Addiction Recovery Video- PAARI Video Suite: PAARI Models

Addiction Recovery Video- PAARI Video Suite: PAARI Models


– One of the things we do when somebody reaches out to PAARI, is we think, what is going
to work in their community. It’s not a cookie-cutter approach, so, there’s different program models that they might explore
implementing in their community. The walk-in model, or
the self-referral model, is really the idea that an
individual is self-selecting to walk into a location,
usually a Police Department. – And they’re met by a
compassionate police officer, who knows, that for this person to walk into a Police Department, they are absolutely desperate. So we treat them with respect. – What we’ve done in Jeffersontown, is, they can voluntarily
walk in our police station. They can turn over any
drugs or drug paraphernalia. We won’t charge them for
that to in their possession. We will dispose of it, and then we will help them with whatever services they may need. – The incident-based outreach program is based on the idea
that an incident happens, and then an outreach visit takes place. – If there was an
overdose over the weekend, we do a door-knock. So, we’ll go to that person’s home, who is now back from the
hospital and door-knock, and just meet them where they’re at, in terms of their recovery. No judgment. No forcing anything. Just a conversation. And, that initiates that trust-building, with that particular person. – The risk-based outreach
program is a little different, in that it’s a bit more proactive. So, instead of waiting
for an incident to happen, and then doing a visit, you would kind of identify who in the community is struggling. Who’s at acutely elevated risk? – Many of the people that go
to the emergency room a lot, are also involved in the
criminal justice system a lot. So, we’re starting to share information on those frequent
utilizers of emergency room and criminal justice system, identifying those individuals and trying to provide them with services. – We live in a very small community, where everybody knows everybody. And I’ve gotten many calls myself, saying, “Hey, somebody needs help.” And before they overdose,
well go over there, and try to get them assistance. – We also engage with
our school districts. We identify homes where there
are drug-endangered children, and then connect them
and their family members to services as well. – The Officer Referral model
is based on the idea that, in their everyday interactions, law enforcement have this unique position to be able to connect people
to treatment and services. – Police officers are out
on the street all the time. We go on calls all the time, frequently. – The key is to communicate, and when you get talking at people, hey, they tell the police officer, “I think so and so needs some
help, needs some assistance.” And that police officer, he can go over and visit that person. – What these models do, is they
interrupt the old paradigm, right, that you commit a crime or you’re dealing with drug addiction, and there’s only one outlet for you. And, it’s most likely
going to end up in jail. – What this allows us to do,
is to redirect some people who are struggling. It allows us to connect
them with those services, to get them back on their feet.

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