This new eCourse from the Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (#JCOIN) introduces deflection as a community-centered approach for police and other first responders, treatment providers, and community partners to connect people with substance use disorders to treatment, deflecting individuals from justice system entry.
JCOIN’s free, 90-minute eCourse offers:
• Background on the purpose and growth of deflection as a problem-solving approach to address overdose, addiction, and related concerns that first responders often see in the community
• Five pathways of deflection that communities are using to connect people to services • Examples of how deflection is being implemented in a diverse array of community settings
• Resources for local leaders to start, or build upon, deflection initiatives in their communities • Guidance for incorporating evaluation into deflection initiatives
Goals of Course:
Provide guidance on the use of deflection, including implementation and evaluation strategies, as a means to respond to substance use disorder and opioid disorder, as an alternative to arrest.
Differences between criminal justice diversion and community-based deflection; the context and purpose for deflection; five pathways for implementing deflection that can be adapted for different communities; starting or enhancing a deflection initiative; contemporary approaches for evaluation.
Law enforcement, EMS, firefighters, substance use treatment providers, peer recovery organizations, crisis service providers, community leaders.