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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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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.  

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