The Courier-Journal on 3/25/2015 by Mike Wynn and Tom Loftus
FRANKFORT, Ky. The months of anguished pleas from parents and former addicts — Kentucky families gripped in a noxious heroin epidemic — found some resolution Tuesday as a landmark bill to improve drug treatment and clamp down on dealers won passage in the legislature.
The long-negotiated compromise sailed out of the Democrat-led House on a unanimous vote and was approved by the GOP-controlled Senate 34-4. Gov. Steve Beshear is expected to sign the measure into law on Wednesday morning, allowing it to take effect immediately.
Indy Star on March 20, 2015 by Shari Rudavsky
State health officials say the number of HIV cases in an outbreak among intravenous drug users in southeastern Indiana has risen to 55 confirmed with an additional 13 preliminary positive cases.
by Susan Rice, POPAI Training/Conference Planner
Probation management level staff can still register for the upcoming POPAI Management Institute, CPO Summit and New CPO trainings which will be held April 15th, 16th, and 17th in Indianapolis, Indiana. The deadline for room reservations has been extended to Friday, March 27th. Specific information on all three trainings can be found in this informational flyer.
Questions and comments may be directed to Susan Rice, POPAI Training/Conference Planner by calling 765-469-1593 or through e-mail at email@example.com
Additionally, POPAI has received requests from a number of Chiefs as to whether or not any of the training sessions are eligible to be counted as EBP hours. The Indiana Probation Standards stipulate that “the chief probation officer and the supervising judge shall approve course content” eligible to comply with the requirement of what trainings “count” as EBP. POPAI does not have the authority to make the final determination as to what trainings “count” as EBP. However, we will list the training sessions that our Board believes should be eligible to be considered “EBP” by a Chief PO and his/her supervising judge. Below is a breakdown of the sessions and hours which could be considered for EBP.
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The Journal Gazette on March 23, 2015 by Niki Kelly
INDIANAPOLIS – The enthusiasm for a major shift away from jailing low-level offenders to local treatment and supervision instead is clear at the Statehouse.
But will the money be there when the budget is finalized at the end of April?
It is the final question in a criminal justice overhaul that has been in the works for five years.
“I can’t for the life of me believe it’s going to be funded the way it needs to be,” Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull said. “This is expensive work we are doing. If the goal is to keep people locally, they have to give us resources.”
Gov. Mike Pence’s initial budget proposal contained no new money for community corrections or other local treatment programs.
Instead, he focused on building prisons – exactly the opposite of what lawmakers wanted when they passed the criminal code reform in 2013. The initiative was phased in, and judges are now starting to sentence for crimes committed under the new regime.
Indy Star on March 13, 2015 by Matthew Tully
The story of a growing heroin epidemic is being told through the voices of moms and dads, friends and siblings, grandparents and children — those who have watched loved ones fall victim to addiction.
Every time I write about the growing heroin epidemic, usually from the perspective of a young person whose life has been destroyed or ended by addiction, I hear more stories.I hear from moms and dads, friends and siblings, grandparents and other relatives. They write from across the region, crossing demographic lines. They rarely have happy endings to share. At best, the emails I receive conclude with a cautious hope that this latest recovery will somehow be the one that takes. When I talk to experts, meantime, there is a similar nervousness. They tell me things that would make any parent lie awake at night.First, those on the ground say that for all the damage the drug has caused in recent years, this epidemic has likely not yet reached its peak. And whether it’s heroin or a scary addiction to painkillers, it’s all part of the same story. Second, this drug is so powerfully addictive that any suggestion that it can be used in a recreational way, even a time or two, is foolish. When you use, you most likely become an addict, and this addiction never goes away. Those who go into recovery at 20 will find themselves fighting their cravings at 40. Few mistakes have the life of this one. Third, despite the attention the drug’s comeback has received it is still not being taken seriously enough. Indianapolis EMS Director Dr. Charles Miramonti and others are working furiously to fight the epidemic. They have pushed to make sure first responders can administer a drug that combats the effects of an overdose, and they are working to stop the flood of prescription drugs to the street that often leads to heroin use. But Miramonti and others say the response is not as widespread as it needs to be, and much of it is reactionary. Fourth, and this isn’t a surprise, heroin is so cheap and so easy to find that there is essentially no barrier to entry. I’ve heard this most often from those addicted to heroin. It’s in gas station parking lots and neighborhoods across the region. “It’s everywhere,” a 28-year-old heroin addict who is now in prison told me recently.