The Bureau of Justice Assistance’s COSSAP collaborative stands with those in recovery as well as their families, friends, peers, and service providers. This September, COSSAP is proud to join and encourage participation in the 32nd anniversary of National Recovery Month, spotlighting a message of action and of hope: Prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can—and do—recover.

What is Recovery Month?

Now in its 32nd year, Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery, just as we celebrate improvements made by those managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease.

Each September, Recovery Month works to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the emergence of a strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and community members across the nation who make recovery in all its forms possible.

The theme for 2021 National Recovery Month is Recovery Is For Everyone: Every Person, Every Family, Every Community. Visit the National Recovery Month website for more details, resources, and opportunities for involvement!

Welcome to National Recovery Month:

Why and how you—and the COSSAP community—are important voices to be heard!

BJA Welcome to 2021 National Recovery Month

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In this welcome and invitation to join in recognizing the 32nd annual National Recovery Month, Tim Jeffries, M.S.W., Senior Drug Policy Advisor, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), emphasizes key themes for listeners, including:

  • The central message of hope: every day, people can and do recover
  • The fundamental role of community in—as Mr. Jeffries relays—"weaving together a fabric of support," including the invaluable efforts of public safety and public health colleagues, service providers, and others committed to initiating and furthering recovery at all points of the criminal justice continuum
  • The cornerstone role of BJA's Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP) in developing a nationwide community of practice and advancing evidence-based strategies (including the force-multiplying power of data and cross-domain partnerships) to support almost 300 sites and demonstration projects in turning the tide of substance abuse across America, including in rural and tribal communities
  • The range of COSSAP training and technical assistance opportunities available at

Faces & Voices of Recovery Invites You to Celebrate National Recovery Month 2021

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Philip Rutherford, Chief Operating Officer, and Keegan Wicks, Project Coordinator, Faces & Voices of Recovery, invite the COSSAP community to celebrate Recovery Month because it is a statement: Recovery works! Their conversation outlines simple ways that listeners can get involved this September, including the following:

  • Visiting and the 2021 Recovery Month Toolkit to explore contributing to social media outlets, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
  • Sharing success stories and engaging in encouraging conversations about recovery with coworkers, family, and friends
  • Participating in campaigns such as #WhyICarryNaloxone and #MakeSeptemberPurple
  • Wearing purple to show your support and to celebrate recovery in all of its experiences

As a stakeholder and an active member of the recovery community, Faces & Voices of Recovery is hosting a new National Recovery Month website that serves as the central location for all recovery events.

Curated Resources

Following is a curated list of recovery-related resources and engagement opportunities, presented in a range of delivery modalities, that are housed on the COSSAP Resource Center. Because the first steps and ongoing journey of recovery involve many things—including starting points, treatment strategies (including medication), fundamental day-to-day needs, and the special role of peer programs and peer recovery support specialists—this sampling includes topics such as diversion, medication-assisted treatment, housing, and peer recovery support services. The collection also includes exploration of the role that technology can play in recovery, particularly given this point in time when in-person options may be extremely limited. Beyond our suggestions, there is more material waiting for you to self-curate based on your particular needs and interests. Visit our media library and join the COSSAP mailing list to receive updates.

Peer-to-Peer Mentor/Mentee Opportunities


  • Peer Recovery Housing
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  • Peer Support in Drug Courts
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  • The Power of Peers: Spotlight on Grantees
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    Representatives of four COAP* county-level grantee programs discuss innovative ways their programs are fighting opioid crises in their communities.

    The representatives working at the county level who share their programs’ stories and strategies with listeners are Stephanie Stout, Recovery Network coordinator, and Raj Masih, researcher, from the Berkeley County Resource Center (West Virginia); Debbie Reuber, public health educator at the Kenosha County Division of Health, from the Kenosha County Opioid Initiative (Wisconsin); Scott Duff, Director of the Fairfield County Overdose Response Team (Ohio); and Monica Greer, Director, and Kelly Gunn, Quick Response Team coordinator, from the Hamilton County Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs (Indiana). Each representative provides an overview of his or her program and the different ways that the grantees are creatively addressing the opioid crisis, including leveraging the power of peers and peer recovery support services. The podcast is facilitated by Sade Richardson, M.P.H., LLMSW, COSSAP training and technical assistance provider from Altarum. (*Awards were made prior to the evolution to COSSAP.)

  • The Power of Peers: Highlighting the Peer Recovery Support Services Mentoring Initiative
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    This podcast will showcase two mentor sites and two mentee sites that participated in BJA’s COSSAP-supported Peer Recovery Support Services Mentoring Initiative (PRSSMI) last year.

    Increasingly, peer recovery support services (PRSS) are an important—and sometimes central—part of efforts to effectively address the opioid epidemic. Peer-based services offer a unique opportunity to address and strengthen recovery-oriented systems of care at any intercept. Deciding how to approach, develop, or strengthen peer support programs can be a daunting task. In response to this need, BJA supported the development of the PRSSMI, which is an integral part of the technical assistance provided through the Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP). The purpose of PRSSMI is to promote peer-to-peer learning; disseminate evidence-supported PRSS programming, promising approaches, and best practices; enhance capacity to develop PRSS; and improve the ability to successfully implement PRSS programs. This podcast showcases conversations with representatives from two mentor sites and two mentee sites that participated in the program this past year: Jennifer King, M.A., CFRE, Executive Director, PRO-ACT, The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc.; Rich Jones, Chief Executive Officer/Chief Operating Officer, M.B.A., Faces and Voices of Recovery (FAVOR), Greenville, South Carolina; Jessica Nickila, Opioid Program Technician, Duluth Police Department (Minnesota); and Michelle Akers, Project Director, Southwest Regional Day Report Center, Logan, West Virginia. Each speaker provides insights into his or her experience as a participant of the program and the benefits she or he gained through PRSSMI involvement. The podcast is facilitated by Sade Richardson, M.P.H., LLMSW, COSSAP training and technical assistance provider from Altarum.

  • The Role of Technology in Peer Support
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