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TAP035 Officer and Substance Abuse Counselor Patrick Heintz

July 21, 201697 min
"We are treating the symptom and not the disease, and the disease is prohibition." -- Patrick Heintz regarding the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (CARA)

With experience in both corrections and substance abuse counseling, Patrick Heintz has worked with incarcerated populations for over 20 years. Beginning as a child care worker in a maximum security Department of Youth Services facility, he spent the majority of his career at the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department as a counselor/corrections officer.

As a substance abuse counselor licensed by the State of Massachusetts working in a variety of corrections settings, he was witness to what he calls the “revolving door and intergenerational nature of the offender population”. Patrick explains, “Early on in my career, it became apparent that to a large extent, this revolving door phenomenon was a direct result of the prevailing laws associated with the war on drugs. It became a daily frustration that no matter how service

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