The Longmont Department of Public Safety is partnering with the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) to help city of Longmont residents suffering with substance use disorder. Rather than arrest our way out of the problem the Longmont Department of Public Safety and P.A.A.R.I. are committed to:
- Encouraging people suffering with substance use disorder (Angel participants) to seek recovery. If you are seeking our assistance with resources, addiction treatment provider availability is greater between the hours of 8am and 2pm.
- Helping connect Angel participants with treatment programs and facilities
- Helping connect Angel participants in recovery with employment
- Helping distribute, through Boulder County Mental Health Partners, lifesaving opioid blocking drugs to prevent and treat overdoses.
- Providing resources to other police departments and communities that want to do more to fight the epidemic.
Working in conjunction with the medical community and science-based recovery programs, the Longmont Department of Public Safety can make a difference in helping people suffering with addiction obtain treatment, which will reduce the drug demand, thereby devaluing a seemingly endless drug supply. We want to remove the stigma associated with addiction by turning the conversation toward the disease rather than the crime of addiction. We are working directly with treatment centers to secure scholarships to fully-funded treatment programs.
IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW NEEDS HELP:
Those seeking assistance can walk into the Longmont Police Department at any time to seek help. Please understand that sometimes it takes time to find long-term resources. Angel participants may be provided temporary alternative options to get them started.
A list of Colorado treatment providers is also available for those that seek to find help on their own.
Eligibility - All persons living within the Longmont city limits seeking help with a substance use disorder are encouraged to apply.
Please note: Treatment providers have restrictions on placement as established by licensing. Due to licensing restrictions, some participants may not be eligible for residential treatment and some out-patient treatment.
Some examples include:
- Persons who within the last five years have two or more felony arrests or conviction for violent crimes against a person, felony domestic violence, sexual assault, and/or use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a crime.
- Persons who are required to register as a sex offender.
- Persons with a history of arson arrest or convictions.
Other areas which may need to be addressed or may be a concern for a treatment provider:
- If you have an outstanding arrest warrant, the Longmont Police Department is required to make an arrest. During your arrest, an officer will start an Angel intake application. A case manager will be assigned to follow-up with you while you are in jail or soon after your release.
- Persons under age 15 and do not have a parent or guardian with them to provide consent.
- Persons with pending criminal charges or court dates.
For questions about the program you can email or call (303)651-8541.
IF YOU WANT TO HELP OTHERS:
The Longmont Department of Public Safety (LPDS) continue to seek three types of resources to support our Angel Initiative:
1. LPDS is seeking treatment providers in the state and along the I-25 corridor from Pueblo to Fort Collins.
Angel Treatment Providers - They are treatment providers who have expressed an interest in partnering with us to offer, when necessary, scholarships and treatment such as : (ie detox, inpatient, outpatient, medicinal, after care, sober living, and counseling).
These providers must be able to provide the following:
- A list of treatment services that will be provided
- Licenses and certifications for the state the operation occurs in
- The commitment to a 24-hour turnaround time from the request for treatment
- The ability to provide 2 scholarship treatment plans (preferably per month but this can be discussed)
- A 24-hour contact person and telephone number, and the ability to reach this party
- Treatment Provider Application
- For additional questions and information regarding treatment providers, please email or call (303)651-8541.
2. Longmont Public Safety is seeking local Angel volunteers. Angel volunteer community members are understanding, compassionate, and able to listen. They are responsible for engaging and supporting Angel participants when they ask for help. In addition, they may assist with typing up loose ends, aid in family mediation, assist with transportation (teams of 2), letter writing, community presentations and attend training.
- Responsibilities and application to volunteer as an Angel.
- For additional questions and information regarding Angel volunteers, please email or call (303)774-4440
3. We are seeking Angel employers. These employers are committed to offering a hand up for Angel Participants in recovery by providing an Angel Participant with 30 hours per week for two months of temporary employment. The goal of our Angel Employer Program is stability, relationships, job skills and transition.
- Angel employer application
- For additional questions and information regarding Angel employers, please email or call (303)651-8541.