PTACC – The Police, Treatment, and Community Collaborative
Is an alliance of practitioners and organizations in law enforcement, drug treatment, mental health, housing, community, advocacy, recovery, research, social services (inclusive of families and children), and public policy whose mission is to strategically widen treatment, housing, and social service options available for vulnerable populations at the point of encounter with law enforcement. These practices, known as “deflection” and “pre-arrest diversion”, move people towards community-based solutions while simultaneously moving people away from the criminal justice system in order to address the underlying behavioral health issues that led to contact with law enforcement in the first place. PTACC promotes equity with regard to race, gender, income, and geography in the application of deflection and pre-arrest diversion. PTACC is the recognized knowledge leader for deflection and pre-arrest diversion, and also provides a voice for the entire field of deflection and pre-arrest diversion.