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Remembering George Glass

George Richard Glass, 87

NOV. 5, 1929—JULY 23, 2017

BLOOMINGTON — George Richard Glass passed away at age 87 on Sunday, July 23, 2017, in the loving company of family and those who cared for him greatly.

A man never short of words, he told stories often and even offered some great last advice “Great things come to those who cross the line … too many people live inside the lines. Cross the line.”

George was born in Connersville, Indiana, and grew up in and outside of Shelbyville. He grew up loving horses and the little girl next door, whom he eventually married, Alice Gross (1929-2002). They were married for 49 years, and together they raised four girls, two on the farm in Edinburgh and two in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Between Alice and George, they were known in their communities for caring for others on an individual basis. It wasn’t who you were or what you accomplished, but how you showed up in this world. They wanted to know where and how you needed help. Their table was always set, and their daughters grew up appreciating and trying to emulate their depth of compassion.

A graduate of DePauw University (Economics, 1950) and University of Michigan (Law, 1953), George was a dreamer, a writer, and a lawyer. He spent his career practicing law, starting with Adams, Cramer and Glass in Shelbyville, eventually ending as the executive director of the Indiana Judicial Center. He loved politics early in his career, even running at one point for appellate court judge.

When in Santa Fe, from 1976 to 1986, besides practicing law, he found time to enjoy the local community, from acting in the Santa Fe Melodrama to mining for silver in the hills of New Mexico. While he loved his adventure there, he always longed to live back home again in Indiana. In 1969, George received the Sagamore of the Wabash Award from then Governor Edgar D. Whitcomb, an award given to citizens who have contributed greatly to “Hoosier” heritage. To the end, he stated every day how beautiful Indiana is. Your gleaming light will still be shining bright through the sycamores for us — always.

Above all, George loved his family (and his dogs), he laughed often, and he grew to accept all that life threw at him.

George is survived by his older brother, Eugene Hayter Glass (Corpus Christi, TX), daughter, Kathrine Glass and husband, Gene Perry (Bloomington, IN), daughter, Susan and husband, Kent Williams (Indianapolis), daughter, Janet and husband, George Mulheron (Princeton, NJ), and daughter, Linda Glass and husband, Steve Hill (Seattle, WA); each of whom was his favorite when present. He was also survived by six scallywag grandchildren, Joe Spear and husband, Curt Shearer, Margaret Spear, Chance Williams, Anna Williams, Wesley Hill and Finley Hill.

Lastly, the family cannot thank Jill’s House in Bloomington, Indiana, enough for the deep love and care. Here are where angels work.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to the charity of your choice.

That’s all folks. The pen retires here with the greatest of men, “one handsome SOB.” Best to you George — Morose Talese, Family Biographer

Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 29, 2017, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at The Allen Funeral Home & Crematory, 4155 S. Old St. Rd. 37, Bloomington, IN 47401.

You are invited to share a memory or leave an online condolence to the family at www.allencares.com.

2017 POPAI Election Slate

 

The following candidates have been slated for the 2017 POPAI Fall Election:

Vice-President: Troy Hatfield

Treasurer: CJ Miller

District 1: Robert Schuster

District 3: Sarah Lochner

District 5: Melanie Pitstick

District 7: Michael Coriell

This year each position is uncontested. In accordance with the by-laws, in lieu of ballots, this year’s election will be by acclamation at the POPAI Annual Meeting.

 

Article XII ELECTIONS

E. Voting

The President of the Association shall open the annual meeting of the Association for the election process. After the slate has been presented by the Election Committee, a vote by the voting membership of the Association shall be taken. Voting for Officers and District Representatives may be conducted by written ballot or by acclamation for uncontested elections.

Section 1. Request for Absentee Ballot. If a voting member cannot be present at the Annual Business Meeting, he/she may make a request to obtain an Absentee Ballot for the purpose of the election process by providing written notification to the Election Committee. Written notification to request an absentee ballot shall be received by the Election Committee no later than fifteen (15) business days prior to the annual meeting of the Association.

Section 2. Submitting Absentee Ballots. All Absentee Ballots must be submitted to the chair of the Election Committee by U.S. mail, via facsimile (fax), or via electronic mail at least three (3) business days prior to the first day of the annual meeting. Each ballot will be authenticated and tabulated in the manner provided by the Election Committee.

 

We look forward to seeing you at the POPAI Fall Conference in French Lick!

Steve Keele, Allen County Adult Probation and Election Committee Chairman

TV station challenging ban on airing court audio

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The Indiana Lawyer com on 7/12/17 by Olivia Covington

A case currently before the Indiana Court of Appeals could have a precedential effect on the process judges must go through before prohibiting the broadcasting of court recordings, as a northern Indiana TV station argues for answers as to why it was banned from airing a court-provided recording of a sentencing hearing in a high-profile case.

Fort Wayne TV station WPTA filed a brief late last month in the case of WPTA-TV v. State of Indiana v. John C. Mathew, 35A02-1705-CR-01060, urging the appellate court to vacate an order from Huntington Circuit Judge Thomas Hakes that prevented the station from broadcasting the audio recording of a sentencing hearing made by the trial court. The hearing was for John C. Mathew, a prominent physician who pleaded guilty to two counts of felony sexual battery against a former employee.

This is Indianapolis’ unconventional way to fight the opioid epidemic

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Indy Star on 7/27/2017 by Ryan Martin

Indianapolis wanted a better way to combat drug addiction and mental illness. So the city created its first Mobile Crisis Assistance Teams, consisting of a police officer, paramedic and clinician, to connect offenders to services. Dwight Adams/IndyStar

Dr. Dan O’Donnell speaks to a small group of men and women seated among rows of tables at Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s East District headquarters.

His delivery is matter-of-fact, maybe because the problem he’s talking about — the opioid epidemic — is no surprise to anyone in this room. They’ve seen the “pinpoint pupils,” the bodies that look dead.

Addiction and mental illness are burdening the criminal justice system. The situation is dire, said O’Donnell, medical director for IMPD, Indianapolis EMS and Indianapolis Fire Department. “We cannot use 2010 solutions to this problem.”

The people in the room represent the change.

Starting Monday, four Mobile Crisis Assistance Teams — each with one police officer, one paramedic and one licensed clinician — will begin responding to crisis calls across IMPD’s East District, potentially involving domestic, emotional or substance abuse.

The unit — the first of its kind in Indianapolis — is the result of a partnership between IMPD, IEMS and Eskenazi Health. The concept, considered a pilot project, emerged last December as part of Mayor Joe Hogsett’s calls for criminal justice reform.

The agencies hope to reduce the number of people taken to an emergency room or jail — which are both costly — and to divert people away from the criminal justice system.

“We’re trying to build a new framework,” said Sgt. Catherine Cummings, who supervises the four police officers assigned to the unit. “That’s always the challenge — to trail-blaze.”

The stakes couldn’t be higher. Addiction to heroin and other opioids has swept through the state, showing no signs of slowing down.

And one-third of the inmates in Marion County’s jails have a mental illness, according to a 2016 city report, at a cost of $7.7 million each year for extra security and care.

Members of the new unit interviewed by IndyStar said they recognize the challenges ahead.

They feel a duty to show the community how important this work is; to show Indianapolis leadership that this project will pay off.

More than that, though, they want to provide compassion to those who are vulnerable or misunderstood, and connect them with services they need — whether that’s a medication, a shelter or a conversation.

“We’re not just diverting arrests to divert arrests,” said Melissa Lemrick, an officer assigned to the unit. “We’re trying to get them help.”

In the classroom

 

The team will face a flurry of issues. Addiction. Untreated mental illness. Domestic violence. Patients in distress who attack those who are trying to help.

To prepare, the unit went through hours of classroom training, which started June 5 and ran through July 19.

The sessions touched on suicide, homelessness and prostitution. The unit heard from public defenders, prosecutors, medical professionals and nonprofit workers. They learned firearms safety and how to de-escalate a scene.

In some classroom sessions, the trainees joked with each other. In others, though, including a session about sex trafficking, the room grew quieter, as a counselor tried her hardest to hold back tears while describing what she’s seen in the city she calls home.

As part of the training, the team walked through one of Marion County’s jails, where they witnessed the limited treatment options for people with mental health and addiction issues.

On that day in June, 31 people were being held on the suicide block. They were left in their cells with a gown and a blanket that cannot be tied into nooses. They only leave for showers.

Maj. Tyler Bouma with the sheriff’s office led the tour through the stuffy halls, an environment of concrete, metal and fluorescent lights, with the occasional puddle of urine on the floor.

At the tour’s conclusion, Bouma looked at the group, then looked back toward the cells. “That’s where we take them,” he said, pausing.

“Do they belong in jail? Some do, absolutely, but I hope that’s where you guys come in.”

Jail is no place to treat detox and mental health, Bouma said.

An innovative approach

Indianapolis isn’t the first city to seek new ways to address issues of addiction and mental illness.

Police departments in Memphis and Knoxville, Tenn., and Birmingham, Ala., have introduced different models that blend policing and mental health services, said Risdon Slate, a Florida Southern College criminology professor.

But Indianapolis appears to be one of the first cities to combine an officer, paramedic and clinician, said Slate, who co-authored a book titled “The Criminalization of Mental Illness.”

“The right goal is in place: You’re trying to divert people from the criminal justice system; you’re trying to link people to treatment,”Slate said. “It sounds like an innovative approach to me.”

When asked why officers need nonpolice partners in crisis situations,Slate noted that officers are much like the general public.

“Unless they have a loved one or a friend with mental illness, then they don’t really understand what mental illness is all about,”Slate said. “They get taken in by the stigma surrounding mental illness.”

The interactions can become deadly.

A 2015 IndyStar investigation identified six people in the past decade who were suffering from mental health issues when they were shot and killed by police, because they were holding blades or guns.

In November, a 29-year-old man diagnosed with schizophrenia was shot and killed in nearby Hendricks County, after police said he raised a knife and ran toward a reserve deputy. The deputy was cleared of charges, and the shooting prompted the department to plan a training on mental health.

Art Therapy

Mixing police, medics and mental health professionals on one team holds a great deal of promise, but also some risk. After all, their approaches to crises differ greatly.

As a fresh face right out of the academy, Lemrick, the police officer, remembers heading to a call of a man acting strange. The result: “immediate detention.”

An officer’s response is to take someone with a mental illness, who may be a danger, to a nearby hospital, oftentimes against their will. Seven years later, Lemrick still wonders how the man is doing, and whether he simply needed medicine.

One of her new partners, Brooke Hartwell, interacted with such patients in an entirely different way during her four years as a licensed clinical social worker at Eskenazi Midtown Community Mental Health.

Hartwell used art therapy to treat her patients, who don’t always have the ability or desire to talk about trauma in their lives. But art provides an outlet for them.

The third member of the team, paramedic Bill Eberhardt, said many in EMS are accustomed to rushing from emergency to emergency, finding a thrill while the adrenaline is pumping — not staying at one scene for potentially hours while treating a single patient.

The three approaches are as different as the agencies who employ them, which could create conflict at the scene of a crisis.

“Hopefully there will be times when all three are in agreement on what needs to be done,” Slate said. “But they’re not always going to be in agreement.”

The three don’t yet know how they’ll handle such disagreements.

They don’t know how many calls they’ll see each day, or how long each call will take. They don’t even know what paperwork they’ll need to file with their agencies.

But they’re not overly concerned. They’ve grown close over the past several weeks.

That’s been purposeful, said Cummings. The supervisors allowed the members to pick their own partners, because they’ll need to rely on each other in some potentially turbulent situations.

On the second day of training, Eberhardt, Hartwell and Lemrick knew they would pick each other.

“With us three together, we play off each other,” said Eberhardt.

“A lot of our conversations are free-flowing. No barriers there,” said Hartwell.

“We’ve built that trust. I know they’ve got my back,” said Lemrick.

Ready to go

Lounging beneath a pavilion overlooking Lilly Lake in Eagle Creek Park, for an occasion on July 20 that was part team-building and part celebration, members of the four Mobile Crisis Assistance Teams were asked by their supervisors to reflect on the road ahead.

“I feel a responsibility now that I know everything I know,” Eberhardt said. He admitted to being anxious.

“It’s going to feel uncomfortable in the beginning. It’s supposed to feel that way,” Cummings told the group as part of a last hurrah before they started their final training shifts and deployment.

Then, after a few moments: “I agree with everything Sgt. Cummings said,” said Addison J. Warren, IEMS public safety liaison director, as the group erupted into laughter.

It’s good to have these moments now. Starting Monday, they’ll officially be out of training and in a city with a growing list of problems, in a community looking to them to provide the solutions.

Eberhardt may be anxious about the new assignment, but with 10 years of EMS work under his belt, he’s ready.

He collected every brochure and wrote down every resource introduced during the training. No matter who needs help, he said, he’s ready.

And for those who are afflicted — who are in pain — he wants them to know one thing: he and his partners are now here. Ready to help.

Scramble is on to find new ways to stop opioid overdose deaths

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Modern Healthcare on 07/10/2017 by Steven Ross Johnson

June was another rough month in Manchester, N.H. Over the course of 30 days, there were 99 suspected opioid overdoses, six of which were fatal. That’s the most overdoses in a month so far in 2017, according to Christopher Stawasz, regional director of emergency medical services provider American Medical Response.

It’s the continuation of a dangerous trend for any city, let alone one with a total population of 110,000. From January to July 4, there were 419 suspected opioid overdoses, compared with roughly 400 for the same period last year. And for all of 2016, there were 787 suspected overdoses, 90 of which were deadly, according a report issued by Mayor Theodore Gatsas.

Similar to their counterparts in Colorado, Ohio, Washington—or anywhere in the nation, for that matter—public health leaders in Manchester are searching for any innovative intervention that can help turn the tide. They may have found one.

Last April, after a paramedic helped a colleague’s relative get treatment for his addiction, the city launched the Safe Station Program. Now, all 10 of Manchester’s firehouses are a safe haven where people struggling with addiction can seek assistance. Paramedics are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to conduct a full medical evaluation before transporting the patient to a local hospital’s emergency department or a treatment facility.

The process takes less than 15 minutes, Stawasz said. That’s compared to the weeks or even months it sometimes takes to get treatment. A recent New England Journal of Medicine study showed that only 21% of people addicted to opioids in the U.S. received any treatment between 2009 and 2013.

“You’ve got a very small window of time when people are willing to go for that help,” Stawasz said. “The beauty of this program is that it captures them when they are most willing to get the help, and it gives it to them very quickly.”

From May 2016 to June 2017, more than 1,800 people sought help through Safe Stations. All of them went to either an emergency room or treatment facility. There is no threat of arrest or judgment, according to those running the program. The program has been credited with reducing the number of emergency calls due to overdose by 30%, according to Stawasz.

It’s been so successful that the seven fire stations in Nashua, N.H., adopted the program last November. Nashua has its fair share of problems, too: 31 opioid overdoses resulting in four deaths in June and a 28% jump in suspected opioid overdose deaths between January and June. Between November and June, 576 people made use of the Nashua Safe Station program.

On the other side of the country in northwest Washington state, public health officials are taking an equally unorthodox approach to combating an opioid crisis.

“In this epidemic that’s spiraling out of control, we should take advantage of every tool that we possibly can,” said Dr. Jeff Duchin, public health officer for King County, Wash.

Last year, Duchin co-chaired a task force created by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray to address the opioid epidemic. One controversial recommendation was to set up sites where drug users, under supervision of a health professional, could inject illegal drugs. The idea is to not only monitor the addict, thus lowering the risk of an overdose, but also connect them with treatment when they are ready. The site would also provide sterile needles to reduce the spread of infectious diseases such as HIV or hepatitis through shared needles.

About 100 such sites currently operate in more than 60 cities around the world.

Federal and state laws prohibit safe injections sites in the U.S., but some cities are considering them and the American Medical Association’s House of Delegates in June voted to endorse some safe site pilot programs. The Massachusetts Medical Society is also supportive. MMS President Dr. Henry Dorkin said safe injection sites have worked in other countries. The organization began examining applying the same approach in the U.S. after other more widely accepted actions such as needle exchanges and naloxone failed to reverse the rising number of overdose deaths. City leaders in Philadelphia, San Francisco and Ithaca, N.Y., have all proposed them—while raising concerns over the perceived acceptance of illegal behavior.

FB02LStudies of sites in Australia, Germany and the Netherlands show reductions in overdoses, crime and risky behaviors.

“There is still this fundamental, ingrained thought that it’s just something about the person and it’s not an illness,” said Dr. Michal Frost, director of internal medicine at the Horsham Clinic, a behavioral health facility in Ambler, Pa. He believes that’s stifled innovation.

Indeed, the last new opioid addiction treatment approved by the Food and Drug Administration was buprenorphine in 2002. The drug had been on market since 1981 when it was first used as a pain-relieving replacement for morphine. Naltrexone, which commonly goes by the brand name Vivitrol or Revia, has been approved as a treatment for heroin since 1984, and methadone has been in use since the late 1940s.

Most new medications are simply a variation in the way buprenorphine, naltrexone, naloxone or some combination of those compounds, are delivered.

Frost said there’s been research to develop a vaccine that could use the body’s own immune system to nullify the effects of opioids, but that innovation is years from being ready for use.

Patient advocates hope that President Donald Trump’s policies will cut regulations that tie doctors’ hands in treating addiction and support new ways to make maintenance treatment more accessible. Thus far, the administration’s most visible step has been creating a panel tasked with evaluating new and proven options. The commission missed its deadline to submit an initial report recommending federal approaches that can be taken to combat the opioid epidemic.

NEW POPAI MEMBERS-ONLY FORUM TOPIC: Indiana Evidence Based Decision Making Initiative and Pretrial Pilot Project

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Updates will include:

  • Minutes/Materials from Indiana Statewide EBDM Policy Team.
  • Minutes/Materials from six (6) statewide EBDM Work Groups. Groups meet monthly to work on specific areas of EBDM.

Indiana EBDM Work Groups:

(1) Pretrial – Chairs: Judge Surbeck (Allen County) and Larry Landis (Public Defender Council).
Concentration: SAMPLE Pretrial Program documents, policies, procedures.

(2) Professional Development – Chairs: Jane Seigel (IOCS) and Julie Lanham (DOC)
Concentration: Training for EBDM and Pretrial projects.

(3) Data – Chairs: Dave Murtaugh (ICJI) and Lisa Thompson (Court Technology)
Concentration: Collecting and analyzing data for EBDM, Pretrial projects, and Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council (JRAC)

(4) Mental Health – Chair: George Brenner (LCSW)
Concentration: Working toward more mental health (includes addiction) treatment services for EBDM, Pretrial projects, and JRAC.

(5) Risk Reduction Strategies – Chairs: Dan Miller (Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council) and Mary Kay Hudson (IOCS)
Concentration: How to include EBDM into plea negotiations and sentencing.

(6) Behavioral Responses – Chair: Chris Cunningham (IACCAC)
Concentration: Sanctions/responses for pretrial misbehavior, use of incentives for pretrial, bail guidelines.

 

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