GLOUCESTER — To celebrate its second year and recognize law enforcement leaders committed to its mission, the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) will host an anniversary celebration and awards ceremony.
Wednesday, June 28, 6-9 p.m.
The Gloucester House Restaurant, 63 Rogers St., Gloucester
Since June 2015, P.A.A.R.I. has grown into a national movement of law enforcement agencies who believe in and are committed to treatment of those struggling with drug addiction rather than arrest and incarceration.
P.A.A.R.I. has placed more than 550 people into treatment through the Gloucester Police Department’s ANGEL Initiative alone, and placed another 10,000-plus individuals via its partner agencies across the United States.
“These two years have been truly incredible,” Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade said. “Our partner agencies have been active participants in a major shift in policy that has helped improve lives and put thousands of people on the road to recovery.”
To celebrate, P.A.A.R.I. will honor several law enforcement officers and program supporters who have been instrumental in transforming the approach to addiction and recovery nationwide.
“Law enforcement has been a game changer in the fight against the opioid epidemic and in reducing barriers to treatment,” P.A.A.R.I Co-Founder and Chairman John Rosenthal said. “I am very proud of our police department and treatment center partners in 30 states and we look forward to continuing to work with them to increase our police based access to life saving treatment.”
Due to the unending support of Steve Jesi and Cheryl Marlow, P.A.A.R.I. will present four ANGEL Initiative participants — Richard Naugle, Patrick Anderson, Benjamin Muse and Lillian Salah — with the Stephanie Jesi Memorial Scholarship in order to help them on their journeys toward recovery.
Steve Lesnikoski, the first participant in Gloucester’s ANGEL Initiative, will also be in attendance.
“I’m honored to receive P.A.A.R.I.’s Leadership Award,” said Richard Baum, Acting Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. “The opioid epidemic has devastated communities all across the country, from right here in Gloucester to Ohio, Arizona, and beyond. Solving this problem requires new ways of addressing addiction, including bringing law enforcement and public health together. Efforts like PAARI and the ANGEL Initiative that help connect people to treatment are key to turning the tide on this crisis.”
The anniversary celebration and awards ceremony, which is sponsored by Eastern Bank, is open to the public. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by clicking here.
The following people, many of whom are scheduled to attend, will be recognized at the ceremony:
White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Acting Director Richard Baum and two senior ONDCP staff members
Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken of Gloucester
Interim Chief John McCarthy of the Gloucester Police Department
Sgt. Brittney Garrett of the Jeffersontown, Kentucky Police Department
Chief Tim Lenz of the Covington, Louisiana Police Department
Katie Donovan of Families Against Narcotics/Hope Not Handcuffs in Michigan
Chief Scott Allen of the East Bridgewater Police Department
Chief Michael Botieri of the Plymouth Police Department
Joan Whitney of Healthy Gloucester Collaborative
JJ Bartlett of Fishing Partnership Support Services
Ed Leahy of Adapt Pharma
David Rosenbloom of the Boston University School of Public Health
Hillary Dubois Farquharson of High Point Treatment Center
Leslie Darcy, Chief of Staff for Massachusetts Health and Human Services
Secretary Marylou Sudders
Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona
Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania
Massachusetts Sate Sen. Stan Rosenburg
State Representative Bob DeLeo of Massachusetts
Chuck Wexler of Police Executive Research Forum
Kevin Norton from Lahey Health Behavioral Services
Mike Duggan from Wicked Sober/Recovery Centers of America
Barry Reiman from Satori Waters