Webinar - Training for First Responder Diversion Programs

Thursday Aug 29, 2019 - 01:00pm to 02:00pm EDT
Event Description: 

The Bureau of Justice Assistance leadership, in collaboration with the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program team, invites you to this no-cost webinar on August 29, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. ET.

First responder diversion programs for individuals with an opioid use disorder are rapidly increasing around the country. These innovative programs play a critical role in linking individuals who are at risk for opioid overdose to community-based treatment services. While similar in nature to crisis intervention services offered by first responders, these diversion programs are placing responsibilities on staff that may require new knowledge, skills, and abilities.

This webinar will discuss the need for first responder training specific to diversion programs for individuals with an opioid and substance use disorder. The webinar will discuss potential topics that could be included in diversion training and methods for providing it. Panelists from the Tucson, Arizona Police Department and from Plymouth County, Massachusetts will discuss the training they have in place for their first responder diversion programs.


  • Assistant Chief Kevin Hall, Field Services Bureau, Tucson Police Department; and
  • John Rogers, Project Coordinator, Plymouth County Outreach.


  • Ben Ekelund, Director of Consulting and Training, Treatment Accountability for Safer Communities’ Center for Health and Justice.
Organizer Information
Event POC: 
Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program
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