Who we are
Civil Citation Network (CCN) is a non-profit 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 is 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 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 hopes to inform about and link juvenile and adult pre-arrest diversion initiatives across the country to build the knowledge base on this intervention, document accomplishments, and build evaluation data that documents value and supports the expansion of these initiatives.
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.
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 founder and 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 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 legislation.
Peria Duncan is the Assistant 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 other 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, and 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, also known as pre-arrest diversion and several other names, promotes intervention as an alternative to arrest. There are six recognized pathways that the CCN recognizes and supports. 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, statutes 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 57 diverse partner agencies and organizations, and this number is constantly growing.
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