate, Hannah Panteleos, was named Operations Supervisor. "Part of the meeting was to give thanks to all of the outreach officers, recovery coaches and outreach team members for all their hard work and dedication to the program," Butler said. "It's been amazing to watch the evolution of PCO and how far the program has come with the help of all of our community partners. The quarterly meeting is an important way to keep all of our members updated on the latest news and information." During the meeting, an update was given by East Bridgewater Police Chief Scott Allen and Plymouth Police Chief Michael Botieri, who recently testified before the legislature to change legislation to include police officers as people who can legally provide the overdose-reversing drug Narcan to community members. The implementation of an Officer Working Group was announced within PCO. The group, made up of local police officers, will work with PCO to share input and ideas to enhance the program. The members of the Officer Working Group will make recommendations to the PCO Chiefs Advisory Board related to PCO operations, protocols and other specialized areas, as they are the experts working at the ground level. A powerful story of hope and recovery was shared by PCO Recovery Coach Haley Kennedy. A presentation about drug endangered children was provided by panelists that included Brockton Police Lt. Dick Linehan, Marissa del Rosario from the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative, Dr. Gina Williams, Assistant Superintendent of the East Bridgewater School District and Katie Mapa, Drug Endangered Child Clinical Advocate from the United Way of Greater Plymouth County’s Family Center. PCO would like to thank BSU President Fred Clark for providing the meeting space and BSU Chief of Staff Denez Leuenberger for welcoming those in attendance. 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 Timothy Hanlon.

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