Forbes features O2SL & QRT National Family support expert partner, Maureen Cavanagh

Maureen Cavanaugh

Click on the link below to read the Forbes article, written by their innovation contributor, “Reinventing How We View Substance Abuse”, which was written about our partner, Maureen Cavanagh. Maureen is the author of “If You Love Me: A Mother’s Journey Through Her Daughter’s Opioid Addiction”, the founder of Magnolia New Beginnings, which provides education and peer support to those affected by substance use disorder and their families, and is a nationally recognized subject matter expert who provides training and education in collaboration with O2SL & QRT National. Click to read the article Reinventing How We View Substance Abuse, Forbes, by Heather Wishart-Smith

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Gloucester Health Department Provides Training for Gloucester Schools and Police on Recognizing and Responding to Trauma

Scott Allen of Operation 2 Save Lives and QRT National speaks with Gloucester Police officers during a training session. (Photo Courtesy City of Gloucester)

GLOUCESTER – The City of Gloucester and Health Director Max Schenk are pleased to share that staff from Gloucester Public Schools and the Gloucester Police Department participated in training to help them recognize and respond to trauma in ways consistent with the city’s efforts to support the mental health of all.  On Monday, March 28 and Tuesday, March 29, training was provided to 53 officers of the Gloucester Police Department, and on Tuesday, March 29 training was provided to over 100 Gloucester Public Schools staff members, including the faculty of Gloucester High School and district-wide clinical staff members. The training is part of an ongoing effort to support mental health in a trauma-sensitive way for members of the community affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, for those facing economic and social hardships, and for those with a history of personal trauma.  Funding for the training was provided by the Substance Abuse

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O2SL & QRT National’s first Intern Featured in Curry College Newsletter

Curry College, Krystall Kizito, Class of 2022

LAW ENFORCEMENT INTERNSHIP EXPOSES KRYSTAL KIZITO ’22 TO INNOVATIVE AND GROWING FIELD Curry College Newsletter Article Link April 07, 2022-Article Courtesy of Curry College Newsletter TOPICS: Academics | Student Success Criminal Justice major Krystal Kizito ‘22 is getting real-world experience in an emerging field of law enforcement focused on collaborative community-based solutions. She is the first intern for the organization Operation 2 Save Lives (O2SL) & QRT National, which was co-founded by Scott Allen, an Associate Lecturer at Curry and former Chief of Police for the town of East Bridgewater, Massachusetts. O2SL & QRT National works with municipalities, counties, and states nationwide to address substance use and behavioral health issues through shared, community responses. This innovative work, known as “pre-arrest diversion and deflection” focuses on intervening and helping connect people to care and recovery instead of traditional law enforcement responses, arresting and prosecuting them. Allen was the co-creator of the

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O2SL & QRT National Leaders Featured in NIDA JCOIN Deflection eCourse

TASC PTACC Deflection Course Graphic

PTACC is excited to share JCOIN’s latest eCourse: First Responder Deflection: A Warm Handoff to Services in the Community, which is now available! JCOIN has launched a first-of-its-kind eCourse on deflection, giving police/first responders an alternative to arresting people with substance use disorders. O2SL and QRT National’s COO, Scott Allen, and Director of Operations, Daniel Meloy are featured in individual eCourse training modules. “First Responder Deflection: A Warm Handoff to Services in the Community” is a free, 90-minute online course created under the Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN), led by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). TASC’s Center for Health and Justice and GMU’s Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence (ACE!) co-developed the course for JCOIN, with key practitioner contributions from the Police, Treatment, and Community Collaborative (PTACC). The course features examples of deflection programs across the US, expert researchers and practitioners, five deflection pathways, tools for evaluating program impact, and much

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O2SL & QRT National Recognizing International Women’s Day

O2SL & QRT National Recognizing International Women’s Day

O2SL & QRT National would like to thank and celebrate all women, for leading the the way to success, and for all of your amazing work and advocacy. Celebrating today our O2SL & QRT National women, Dr. Carol Gregory, Joy Schuring, Channing Palumbo, Krystal Kizito, Rene LaMark Muir, Dr, Kelly Firesheets, Maureen Cavanaugh, Nan Franks, Shana Merrick!

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O2SL & QRT National’s Dan Meloy Featured at the White House Announcement State Model Law to Expand Programs that Deflect People with Addiction to Care

O2SL & QRT National’s Dan Meloy Featured at the White House Announcement State Model Law to Expand Programs that Deflect People with Addiction to Care

“As I read through the deflection model law, I find myself smiling… and thinking back through the years to the times when other law enforcement, fire/EMS chiefs, and city managers asked me, ‘Why do you do this work?’ or ‘Why do you partner with that social service agency?’ The ‘this’ and ‘that’ was our reaching out to experts who understood the ‘Science of Addiction’ and asking for their help! We asked if they would work alongside police, fire and EMS and educate us on how we make a positive impact on our people and families within our community,” said Dan Meloy, retired Police Chief of Colerain Township, Ohio. WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) announced the release of the Model Law Enforcement and Other First Responders Deflection Act, a resource for states that encourages the development and use of deflection programs across

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