Originally developed as the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) as part of the 2016 Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, the program's inaugural purpose was to provide financial and technical assistance to states, units of local government, and Indian tribal governments to plan, develop, and implement comprehensive efforts to identify, respond to, treat, and support those impacted by the opioid epidemic.
In 2020, responding to upward trends in the impacts of the misuse of other drugs, such as stimulants, COAP was expanded to the Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program—COSSAP. This increased scope has assisted jurisdictions across the nation as they battle the persistence or reemergence of stimulants and other substances while keeping the cornerstone of the initiative the same.
In 2023, COSSAP is transitioning to the Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Use Program (COSSUP). This change in title for the program is indicative of efforts to reduce the stigma related to substance use and to support impacted people in their recovery journey.
We are working on exciting changes as we transition the COSSAP Resource Center to the COSSUP Resource Center, so check back often to see what is new!