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“ Law Enforcement” . Catalyst for My Journey of Recovery. Bill Carruthers Certified Peer Specialist Gateway Behavioral Health Services Savannah, Georgia. CIT International Conference Hartford, CT October 14 – 16, 2013. Born into Challenging Circumstances.  Birth  Abandoned

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“Law Enforcement”

Catalyst for My Journey of Recovery

Bill Carruthers

Certified Peer Specialist

Gateway Behavioral Health Services

Savannah, Georgia

CIT International Conference

Hartford, CT

October 14 – 16, 2013

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Born into Challenging Circumstances

Birth

Abandoned

Economic

Poverty

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First Encounter with Law Enforcement

Family

Drug Dealers

Ladies of the Night

Police Encounter

Treatment

Result

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First Incarceration

Police Encounter

Treatment

Result

Court System

Treatment

Result

Release

Social Services

Medical Services

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Repeat Incarcerations & Hospitalizations

Hustling for Survival

Homelessness

Addictions

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40 Years of Falling Through System Gaps

Law Enforcement

Courts

Mental Health

Social Service

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Circle of Support – Closing Gaps

  • Law Enforcement
    •  Savannah/Chatham Metro Police Dept.
    • Savannah Impact Program
    •  CIT Trained Officers
  • Courts
    •  Mental Health Court Program
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Circle of Support – Closing Gaps (continued)

  • Mental Health Services
    •  Intensive Case Management Programs
      • ODR (Opening Doors to Recovery Project)
      • Recovery Place
    • Savannah Counseling Services
    • Union Mission
  • Advocacy Groups
      • Alcoholics Anonymous
  •  GA Health Consumer Network
      • Narcotics Anonymous
    •  National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • Religious Organizations
  •  Mustard Seed Faith Church
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GBI - GA Crime Information Center (GCIC)

  • Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC)
  • Maintains computerized criminal history
  • database
  • Provides Law Enforcement 24/7 electronic
  • access to criminal history information

Entry of Participants

by Navigation Specialists

  • Participant’s consent required
  • ODR Response Returned in Addition to Other CJIS Responses

Inquiry by

Law Enforcement

ODR Database

  • Hit Received

Email Notification

to Navigation Specialists

  • Types of Inquires
  • Wanted / Missing Person
  • Drivers License
  • Criminal History
  • Sex Offender
  • Protection Order
  • Georgia’s CJIS Network
  • Direct access to over 32 computerized databases
  • Has > 17,000 users operating over 10,000 devices
  • Handles more than 30 million messages per month in support of Georgia's criminal justice agencies.
  • CJIS Network
  • Criminal Justice Information System Network, Managed by GBI
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Path to Recovery and Independence

CIT Trained Law Enforcement Officers

Community Based Case Management

Real-Time Electronic Communication

Peer Support Groups & Services

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Bill Carruthers: Giving Back by Helping Others

  • Certified Peer Specialist
  • Certified Addiction Recovery
    •  Empowerment Specialist (C.A.R.E.S.)
    • CIT Certified
  • Peer Program Director
  • Savannah Counseling Service
  • NAMI Peer Mentor
  • Local Advisory Committee (LAC)
  •  Jail Diversion Trauma Recovery Program
  • Former ODR Peer Navigator