August 27 2018

Burlington Police Department and AmericaCorps Partners Honored for Work Fighting Opioid Addiction

By: BNEWS

 

Burlington’s effort to combat the opioid epidemic has been recognized by a national organization dedicated to the same cause.

 

Police Assisted Addiction & Recovery (P.A.A.R.I) Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade and Burlington Police Chief Michael Kent are pleased to announce that the department and its AmeriCorps service members were honored for their distinguished service to the Burlington community.

 

Recovery Coach Jackie Tayabji, Program Coordinator Margie Taylor, Chief Kent, Capt. Greg Skehan and Officer Robert Aloisi were presented with the P.A.A.R.I AmeriCorps Excellence Award yesterday at the graduation ceremony for the first group of AmeriCorps members embedded with eastern Massachusetts police departments to support their opioid recovery efforts.

 

“All our law enforcement host sites are worthy of recognition, but through their commitment to service and their community, the Burlington Police Department and its P.A.A.R.I AmeriCorps team went above and beyond to ensure that their program made a lasting difference,” Hunter McDade said. “The entire department bought into the program’s goals and supported Jackie and Margie’s efforts, which paved the way to make a significant and sustainable impact.”

 

Through hands-on engagement with members of the communities they serve, the first class of AmeriCorps members have been able to work with more than 4,000 individuals who have been directly impacted by the disease of addiction.

 

Burlington’s AmeriCorps team, who were brought into the department last year, alone served over 1,300 people, helping to direct those individuals into treatment and recovery, the release states. As a result of their success, Burlington’s program will expand into a regional effort with the help of a Cummings Foundation grant.

 

“We’re so proud of what this program accomplished in its inaugural year,” Chief Kent said. “The work that our P.A.A.R.I team did will have a meaningful, lifesaving impact on thousands of people in our community, and I’m grateful for everyone in our community who contributed to making their work so successful.”

Photo: P.A.A.R.I AmeriCorps Recovery Coach Jackie Tayabji, Burlington Police Chief Michael Kent and AmeriCorps Program Coordinator Margie Taylor (Courtesy Photo)

 

 
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