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May 7, 2024

Champions of Deflection Video Series—Video Two

In this video, part of a “Champions of Deflection” series, three leaders in the field of deflection are interviewed. Melissa O’Mara, a person in long-term recovery and an assistant prosecutor in New Jersey, emphasizes the crucial role that first responders have in addressing the addiction crisis, highlighting their unique position to intercept individuals before substance use escalates. Nikki Munoz, former director of deflection operations at Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC), Inc., underscores the significance of deflection in providing individuals with access to resources and building relationships beyond arrest. Stephanie Nevilles, a deflection administrator at TASC, Inc., emphasizes the community-based approach of deflection that brings together law enforcement, treatment, and other service providers.

Champions of Deflection Video Series—Video One is available at

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