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Upcoming Opportunities

2020 National Handle with Care Conference (Virtual)—from August 2020 through June 2021

The West Virginia Center for Children’s Justice and the West Virginia Children’s Justice Task Force are dedicated to a trauma-informed response to child maltreatment and children’s exposure to crime, violence, and abuse.

The 2020 Handle with Care Conference is going virtual this year with one 90-minute session at a time every week. You will be able to attend every session this year. No more having to choose from one out of six breakout sessions and wish you could have attended them all!

Check out the sessions on the website:

If you are a Law Enforcement Officer, Judge, Prosecutor, Attorney, Social Worker, Medical Professional, Treatment Provider, Educator, Counsellor, Victim Advocate, Court Appointed Special Advocate, Probation/Parole Officer, Corrections Officer, Public Health Official, CAC, or work in the field of prevention, this conference will enhance your knowledge and skill in working these very difficult child abuse and neglect cases from a trauma-informed perspective.

All 45 sessions will be delivered most Wednesdays from August 2020 through June 2021 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. You will be able to register for individual sessions at $10 each. If you would like to purchase all 45 sessions for $150, contact Jenny Lancaster at

Attendance certificates and CEUs will be provided and there is also an option to receive graduate credits from Concord University.

For additional information, please contact Director Andrea Darr,


– 6/2021

The Funding Process: First Steps to Applying, How to Prepare Now, and Other Considerations

This is the second of two webinars in the BJA Grant Applicant Education Series that will prepare applicants for BJA funding opportunities.

Prior to the release of a solicitation, there are a number of steps that applicants can take. In this webinar, attendees will learn what registrations are necessary to apply, how to navigate and JustGrants, and what resources are available for applicants, such as the Office of Justice Programs’ Funding Resource Center. A Q&A session will follow at the end.


  • Elizabeth Wolfe, Senior Advisor
  • Gregory Torain, Policy Advisor

1/21/2021 1:00 pm, est

– 2:30 pm, est

COSSAP Webinar: Peer Support in Law-Enforcement Diversion Programs

This webinar will provide an overview of two police department diversion programs and how they integrate peer specialists.

To achieve positive outcomes, peer recovery support services (PRSS) to address opioid and other substance misuse are increasingly offered across diverse criminal justice settings, including within law enforcement-based programs. This session will:

  • Describe two police department diversion programs and how they integrate peer specialists
  • Identify changes to organizational practices and procedures necessary for the successful integration of peer work
  • Discuss training for peer specialists and departmental staff to prepare for peer services
  • Explore important stakeholder partnershipsDescribe outcomes of programs to date

1/27/2021 1:00 pm, est

– 2:30 pm, est

COSSAP Webinar: Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution Programs in Jails

This rescheduled webinar covers the fundamentals of overdose education and naloxone distribution (OEND) programs and the experience of implementing these programs in a correctional setting to support incarcerated individuals who use drugs to prevent overdose-related fatalities upon their release.

Implementing OEND programs in jails and prisons is a crucial next step in providing substance use education and life-saving training to individuals in this otherwise inaccessible and high-risk population.

Some research has estimated that approximately 65% of the United States prison population have an active substance use disorder (SUD). 1 Additionally, research has shown that incarcerated individuals have a 129 times higher risk of experiencing a fatal overdose during the first two weeks of their release back into the general public.2  Due to the nature of drug use in the U.S., two of the biggest obstacles in providing overdose education and naloxone to people who use drugs are 1) locating them and engaging in a non-threatening way, and 2) provide training and naloxone when they are available and are willing to take part. The correctional setting provides a unique setting to overcome both of these obstacles.

During this webinar, participants can learn more about the essential elements of developing, implementing, and evaluating effective OEND programs as well as lessons learned from an overdose education program in a Wilmington, North Carolina jail.

1/28/2021 2:00 pm, est

– 3:00 pm, est


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PRO-ACT: Virtual Site Visit To Peer Support Programs In Southeast Pennsylvania

The opioid epidemic has impacted southeast Pennsylvania particularly hard. According to the Commonwealth Prevention Alliance, the rate of drug-related overdose deaths in Pennsylvania is almost double the national overdose death rate.

View the Site Visit Videos

Franklin County, Ohio

Virtual Site Visit - Coming Soon!

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