Peer-to-peer Learning Opportunities


The purpose of Peer Recovery Support Services Mentoring Initiative (PRSSMI) is to advance the inclusion of peer recovery support services in jurisdictions’ portfolios of substance use disorder intervention and treatment strategies. PRSSMI participants are matched to an experienced “mentor site” program that provides consultation and support through virtual learning sessions and an on-site visit. Mentor sites are experienced collaborators with first responders, law enforcement, courts, jails, prisons, and community corrections to help people suffering from substance use disorder to achieve and maintain recovery from addiction.

PRSSMI Mentor Site

PRSSMI Mentee Site

Reaching Rural: Advancing Collaborative Solutions

The Bureau of Justice Assistance seeks applications from individual practitioners and cross-sector teams interested in adopting bold solutions and reimagining how diverse organizations and agencies with different missions can engage to address substance use and misuse in rural communities.

The Reaching Rural initiative is a one-year initiative designed for rural agency leaders or mid-level professionals working in counties, cities, or tribes as justice, public safety, public health, or behavioral health practitioners. Beginning in December 2022 and concluding in November 2023, selected participants will receive coaching and participate in skill-building workshops as well as virtual and in-person learning experiences.

Participation in the Reaching Rural initiative includes:

  • Travel and per diem costs to participate in an orientation, a field visit to observe the implementation of evidence-informed practices in a rural setting, and a closing session at the end of the twelve months. This is not a grant opportunity.
  • Monthly mentorship and guidance aimed toward your local needs.
  • Monthly assignments that help you apply core concepts to your local community or region.
  • Access to a diverse network of rural peers, innovative rural communities, and technical assistance providers.
  • Formal recognition for completing the planning initiative.

Participation is limited to up to 20 individual practitioners and up to 10 cross-sector teams.

Do you want to learn more about this initiative and application process? BJA will host a Reaching Rural: Advancing Collaborative Solutions solicitation webinar on Wednesday, August 31, 2022, at 2:00 p.m., ET. Register at

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COSSAP Law Enforcement/First Responder Diversion and Referral Mentoring Initiative

Law enforcement and other first responders are on the front lines of addressing illicit substance use and misuse. The Law Enforcement/First Responder Diversion and Referral Mentoring Initiative provides communities interested in starting diversion and/or referral programs the opportunity to learn from established programs through on-site observation and peer-to-peer exchanges.

Overdose Fatality Review Peer Mentor Site Opportunities

The purpose of the Overdose Fatality Review (OFR) Peer Mentor Program is to elevate, communicate, and leverage OFR promising practices while building bridges between nascent teams and those with demonstrated success. The OFR Peer Mentor Program provides a unique opportunity to learn the application and practice of OFR from experienced peers.

COSSAP Evidence-based Treatment in Custody, Jail-based Mentor Site Initiative

The purpose of the Evidence-based Treatment in Custody, Jail-based Mentor Site Initiative is to offer jails across the country interested in providing or enhancing their medication-assisted treatment (MAT) services a unique opportunity to observe and learn from innovative programs that have demonstrated success in meeting the treatment needs of individuals with substance use disorders. Five programs were selected to serve as mentor sites. Each site represents an example of a variety of programs found in diverse settings across the nation.

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