Legislative Updates 2022

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Proposed POPAI Bylaw Revisions

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POPAI on 07/17/2022 by Troy Hatfield

Greetings POPAI Membership:

According to the POPAI Bylaws, Article XII AMENDMENTS

These bylaws may be altered, amended or repealed by the membership if a quorum is present at any regular or special meeting.  Written notice of any proposed alteration to the bylaws shall be submitted to the President of the Executive Board at least forty-five (45) days prior to the annual business or special meeting after approval by a majority vote of the Executive Board.  Written notice of the Board approved proposed alteration to the bylaws shall be submitted to the membership by the President at least thirty (30) days prior to the annual business or special meeting for action at the annual meeting.

The POPAI Executive Board approved proposed changes on April 13, 2022 and submitted the changes to the POPAI President.  The President of the Executive Board is now submitting the proposed bylaw changes to the Association membership.  The membership will be asked to vote on these bylaw revisions at the POPAI annual meeting September 8, 2022 in French Lick, Indiana.  The Board recommends that each member read all the proposed changes to the bylaws which can be found on the Association’s website prior to voting.

Summary of the major changes:

  • Prohibits an active Executive Board member from contracting with the Association.
  • Creates two new At-Large Board Members, which will expand the voting members of the POPAI Executive Board to 16 and redefines a quorum to 8 members as a result.  These two positions will initially be appointments to the Board with one seat to be elected in odd-numbered years and one seat to be elected in even-numbered years.
  • Clarifies that an Executive Board member may run for a different office while holding a position on the Board.
  • Decreases the number of consecutive meetings a Board member may miss to two before that member may be dismissed from the Board.
  • Increases the number of required meetings of the Executive Board to six per calendar year.
  • Ends the voting period for elections at one hour before the annual business meeting.
  • Changes the timeline for bylaw amendments to begin 60 days prior to the annual business meeting and provides a minimum 30 day comment period before final revisions are presented to the Association.

POPAI members may submit feedback regarding these proposed bylaw changes to their District Reps or any member of the POPAI Board.

Link to draft POPAI Bylaws Revisions

Fall Conference Corporate Sponsor Spotlight: Total Court Services/CourtFact Gold

POPAI by Karen Oeding

CourtFact and Total Court Services‘ Jake Hillgoth is back to meet with POPAI Members at the Fall Conference in French Lick.

This year you can attend a Break Out Session with Jason Tizedes called “Remotely Managing Compliance, Accountability, And Communications with Participants in the Age of COVID and Beyond” See details in the Whova App under Agenda.

Total Court Services, under Jake’s local leadership, has been a high level supporter of POPAI for a long time. Always the first to respond when we reach out, it’s clear he is responsive to clients as well.

Total Court Services offers best-in-class technology and software for courts and agencies to meet and exceed program goals.

From their product flyer

“Our mission is to help courts and agencies do more with less, increase safety in the community by ensuring proper administration of rehabilitative programs, and empower our clients to succeed through respect, compassion and integrity.”

It’s not just me who notices Jake’s attention to detail and responsiveness, here’s a testimonial from the website:

“Your agency is far and away the most professional and thorough tether company I have ever worked with. Keep up the good work”

And listen to more:

 

Be sure to see Jake at his booth BEFORE Wednesday evening to get details on a popular exclusive party he is hosting on Wednesday Night, or check the Whova App for time and location.

What Does the Research Say About Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform?

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Arnold Ventures by Jocelyn Fontaine

As a spike in homicides triggers a political backlash, top experts identify how an inefficient and ineffective justice system fails to promote public safety.

In 2020, a record spike in homicides struck cities from coast to coast, big and small, red and blue. While preliminary official 2021 crime counts suggest the rate of increase has slowed, homicides still sit at elevated levels, and public safety has become a top concern for voters leading into the 2022 midterm elections.

Experts have posited various potential explanations for this sudden shift in homicide trends: the increased number of guns on the street; economic and social disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic; lack of trust in and cooperation with the justice system that sharpened following the murder of George Floyd and the resulting protests and calls for racial justice in summer 2020. Meanwhile, partisan politicians and pundits continue to insist, despite research and common sense showing otherwise, that local criminal justice reforms are responsible for this nationwide trend. Firm explanations for the causes for the crime spike are premature and challenging due to data limitations, which undoubtedly complicates the efforts of policymakers who need to take quick action to address violence.

As a philanthropy dedicated to improving lives by driving sustainable change to the justice system, the spike in homicides and the resulting political pushback by some against criminal justice reform led Arnold Ventures to reflect on the relationship between community safety and justice reform. Arnold Ventures’ programmatic work, from policing to pretrial justice to corrections, is built on the idea that reform and safety are not opposite ends of a spectrum, but can operate in tandem.

August 18 2022 (Thursday)Free Live Forum: The Fentanyl Crisis: Treatment, Recovery, and Solutions

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BrightView Comprehensive Outpatient Addiction Center

Join BrightView Comprehensive Outpatient Addiction Center for a virtual forum with leading addiction professionals who will discuss fentanyl, one of the deadliest and most addictive drugs and what sets it apart from other drugs. They will discuss the impact of fentanyl addiction on our local communities and how to utilize best practices to combat this. There will be a Q&A/live discussion towards the end to promote conversation around treatment and recovery.

Date: Thursday, August 18th

Time: 12pm – 1pm EST

Why is Fentanyl everywhere and how to recover from it:

  • Recent trends
  • Fentanyl by the numbers
  • What sets it apart from other drugs?
  • How does it get here?
  • Addressing the biological, psychological, and sociological needs of patients with SUD

Featured Speakers:

Melissa Anderson, PharmD

Director of Public Policy and Advocacy

Cheryl McClain, MD

Medical Director of Kentucky

Register on Eventbrite

Can heroin cause heart problems?

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Medical News Today on 6/28/2022 by Darragh O'Carroll, MD

Heroin is an illegal opioid that can negatively impact health. Like many illegal drugs, heroin can have adverse cardiovascular effects, such as irregular heart rates and heart attacks.

Additionally, injecting the substance can also lead to heart problems, such as collapsing veins and bacterial infections.

Heroin is derived from morphine, which occurs naturally in the seed pod of various opium poppy plants. However, it is twice as potent as morphine. Its widespread misuse continues to be an epidemic causing social and health problems in many countries.

In 2020, around 902,000 Americans aged 12 and above used heroin in the past 12 months. In 2020, roughly 13,165 people died from an overdose involving heroin.

It may appear as a white or brown powder or a black solid or sticky tar. People often mix the powder with water and inject the substance into a vein. A person may also snort or smoke the substance.

Like most illegal drugs, heroin can significantly impact major organs, including the heart.

In this article, we will discuss what heroin does and how it affects the heart.

FWPD: Meth use up, drug overdoses steady

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wane.com on 6/27/2022 by Jamie Duffy

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Last year, Fort Wayne saw a record in drug overdoses. On average, someone in Fort Wayne died from a drug overdose every other day.

It’s not a good sign that this year there are 44 confirmed overdose drug deaths and 46 toxicology reports pending, says Capt. Kevin Hunter, who oversees the Fort Wayne Police Department’s HART team in Fort Wayne.

Last year, the record was set at 173 drug overdose deaths.

However, during a sit down interview with WANE 15, Hunter, HART team officer Jeremy Ormiston and Darcy Robins, a social worker with the HART team, took some credit for the lower number of non-fatal overdoses. This year, the non fatals were at 390 at the end of May compared to 600 at the same time last year.

Since October 2019 when HART ( Hope and Recovery Team) got started with a two-officer team, it’s been in contact with 821 people who experienced overdose. Last year, they contacted 371 individuals. This year, that number was 137 at the end of May.

POPAI Board Elections 2022: Slate of Candidates

on 08/08/2022

According to our Bylaws in Article X, Part D:

The chair of the Election Committee shall provide written notice to the membership the names of the candidates as selected by the Election Committee at least thirty (30) days in advance of the annual business meeting of the Association. If there are no candidates for an Executive Board position and the position becomes vacant after the annual business meeting, then the vacancy shall be filled in accordance with Article VI, H. Vacancies.

The following individuals have submitted Intent to Run forms for the POPAI Board.

President – Troy Hatfield

Secretary – None

District 2 – Jack Odle

District 4 – Mike Small

District 6 – Lindsey Vallalpando

District 8 – None

There are no contested races this year. With no one filing an Intent to Run form for Secretary and District 8, the vacancies will be posted on our website after the current terms expire in September.

Thank you to each of these individuals for their commitment to serving POPAI.