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Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Across Substance Use Prevention, Treatment, Harm Reduction, and Recovery

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Introduction

Training, education and implementation efforts provided by the Opioid Response Network (ORN) has helped realize a new program in Woonsocket, RI.

This program will divert individuals with an opioid or other substance use disorder who have been arrested away from jail and into treatment and recovery support services. An estimated 70 to 100 people arrested every year could qualify to participate in this program, which was recently awarded the funding needed to get it off the ground.

U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman David Cicilline have announced a three-year $819,109 U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance grant for the Woonsocket Police Department (WPD). Working with the non-profit Community Care Alliance, this will fund the Law Enforcement Assisted Deflection, Engagement, and Retention (LEADER) in Treatment program. ORN, a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration funded initiative, will continue providing WPD with education and training support as needed.

LEADER in Treatment was championed by RI Superior Court Judge Kristin Rodgers who was inspired by a similar, successful initiative in Portugal.

ORN began collaborating with Judge Rodgers following an ORN training with 45 judges from across the U.S. on the medical aspects of substance use disorders. This was held at the The National Judicial College and included presentations from addiction psychiatrists from the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry and champion judges. Participating judicial officers were charged with returning home to support local initiatives with ongoing, no cost education and training support from ORN. LEADER in Treatment is one example. A free justice system resource guide and online course are also a result of the training.

1 In 59

Adults in the U.S. was under community supervision according to a 2019 estimate.

60-80%

Of individuals on probation have a substance use disorder.
 

Who is it for

This program will divert individuals with an opioid or other substance use disorder who have been arrested away from jail and into treatment and recovery support services. An estimated 70 to 100 people arrested every year could qualify to participate in this program, which was recently awarded the funding needed to get it off the ground.

U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman David Cicilline have announced a three-year $819,109 U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance grant for the Woonsocket Police Department (WPD). Working with the non-profit Community Care Alliance, this will fund the Law Enforcement Assisted Deflection, Engagement, and Retention (LEADER) in Treatment program. ORN, a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration funded initiative, will continue providing WPD with education and training support as needed.

Left: Larry Bryant, PhD, MPH, BSW, RRT, ORN Advanced Implementation Scientist
Right: Benjamin H. Nguyễn, MSW, ASW, CPH, ORN Technology Transfer Specialist

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The Opioid Response Network (ORN) is committed to supporting the integration of diversity, equity and inclusion across the substance use prevention, treatment, recovery, and harm reduction workforce. The ORN offers workshops and training, technical assistance, and ongoing consultation and support.

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other available assistance

Our DEI team can work with providers who want to make a commitment to integrating racial equity and DEI in their organization in various ways. The following are some ideas, though you may request any training and/or technical assistance related to DEI topics, such as addressing racial disparities and the intersection of race with social determinants of health, LGBTQ+ health, gender, gender diversity, and health disparities.

 

Examples of previous training topics
  • Race and recovery
  • Health disparities among LGBTQ+
  • Racial disparities and BIPOC
  • Culturally responsive language
  • Psychology of poverty

 

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