The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.), which has developed a network of more than 150 local police departments seeking a more treatment-focused approach to combating local drug problems, has hired its first full-time executive director. Allie Hunter McDade most recently served as deputy director of the Nonviolent Institute for Democracy, and serves on the boards of directors of the organizations Bikes Not Bombs and Restless Development USA.
“Allie has a wealth of experience working with nonprofit organizations and will be an asset to P.A.A.R.I. and our growing network of partner police departments and treatment centers,” P.A.A.R.I. co-founder Leonard Campanello, police chief in Gloucester, Mass., said in a statement released this morning.
Local departments' efforts to place opioid-dependent individuals into treatment have helped to establish a network of more than 300 treatment organizations that are working with the police agencies to serve these individuals.