Who We Are
Civil Citation Network (CCN) is a nonprofit entity with the goal of promoting the expansion of both juvenile and adult pre-arrest diversion programs. CCN operates from the premise that public safety is enhanced when a structured intervention, with services offered when need indicates, is utilized in place of the traditional arrest for low-level offenses. This approach maintains public safety, holds individuals accountable for their behavior, provides equal justice and enhances the community. The Civil Citation Network was an instrumental player in promoting and successfully passing legislation in Florida that both promotes the use of adult pre-arrest diversion and outlines the key components of a program.
Civil Citation Network
The Civil Citation Network (CCN) accomplishes its goal by creating avenues to inform about pre-arrest diversion options and by providing community leaders the precise tools needed to implement a pre-arrest diversion program. CCN maintains a robust website highlighting research supporting juvenile and adult pre-arrest diversion, provides program models, offers an interactive directory of where programs are operating across the country and provides a tool kit of the key ingredients that need to be in place for a successful program.
The Civil Citation Network provides information about juvenile and adult pre-arrest diversion initiatives across the country to build the knowledge base on this intervention, note accomplishments and build evaluation data that documents value and supports the expansion of these initiatives. CCN is also specifically listed as one of the approved uses of funds in the 2022 National Master Opioid Settlement Agreement.
The Civil Citation Network was created after the success of both juvenile and adult pre-arrest diversion programs in Leon County, Florida. The Civil Citation Network is funded by a modest grant from the DISC Village Foundation. DISC Village is a comprehensive behavioral health service provider that operates juvenile and adult pre-arrest diversion programs.
Gary A. Roberts, Esq.
Gary A. Roberts, Esq. is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Civil Citation Network.
In 1992, he moved to Tallahassee, Florida to attend Florida State University College of Law and received his Juris Doctorate Degree in 1995. During law school, Attorney Roberts worked as an intern in the Public Defender’s Office in Philadelphia, PA, the General Counsel’s Office at Florida A&M University, and in the State Attorney’s Office for the Second Judicial Circuit. He also served as Vice President of the Black Law Students Association.
Upon becoming a member of the Florida Bar, Attorney Roberts began his legal career as an Assistant State Attorney (prosecutor) with the State Attorney’s Office for Second Judicial Circuit serving Leon County, Florida. He left that position and began his private law practice career as an associate with the law firm Knowles & Randolph, which later became known as Knowles, Marks, and Randolph of Tallahassee, FL. Mr. Roberts practices primarily Criminal Defense and Personal Injury. Attorney Roberts has had cases featured nationally on the CBS documentary 48 hours and Court TV involving the trial of NFL player charged with guns and gambling. He is currently the City Attorney for Quincy, FL and he is a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc
Tom Olk is the Founder and Executive Director of the Civil Citation Network.
Mr. Olk is a founding member and serves on the Executive Board of PTACC (Police, Treatment and Community Collaborative.) Tom is the former Chief Executive Officer of DISC Village, Inc., a private non-profit organization in Tallahassee, Florida he co-founded in 1972. DISC Village is one of the largest comprehensive behavioral healthcare organizations in Florida, specializing in prevention, intervention and treatment, providing services to more than 10,000 individuals and families each year in Tallahassee and seven surrounding counties. Tom has chaired or served on the Board of Directors of the Florida Juvenile Justice Association, Certification Board for Addiction Professionals of Florida, and the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association Children’s Committee. He developed the Florida Juvenile Civil Citation Program, and the first of its kind, the Florida Adult Civil Citation Program, enabling related civil citation legislation.
Peria Duncan is the Director of the Civil Citation Network.
Ms. Duncan is a founding member and serves on the Executive Board of PTACC (Police, Treatment and Community Collaborative), chairs their strategy area on Community, Diversity and Equity and serves on several additional PTACC committees. Peria has facilitated the development, implementation and monitoring of Civil Citation programs and other behavioral health and justice programs in both Florida and Washington State. Peria’s background experience includes criminal and juvenile justice, behavioral health, education, leadership, and diversity and equity. She is a published author for the American Correctional Association with another book pending publication. Peria is the former Secretary and President-Elect for the Washington Correctional Association. Peria has an MA in Criminal Justice and a one-year certificate in Substance Abuse Studies.
The Civil Citation Network (CCN) is an original founding member of The Police, Treatment and Community Collaborative (PTACC) a national collaborative focused on deflection. CCN Executive Director Tom Olk, and Assistant Director Peria Duncan, are founding members and serve on the PTACC Executive Board.
Deflection, which includes pre-arrest diversion, civil citation and similar programs with other names, promotes intervention as an alternative to arrest. There are six recognized pathways that the CCN recognizes and supports. The Civil Citation initiative is an Officer Intervention Pathway. The six pathways are:
- Active Outreach
- Naxolone Plus
- First Responder and Officer Referral
- Officer Intervention
- Community Response
In addition to founding and growing the pre-arrest diversion/deflection field by providing technical assistance, funding and training over the last three years, PTACC has also worked with national partners to establish legislation, and a clear and comprehensive guide to establishing legislation in your jurisdiction. PTACC has developed a wealth of resources, convenes training summits and conferences, and holds an annual meeting for their National Leadership Council. Along with PTACC, CCN has a network of national and internationally diverse partner agencies and organizations, and this number is constantly growing!
- AdCare Criminal Justice Services
- Amity Foundation
- Association of Prosecuting Attorneys
- Balonick & Associates
- Behavioral Health Foundation
- Bobby E. Wright Comprehensive Mental Health Center; Westside Community Triage & Wellness Center
- C4 Recovery Foundation
- Campaign for Trauma Informed Policy and Practice
- Center for Court Innovation
- CIT International
- Cordata Healthcare Innovations, LLC.
- Corporation for Supportive Housing
- Critical Incident Management System
- DC Insights
- DynamiCare Health
- Enso Recovery
- Evince Diagnostics, LLC
- Faces and Voices of Recovery
- Fletcher Group
- Frontline Responders Network
- Florida State University Center for the Study and Promotion of Communities, Families and Children; Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Region 4
- George Mason University
- Hope Not Handcuffs- Hudson Valley
- HOPE- Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality
- International Association of Chiefs of Police
- JBS International
- Justice Optimization Technical Associates
- Law Enforcement Action Partnership
- Legislative Analysis and Public Policy Association
- Levenson Foundation
- Lexi Loci Labs
- Local Initiatives Support Corporation
- Mental Health America
- National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws
- National Association for Children of Addiction
- National Association of Counties
- National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators
- National Association of Social Workers
- National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors
- National Center for Health and Justice Integration for Suicide Prevention (NCHATS)
- National Council for Mental Wellbeing
- National Criminal Justice Association
- National League of Cities
- National Sheriff's Association
- Operation to Save Lives/QRT National
- Origins Behavioral Health Care
- Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (PAARI)
- PTACC UK
- R Street
- Rome Consensus
- SAFE Project
- Treatment Advocacy Center
- University of Pittsburgh Program Evaluation and Research Unit
- Western Carolina University
- Women's Justice Institute