*Media Advisory* U.S. Surgeon General and Members of Congress to Take Part in P.A.A.R.I. Law Enforcement Summit


Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019

Media Contact: Jordan Mayblum
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*Media Advisory*

U.S. Surgeon General and Members of Congress to Take Part in P.A.A.R.I. Law Enforcement Summit

BOSTON — The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) is pleased to invite members of the media to attend the open sessions of its third annual National Law Enforcement Summit, which will include bipartisan panel discussions with legislative leaders and a keynote address by the U.S. Surgeon General.


Thursday, Dec. 5, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


  • U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams
  • Sen. Ed Markey (Mass.)
  • P.A.A.R.I. Co-Chairs Fred Ryan and John Rosenthal
  • P.A.A.R.I. Executive Director Allie Hunter
  • Rep. Bill Keating (Mass.)
  • Rep. Paul Tonko (N.Y.)


  • Morning: Rayburn House Office Building (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
  • Afternoon: Russell Senate Office Building (1-3:30 p.m.)
  • Hart Senate Office Building (3:30-6 p.m.)


In its first two years, P.A.A.R.I.’s groundbreaking summit brought together hundreds of law enforcement and recovery leaders from across the country to share their collaborative efforts to combat America’s opioid epidemic in their own communities. The summit aims to equip these leaders with concrete, practical solutions that they can use to prevent overdose deaths and provide lasting help to those suffering from substance use disorders.

The second day of this year’s three-day summit will be open to the press and will feature a keynote address by U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, as well as remarks by Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey, a bipartisan legislative panel on federal policy and the opioid crisis, plus more.

Opening remarks by Retired Chief Fred Ryan of the Arlington Police Department and P.A.A.R.I. Executive Director Allie Hunter will kick off the events on Thursday, Dec. 5.

A Keynote Address will be delivered by U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams.

Other speakers during the day will include Congressman Bill Keating (Mass.), Congressman Paul Tonko (N.Y.), U.S. Sen. Ed Markey and representatives from police departments in Massachusetts, Illinois, Wisconsin, Maryland and Michigan. There will also be a special presentation by Barbara Stewart, CEO, Corporation for National & Community Service.

During the summit, police and recovery leaders will discuss post-overdose outreach, the neuroscience of addiction, how to make referrals to evidence based treatment, the relationship between stigma and language and personal stories from people in recovery.

In all, there will be representatives from police departments in 22 states, the District of Columbia and Canada in attendance.

The morning session will take place at the Rayburn House Office Building, the afternoon session will be held at the Russell Senate Office Building, and the evening session will be held at the Hart Senate Office Building.


Rayburn House Office Building, Rooms 2044 and 2045

8:30 a.m.: Check In Opens & Networking Breakfast

9:00 a.m.: Welcome Remarks: Chief Fred Ryan, Arlington MA Police Department (Ret.) and Allie Hunter, P.A.A.R.I. Executive Director

9:30 a.m Congressman Bill Keating, Massachusetts 9th District

9:45am.: Non-Arrest Programs 101

  • WALK IN: Greenfield WI Police Department
  • POST-OVERDOSE OUTREACH: Plymouth County MA Outreach
  • RISK-BASED OUTREACH: Chelsea MA Police Department 
  • OFFICER OUTREACH: Boston MA Police Department

11:15 a.m.: Neuroscience of Addiction, Continuum of Care & Making a Referral

  • Dr. Ruben Baler, National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • Dr. Tisha Wiley, National Institute on Drug Abuse

Russell Senate Office Building, Kennedy Caucus Room, Room 325

1:30 p.m.: Welcome Remarks: P.A.A.R.I. Co-Founder & Chair John Rosenthal

1:40 p.m.: Senator Ed Markey, Massachusetts

2:00 p.m.: Keynote from US Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome Adams

2:30 p.m.: Special Presentation by Barbara Stewart, CEO, Corporation for National and Community Service

2:50 p.m.: Personal Stories from People in Recovery: Steve Jutras & Haley Kennedy

Hart Senate Office Building, Room 902

3:30 p.m.: Welcome Remarks: Chief Peter Newsham, Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia

3:40 p.m.: Reshaping Public Policy & Law Enforcement’s Role

  • Thomas Synan, Chief of Police, Newtown OH 
  • Alison White, Safe Passages Coordinator, Dixon IL

4:20 p.m.: Stigma & Language: Donald McDonald, NC

4:45 p.m.: QUICK HITS: 5-7 Minute Remarks on Innovative Programs & New Ideas

  • Hope Not Handcuffs & Wrap Around Services: Judge Linda Davis, MI
  • Building an Outreach Team: New Bedford, MA
  • United in Recovery: Chief Ken Strish, Berwick, PA
  • Congressman Paul Tonko, New York
  • Safe Stations: Lt. Steve Thomas, Anne Arundel MD
  • P.A.A.R.I. Recovery Corps: Joseph Silcox, Boston, MA
  • Making P.A.A.R.I. Fit in Your Community: Mandie Worton and Sergeant Armando Perez, Roy City Police Department, UT 
  • Building Strong Partnerships; Learning to Succeed With Our Limited Resources: Lt. Ryan Macherone & Chief Eric Clifford, Schenectady Police Department, NY
  • Co-Responding with Clinicians: Jessica Waters, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Addressing Addiction & Homelessness: Isaac Yablo & Keyla Jackson, MassHousing, Boston, MA
  • Engaging People in Recovery & Recovery Community Organizations: Patty McCarthy, Faces & Voices of Recovery, Washington DC

Click here to see photos from last year’s National Law Enforcement Summit at Harvard Medical School. For videos, PowerPoint presentations and handouts from past events, click here and here.

The event is sponsored and supported by RIZE Massachusetts, the Stardust Foundation, Emergent BioSolutions / NARCANDirect.com, NarCase.com, Alkermes, CleanSlate and Wayne Earl Chinnock Photography.

The Summit will also available through a livestream on Facebook.

About P.A.A.R.I:

The Police Assisted Addiction & Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to help law enforcement agencies nationwide create non-arrest pathways to treatment and recovery. Founded alongside the groundbreaking Gloucester MA Police Department Angel Initiative in June 2015, P.A.A.R.I has been a driving force behind this rapidly expanding community policing movement. We provide technical assistance, coaching, grants, and other capacity-building resources to more than 500 police departments in 33 states. We currently work with more than 130 law enforcement agencies in Massachusetts alone. P.A.A.R.I and our law enforcement partners are working towards a collective vision where non-arrest diversion programs become a standard policing practice across the country, thereby reducing overdose deaths, expanding access to treatment, improving public safety, reducing crime, diverting people away from the criminal justice system, and increasing trust between law enforcement and their communities. Our programs and partners have saved thousands of lives, changed police culture, reshaped the national conversation about the opioid epidemic and have placed over 22,000 people into treatment since its founding in June 2015. Learn more at www.paariusa.org.