Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska applied for a Category 1c tribal/rural area grant in the amount of $599,673. The Comprehensive Tribal Action Plan for Opioid, Stimulants, and Substance Abuse Prevention in the Tlingit and Haida Communities will increase access to supportive services for substance use, decrease hospitalizations and overdose rates, and increase public safety using a local and culturally driven approach. A tribal action plan will be produced to map a strategic plan for specific, positive change in each tribal community to address alcohol and substance misuse. This project serves Juneau, Alaska, and additional villages in southeast Alaska. The project includes partnerships between the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, Village Public Safety Officer Program, Tribal Court, Alaska Department of Corrections, Juneau Alliance for Mental Health Inc., Tribal Council members, and village leaders. Priority considerations addressed in this application include opportunity zones, as well as rural and high-poverty priorities.
The Native Village of Port Heiden is a federally recognized tribe located in Port Heiden, Alaska. The village proposes to procure marine/land equipment to aid in the enforcement and interception of illegal substance importation; develop a strategic plan utilizing the Sequential Intercept Model as a guide; procure transitional sober housing; and increase/strengthen youth services.
Alabama’s Department of Mental Health, in partnership with the Alabama Bureau of Justice Assistance, a division of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, will pilot an evidence-based model or models of diversion from incarceration for opioid-addicted individuals interacting with the criminal justice system and to study the impact/outcomes of such interventions, spreading successful intervention statewide at the completion of the project period, to reduce incarceration, recidivism, morbidity, and mortality for adults with opioid use disorders (OUDs) who are cycling through the criminal justice system.
Jefferson County Commission applied for Category 1a urban area funding in the amount of $1,189,215. The Jefferson County Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP) will extend peer recovery services to include expanded pretrial supervision, as well as provide evidence-based treatment, including medication-assisted treatment (MAT), to individuals at high risk for overdose. This project serves a population of more than 500,000 in Jefferson County, Alabama. The project includes partnerships between the University of Alabama Department of Psychiatry — Substance Abuse Division, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, and a local evaluator. Priority considerations addressed in this application include providing services to Qualified Opportunity Zones, addressing persistent poverty, and serving a region that has been disproportionately impacted by substance abuse.
The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration proposes to develop a statewide comprehensive opioid abuse plan that will include goals, objectives, and strategies addressing opioid abuse and misuse. The goals are to develop resources, recommend evidence-based practices, and create online tools that will aid Arkansas communities in reducing opioid abuse/misuse and related deaths and assist offenders with a history of opioid abuse. To meet the proposed objectives, the planning process will be facilitated by the planning consultant and consist of collaboration and partnerships from across state agencies and local entities. The required collaborative partner for this project is the Department of Human Services/State Drug Director, the state agency responsible for alcohol and substance abuse services. Other partnering agencies include the Department of Human Services/Office of the State Drug Director; representatives from the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program (HIDTA); the Administrative Office of the Courts; Arkansas Community Correction (ACC), Probation and Parole; Department of Human Services, Child Welfare; Governor’s Office–Senior Advisor for Child Welfare; Arkansas Sheriff’s Association; Arkansas Chief’s Association; Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care (AFMC); Arkansas Municipal League (an association of city/county governments); the City of El Dorado; and the City of Marianna. After the plan is finalized and approved, the state will move towards the implementation phase. The state anticipates providing up to 25 subawards to localities/communities. Representatives from these localities/communities will be trained, utilize developed resources, implement strategies identified in the comprehensive plan, and become designated opioid task forces.
The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration will: • Support an overdose crime scene team consisting of a criminal investigator and a peer recovery specialist to assist law enforcement task forces/agencies in a minimum of six geographically diverse sites (counties, regions, or localities) within the state. • Increase access and enrollment to treatment, increase education and awareness, and evaluate the grant strategies identified in 25 localities within the state to address offenders who may be opioid abusers. The sites to receive subawards will be selected through a competitive process. Subawardees will be required to use overdoes detection mapping application program. An independent evaluator will be selected after the grant is awarded.
The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration is applying for a Category 2 statewide area grant in the amount of $6,000,000. The Arkansas COSSAP Project will address the opioid epidemic strategically and continue providing support to areas that have been disproportionally impacted by the abuse of illicit opioids, stimulants, and other substances, as indicated by a high rate of treatment admissions for substances other than alcohol; high rates of overdose-related deaths; and lack of accessibility to treatment and recovery services. The primary focuses of the proposed projects are comprehensive, real-time, regional information collection, analysis, and dissemination; the development of peer recovery services and treatment alternatives to incarceration; and continued Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program (COAP) overdose investigations involving peer recovery services and the implementation of strategies identified in the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Strategic Plan. This project serves specific counties where high rates of opioid deaths have been identified in COAP Category 2; however, the specific subrecipients for the proposed projects have not been selected. The project includes partnerships between the Department of Finance and Administration Office of Intergovernmental Services (DFA-IGS), Department Human Services, Office of State Drug Director, and the Single State Authority, in addition to a new partnership between DFA-IGS and the Arkansas Coroners’ Association. Priority considerations addressed in this application include providing services to rural communities and the fact that the individuals (populations) intended to benefit from the project reside in high-poverty and/or persistent-poverty counties.
The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office in Arkansas will combat the opioid epidemic by including a diversion program for pre-sentencing offenders through expansion on their current Crisis Intervention Team, providing transitional housing, and installing tamper proof drug collection receptacles at two precincts in the outermost parts of the county to allow for more localized collection of unused and expired medications for those citizens who reside in the outermost sections of the county.Project Profile
The Alameda County Probation Department (ACPD) is applying for a Category 1a urban area grant in the amount of $1,195,323. Alameda County’s Residential Multi-Service Opportunity Center will expand access to responsive community alternatives to incarceration, as well as the county’s capacity to provide evidence-based mental health and substance use treatment services, built through a collaborative system of care that reduce the impact of opioids, stimulants, and other substances on individuals and communities, including a reduction in the number of overdose fatalities. This project serves Alameda County, a large, urban county with a population of 1.67 million. The project includes partnerships between ACPD and a qualified contracted service provider. Priority considerations addressed in this application include high-poverty area and a persistent poverty county, as well as enhanced public safety in federally designated Qualified Opportunity Zones.
The Bishop Paiute Tribe applied for a Category 1c tribal/rural area grant in the amount of $592,023. The Healing Project will support life in recovery for people recovering from substance use issues by focusing on health, home, purpose, and community. The Healing Project will also incorporate a cultural camp for the recovering community that will provide the appropriate healing services within the context of the Paiute and Native American Indian culture while also implementing evidence-based practices. This project serves the local Native American population of the Owens Valley, California. Priority considerations addressed in this application include the high-poverty, rural, and underserved Native American population.
The Los Angeles Department of Health Services proposes to implement a Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program in the geographic area of East Los Angeles. Grant funds will be used to hire staff of the LEAD program including an attorney, sheriff’s deputies, and a Project Coordinator. Funds will also be used to secure reentry case management, transitional housing services, and purchase naloxone for distribution. Project partners include the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, and community-based organizations. The applicant will engage Ricky Bluthenthal of the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California as the research partner.
The Orange County Health Care Agency applied for a Category 1a rural area grant in the amount of $1,200,000. The Orange County Health Care Agency’s Closing the Gaps by Expanding Access for Reentry Clients program will provide (1) a transfer for those leaving Orange County Central Jail to a peer support recovery specialist for transportation and immediate connection to a case coordinator at one of four MAT and substance use disorder (SUD) treatment county clinics, (2) MAT and SUD treatment services by psychiatrists at the four county clinics, and (3) training by addiction specialist(s) for mental health workers and physicians in the county clinics on SUD and best-practices for working with MAT clients. This project serves Orange County, California, with approximately 3.2 million residents. The project includes partnerships between Correctional Health Services (CHS) and is supported by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Priority considerations addressed in this application include high rates of overdose deaths and a need to increase accessibility to treatment providers in the City of Santa Ana with areas of 25 percent poverty.
The County of San Luis Obispo Behavioral Health Department applied for a Category 1b suburban area grant in the amount of $900,000. The San Luis Obispo County Behavioral Health Program will provide recovery support services in the form of a recovery residence stay (drug- and alcohol-free living) to all COSSAP participants in San Luis Obispo County who need this level of care. All recovery residences provided funding with this grant will be MAT compliant in order to serve those with opiate use disorders. In addition, this grant will provide for a Behavioral Health Clinician III (Licensed Practitioner of Healing Arts) to conduct assessments of individuals leaving emergency rooms after an overdose and for the law enforcement Community Action Teams (CATs) who pick up individuals for early intervention in the community, as well as assessing those arrested, cited, and released from the county jail for drug offenses. A peer recovery coach will also be hired to provide important peer support, including modeling hope and recovery, mentoring, as well as engagement and community networking support, which has previously not been available from the agency. This project serves 200 individuals in the County of San Luis Obispo The project includes partnerships between Superior Court, Probation and Sheriff's Department, and local community hospital stakeholders.
Stanislaus County will expand upon it's current community assessment, response, and engagement (CARE) multidisciplinary team (MDT). The team includes staff representation from the Modesto Fire Department, Modesto Police Department, Stanislaus County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, Stanislaus County Probation Department, Stanislaus County Community Services Agency, and nonprofits that provide case management and peer recovery services. Funding will be used to hire a public health nurse, a substance use clinician, and a project coordinator as well as purchase recovery housing and emergency shelter vouchers.
Yurok Tribal Health and Human Services applied for a Category 1c tribal/rural area grant in the amount of $600,000. The Regional Expectations Accede to Coordination for Healing: Opioids Undercut by Treatment (REACH OUT) program will provide pre-court and court-connected culturally responsive programs that prioritize and expedite early assessment, treatment, recovery, and other supportive services to address communities impacted by opioids, stimulants, and other substances. The program will use the following strategies: (1) tribal healing to wellness approaches; (2) peer recovery; (3) team staffing and court hearings; (4) hot spot analysis (measuring increases in MAT and other drug treatment services); and (5) community education about culturally attuned services that meet the needs of the whole individual, family, and community. This project serves rural territories in Del Norte (1,139 tribal members and 27,828 total population), Humboldt (2,024 tribal members and 136,800 total population), and Trinity (45 tribal members) counties in northwestern California. The project includes partnerships between two tribal courts, two state courts, and their justice partners’ tribal and county law enforcement, attorneys, medical clinics, hospitals, and social services. Priority considerations addressed in this application include rural, high-poverty communities facing real challenges, such as lack of public transportation, limited availability of alcohol and other drug treatment, and other support services.
Boulder County applied for a Category 1b suburban area grant in the amount of $884,014. Project RENTR (Readiness, Engagement, Navigation, Treatment, and Recovery) will implement a range of allowable grant activities, including evidenced-based treatment services, peer recovery support services, pre- and post-booking treatment alternative to incarceration approaches, and court-based interventions. Project RENTR will increase services and treatment options for those with substance use disorders in pretrial/pre-booking, including those benefitting from a new Colorado law that reclassifies a misdemeanor drug felony as a misdemeanor. Project RENTR will also provide access to comprehensive screenings, assessments, case management, and treatment in the jail environment. The project will continue case management services for 90 days during the reentry process and accelerate access to community-based treatment options. This project serves Boulder County, Colorado, which has a population of 326,196. The project includes partnerships with the Boulder County Community Services Department. Priority considerations addressed in this application include high-poverty and persistent-poverty counties and Qualified Opportunity Zones.
The City of Alamosa applied for Category 1c tribal/rural area grant funding in the amount of $599,997. The Specialized Case Management program will provide a non-arrest, community partner pathway to connect addicted individuals to intensive case management and harm-reduction resources using the evidence- based TASC Specialized Case management and Let Everyone Advance with Dignity (LEAD) model. The City of Alamosa is creating a system of care that will allow individuals to receive appropriate levels of service and treatment to address root challenges rather than utilizing a criminal justice system clearly not equipped to address substance use disorder effectively. The Specialized Case Management program will provide a third pathway into intensive case management, service coordination, and connection to harm- reduction resources. This project serves approximately 50,000 residents in the 12th Judicial District. The project includes partnerships between the City of Alamosa, Center for Restorative Programs, and the 12th Judicial District Office of the District Attorney. Priority considerations addressed in this application include the disproportionate impact of opioids and other substances on the region, the specific challenges faced by rural communities, and the high poverty area served by the project.
The Longmont Department of Public Safety, located in Boulder County, Colorado, will expand its Crisis Outreach Response and Engagement (CORE) program. Grant funds will be used to support a paramedic, two peer case managers, a project coordinator, and treatment for individuals who are struggling with substance use or co-occurring disorders. The University of Colorado, Boulder, will serve as the research partner on the proposed project.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) applied for Category 2 statewide area grant funding in the amount of $6,000,000. The Colorado Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Project will support comprehensive, collaborative initiatives in selected areas through a competitive request for applications from local public health, law enforcement, and substance use treatment providers serving residents in seven rural counties to conduct one or more of the BJA allowable uses of the funding to meet the specific local needs. Deliverables of the project include the selection and provision of at least six subawards within six months of the grant award, at least six contracts and scopes of work, a BJA-required implementation manual, an annual summary of the site project, project accomplishments from each site (sub-award), coordinated cross-site training and peer-to-peer learning, quarterly process data, annual evaluation data, and a written evaluation report at the end of the grant period. This project serves seven rural counties: Bent, Costilla, Crowley, Huerfano, Otero, Prowers, and Saguache. The project includes partnerships between the Prevention Services Division of CDPHE and the Office of Behavioral Health of the Colorado Department of Human Services, as well as local public health, law enforcement, and substance use treatment partners in the seven counties. Priority considerations addressed in this application include rural and high-poverty areas containing economic opportunity zones. Partner agencies and activities will be specified after a competitive Request for Applications is released in February 2021, the applications are reviewed, and awards are made.
The Executive Office of the Governor of Delaware - Criminal Justice Council will implement new opioid-intervention programs in five geographically diverse localities: Dover (Kent County), Smyrna (Kent County), Millsboro (Sussex County), Seaford/Laurel (Sussex County), and Georgetown/Lewes/Milton (Sussex County). The project goals are to: (1) increase the number of law enforcement diversion programs; (2) reduce overdose deaths; (3) increase transitional housing availability; and (4) increase services for youth impacted by opioid overdoses. One initiative will involve establishing pre-arrest or post-arrest law enforcement diversion programs (using the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative [PAARI] model) for individuals who commit low level, nonviolent, drug-related offenses by utilizing community-based substance abuse and behavioral health services. The project will also include identifying cases where youth are impacted by an overdose and providing evidence-based responses, providing transitional or post recovery housing for individuals, and improving the collection/integration of data by purchasing a statewide case management system for law enforcement and Delaware’s Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health.
The Delaware Criminal Justice Council, in partnership with the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, will implement the Delaware Smart Criminal Justice and Treatment Change Team to effectively integrate initiatives, processes, and programs into standard treatment policies and practices maximizing efforts. Grant funds will implement programs to effectively integrate initiatives, processes, and programs into standard treatment policies and practices maximizing efforts. Grant funds will be used to implement comprehensive policies and practices identified in the planning phase and outlined in the coordinated state criminal justice and treatment plan. Subgrants will be awarded that assist and provide financial support to units of local government and community services agencies to implement strategies that support treatment and recovery service engagement; increase the use of diversion and alternatives to incarceration; and reduce the incidence of overdose death. The geographic area is the entire state of Delaware.
The City of Tampa will implement a Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program. Grant funds will be used to hire a Project Coordinator and a Case Manager/Peer Support Specialist, conduct training and outreach, and partner with the University of South Florida to conduct evaluation activities. Training and outreach activities will focus on education around stigma and the science of addiction. Law enforcement and community members will be trained. The applicant proposes to incorporate overdose detection mapping application program into the project. The University of South Florida will serve as the research partner.Project Profile
The Florida Office of the State Courts Administrator proposes that five established family dependency drug courts increase the number of families they serve and it proposes to institute/enhance peer-support programs; incorporate medication-assisted treatment; establish substance use disorder prevention programs for the children whose parents are participants in family dependency drug court; execute evidence-based, parent-child relationship-strengthening programs; strengthen peer-to-peer collaboration among sites with an annual all-sites meeting and cross-site visits; and increase training and technical assistance regarding substance use disorder and opioid use disorder. This project serves family dependency drug courts in Broward, Palm Beach, Orange, Marion, and Citrus counties. Dr. Barbara Andraka-Christou and her team from the University of Central Florida will serve as the evaluator for this project.
In Palm Beach County, COSSAP funding will be used to support a care coordinator/housing specialist assisting Clients in finding a recovery housing placement using the Recovery Housing Voucher. Recovery support services are provided by engagement with a peer recovery support specialist and using the enhancement funding through the Recovery Support Services Funds. This intervention program will prioritize and expedite recovery support services to individuals at high risk for overdose. The Office of Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorders (OBHSUD) seeks to fund a comprehensive person-centered, recovery-oriented approach with the goal of ensuring housing stability to support persons involved with the criminal justice system who have a substance use disorder. This demonstration program will focus on achieving housing stability given its key predictive value in achieving long-term recovery outcomes. The successful applicant will participate and work closely with the County’s strategic government and community partners as well as its research partner, Florida Atlantic University (FAU) to define and measure housing stability standards, and other recovery support interventions in the recovery residence environment in order to determine their impact on long-term recovery outcomes. The program will utilize the Sequential Intercept Model (SIM), developed by the National GAINS Center. Using the SIM as a conceptual framework, the proposed project will target individuals at Intercept 3: Specialty Courts and Jail and Intercept 4: Re-entry.
The Pinellas County CARE Team Expansion will enhance current overdose response by increasing connections and engagements in community substance use treatment services, providing peer support to overdose survivors and families, conducting overdose fatality reviews to identify trends and potential gaps in the system of care, and increasing first responder and community access to naloxone. This project serves Pinellas County, Florida, with an estimated population of 970,532. The project includes partnerships between Pinellas County Human Services and Pinellas County Safety and Emergency Services.
The County of Fulton applied for Category 1a urban grant funding in the amount of $1,200,000. The Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program will expand Fulton County’s comprehensive efforts to identify, respond to, treat, and support those impacted by substance use disorders and reduce impact on the criminal justice system. The Fulton County Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) and its partners will expand pre-arrest diversion, case management, and training for law enforcement personnel to the city of Atlanta and two other jurisdictions using the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion model; provide recovery support services including transitional or recovery housing through Fulton DBHDD and its local partners; and offer evidence-based treatment including medication-assisted treatment through partner Grady Hospital. This project serves the city of Atlanta (population 498,044). The project includes partnerships between the Atlanta Fulton Pre-Arrest Diversion Initiative, Grady Hospital, Mary Hall Freedom House, Atlanta Recovery Center, Trinity Community Ministries, Sober Living of America, There’s Another Option, Highsmith Collins, Atlanta Police Department, and the Fulton County Offices of the District Attorney, Public Defender, and Solicitor General. Priority considerations addressed in this application include Qualified Opportunity Zones, high-poverty areas, and a lack of accessibility to treatment providers, facilities, and emergency medical services. Dr. Kevin Baldwin from Applied Research Services serves as the lead evaluator for the proposed project.
The Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council applied for Category 2 statewide area grant funding in the amount of $2,289,701. The Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Site-based Program will (1) establish a multi-locality naloxone initiative to include continued training for law enforcement personnel and provide funding to assist with the replenishment of the opioid reversal drug; (2) establish and implement a pre-arrest/post-booking diversion program for youth and adults who have a moderate to high risk of substance abuse within Athens-Clarke County; (3) provide K-12 youth in Athens-Clarke County with increased access to education and treatment; and (4) provide a comprehensive, real-time, information collection database for the City of Savannah to expand the pre-arrest diversion program, which is funded through the FY 2018 Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site Program (COAP). This project serves serve 23 of Georgia’s 159 counties. The project includes partnerships between Athens-Clarke County Unified Government and City of Savannah.
The Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center (GBHWC) applied for Category 1b suburban area grant funding in the amount of $900,000. The Guam Family Recovery Program will provide swift American Society of Addiction Medicine assessments and placement when deemed appropriate. The program will also offer peer support services to identified clients and decrease the time from arrest to access possible treatment for clients suffering from the ills of substance use. A total of 450 assessments will be performed throughout the grant period. This project serves the community of Guam. The project includes partnerships between GBHWC, Department of Corrections, Superior Court of Guam, TOGHE, OASIS, and the Salvation Army Lighthouse Recovery Center.
The Boone County Health Department will use grant funds to integrate behavioral health services into the jail’s detainee health services, including introducing medication-assisted treatment and initiate a Recovery Navigator program to provide comprehensive case management to detainees and opioid-abusing individuals coming into contact with law enforcement and first responders. The grant funds will support a full-time navigator and project coordinator. The Boone County Task Force will provide direct support to include developing a screening and referral process, identify and implement evidence-based services; develop sustainability and implementation plans, and an evaluation plan to track impacts and outcomes.
Boone County applied for Category 1c rural/tribal area grant funding in the amount of $599,000. The Boone County Support Outreach Recovery Team will to fill the identified need for a community law enforcement officer to work with the individuals who have been arrested and fill the identified need for an addiction counselor to work with the county’s jailed population. The second purpose of this program is to fill the identified need for an addiction counselor who will work as a recovery coach with Boone County’s jailed population. This individual will deliver services such as moral reconation therapy and substance abuse counseling. This project serves Boone County, Illinois (population 53,606). The project includes partnerships between the Boone County Health Department, the multidisciplinary team, the Rosecrance, and the Belvidere Police Department.
Through this funding, Cook County Health will (1) convene the Cook County Community Recovery Learning and Action Network to address recovery housing capacity and coordination; (2) begin development of a real-time, regional recovery housing information system, including collection, analysis, and dissemination across partners; (3) with partners, conduct a feasibility study for a low barrier, harm reduction and recovery-oriented, transitional housing model for justice-involved individuals with SUD to address gaps in the current recovery housing landscape. Work towards a pilot in years 2 and 3; and (4) support recovery home beds and recovery support services for corrections-involved individuals. This project serves Cook County, Illinois, which has 5.2 million residents. The project includes partnerships with transitional and recovery housing providers, substance use treatment providers, criminal justice partners, state agencies, community-based partners, and public health organizations. Priority considerations addressed in this application include high-poverty areas, and this project will offer enhancements to public safety in economically distressed communities (Qualified Opportunity Zones).
Cook County Health and Hospital System (CCHHS) and the Office of the Chief Judge (OCJ) are expanding their efforts to reduce the prevalence of opioid addiction in the Adult Probation Department (APD) in Cook County through Category 3. The goal of the proposed project, Universal Opioid Screening in Adult Probation to Reduce Usage and Overdose, is to engage activities around opioid addiction and facilitate training for probation officers and staff members; interagency partnerships for screening, assessment, and coordination of care of opioid use by probationers; and program evaluation.
The County of Lake, doing business as Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center, applied for a Category 1a urban area grant in the amount of $1,100,024. The Lake County A Way Out 2.0 Program will focus on increasing access to treatment, increasing treatment success rates, reducing overdoses, and providing community outreach. This project will aim to have 90 percent of consumers with opioid use admitted to a treatment provider within 24 hours of initial contact and 70 percent of consumers successfully complete their first treatment episode. Also, 90 percent of consumers will receive information regarding MAT and naloxone and given an appropriate referral. Finally, 90 percent of consumers will meet with their peer recovery support specialist weekly, and one community outreach session will be conducted by the project coordinator per month. This project serves Lake County, Illinois, with a population of 703,462. The project includes partnerships between Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Sciences. Priority considerations addressed in this application include a high rate of primary treatment episodes for heroin and other opioids, high rates of overdose deaths, and a lack of accessibility to treatment providers and facilities.
The Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County (HHC) is implementing a Category 1a urban area grant in the amount of $1,200,000. The Health and Hospital Corporation Expanding Prevention and Care project proposes a two-pronged approach. First, the project is an expansion of Project POINT (Planned Overdose Intervention, Naloxone, and Treatment), an opioid overdose response team located in the Eskenazi Health Department, which will add services for patients with stimulant or other substance use disorders. The second approach is the establishment of a new arm of the Marion County Public Health Department (MCPHD) Substance Use Outreach Services, Youth Virtually, which will provide a prevention program aimed at high-risk youth facing suspension or expulsion from Indianapolis Public Schools for possessing drugs and/or drug paraphernalia on school property. The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted the implementation of this evidence-based online program, ensuring participation regardless of restrictions due to the virus. The project serve s Marion County (home of Indianapolis, Indiana) with a population of 964,582. The project includes partnerships between the HHC divisions of Eskenazi Health, Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services, and MCPHD. Other collaborators include the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department; Indianapolis Public Schools, including the Unified Students Support Division and the Positive Supports Academy; and Indy HeartBeat, a public safety provider in Indianapolis. Priority considerations addressed by this project include high-poverty areas, enhanced public safety in Qualified Opportunity Zones, and the disproportionate impact of the opioid epidemic on Marion County, which is experiencing higher rates of opioid overdose than many other areas of the country.
The Marion County Public Health Department will expand the Indianapolis Harm Reduction Team (IHART) Program to employ two full-time peer support specialists, who will facilitate access to treatment, health-care resources, and community-based services. IHART will hire a full-time project coordinator to oversee the operation and serve as a liaison with the criminal justice and public health systems, mental health and substance abuse treatment providers, and other government and community-based entities. Indiana University will serve as the research partner for the proposed project.
The Indiana County Leaders Collaboration for Change (ICLCC) will establish and/or build upon existing collaborative relationships between first responders, the criminal justice system, child welfare and foster care, behavioral health, primary care and addiction service providers to identify, develop (or) enhance, and implement specific countywide programs designed to reduce the impact of opioids, stimulants, and other substances on individuals and communities. The counties will achieve this by developing (or) enhancing and implementing one or more of the following within their county: Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) model programs (new to Indiana), prebooking or postbooking treatment alternative-to-incarceration programs, education and prevention programs to connect law enforcement in schools, embed social services with law enforcement to rapidly respond to drug overdoses where children are impacted, and expand access to evidence-based treatment and recovery support services across the criminal justice system. This project serves individuals across Knox, Wayne, Fayette, Floyd, Clark, Allen, and Madison counties. The project includes partnerships between the Division of Mental Health and Addiction and seven county coalitions. Priority considerations addressed in this application include rural, high-poverty, and economically distressed regions.
Floyd County Fiscal Court applied for Category 1c rural/tribal area grant funding in the amount of $600,000. The Floyd County Family Services Program will (1) increase access to evidence-based treatment and recovery support services for 150 adults and/or families involved with the criminal justice system, (2) improve the health and recovery of 150 adults and/or families impacted by substance use disorders or co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse (including opioid use disorders), (3) reduce the number of overdose fatalities, and (4) improve the safety of children affected by parental drug overdose. This will be accomplished by addressing four allowable uses of funds, including (1) embedding social services (therapist) with law enforcement to rapidly respond to drug overdoses where children are affected; 2) provide naloxone for law enforcement to address opioid overdoses; 3) provide evidence-based treatment, recovery and peer recovery support services for the targeted population; and 4) coordinate with courts to prioritize and expedite treatment and recovery services to individuals at high risk for overdose and family issues stemming from SUD. This project serves Floyd County, Kentucky, with a population of 36,926. The project includes partnerships between the Mountain Comprehensive Care Center as the region’s Community Mental Health Center, Healthcare for the Homeless provider and Rape Crisis Center, Floyd County Family Court, Floyd County District Court, Floyd County Sherriff’s Office, Kentucky State Police, Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky, Big Sandy Health Care, and Big Sandy Area Community Action Agency. Priority considerations addressed in this application include a rural community that faces a persistent-poverty and has a Qualified Opportunity Zone and areas with high rates of overdose.
The proposed project, Kentucky Comprehensive Advocacy and Resource Efforts (K-CARE), will help to ensure that individuals negatively impacted by opioids are provided with support in the form of a community resource coordinator (CRC). K-CARE will hire one CRC to serve at each of the 16 Kentucky State Police (KSP) posts and a program administrator who will be located at KSP Headquarters. The program administrator will monitor the program, serve as a resource for CRCs throughout the state, and report outcome information. Each CRC will collaborate with law enforcement officers at their assigned posts to identify individuals in need of services. K-CARE CRCs will participate in the KSP Angel Initiative, a statewide program that allows a person experiencing substance abuse to voluntarily present him or herself at any KSP post to request help. K-CARE CRCs will serve as a vital referral source for the constellation of needs that are likely to present, including linking victims with available services for interpersonal violence such as domestic violence shelters, child advocacy centers, and protective services. Likewise, K-CARE CRCs will help individuals in need to secure access to necessary health care services, transportation, employment assistance, job training, vocational rehabilitation programs, and independent/transitional housing options in their communities. KSP utilizes overdose detection mapping application program as well as an electronic reporting form within the state’s law enforcement operations system that tracks Naloxone administrations by law enforcement personnel throughout the state. Currently, there are efforts being made to link the systems so information will be fed electronically into the ODMAP system. The Kentucky Criminal Justice Statistical Analysis Center will serve as the research partner on this project.Project Profile
Louisville Jefferson County Metro Government is applying for a Category 1a urban area grant in the amount of $1,200,000. The MAT Expansion Project, known as IMPACT—Innovative Medication Program for Addiction Care and Treatment, aims to increase access to medications for Opioid Use Disorder in the jail. The project will expand in-custody access to MAT to reduce overdose deaths, reduce criminal behavior, and improve treatment retention and treatment outcomes for the population with moderate to severe opioid use disorder (OUD). Goals of the project include: increase access to MAT to incarcerated individuals already enrolled in a community opioid treatment program or office-based opioid treatment program prior to arrest, increase access to MAT by initiating two FDA-approved medications (methadone and buprenorphine) for OUD, improve treatment retention by providing in-custody behavioral therapies for substance use disorder and referral and linkage to care in the community upon release, and developing protocols to control medication diversion and offer ongoing staff training to address safety and security and the stigma associated with MAT as a treatment modality. This project serves the Louisville Metro City/County with a combined population estimated of 771,517. The project includes partnerships between Wellpath, and the MORE Center.
The Purchase District Health Department applied for Category 1b suburban area grant funding in the amount of $900,000. The Purchase District Health Department program will implement a coordinated response to illicit opioids, psychostimulants, and counterfeit prescription drugs in Purchase. Four types of activities will be implemented: (1) provide naloxone for law enforcement and other first responders; (2) establish law enforcement and other first responder diversion programs; (3) conduct comprehensive, real-time, regional information collection, analysis, and dissemination; and (4) provide recovery support services, including recovery housing and peer recovery support services. This project serves eight counties totaling 196,563 people in western Kentucky. The project includes partnerships between law enforcement, first responders, and public health agencies who are active members of the Purchase Area Health Connections Opioid Task Force.
The Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Behavioral Health will support access to, and engagement in, treatment and recovery support services for offenders with opioid abuse in Orleans and East Baton Rouge Parishes jails, as well as increased use of diversion in Orleans and Jefferson parishes, This will be accomplished by providing support for peer support specialists and treatment staff members at the Day Reporting Center in New Orleans, which serves both Orleans and Jefferson Parishes.
St. Tammany Parish will develop an information system to analyze and track the opioid client population across justice system and health intercepts in order to reduce cases of overdose and increase treatment and recovery service access. Key partners for this project include the 22nd Judicial District Court, the Safe Haven Advisory Board, St. Tammany Parish Hospital, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office and Jail, and the District Attorney’s Office.
Initially, the Boston Police Department (BPD) COSSAP strategy consisted of the following: BPD in partnership with the Boston Public Health Commission, expanded and enhanced a community-based, first-responder, post-overdose follow-up program in the city of Boston. Multidisciplinary teams consisting of at least one BPD member and one public health advocate along with the Boston Fire Department conducted a home-based outreach intervention with at least 100 individuals per quarter who had recently experienced nonfatal opioid overdoses to provide access to naloxone and recovery support services. These individuals received prioritized access to detoxification and treatment services, as well as access to medication-assisted treatment. While this strategy was implemented for a large duration of the grant, the BPD and COB experienced a number of policy changes due to a homelessness and SUD crisis in Boston’s Melnea Cass neighborhood of Boston, while in the midst of a global disaster (COVID-19), and major city of Boston anti-police protests, demanding that police not intervene with those homeless / SUD persons in the Melnea Cass area. Furthermore, during the same time period, Boston was experiencing a 300% increase in reported drug facilitated sexual assaults (DFSAs). Following such events, and due to significant increases in spiked drinks across the city, we put together a DFSA Initiative that was presented to, and approved by the COSSAP Program Officer from the US Department of Justice/Bureau of Justice Assistance, to implement under this grant. Given that, we are in the process of working with our Intelligence, Sexual Assault, and Licensing Units to identify a more efficient method of gathering intel and collecting data regarding these cases, while also developing a new crime code, training manual, and incremental steps to address this issue internally with the BPD, and externally with our City of Boston agency and community partners, including but not limited to the Higher Education community. . We are currently cultivating relationships with various Boston colleges and universities and will be convening a monthly round table to discuss DFSA on college campuses, and in local bars and house parties, while also partnering with the COB’s Public Health Department to work on the development of a public awareness campaign.
The City of Brockton will use award funds to support its Project Link Up, primarily through salaries for police officers and its crime analyst and a contracted recovery coach, as well as city surveillance cameras and enhanced street lighting in targeted areas. The Brockton Police Department Project Link Up uses crime mapping and reports analysis to employ a two-pronged strategy to combat substance use disorder and firearms violence in those identified areas while linking citizens with necessary resources to improve their quality of life. A recovery coach co-response strategy is utilized in city areas most ravaged by the opioid epidemic as an RC-officer team outreaches to citizens most at risk for Substance Use Disorder, linking them to resources in the city ranging from the Department's own Champion Plan (providing free transportation to and initial stay at a recovery/treatment center) to housing to mental health services. Drug take-back days are also conducted throughout the city. In the neighborhoods most affected by firearms violence, officer teams conduct business outreach, discussing target hardening and ways police can help them while simultaneously showing a presence through street enforcement. All Project LinkUp shifts also include gathering answers to a community survey, sparking discussions with citizens and fostering good community-police relations.
The city of Brockton will develop a collaborative case management system involving healthcare experts, treatment specialists, police outreach officers, and recovery coaches. The case management team will work intensively to engage the highest risk populations and provide them with resources that will best meet their needs with the goal of sustained engagement in treatment. The project includes partnerships among the city of Brockton, the Champion Plan, Gandara Center, and Brockton Area Multi-Services, Inc. Community Outreach, Prevention, and Education (C.O.P.E.) Center. This project will engage Kelly Research Associates as its research partner.Project Profile
The Holyoke Police Department will use funds primarily for salaries that support a project coordinator, a narcotics intervention officer, a recovery coach, and a mental health supervisor. Through the Project Recovery and Engagement of Addicts and Chronic users of Heroin (REACH) Project, the Holyoke Police Department will address the significant opiate drug problem in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Project goals are to decrease the number of overdose victims, decrease the number of narcotics crimes, and increase the support systems for people addicted to opioids in Holyoke.
The City of Holyoke Police Department (HPD) applied for Category 1c rural/tribal area grant funding in the amount of $597,650. Project ERASE (Expansion of Recovery from Addiction to Substances Efforts) will implement a multicomponent intervention program designed to (1) support individuals with opioid, stimulant, and other illicit substance issues with interventions to reduce addictions and associated mental health needs, (2) reduce overdoses and overdose deaths through prevention and intervention strategies, and (3) reduce substance-related crime in Holyoke. This project serves Behavioral Health Network and Gandara, the Holyoke Police Department, Hampden County Sheriff, Holyoke Probation, and research partners. The project includes partnerships between the House of Corrections to provide detox treatment options and develop a law enforcement liaison between HPD, the courts, and probation personnel. Priority considerations addressed in this application include a high-poverty area and enhanced public safety in Qualified Opportunity Zones.
The Lowell Police Department is proposing to enhance and expand the Community Opioid-Outreach Program team (Lowell Police, Fire, Health, Trinity EMS, Lowell House) by adding a youth services coordinator to focus on the needs of children affected by the opioid epidemic, two outreach specialists to expand service to the homeless community by serving as a liaison between agencies to improve communication and connect their various resources, and conduct pro-active outreach to any individuals with substance use disorder before an overdose. Grant funds will support a coordinator, crime analyst, full-time clinical recovery specialist and youth services coordinator, outreach recovery specialist and research team. University of Massachusetts Lowell will serve as the research team comprised of researchers from Center for Community Research & Engagement, School of Criminology and Justice Studies, and Community Health and Sustainability.
Newburyport Police Department (NPD) in Massachusetts, one of the founding departments of the Essex County Outreach Program, proposes to expand the outreach program to encompass all of Essex County. The Essex County Outreach Program is a series of stigma-free entry points to treatment on demand. The program supports nonarrest or early diversion program models that reach people before they enter the criminal justice system. The program supports multiple law enforcement entry points to treatment, including self-referrals to the stations. Cross-sector collaboration and partnerships are key to the program’s success which is supported by clinicians, social workers, recovery coaches, and trained volunteers.
The City of Northampton applied for Category 1a urban area grant funding in the amount of $1,194,203. The City of Northampton Public Health/Public Safety Post-Overdose Outreach Program will reduce opioid overdose deaths and enhance public safety through the development, implementation, and expansion of interventions focused on the following allowable uses: law enforcement and other first responder diversion programs; comprehensive, real-time, regional information collection, analysis, and dissemination; and naloxone for law enforcement and other first responders. The first aim of this project is to expand DART — a countywide, nationally recognized public safety/public health post-overdose, high-risk substance use disorder, and family, community, and bereavement support program. This project serves a population of 28,726 in Northampton, Massachusetts. The project includes partnerships between South County Action EMS and Northampton Recovery Center. Priority considerations addressed in this application include Qualified Opportunity Zones.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Sheriff’s Department Hampden applied for a Category 1b suburban area grant in the amount of $900,000. Hampden County Sheriff’s Department’s All Inclusive Support Service Program will reduce opioid-related overdoses and related fatalities. The program will take a multipronged approach to (1) enhance a database in Hampden County that will allow for the collection, analysis, and dissemination of comprehensive, real-time overdose information, and (2) implement a law enforcement, first responder-driven multidisciplinary overdose prevention, response, and diversion referral model known as the Rapid Response and Connection Program. This project serves Hampden County, Massachusetts, which has a population of 470,406. The project includes partnerships between the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department, Office of the District Attorney, Baystate Medical Center, Trinity Health Mercy Medical Center, local law enforcement entities, and other established community partners. Priority considerations addressed in project include the disproportionate impact from substance use on a rural, high-poverty census tract and public safety impact in Qualified Opportunity Zones.
The Massachusetts Administrative Office of the Trial Court applied for a Category 2 statewide grant in the amount of $6,000,000. Project NORTH (Navigation, Outreach, Recovery, Treatment, and Hope) will increase treatment engagement and retention, decrease risk of overdose, and reduce risk of justice-system involvement. The objectives of the project are to increase access to evidence-based treatment and care coordination, decrease barriers to treatment retention, increase recovery support and recovery capital, and increase access to overdose-prevention education and naloxone distribution. This project serves 62 communities in 9 counties and 2.7 million people. Proposed locations include Boston, Brockton, Fall River, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, New Bedford, Pittsfield, Quincy, Springfield, Taunton, and Worcester. The project includes partnerships between the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, MassHealth (Medicaid office), Department of Public Health, Department of Mental Health, and the Massachusetts Alliance for Sober Housing. Priority considerations in this application include rural regions, high-poverty areas, and Qualified Opportunity Zones.
The Worcester County Regional Outreach project at the Middle District Attorney’s Office (MDAO) enhances county-wide response to substance use, misuse, and abuse for non-fatal overdoses and children affected by opioids. This program implements a post-overdose follow-up strategy using the Critical Incident Management System (CIMS) to track fatal and non-fatal overdose incidents. CIMS allows overdoses to be tracked in real-time and alerts the follow-up team of the need for a home visit. Police and clinicians or recovery coaches make home visits within 72 hours of a non-fatal overdose and provide the survivor and their family with resources and referrals for service. Services are also offered for any children involved with the incident or individual. The Worcester County Regional Outreach project has the following goals: 1) To reduce the number of unintentional overdose deaths in Worcester County; 2) To increase the number of individuals receiving treatment and recovery support services in Worcester County; 3) To improve outcomes for children affected by substance abuse; and 4) To build a sustainable model for long term substance abuse and overdose prevention.
The Middle District Attorney’s Office, in partnership with the Regional Substance Navigation Program (RSNP) and Community Connections, proposes the expansion of a successful regional model in the Greater Milford region. The RSNP has formal partnerships between police and the mental health agency, Community Connections, to provide rapid response to non-fatal overdoses and engage individuals in treatment. The RSNP also provides counseling, peer support, referrals, prevention, and intervention programming in the region. Community partners include schools, police, government agencies, municipalities, community-based organizations, and other stakeholders. Funding requested will increase RSNP staffing with licensed mental health professionals and recovery coaches, including services for children, through Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Animal Assistive Therapy. Additional staff will increase capacity to serve the region and to potentially expand to serve up to 20 towns. A recovery center will be established, housing the previously detailed services, educational and life skills programs, recovery activities such as recovery yoga and safe, substance-free social activities for individuals in recovery. Grant funding will support a full-time coordinator, recovery services and direct client services, rent, and furnishings of the recovery center.
The New Bedford Police Department (NBPD) will increase its capacity to offer outreach and referral services to individuals who have chosen diversion from prosecution and who have overdosed or been identified as at risk of overdosing. NBPD will (1) hire a full-time project manager to coordinate efforts within the department and with external partners; (2) add two recovery coaches to provide outreach and follow-up post-treatment coaching; (3) implement the Critical Incident Management System (CIMS) to house the necessary data to monitor and evaluate this effort and; (4) complete yearly evaluations to assess the overall effectiveness of the project in achieving its overall goals/objectives and evaluate the processes and implementation by tracking critical measures associated with the implementation of the program model. Kelley Research Associates will serve as the research partner for the proposed project.
The Town of East Bridgewater applied for Category 1a urban area grant funding in the amount of $1,200,000. Plymouth County Outreach (PCO) will enhance the current PCO model in three ways: (1) creating a reentry support system for those returning from the Plymouth County House of Corrections with identified substance use disorders; (2) developing hotspot-targeted outreach to areas experiencing disproportionately high overdose rates; (3) expanding the harm-reduction toolkit distributed during post-overdose home visits to include items related to opioids and stimulants, including naloxone. This project serves Plymouth County, which has a population of 521,202. The project includes partnerships between 27 municipal police departments in Plymouth County, as well as the Bridgewater State University Police Department, Plymouth County District Attorney and Sheriff’s offices, as well as all local hospitals and treatment facilities. Priority considerations addressed in this application include a high rate of overdose deaths in a persistent poverty area.
The County of Cumberland applied for Category 1b suburban area grant funding in the amount of $899,824. The Bridges for ME: Person-Centered Recovery and Reentry Project will focus on the development of an advisory council with at least five community partners and memorandums of understanding with five diverse treatment providers and annual screenings of 1,200 people for SUD/OUD conditions, while offering of 600 people resource referrals and naloxone. The project will also provide an annual provision of group support and reintegration planning to 200 people in jail, as well as intensive reentry services for 150 individuals receiving community service, including MAT and peer navigator services for 60 days. This project serves Cumberland County, population 281,674. The project includes partnerships between Cumberland County Jail, Maine Pretrial Services, Co-occurring Collaborative Serving Maine, Amistad, SMART, Maine Department of Corrections Probation, Portland Police Department, MAT providers Catholic Charities Maine, Spurwink Adult Behavioral Health Services, Maine Behavioral Healthcare IMAT, Northern Light Portland Internal Medicine, and Discovery House. Priority considerations addressed in this application include Cumberland County as a region disproportionately impacted by substance abuse.
Cass County, Inc. applied for Category 1c rural/tribal area grant funding in the amount of $600,000. The Cass County COSSAP Project will employ a collaborative and comprehensive “gap-filling” approach to develop, implement, and/or expand/enhance existing trauma-informed evidence-based programming in order to identify, respond to, treat, and support those affected by illicit opioids, stimulants, and other substances. Objectives include the expansion of access to supervision, treatment, and recovery support services across the criminal justice system. The program will also create co-responder crisis intervention teams of trained law enforcement officers and behavioral health practitioners to connect individuals to trauma-informed and evidence-based co-occurring SUD treatment and recovery support services, as well as provide overdose education and prevention activities, and address the needs of children impacted by substance abuse. The project includes partnerships between 43rd Circuit Court judges, Woodlands Behavioral Healthcare Network, Office of the Sheriff, Office of the Prosecutor, Community Corrections, defense attorney, program coordinator, and the program evaluator. Priority considerations addressed in this application include the challenges that rural communities face and Qualified Opportunity Zone.
The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (GTB) applied for Category 1c tribal/rural area grant funding in the amount of $600,000. The GTB COSSAP Project will address the current substance use issues identified by Grand Traverse Band’s Behavioral Health intakes, with statistics confirming the continued need for substance use services and recovery support for adolescents and adult federally recognized Native Americans who are experiencing depression, trauma, suicide ideation, and co-occurring disorders. This project serves 5,100 Native Americans in the GTB six-county service area located in lower northwest Michigan (Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, and Manistee counties). The project includes partnerships between GTB Public Safety and the GTB Tribal Court departments. Priority considerations addressed in this application include addressing specific challenges that rural communities face.
Ottawa County Community Mental Health applied for Category 1b suburban area grant funding in the amount of $900,000. The Coordinated Substance Use Disorder treatment for Jail and Reentry Populations Project will (1) implement post-booking substance use clinical assessments for all eligible inmates in Ottawa County Jail, (2) implement individual and group-based substance use treatment programming for inmates identified as having a substance use disorder, and (3) implement a coordinated community reentry strategy for post-sentence release from jail that promotes access to social services and strengthens probation supervision. This project serves Ottawa County, Michigan. Priority considerations addressed in this application include Qualified Opportunity Zones, as well as rural and high-poverty areas.
The County of St. Joseph applied for Category 1c rural/tribal area grant funding in the amount of $600,000. The County of St. Joseph COSSAP Project will employ a collaborative and comprehensive “gap-filling” approach to develop, implement, and/or expand/enhance existing trauma-informed evidence-based programming in order to identify, respond to, treat, and support those affected by illicit opioids, stimulants, and other substances. Objectives include the expansion of access to supervision, treatment, and recovery support services across the criminal justice system. The project will also create Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) to enhance co-responder crisis intervention teams to connect individuals to trauma-informed and evidence-based co-occurring SUD treatment and recovery support services; provide overdose education and prevention activities; and address the needs of children impacted by substance abuse. This project serves St. Joseph County, Michigan, with a population of 60,964. The project includes partnerships between the 45th Circuit Court of Michigan, sheriff, Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, defense attorney, Office of the Prosecutor, Community Corrections, program evaluator, and program coordinator. Priority considerations addressed in this application include the specific challenges that rural communities face and a Qualified Opportunity Zone.
The City of Duluth applied for Category 1b suburban area grant funding in the amount of $899,055. The City of Duluth FY 2020 COSSAP Lake Superior Diversion and Substance Use Response Team Project will improve community outreach to overdose events by expanding outreach efforts to those with amphetamine-related substance use disorders and those who experience amphetamine-related overdoses. The program will reduce barriers between outreach contact and treatment, and maintain or expand current opioid response functions. This project serves St. Louis, Carlton, and Lake counties in Minnesota, as well as the city of Superior in Wisconsin. This region has a population of approximately 289,727 people. The project includes partnerships between St. Louis County Public Health and Human Services, St. Louis County Drug Court, and the Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment. Priority considerations addressed in this application include Qualified Opportunity Zones.
The City of Duluth in Minnesota will enhance its part-time diversion program funded under a 2018 COAP grant. With grant funding, they will expand the Lake Superior Diversion Program to full-time by hiring a Diversion Officer. Funds will also be used to secure one treatment bed for use by the program and support project coordinator and data analyst positions. Additional activities include naloxone purchase, training, and the development of specialized training for law enforcement on children and families. Project partners include the Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment, St. Louis County’s Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention Initiative, and the South St. Louis County Drug Court. The project will serve a multi-jurisdictional geographic area. The applicant has engaged an independent evaluator for the program. The applicant requests priority consideration as a Qualified Opportunity Zone.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) will support the “Timely Treatment, Strengthened Service, and Effective Evaluation for Overdose Prevention: Linkage to Care Across Minnesota” project to achieve the following objectives in eight sites: • Reduce opioid misuse and opioid overdose death by supporting local efforts to implement effective opioid overdose prevention projects. • Support local efforts to implement treatment and recovery support linkage activities serving individuals vulnerable for drug overdose. • Support implementation of local multidisciplinary intervention models to bring together stakeholders with different perspectives and different information to identify drug overdose prevention strategies. • Enhance access to naloxone among people who use drugs to decrease overdose deaths. • Enhance successful local multidisciplinary overdose prevention activities to decrease overdose deaths. • Evaluate the extent to which additional funding to eight opioid overdose prevention projects, referred to as “Tackling Opioid Use With Networks (TOWN)”, impact the incidence of overdose in communities. • Create a TOWN Manual in collaboration with the communities to support the expansion and sustainability of the TOWN model. The eight sites will implement three evidence-based activities: (1) peer recovery specialists in emergency departments; (2) treatment linkage by emergency medical services; and (3) overdose fatality review teams. The project will also enhance six Minnesota Department of Public Safety-funded syringe services programs by providing each site with naloxone to distribute to participants who use opioids. Dr. Catherine Diamond from the Minnesota Department of Health will lead the project evaluation.
The County of St. Louis applied for Category 1b suburban area grant funding in the amount of $897,607. The St. Louis County FY 2020 COSSAP Initiative will expand access to evidence- based treatment (including medication-assisted treatment and recovery services in jail), expand peer recovery support services and access to treatment for rural residents, and provide coordination to support comprehensive responses to substance abuse. This project serves St. Louis County with a population of approximately 200,431. The project includes partnerships between the St. Louis County Jail, Recovery Alliance Duluth, Human Development Center, and Duluth Family Medicine Clinic. Priority considerations addressed in this application include providing services to Qualified Opportunity Zones, addressing communities that are primarily rural and/or localities facing persistent poverty, and serving a region that has been disproportionately impacted by substance abuse.
The 29th Judicial Circuit Court applied for Category 1b suburban area grant funding in the amount of $887,194. The Jasper County Treatment Program (JCTP) will provide a postbooking connection to clinical treatment indicated by evidence-based needs for all offenders per screening for substance abuse, mental illness, criminogenic risk, and connection to enhanced treatment for family-based offenders. The program will also provide court-ordered referrals into the JCTP and referral into other offender programming as indicated for nonfamily substance abuse offenders, as well as develop individualized treatment plans for family-based substance abuse offenders. Also, the program will provide case management of JCTP participants targeting substance abuse and co-occurring disorders and communicate community treatment program participation requirements (i.e., probation conditions, such as mandatory counseling session participation, MAT plan compliance, drug testing, and court reporting). This project serves Jasper County (population 120,217). Priority considerations addressed in this application include eight high-poverty areas and a Qualified Opportunity Zone.
The purpose of this project in St. Louis, Missouri, is to reduce overdose deaths in the City of St Louis by collaborating with engaged stakeholders to create a more coordinated, data-driven approach to mitigate this overdose epidemic. The intent is to act as a bridge from first responders to additional resources and wraparound services for those who are surviving and recovering from substance use disorder through a combination of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures and communications operating within a common organizational structure. Intent is to provide targeted interventions and to determine what resources are needed. The City of St. Louis Department of Health plans to work with network substance use related agencies through the Behavioral Health Network of Greater St. Louis. The City of St. Louis doesn’t currently have the capacity to adequately, professionally, effectively provide the behavioral health and peer support services to serve as that bridge between first responders and additional Behavioral Health resources as well as wraparound services for those who are surviving and recovering from substance use disorder through a combination of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures and communications operating within a common organizational structure. Behavioral Health Network of Greater St. Louis (BHN) does have the proven ability to access these services. They are currently working in the region through the EPICC (Engaging Patients in Care Coordination) program. See: https://www.bhnstl.org/initiatives/epicc Currently BHN is coordinating recovery services in our hospitals and from referrals with EMS (Emergency Medical Services) units in other jurisdictions outside of the City of St. Louis. This project would create that framework and relationship for a more upstream pilot project in the City of St. Louis that takes this one step farther with interventions at a time closer to overdose – perhaps shortly after overdose survivors are revived with Narcan -- closer to the time EMS personnel are stabilizing drug overdose survivors for transport to the hospital or their refusal of transport. Nevertheless, the drug overdose survivors in both instances often require additional services that may lead to future treatment and recovery. BHN would secure and coordinate Peer Specialists, certified by the State of Missouri in behavioral health or substance use disorders, working recovery coaches, coordinating with the St. Louis City Emergency Management Services (EMS), part of the Fire Department (EMS /Fire), to connect to recovery and services those with whom EMS provides substance misuse (primarily opioids) emergency treatment, as well as providing information and meeting direct needs (short-term 1-3 day housing, transportation to access Medication Assisted Treatment and/or Recovery Services, preparation for intake, and basic clothing and food to sustain temporarily) until connected to Recovery Services, in areas of high need, identified by EMS/Fire and the Department of Health, along with required reporting. If it is not possible to embed the recovery coaches within EMS, the City of St. Louis through its Department of Health would still benefit from the same services BHN is providing by referral from EMS to them. Additionally, in order to evaluate effectiveness and seek sustainability beyond September 30, 2022, the City of St. Louis is seeking evaluation services from Washington University in St. Louis for process and outcomes of the drug overdose intervention services being provided through the certified peer specialists that are coordinated with EMS/Fire or by referral from EMS/Fire.
Saint Louis County Department of Public Health is applying for Category 1: Locally Driven Response to the Opioid Epidemic, Subcategory 1a, in order to implement a Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program and requests $1,200,000 for the three-year project. This program focuses on redirecting individuals with low-level, non-violent, drug-related offenses who also suffer from Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) from the criminal justice system to treatment and wrap-around services in St. Louis County. The project will impact St. Louis County, Missouri, population 996,945. Project partners include St. Louis County Justice Services (jail), Police (largest police department in the county), Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, and Public Health (provides medical care within jail), as well as community partner agencies, many of which sit on the Prosecuting Attorney Diversion Advisory Committee. The proposed project will have the following anticipated outcomes: 1) Establish a trauma-informed, culturally-responsive approach to diversion, 2) Effectively engage partners in connecting LEAD-eligible individuals with access to case management and peer support services, and 3) Improve public safety through decreased recidivism and increased connection to treatment and wrap-around services that will also improve participants’ health outcomes. The proposed project addresses Category 1 priority considerations by improving public safety in 13 federally-designated Qualified Opportunity Zones, as LEAD participants are 58 percent less likely to be arrested after enrollment in the program. Further, Missouri has comparatively higher rates of opioid deaths than the United States (16.4 and 14.9 respectively), and St. Louis County continues to fall in the top tier of Missouri counties with respect to the rate of opioid overdose deaths, experiencing a 72 percent increase in opioid-related deaths over the past 5 years.
Region XII Commission on Mental Health and Mental Retardation doing business as Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources will develop a pre-arrest law enforcement diversion program. Funds will be used to develop a team of peer recovery support providers, a nurse, therapist, and a project coordinator that will accept referrals from law enforcement and a local emergency department. Project partners include Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources, Forrest and Lamar Counties Sheriffs’ Departments, Hattiesburg and Petal Police Departments, and Forrest General Hospital. The applicant will engage an independent research partner.
The City of Billings applied for Category 1b grant funding in the amount of $900,000. The Billings Peer Support Diversion Program (Billings PSDP) will develop a peer support-driven prebooking diversion program that provides support for individuals at high risk of overdose or chronic substance abuse. The program will use trained and certified peer support specialists, working independently and embedded with law enforcement to engage in street outreach with the chronically homeless through mobile behavioral health crisis response. The primary objective of the project is to use evidence-based strategies to divert high-risk individuals from incarceration into treatment and social support services. The project will also overcome local barriers related to length of treatment for methamphetamine recovery and limited recovery housing options in the community. This project serves individuals who have been arrested and chronically homeless individuals with opioid or stimulant use disorders in all of Yellowstone County, with a focus on downtown Billings, where this population is concentrated. The project includes partnerships among the City of Billings, Billings Police Department, Downtown Billings Association, and Rimrock, Montana’s largest mental health and substance abuse treatment provider. Priority considerations addressed in this application include a Qualified Opportunity Zone.
The Appalachian District Health Department, the Mediation and Restorative Justice Center and the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office are proposing to strengthen existing treatment services for offenders with opioid and other substance use disorders, establish a Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program, embed peer support services in the local criminal justice system, and increase the capacity of first responders to respond to the opioid epidemic with effective, evidence-based interventions. Grant funds will support: a full-time hybrid position to serve as the detention center social worker/LEAD case manager and will serve as project coordinator; a full time peer-support specialist to work as a key member of these programs to ensure development and implementation meet the unique needs of those who have experienced addiction and incarceration.
Buncombe County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) proposes to connect individuals at risk of overdose with substance use treatment and peer support; provide transitional or recovery housing for individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD) leaving the jails or the emergency department; develop programs to address the opioid epidemic in rural areas; develop and implement a comprehensive plan to reduce the risk of overdose death and enhance treatment and recovery service engagement among the pretrial and post-trial populations leaving jails; and support the timely collection and integration of data to provide an understanding of drug trends, support program evaluation, inform clinical decision-making, identify at-risk individuals or populations, and support investigations. Buncombe County DHHS, the Sheriff’s Office, and Emergency Medical Services will implement the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP).Project Profile
Burke County will support the continuation of its law enforcement-assisted diversion (LEAD) program and implement and pilot the Helping Achieve Recovery through Burke Opioid Use Reduction (HARBOUR) program which is patterned after the Recovery Community Center (RCC) model. The goals of the project include: (1) reduce overdose incidents and deaths; (2) give low-level offenders the opportunity to access treatment with long-term recovery support instead of criminal justice system involvement, thereby reducing recidivism rates and long-term costs to the taxpayers; (3) provide treatment and long-term recovery support along with maximizing the ability of those in recovery to reintegrate into the community. Partners include Burke County Sheriff’s Office, Morganton Department of Public Safety, Valdese Police Department, Drexel Police Department, Glen Alpine Police Department, Burke United Christian Ministries, Burke Council on Alcoholism and Chemical Dependency, Inc. (dba Burke Recovery), Catawba Valley Behavioral Health, and Burke County Health Department.Project Profile
The County of Catawba applied for Category 1b grant funding in the amount of $900,000. The purpose of the project is to expand the current Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program by offering additional financial support for Officer training and engagement in order to grow the referral pool. Second, funds will be used to further develop an existing jail services program to include a more robust pretrial diversion program. Finally, funds will be used to implement a new transitional, reentry housing program to be utilized by both LEAD and jail services. This project serves Catawba County, North Carolina, with a population of 150,000 people. The project includes partnerships between the Cognitive Connection and Rebound Treatment Center. Catawba Valley Behavioral Health has existing relationships with the local sheriff’s department, five local police departments and the Districts Attorney’s Office through the LEAD program. Priority considerations addressed in this application include high rates of overdose and overdose death.
The city of Jacksonville proposes to implement peer navigators to provide case management to individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD); a law enforcement-assisted diversion program (LEAD); a Quick Response Team; continuum of care for children and families of individuals with OUD, including a psychologist in the schools; and establish an overdose fatality review board. Doctors Christina Lanier and Kristen DeVall from the University of North Carolina Wilmington will evaluate the project.
The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office will provide medication-assisted treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy for incarcerated individuals, and enhanced reentry services to include peer support and community-based opioid use disorder (OUD) outpatient treatment through its federally qualified health center, Blue Ridge Community Health Services. The Sheriff’s Office has partnered with the Rutherford County Department of Social Services to provide the screening, assessment, and therapeutic services during incarceration and will provide Safe Harbor Program follow-up services to individuals with OUD and affected children.
Cumberland County will expand post-overdose outreach to the entire community, provide linkage to care opportunities for persons experiencing a non-fatal overdose, creating an opioid fatality review, and enhance diversion programs by removing barriers to transitional housing.Project Profile
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ Integrated Opioid Abuse Program will develop a task force composed of tribal decision makers who will create policies and keep agencies accountable to indicators of success. A multidisciplinary team will provide direct services to high-frequency drug users and their families. These two teams will work together to develop a plan to create a secured mental health/opioid abuse treatment center and secure transportation for participants becoming certified peer recovery support specialists.
The Henderson County Health Department, through the County of Henderson, applied for Category 1b grant funding in the amount of $900,000. The funds will be used to expand access to recovery support services. The program seeks to provide peer-delivered services with a focus on rehabilitation and recovery, utilizing North Carolina certified peer support specialists and care coordinators. Services provided by the certified peers include psychosocial rehabilitation, habilitation, family support and training, short-term crisis intervention, and empowerment. This project serves a suburban area or medium-sized county with a population between 100,000 and 500,000. The project includes partnerships between Henderson County’s Behavioral Health Summit, Free Clinix, and Hope RX.
Through the implementation of its Substance Awareness Program, Hyde County Health Department (HCHD) aims to work collaboratively with community partners to reduce substance misuse, overdoses, and deaths, and disease transmissions & infections (related to intravenous drug use) by increasing the utilization of treatment & harm reduction resources; supporting people who use drugs (PWUD) and those in recovery; and providing education to PWUD, their families, and the general community.
The County of Lenoir applied for Category 1b grant funding for the amount of $288,713. The purpose of the project is to improve capacity of the district’s Family Accountability and Recovery Court (FARC) to serve families involved in the family court system due to substance dependence. Project objectives include providing more seamless and comprehensive treatment, as well as recovery services to parents with substance use disorders through increased staff capacity, enhanced training and professional development, and expanding treatment and complementary services. The project also aims at addressing systemic barriers faced by parents with substance use disorders through family transitional housing and expanded transportation assistance, as well as improving FARC performance through evaluation and performance management. This project serves North Carolina’s 8th Judicial District (Lenoir, Wayne, and Green counties). The total population of the district is 201,483. The project includes partnerships between Lenoir County, the 8th Judicial District FARC program, Hope Restorations Inc., Kinston Community Health Center, and the National Center for State Courts. Priority considerations addressed in this application include rural challenges, high and persistent poverty, and improved safety in Qualified Opportunity Zones.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services (NC DHHS) will implement evidence-based strategies to reduce the rate of opioid overdose associated with individuals involved in the local justice system. NC DHHS will competitively subaward nine sites to implement pre-arrest diversion programs, jail-based overdose prevention education and naloxone upon release, jail-based medication assisted treatment, and connections to care upon release. Six sites will be new projects and three sites will involve expanding or enhancing existing projects. The state will collaborate with Dr. Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Social Medicine as the research partner for the project.
The Wayne County Detention Center, through the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, applied for Category 1b grant funding in the amount of $900,000. The purpose of the project is to provide best practices in developing, implementing, and sustaining a jail-based medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program during incarceration and upon release. The benefits include stemming the cycle of arrest, incarceration, and release typically linked to substance use disorders; helping to maintain a safe and secure jail for inmates and staff; and reducing costs, since data indicate that MAT for opioid use disorders is cost-effective. This project serves Wayne County, North Carolina, which is the fourth largest agricultural county in the state with over 123,000 residents. The project includes partnerships between Southern Health Partners, Wayne County’s Day Reporting Center, Wayne County Health Department, and One to One with Youth, Inc. Priority considerations addressed in this application include Qualified Opportunity Zones and persistent poverty.
The New Hampshire Department of Justice will use internet-enabled tablets and a secure application to allow for real-time case monitoring and peer recovery support. Three pilot locations were selected for this project.
The County of Bergen applied for a Category 1a urban area grant in the amount of $1,200,000. The BCPO-COSSAP Project will establish a comprehensive, evidence-based response to the opioid crisis. This response will be composed of multiple teams and initiatives, including the Heroin Addiction Recovery Team (HART), Fair Lawn Initiative (FLI), and a county-level Overdose Fatality Review Team. These teams will work independently and share data to best coordinate response needs for opioid and addiction needs across Bergen County. This project serves Bergen County, which is home to 948,046 residents. The project includes partnerships between the Bergen County Police Chiefs Association; Bergen County police departments; Newark Community Solutions, Center for Court Innovation; Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources, a division of Children’s Aid and Family Services; Bergen County Health Department and Division of Alcohol and Drug Dependency; and New Bridge Medical Center. Priority considerations addressed in this application include Bergen County’s 12 Qualified Opportunity Zones.
The Camden County Department of Corrections (CCDOC) applied for Category 1a grant funding in the amount of $1,200,000. The Comprehensive Substance Use and Recovery Support Program for Incarcerated Individuals in the Camden County Correctional Facility (CCCF) will expand the department’s capacity to identify, respond to, treat, and support individuals incarcerated in the CCCF with a history of substance use, specifically individuals with a non- opioid use disorder. Through the use of substance use and recovery support services for individuals both pre- and post-release, this project serves Camden County, New Jersey, which has a population of approximately 513,000 across 37 municipalities. The project includes partnerships between Camden County Department of Health and Human Services Office of Mental Health and Addictions, CFG Health Network, and CCDOC’s contracted medical and mental health provider, as well as partnerships with Project HOPE, the Center for Family Services, Volunteers of America, Genesis Counseling Centers, and the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services. These agencies will support CCDOC reentry efforts, providing vital support to individuals such as housing, MOUD, SU, and mental health counseling, employment, and job-readiness training. Priority considerations addressed in this application include a high-poverty area and Qualified Opportunity Zone. There are six objectives of the proposed program. Objective 1 includes the implementation of a substance use screening tool and assessment during the booking and classification phase to effectively identify individuals incarcerated with a substance use disorder. Objective 2 provides substance use counseling and support services for individuals (both in person and via telehealth) while incarcerated in CCCF. Objective 3 provides integrated care coordination for individuals during a period of incarceration to promote and foster health equity of the justice-involved population. Objective 4 provides peer recovery support services to individuals transitioning home following release from the CCCF through the development of Peer Support Teams. Objective 5 provides recovery support housing to individuals that have engaged in substance use and/or receiving MOUD and are housing insecure at the time of release from CCCF. Lastly, Objective 6 is focused on establishing a Reentry Release Center to include a team of CDACs to continue the coordination of services upon release from CCCF.
The City of Paterson, New Jersey, applied for Category 1b grant funding in the amount of $900,000. The Paterson Coalition for Opioid Assessment and Response (COAR) will support initiatives led by the City's inaugural Opioid Response Team (ORT), staffed by specially-trained law enforcement, emergency medical technicians, social workers, and peer recovery support workers. The ORT functions as the COAR's ground force by which to perform proactive outreach on a group and personalized basis with residents in “hot spot” areas, as identified based on the collective data and research of COAR. The program works closely with the adjacent Overdose Fatality Review Team to better analyze and understand overdose cases and trends, allowing COAR to identify additional gaps in services or policies that would potentially minimize its high rate of overdoses. Also, the program provides to hire staff needed to build the capacity and sustainability of COAR over time, as well as support the proposed activities. This project serves the City of Paterson, which has a population of ~160,000 residents. This effort involves partnerships between law enforcement entities from the local (Paterson Police Department), county (Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office), and interstate/federal (New York/New Jersey High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) levels; addiction and health professionals from local (Paterson Department of Health and Human Services/Division of Health), county (Passaic County Department of Health and Human Services/Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services), and regional (St. Joseph’s University Medical Center) levels; community-based partners who work hands-on to develop policy (Health Coalition of Passaic County) and programs to support the region’s substance-using residents; and traditional Narcan distributors (Paterson Fire Department and Paterson Emergency Medical Services). Priority considerations addressed in this application include: addressing needs in high-poverty areas; supporting law enforcement in Qualified Opportunity Zones; and addressing areas with a high rate of primary treatment admissions for heroin/opioids, high rates of overdose deaths, and a lack of accessibility to treatment providers.
Hudson County will use grant funds to hire two peer recovery navigators and expand recovery wrap-around services for individuals and families in need including primary health services, mental health and addiction treatment services. The County will also hire staff to work in at three municipal police departments to provide case management services to those working towards recovery. The Rutgers Center for State Public Health Policy will serve as the evaluator for this project.
The City of Albuquerque applied for Category 1a urban area grant funding in the amount of $1,126,454. The Gateway to Recovery project will aid in the recovery of homeless individuals experiencing substance use disorder (SUD) while they are engaged in services at city-funded emergency homeless shelters through linkages to transitional or recovery housing and peer recovery support services. The solution complements existing strategies to help residents obtain long-term housing. This project serves the city of Albuquerque, with a population estimated at 903,000. The project includes partnerships between Bernalillo County, Heading Home, and UNM Health Sciences Center-Family Medicine. Priority considerations addressed in this application include high rates of overdose deaths of individuals who are intended to benefit from the requested grant residing in high-poverty areas.
In response to increasing rates of opioid overdose across New Mexico, the City of Albuquerque will implement the Albuquerque Peer to Peer program, which seeks to more effectively connect survivors with substance abuse treatment immediately after an overdose incident. Between January 2015 and June 2016, the City of Albuquerque Fire Department responded to nearly 600 opiate overdoses. Peer engagement specialists will ensure a streamlined connection between survivors and those at risk of overdose presenting in the emergency department for treatment. To complement this comprehensive and sustainable approach to treatment, the University of New Mexico’s Institute for Social Research will work to evaluate the impact of the program on the city’s population. The peer engagement specialists will work closely with the Albuquerque Police Department and a handful of community-based treatment providers to reduce the incidence of opioid overdoses in Albuquerque.
The Dona Ana County Health and Human Services Department will implement a law enforcement assisted diversion program and other activities aimed at reducing opioid use and mitigating the impact on individuals and communities. The project includes a coordinator and case manager as well as services from the National Alliance on Mental Illnesses for peer support and the Las Cruces Police Department for officer training and implementation costs. Naloxone will also be purchased, funds will be used for transitional housing, and trauma-informed training. New Mexico State University will serve as the research partner for the proposed project.Project Profile
The New Mexico Human Services Department applied for Category 2 statewide area grant funding in the amount of $6,000,000. The implementation and enhancement of Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) programs in New Mexico will reduce criminal behavior, decrease criminal justice and emergency health service utilization, and improve public safety by supporting the development of LEAD in tribal and nontribal jurisdictions. The project aims to reduce drug overdose and improve the quality of life for people with a substance use disorder while supporting a coordinated collaborative response to behavioral health among criminal justice, social service, and public health systems. This project serves approximately 900,000 residents in New Mexico. The project includes partnerships between Bernalillo County, Santa Fe County, Taos County, Lea County, San Juan County and San Miguel County. Priority considerations addressed in this application include the high rate of individuals in New Mexico jails and prisons estimated to have an untreated substance use disorder and the high rates of racial disparity in corrections.
The Pueblo of Pojoaque will create the Pueblo of Pojoaque Opioid Prevention and Intervention Project, a court-based, pre-prosecution diversion program. A project coordinator and an outreach worker/case manager will be hired. The State of New Mexico Sentencing Commission will serve as the evaluation partner for the proposed project.
Rio Arriba County Health and Human Services Department, the Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office, and the Española Police Department will implement pre-arrest diversion for low-level, nonviolent offenders using the Law Enforcement-Assisted Diversion (LEAD) model. The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center has committed to work with Northern New Mexico College to serve as the research partner for the proposed project.
Sierra County in New Mexico will develop a crisis intervention team to assist law enforcement officers in developing a law enforcement diversion program, provide jail-based opioid and behavioral health services, provide skill-building and treatment, assist incarcerated individuals transitioning to community-based services once released from custody, add community behavior health treatment planning and services, and conduct opioid education programs in schools. This project will engage Ann Hays Egan of New Ventures Consulting as the research partner for this project.
The Erie County Probation Department will implement the Probation Opioid Response Initiative. The focus of this effort will be to expand services to offenders diverted to probation. The program will institute the use of a validated risk assessment tool to identify probationers who are at risk for opiate/opioid overdose and place them on specialized caseloads. Two peer navigators will be assigned to work alongside probation officers. Naloxone will be distributed to probationers on the opioid caseload at assignment and to probationers who overdose within 24–48 hours after notification. Hilbert College will serve as the research partner for the proposed project.
The County of Erie applied for Category 1a urban area grant funding in the amount of $1,200,000. The Erie County New York Comprehensive Quick Response Program to Overdose will enhance the county’s Law Enforcement Diversion Programs using the Quick Response Program to Overdose (QRP model). The model will blend various strategies to work in a comprehensive manner, including expanding naloxone distribution/deployment by law enforcement, police remotely referring overdose survivors from the field to MAT in emergency departments (using the Buffalo MATTERS telemedicine appointment capability), and leveraging the HIDTA ODMAP app to link survivors to the public health peer teams for follow-up and navigation to long-term treatment agencies. The Erie County Comprehensive Quick Response Program to Overdose will provide a seamless flow after an opioid overdose rescue by police. ODMAP will initiate a follow-up through the public health peer response team, who will reach out to the survivor to offer support at each stage of the process and track their engagement with treatment. This project serves Erie County, with a population of 925,702. The project includes partnerships between public health, law enforcement, emergency medicine services, high- intensity drug trafficking areas (ODMAP program), county mental health, family advocates, and the SUNY at Buffalo research evaluation partner. Priority considerations addressed in this application include targeting high-poverty areas and designated Qualified Opportunity Zones in economically distressed areas of Erie County.
The County of Niagara will use funds to develop a law enforcement assisted diversion (LEAD) program and a quick response post-opioid overdose team (QRT). Funds will be used to hire staff for the presenting alternatives for treatment and healing (PATH) team that will implement the LEAD and QRT programs. These positions include a project coordinator, harm-reduction case manager, and two peer recovery specialists. The PATH Steering Committee includes partnerships among the Niagara Falls Police Department, District Attorney's office, Sheriff's Office, Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse, community peer supports, and treatment providers. The applicant has engaged faculty from Niagara University to serve as the project evaluator.
The Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) partnered with the New York State Unified Court System (UCS), Center for Court Innovation (Center) and Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University (Lerner) on the New York Opioid Treatment Court Enhancement Project. This project seeks to enhance and evaluate substance abuse treatment and recovery support service systems treating offenders participating in geographically diverse Opioid Courts around the State of New York through the following goals: 1) Conduct training and certification in Evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for utilization by clinicians and recovery advocates working in Opioid Courts. The Partners on this initiative have coordinated with Correctional Counseling Inc. and the Change Companies to train cohorts of clinicians, clinical supervisors and recovery advocates on Moral Reconation Therapy-Opioid (MRT-O) and Interactive Journaling (IJ) to be used in Opioid Courts. 2) Conduct a process evaluation of the Opioid Court collaborative systems of care. 3) Determine the effectiveness of the cognitive behavioral interventions for programs treating the same population and measure the outcomes impacted by these cognitive behavioral models.
St. Lawrence County applied for Category 1b suburban area grant funding in the amount of $900,000. The St. Lawrence County Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Site-based Program (COSSAP) utilizes patient-centered care to facilitate access to substance use treatment for individuals with opioid use disorder who are not currently getting the needed care. The program will expand harm-reduction services and recovery support opportunities, as well as increase access to communicable disease testing and preventive care to individuals in high-risk populations. Also, the program will provide essential patient-centered addiction services for the people at greatest risk for overdose. This project serves the 109,558 residents of St. Lawrence County. The project includes partnerships between St. Lawrence County Community Services, St. Lawrence Health Systems, Seaway Valley Prevention Council, the Maximizing Independent Living Center, and New Hope Transformation Ministries (dba Grace House). Priority considerations addressed in this application include Qualified Opportunity Zones and the specific challenges that rural communities face.
The City of Ithaca applied for Category 1b suburban area grant funding in the amount of $900,000. The Ithaca LEAD Program (ILP) will reduce repeated arrests and incarceration for people whose unlawful conduct stems from unmet behavioral health needs in the city of Ithaca and adjacent towns in Tompkins County, New York. ILP will reduce racial disparities in criminal justice involvement for the region’s African-American population, reduce unnecessary arrests and prosecutions imposed on the justice system, improve officer efficiency, maximize the value of the city’s community-based service array, and improve outcomes for this complex population. In the era of COVID-19, these changes are especially critical. Across the nation, officers are confronting new challenges in interacting with people on the street; jails are striving to reduce incarceration so as to mitigate COVID-19 risks; and judges, attorneys, and court staff are seeking to reduce congestion in courtrooms. This project serves the city of Ithaca, New York. The project includes partnerships with Tompkins County District Attorney and Legislature, Community Leadership Team DCI, Ithaca Police Department, Tompkins County Sheriff, REACH Medical, Greater Ithaca Activities Center, and the LEAD National Support Bureau. Priority considerations addressed in this application include Qualified Opportunity Zones, as well as challenges faced by rural communities and high-poverty areas.
Ulster County is applying for Category 1b suburban area grant funding in the amount of $900,000. The High-Risk Mitigation Team (HRMT) will increase ORACLE’s capacity to respond to overdose scenes by providing crisis intervention training (CIT) to officers throughout Ulster County. The project will develop the HRMT to work directly with ORACLE, providing certified peer advocate services (CRPA) and intensive case management within the city of Kingston, New York. The project will also develop an initial alert system for first responders in Kingston to alert the ORACLE team of overdose when it happens. This project serves Ulster County, a community of approximately 177,573 people. The project includes partnerships between the Ulster County Department of Health and Mental Health, Ulster County Sheriff’s Office, and ORACLE team. Priority considerations addressed in this application include a high rate of primary treatment admissions for heroin or other opioids and a high rate of overdose deaths.
ADAMHS (Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services) Cuyahoga County applied for Category 1a urban area grant funding in the amount of $1,196,326. The ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County, Ohio COSSAP project will provide access to rapid assessment, MAT induction, and peer recovery supports to survivors of overdose of opioids or stimulants to divert them from future involvement in the criminal justice system. The creation of an MAT unit and peer support recovery services within a countywide Diversion Center would address the BJA objective of reducing the impact of opioids, stimulants, and other substances, including a reduction in overdose fatalities, while also mitigating the impacts on crime victims. Establishment of the MAT unit and peer support will begin with one shift at the 24-hour Diversion Center, with all three shifts fully functioning by project year three. Project enrollment goals include serving 30 clients in the first year, 50 in the second year, and 75 in the third. This project serves 1.2 million residents in Cuyahoga County. The project did not include partnerships. Priority considerations addressed in this application include a high rate of treatment admissions for opioids, high rates of overdose deaths, lack of accessible treatment, persistently high poverty in the county, and the designation as a Qualified Opportunity Zone.
The Adams County Health Department will embed a community care coordinator within the Sheriff's Office, Probation Department and County Court to provide a real-time interface between community recovery resources and the criminal justice system; expand capacity of the quick response team; expand drug treatment opportunities to incarcerated individuals, including MAT; establish peer recovery support for individuals returning to the community before release; establish a Handle with Care program; and establish an overdose fatality review committee.
Butler County of Ohio applied for Category 1B grant funding in the amount of $900,000. The Butler County COSSAP project aims to reduce the impact of opioids, stimulants, and other substances on individuals within its communities, through reducing the number of overdose fatalities, as well as mitigating the impacts of on crime victims by supporting comprehensive, collaborative initiatives. This project serves Butler County, home to a population of 382,000. The project includes a partnership with Miami University’s Center for School-based Mental Health Programs. Priority considerations addressed in this application include rural challenges in a high-poverty area and Qualified Opportunity Zone.
The City of Columbus Department of Public Safety applied for grant funding in the amount of $1200,000 under Category 1A. This project serves the 1,316,756 residents of the city of Columbus and Franklin County, Ohio. The Rapid Response Emergency Addiction Crisis Team (RREACT) EMS Outreach Unit is a unit within the Division of Fire’s Training and Emergency Medical Services Bureau and is supported by the Division of Police’s Crisis Response Team. RREACT EMS outreach members include firefighters/paramedics, Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) certified peace officers, a substance use case manager, a registered SUD nurse, a family case manager, and trauma specialist. This multidisciplinary outreach team goes directly into communities to connect with opioid users who survive overdose, but then refuse EMS transport to the emergency room. The goal of the outreach unit is to proactively create connections and build relationships with opioid users. RREACT follows up with addicted individuals in the community within 48 hours of nonfatal overdose; checks in on their immediate health and wellness; provides resource information, and creates opportunities for users to link with harm-reduction supplies, treatment programs, and social service supports. RREACT actively partners with local treatment providers, public health departments, justice agencies, and Franklin County’s Family and Children First Council to achieve desired project outcomes. Gretchen Hammond with Mighty Crow, Inc. serves as the evaluator for the proposed project. The applicant is eligible for COSSAP priority consideration based on overdose rates in Franklin County and the City of Columbus and the project’s impact on increased public safety in Qualified Opportunity Zones.
Dayton, Ohio, will enhance the Get Recovery Options Working (GROW) program. GROW is a coordinated multidisciplinary response team that includes the Dayton Police Department, Dayton Fire Department, and peer recovery specialists. Dr. Mary Huber from Wright State University will serve as the research partner for the proposed project. The applicant agreed to provide data through the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP).
The Dayton Police Department (DPD) — serving the city of Dayton, Ohio (population 146,040) — sought grant funding from COSSAP Category 1b in the amount of $899,964 to provide services in Dayton, mitigating the incidence of overdose/overdose deaths and addressing a substantial increase in opioids, stimulants, and other illicit substance use. DPD will support development, implementation, and expansion of a comprehensive, quick-response model by adding additional staff of certified peer support personnel, including in-reach services with the Montgomery County Jail, and targeting veterans and other identified at-risk populations. DPD will apply best-practice law enforcement strategies, including installation of FLOCK Safety License Plate Reader units and upgrading family-friendly interview rooms into evidence-based prevention programs operated by WestCare Ohio, and will contract with Cordata Health Initiatives to implement a customizable database designed for and currently being utilized by COSSAP-funded programs in Ohio to track and report quick-response and peer-lead services. Priority considerations addressed in this application include Qualified Opportunity Zones.
Erie County will develop the Drug Overdose Response Team (DORT). DORT will be available 24/7 to respond on scene to calls about drug overdoses whenever first responders are involved, provide short-term case management, and conduct intensive follow up. DORT will serve the geographic area of Erie County with a population just under 75,000. This project includes partnerships with the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and Erie County Prosecutor’s Office.
The Franklin County Pathways to Healthy Living Program will offer services to individuals booked into the Franklin County Correctional Center wtih a history of substance use to include screening, cognitive behavioral treatment, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), and linkage to peer support. Participants will be linked with a team pre- and post-release to ensure continuity of care. Funding will support implementation of the RREACT Buddies program, a mentorship program for youth ages 10-16 who have been impacted by the addiction crisis. Youth are paired with first responder mentor to build healthy prosocial relationships and connect with community resources. Additional components of the project include funding for a Peer Supporter in the Franklin County Municipal Court "h.a.r.t." Specialty Docket " for those with an opioid use history, and staffing support for a local comprehensive harm reduction center.
Franklin County, Ohio, applied for grant funding under Category 1A in the amount of $1,200,000. This project will serve individuals incarcerated at the Franklin County Jail and screened as at-risk for substance use dependency and drug-related overdose. The purpose of the project is to (a) reduce drug-related overdoses and deaths, (b) increase peer support and treatment referral and linkage, (c) increase access to medication-assisted treatment pre- and post-release, and (d) decrease recidivism. The Fast Track to Treatment initiative includes partnerships with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Franklin County Municipal Court, Southeast Inc., Alvis180, and PrimaryOne Health. Priority considerations addressed in this application include a program model that focuses services in a county with a demonstrated disproportionate number of drug overdose deaths (43.3 overdoses per 100,000 as compared to the U.S. rate of 20.7 overdose deaths per 100,000) and program implementation intended to improve public safety by targeting services in federally designated Qualified Opportunity Zones. Dr. Gretchen Clark-Hammond, CEO of Mighty Crow, shall serve as program evaluator for the proposed project.
Franklin County Municipal Court applied under Category 1A for grant funding in the amount of $903,289 to support and enhance its MAT, Assessment, Referral, Care and Hope (MARCH) project. This project serves Franklin County and the areas surrounding Columbus, Ohio, with an estimated population of 922,223. The purpose of the project is to continue to fund, expand, and enhance the court’s MAT program — an innovative and effective collaborative effort among Franklin County and City of Columbus justice and government stakeholders. Grant funds would continue to support the positions of MAT project manager and one community case manager through 2023. Enhancements would add an additional community case manager and a contracted peer support specialist to significantly increase the capacity of the program, opening more days to in-custody referrals and facilitating the offering of a full-time behavioral health walk-in clinic. The project includes partnerships between Franklin County Municipal Court, Columbus City Attorney, Office of Justice Policy and Programs, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Franklin County ADAMH Board, and a variety of community behavioral health providers. The MARCH program will enhance public safety in Qualified Opportunity Zones.
Ross County Health District applied for Category 1c rural/tribal area grant funding in the amount of $600,000. The Ross County Peer Recovery Service Center will expand access to treatment and recovery support services for individuals at high risk of overdose involving opioids, stimulants, and other substances through a new program of countywide coordination of recovery support services. System coordination will occur early in the individual’s involvement with the criminal justice system, identifying key recovery sites for navigation and service connection. The project will employ a dedicated peer recovery services coordinator who works out of the Ross County Community Action Commission (RCCAC) through a newly developed service line: a countywide Peer Recovery Service Center (PRS Center). In addition, dedicated recovery housing capacity will be a part of the recovery support system, as will an enhanced network of peer recovery supporters. The Ross County Peer Recovery Service Center will enhance the applicant’s current integrated service delivery system that promotes public health, sustained recovery, and safety for the community. This project serves Ross County, with a population of 76,666. The project includes partnerships between the Ross County Health District, RCCAC, Ross County Sheriff’s Office and Ross County Jail, Ross County Probation, Post Overdose Response Team, Ross County Common Pleas Court, Ohio University-Chillicothe, the Peer Recovery and Outreach Center.
Seneca County is located in north-central Ohio (population 55,178 and population density of 103 persons per square mile) and, like most rural communities in the region, suffers from underemployment, decreasing revenues, and high rates of substance abuse and mental illness. Consistent with OJP priority areas, Seneca County has a high rate of primary treatment admissions for opioids, high rates of overdose deaths, and a lack of accessibility to treatment providers. The purpose of the project is to better address the many needs of the population in Seneca County by providing (1) increased in-house (jail) access to therapy, (2) recovery support during reentry, and (3) transportation, in particular, to outpatient therapy following release from jail. The project includes building upon and expanding an existing partnership between SCSO and Firelands Counseling and Recovery Services, a recognized community mental health center in Ohio accredited by the Joint Commission. Priority considerations addressed in this application include postbooking treatment alternative to incarceration for individuals at high risk of overdose or substance abuse; evidence-based treatment provision, including MAT (naltrexone); and recovery support services. Drs. Holly Ventura Miller and J. Mitchell Miller from the University of North Florida will serve as the evaluators for the proposed initiative. This proposal includes a comprehensive mixed-methods process and outcome evaluation incorporating both qualitative and quantitative research techniques. The proposed project will infuse sincerely needed resources into one of the communities most devastated by the still-rising opioids crisis and provide examples of data collection and evaluation steps that could be replicated in other criminal justice and public health settings.
Clackamas County Community Corrections will improve the data infrastructure and develop diversion strategies that target incarcerated individuals eligible for early release into treatment, individuals on probation and reentering the community who meet the criteria for medication-assisted treatment (MAT), and supportive housing for justice-involved females to reunify with their children while receiving treatment or for those who are pregnant. BetaGov/Litmus at New York University (NYU) will serve as the evaluator for the proposed project.
Lane County Sheriff’s Office applied for grant funding in the amount of $900,000 under Category 1B. The project serves Lane County, Oregon, which has a population of 382,067. The purpose of the Lane County Jail Substance Use Intervention and Transition Program is to stand up a comprehensive in-jail medication assisted treatment (MAT) program with community transition through peer support and transitional housing. The in-jail program will be paired with peer support, which will facilitate a transfer to the program’s primary partner, Lane County Health and Human Services, MLK Community Health Clinic. The clinic houses the county’s MAT program and behavioral support unit. The program will also offer transitional housing support to encourage MAT engagement with community providers. The program will use multiple housing providers in order to best meet the needs of participants (for example, veterans and those with co-occurring disorders and higher or lower service needs,). Priority considerations addressed in this application include high rates of overdose deaths and a lack of accessibility to treatment providers and facilities. Additionally, the proposal will provide enhancements to public safety in economically distressed communities (Qualified Opportunity Zones).
Marion County will expand its Law Enforcement-Assisted Diversion (LEAD) initiative in targeted neighborhoods in Salem, Oregon. The Oregon Criminal Justice Commission will serve as the research partner for the proposed project.
Marion County will expand its pilot diversion program in Salem, Oregon. This project will be based on the Law Enforcement-Assisted Diversion (LEAD) model.
The Multnomah County Health Department will use grant funds to embed an opioid use disorder (OUD) corrections counselor and peer recovery mentors in booking for Multnomah County. The individuals in these positions will identify persons in need of OUD treatment and assist them in successfully engaging with recovery programs that offer medication-assisted therapy (MAT). A full-time coordinator will be employed to engage partners in a planning process to further identify gaps and refine project strategies, as well as ongoing coordination of opioid overdose strategies for populations with OUD. A focus of the grant activities is to screen and identify offenders for OUD and provide navigation services and peer recovery support to connect them to treatment, including MAT, and other critical resources. Dr. David Dowler of Program Design and Evaluation Services will serve as the research partner for the proposed project.Project Profile
The Delaware County Department of Human Services, Division of Drug and Alcohol, applied under Category 1A for Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Site-based Program grant funding in the amount of $1,200,000. This project will serve the county of Delaware, Pennsylvania, the fifth most populous county in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with 562,960 residents. The purpose of the project is to expand evidence-based treatment, specifically medication-assisted treatment, and recovery support services, focusing on peer recovery support, within Delaware County’s criminal justice system. The objective of the project is to expand access to buprenorphine treatment in the Delaware County prison, George W. Hill Correctional Facility, to ensure that individuals are supported in their recovery while incarcerated and engaged in recovery support services upon release, linking returning citizens to transportation, recovery meetings, employment opportunities, or higher levels of care. The project includes partnerships between Delaware County’s Single County Authority, George W. Hill Correctional Facility, the GEO Group, Delaware County Council, Delaware County Office of the District Attorney, and Prospect Crozer Community Campus.
The Wyoming County District Attorney’s Office (WCDAO) will establish a peer recovery support program to improve access to treatment for overdose survivors and their families. The certified recovery specialists will meet with patients in the emergency department and throughout the community and will coordinate referrals/warm hand-offs to behavioral health agencies within the county. WCDAO will also establish a new program to connect individuals who interact with first responder agencies, including EMS, fire departments, and law enforcement, with evidence-based treatment resources for substance abuse and mental health. This program will also provide training to first responders on addiction, mental health, and trauma-informed care. A formal law enforcement diversion program will also be created to connect individuals with treatment.Project Profile
The York/Adams Drug and Alcohol Commission proposes to establish a new program to connect persons leaving prison with the appropriate evidence-based treatment and support services, which may include medication-assisted treatment; connect individuals who are on work-release with treatment and nontreatment services; and establish an integrated data system containing all law enforcement naloxone utilizations, emergency medical services naloxone utilizations, and hospital emergency department admissions and encourage prescription drug monitoring program usage.
The Rhode Island State Police will implement the Heroin-Opioid Prevention Effort (HOPE) Initiative, the nation’s first statewide law enforcement-led opioid overdose outreach program, modeled after the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (PAARI). The HOPE Initiative engages law enforcement personnel in a proactive outreach strategy to combat the opioid overdose epidemic by bringing together substance-use professionals and members of law enforcement with the mission of reaching out to those who are at risk of overdosing and encouraging them to be assessed and treated. The project will support the HOPE Initiative by enhancing the ongoing efforts of state and local government to address the opioid overdose epidemic, including gathering real-time law enforcement data on opioid overdoses to identify individuals with opioid use disorder. In addition, the project will support a program involving law enforcement and case management to provide outreach to individuals with opioid use disorder. Outreach efforts will include victims and child welfare services. Data gathered through the HOPE Initiative will be shared with the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP). Kelley Research Associates will serve as the project evaluator.
The purpose of this program is to design and implement a collaborative intervention strategy that provides (pre-booking or post-booking) treatment alternative-to-incarceration programs serving individuals at high risk for overdose or substance abuse utilizing evidence-based recovery support services (transitional/recovery housing and peer support) and medication-assisted treatment (MAT). To meet these objectives, the proposed initiative will provide: 1) assessment-based individualized treatment plans, 2) MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment), 3) transitional housing at the OARS Center, 4) cognitive behavioral therapy, and 5) peer support services. Services will be delivered in the Oconee Addiction Recovery & Solutions Center located adjacent to the Oconee Law Enforcement Center that, as a communitywide enterprise, was recently renovated for this purpose. OARS will coordinate with the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, the Oconee County Detention Center, the Oconee County Drug Court, the 10th Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office, and the Center for Family Medicine to deliver the proposed initiative through: 1) the development of a comprehensive, locally driven evidence-based response to opioids, stimulants, and other substances with expanded access to supervision, treatment, and recovery support services; 2) supporting law enforcement and other first responder diversion programs for nonviolent drug offenders to improve responses to offenders at high risk for overdose or substance abuse and provide alternative-to-incarceration services to those suffering from substance abuse disorders; 3) needs assessment tools to identify and prioritize services for jail offenders; 4) the use of evidenced-based treatment practices; and 5) rigorous program evaluation by Clemson University providing feedback and improvement opportunities.
Minnehaha County applied under Category 1b for grant funding in the amount of $900,000 under the reporting umbrella of the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office. This project serves the population of Minnehaha County, which includes a population of 186,749 residents. The purpose of the project is to reduce reliance of the criminal justice system to deal with individuals with substance abuse disorders. The project includes partnerships between Minnehaha County (Sheriff’s Office, SAO, Human Services), the Sioux Falls Police Department, Avera Hospital, Urban Indian Health, and the University of South Dakota. The program-specific priority area the applicant will address is the lack of accessibility to treatment providers. The OJP policy priority area the applicant will address is to enhance public safety in four Qualified Opportunity Zones. The applicant will partner with researchers in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of South Dakota to submit performance measurement and related assessments (including a gap assessment) to make data-informed decisions. These deliverables will also include assessments of the peer navigator and associated program. Final reports will be produced that summarize community crime changes and analysis of benefits to Qualified Opportunity Zones.
Cocke County Government, located in the rural Appalachian Mountain region of eastern Tennessee, applied for grant funding under Subcategory 1b in the amount of $899,488. This project serves Tennessee's 4th Judicial District, which includes Cocke, Sevier, Jefferson, and Grainger counties and has a total combined population of 212,069. The purpose of the proposed Tennessee Recovery Oriented Compliance Strategy (TN-ROCS) Enhancement and Evaluation project is (1) to increase the capacity of this innovative court-based intervention program to link individuals across the district at high risk of overdose to appropriate, evidence-based behavioral health treatment and recovery support services; and (2) to independently validate the TN-ROCS model, such that key findings related to program quality and implementation fidelity can inform current and future data-driven expansion efforts. This project includes partnerships between Cocke County, 4th Judicial District Circuit Court Judge Duane Slone, Dr. Stephen Loyd, Dr. Jennifer Anderson, American Institutes for Research, and Rulo Strategies. All four priority considerations are addressed in this application. Cocke County is a geographically isolated rural area that is plagued by persistently high rates of poverty, substance use, and overdose fatality. Additionally, one census tract within Cocke County (9207.00) has been designated as a Qualified Opportunity Zone.
Sevier County will enhance the Sevier County Offender Recovery Program (SCORP), a comprehensive, collaborative effort to identify and refer individuals to treatment and recovery following incarceration. Interventions begin during incarceration; however, the majority of services are provided immediately at release during the probationary period. Funds will be used to hire a peer mentor coordinator, a women’s service liaison, and a probation/life skills coach for incarcerated women enrolled in the program and expand the substance abuse prevention education program to include the families of SCORP participants.Project Profile
The Shelby County Division of Community Services will use addiction peer recovery specialists to link individuals with substance use disorders to treatment and case management services, bridge the gap between victims and resources, and be on call 24/7/365 with law enforcement, emergency medical services, and local emergency rooms working to identify patients and encourage them into treatment. The University of Memphis will serve as the research partner for this project.
The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse will: • Support six new implementation project sites (Davidson, Montgomery, Sumner, Putnam, Wilson, and Washington counties) as well as five enhancement project sites for counties that are currently COAP funded (Sullivan, Hamilton, Knox, Jefferson, and Coffee Counties). Sullivan and Hamilton Counties will (1) embed behavioral health clinicians with law enforcement; (2) provide employment readiness and connection to employment services both pre- and post-incarceration; and/or (3) deliver evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy courses. • Enhance six regional drug-endangered children response teams in Dickson, Cheatham, Lawrence, Franklin, Jefferson, and Scott Counties. Response teams will use a collaborative approach in meeting the needs of children affected by drug overdose events as well as their parents. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation will also implement a statewide prevention strategy by creating a virtual reality game with education content for students to engage with at school events. • Integrate three certified peer recovery support specialist (CPRS) positions in probation and parole offices across the state, one in each of the three Grand Divisions of Tennessee. • Provide recovery support services, including recovery housing, as part of a comprehensive response. Dr. Carolyn Marie Audet and Lauren Allard will serve as the research partners for this project.
The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is applying for category 2 in the amount of $6,000,000. This project will increase local community’s capacity to respond to the presence of Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) among justice involved individuals and reduce the impact of SUDs among justice involved individuals. This project will include partnerships with the Tennessee Department of Health to support the expansion of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) in COSSAP jail sites and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to support Drug Endangered Children Task Forces, Field Based Drug Testing, and overdose data mapping. This project serves to support ten new implementation project sites; 1) Blount, 2) Roane, 3) Anderson, 4) Bradley, 5) Dickson, 6) Cheatham, 7) Roane, 8) Tipton, 9) Grundy and 10) Montgomery counties. Priority Considerations: Qualified Opportunity Zones: All 10 sites targeted for this COSSAP project have Qualified Opportunity Zones in their county: See Attachment 6. High-Poverty Areas or Persistent-Poverty Counties: Two of the targeted counties: Grundy and Cocke are rated by the TN Dept of Economic and Community Development as “Distressed”, while the other eight (8) counties are rated as “Transitional”. Poverty rates for all targeted counties are above the national average (12.3%) with Grundy (28.5%), Cocke (25.0%) and Bradley (18.0%) all exceeding the Statewide poverty rate of 16.7%. Address Specific Challenges That Rural Communities Face: Six of the ten sites selected have more than (50%) of their population residing in rural areas, which Grundy County having (100%) of its population residing in a rural area.
The Harris County Community Supervision and Corrections Department will develop protocols for diverting appropriate individuals to treatment assessments and community-based care; develop protocols for smoothing the transition between in-custody medication-assisted treatment (MAT] to community supervision and continued treatment for those exiting to probation; and link opioid-abusing individuals with recovery coaches to support recovery efforts, reduce barriers, and improve community engagement.
MHMR of Tarrant County (MHMR) applied for grant funding in the amount of $1,200,00 in direct response to BJA-2020-17023 (Category 1: BJA-2020-17024). The geographic area of focus for this program is Tarrant County, an urban community of 2,080,000 residents, including the cities of Fort Worth and Arlington. The purpose of this program is to improve the public safety of the community, support the welfare of children, and promote family stability impacted by parental substance use disorders and other related concerns through participation in the Tarrant County Family Recovery Court (FRC) and the MHMR Pine Street Rehabilitation Center services utilizing the Recovery Model. Secondary goals include: (1) improve access to treatment through the FRC/drug court services, and identification and referral of Pine Street participants with substance abuse and unstable living conditions; (2) reduce substance use and improve the psychological well-being of FRC participants; (3) increase permanency by reducing the effect of substance use and trauma through the provision of safe and stable housing; and (4) increase the participant’s ability to live independently and responsibly. Priority considerations addressed in this application include high-poverty areas and Qualified Opportunity Zones.
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice Technology-assisted Treatment will expand the continuum of care for participants who need services for opioid abuse but lack the resources (e.g., transportation, recovery support) to obtain the services. The proposed pilot sites shall service clients who have used or abused opioids and are returning to a rural county in or surrounding one of the four cities (Amarillo, Longview, Odessa, and Texarkana) listed among the nation’s top 25 cities identified as having opioid users. These Texas counties may include but are not limited to Angelina, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cook, Delta, Ector, Fannin, Franklin, Grayson, Gregg, Harrison, Hopkins, Houston, Hunt, Jasper, Kaufman, Lamar, Marion, Midland, Morris, Navarro, Nacogdoches, Newton, Nueces, Panola, Polk, Potter, Red River, Rockwall, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Titus, Trinity, Tyler, and Upshur.
Arlington County Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division (BHD) applied for grant funding under Category 1B in the amount of $899,815 over three years. This project will serve Arlington County (population 235,000) and is particularly focused on response in high-poverty regions of the county where opioid use and opioid overdoses remain prevalent. The project also works across traditional jurisdictional boundaries to provide wraparound services for individuals identified as high risk or otherwise involved in the Arlington criminal justice system. The purpose of this project is to improve access to and treatment in the detoxification program; provide early intervention to people arrested on substance use-related charges and identify alternatives to incarceration; improve recovery options by adding a reentry program to an established residential program; maintain collaboration between the police and BHD to address opioid overdoses and activity hotspots; assess and provide interventions for children and families impacted by substance use; and evaluate the use of evidence-based treatment and outcomes. The proposed addition of 1.0 FTE therapist and 1.0 FTE case manager will allow BHD to enhance services along the Sequential Intercept Model. The therapist will be focused on establishment, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based programming in a variety of treatment settings and will be the clinical lead for the creation of diversion service plans and “Plans of Safe Care” for substance-exposed infants. The case manager will serve as the lead clinical staff for co-response with police and fire services to the community, and will provide community outreach, education, and naloxone distribution. Both positions will expand the reach of MAT programming in the county and will address gaps identified through comprehensive community assessment. A key feature of the proposal is a collaboration with an academic partner, Dr. Taxman from George Mason University, to evaluate performance, including outcomes and outputs, along with the development of fidelity assessments to measure evidence-based practice adoption. The project expands upon existing partnership with the police and fire departments, Child Protective Services, the offices of the sheriff, the public defender, and the Commonwealth’s attorney.
The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office for the County of Augusta, Virginia, applied for grant funding in the amount of $600,000. This project serves Augusta County, a small, semi-rural county with the population of 74,701. The purpose of the project is to expand its currently existing LEAD program to serve the expanding number persons with substance use disorder. The grant will fund a new case management program, which will connect higher-risk, felony-level offenders with community resources prior to them being charged. The program will also institute a new transfer project, which will give medical professionals and first responders the ability to ensure continuity of care for clients presenting with SUD. The project includes partnerships between Augusta County Sherriff’s Department, Blue Ridge Court Services, Valley Community Services Board, Blue Ridge Criminal Justice Board, and the Institute for Reform and Solutions. Priority considerations addressed in this application include rural designation for part of the County of Augusta in seven of its census tracts.
The Page County Sheriff’s Office proposes to develop the Page County Cognitive Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Project that will provide cognitive behavioral treatment for individuals who are involved with the justice system as a result of their opioid use. The project includes a coordinator to manage the operations of a day reporting center where individuals can receive individual or group sessions in person or via teleconferencing. The project will fund equipment for the telehealth component and will serve the county of Page and the towns of Rileyville, Luray, Stanley, and Shenandoah. Project partners include Page County Sheriff’s Office, Page County Jail, Luray Police Department, Stanley Police Department, and the Shenandoah Police Department.
The Mount Rogers Community Services Board will enhance opioid treatment services and support. The project includes a coordinator, two peer recovery specialists, a system navigator, and a lead clinician. The project will also support recovery housing. The project services the Twin County area, including Carroll County, Grayson County, and the city of Galax.
The Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation applied for Category 1c grant funding in the amount of $339,519, and proposes a Chehalis Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, Substance Abuse Site-based Program to be run by Tsapowum, the Chehalis Tribal Behavioral members of the Chehalis Reservation, which has a population of 922. The Chehalis COSSAP proposes to increase the Chehalis tribal response to opioids in the tribal community by providing a comprehensive MAT program by distributing Narcan to tribal first responders, including Chehalis Tribal Police Officers, staff at the Chehalis Tribal Wellness Center, and staff of Tsapowum. These specially chosen departments are first responders to overdose, as well as members of the Chehalis Tribal Opioid Task Force. These departments support the Chehalis COSSAP goal of reducing overdoses by half and overdose deaths to zero by 2023. Priority considerations addressed in this application include rural and high poverty areas.
In the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-Based Program application, the Makah Tribe is proposing to utilize funding under Category 1: Local or Tribal Applicants, Subcategory 1c. The applicant intends to utilize funds from this application to continue funding the two FTE positions from the previous application: the COSSAP case manager and one coordinator, who will implement the LEAD program, develop MAT protocols, and help further expand the Sisuk Houses. There are no priority considerations for this application.
The Puyallup Tribe of Indians, a federally recognized tribe in western Washington State, will implement the Community Reentry Services Project. Members reentering the community from inpatient treatment or a correction facility will receive treatment, case management, peer-to-peer mentorship, and vouchers for housing and transportation.
Seattle and King County Public Health is proposing to provide enhanced care coordination services focusing on treatment decision-making within the correctional setting and the linkage and retention of formerly incarcerated individuals into community-based opioid use disorder treatment programs. Transition support services for individuals who receive Medicated Assisted Treatment will be provided as well as increased identification of individuals with OUD, enhanced release planning from jail, and linage to a community provider for up to five visits following release from jail. Grant funds requested will provide: a half-time coordinator, two full-time substance use disorder specialists, a health program assistant and a lead evaluator, Dr. Hood, Seattle King County Public Health.Project Profile
The Seattle Police Department, in partnership with the Washington State Department of Corrections, King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, and the Public Defenders Association, will enhance in-custody access to services, mentoring, and peer support; expand reentry access to services (including stable housing and opioid abuse-related treatment), mentoring, and peer support; and provide options for diversion to treatment for persons on community supervision instead of return to custody. BetaGov/Litmus at New York University (NYU) will serve as the research partner for the proposed project.
The Whatcom County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office (PAO) proposes to implement a Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program in Whatcom County. Grant funds will be used to hire a Project Coordinator through the Whatcom County PAO and three case managers through a subcontract to Sea Mar Community Health Center. Funds will also be used to support transitional housing. Project partners include the Whatcom County Public Defender’s Office, the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office, the Whatcom County Health Department, the City of Bellingham Police Department, the City of Bellingham City Attorney’s Office and Sea Mar Community Health Center.Project Profile
The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians will expand drug and alcohol treatment through the development and implementation of halfway house services and hiring counseling staff to provide services to clients seeking substance abuse counseling.
The City of Madison Police Department proposes to enhance its pre-arrest diversion program with additional pathways to treatment that include self-referral, active outreach, naloxone plus (Quick Response Team), and officer prevention and intervention. Grant funds will be used to hire an addiction resource team comprised of an addiction resource officer, community paramedic, and certified peer specialist, as well as an assessment clinician for referred clients, program evaluator, and project coordinator. Additional funds will be used to purchase naloxone for community distribution. The project services residents of Madison and Dane County. Project partners include Public Health Madison and Dane County, Dane County Department of Human Services, Madison Fire Department, and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UW PHI). The project will engage Janae Goodrich of the UW PHI as the research partner.
The Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Indians (a federally recognized Indian Tribe) applied under Category 1c for grant funding in the amount of $589,959. This project will serve the Ojibwe Indian membership of the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe (LCO) of rural northern Wisconsin. The population of the Tribe is 7,796, with thousands more familial descendants. The purpose of the project is to provide evidence-based opioid treatment that supports services to tribal individuals in need of transitional or recovery housing with a Bimaadiziwin tribal culture-based peer recovery support services, including medication-assisted treatment and recovery. The project will improve collaboration and partnerships between tribal and community-serving agencies in support of an EBT “wraparound” system of comprehensive Anishinaabe culture-based mental health treatment and recovery that uses the ASAM Criteria to determine the most appropriate level of treatment and care. This project includes important partnerships between the LCO Residential Treatment Center and tribal and county human services agencies, such as: LCO Comprehensive Community Services, LCO Tribal Court, LCO Bizhiki Wellness Center, Social Services Department, Vocational Rehabilitation Program, and the Minimaajisewin Home Program. OJP policy priority areas for Category 1 that are addressed by this project application from the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe applicant are: applications that address specific challenges that rural communities face, individuals who reside in high-poverty areas (the reservation), and individuals who offer enhancements to public safety in economically distressed communities.
The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin will develop a Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (PAARI) model of law enforcement diversion to reduce opioid abuse and the number of overdose fatalities. Grant funds will be used to support a program coordinator, who will assist in implementing the program; a clinical therapist; and three peer support specialists. The applicant agreed to make data available through the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP).
The Milwaukee Prostitution and Opioid Diversion Project (MPOD) within the Milwaukee County Housing Division will establish a public health and justice partnership to address the unique needs of women in street prostitution and sex trafficking who abuse illicit or prescription opioids (and other drugs) and frequently come into contact with the justice system for prostitution or drug-related arrests or as victims of sex trafficking. MPOD will enhance service capacity in the current Sisters Diversion Project, a municipal pre-arrest prostitution diversion program, building on the pre-existing partnership among the Milwaukee Police Department, the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division, the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, local treatment agencies, and the Medical College of Wisconsin; and enhance coordination and services for women in Milwaukee County’s Early Interventions Program (specifically, its pretrial diversion program). MPOD will engage the Medical College of Wisconsin as the research partner for this project.
The Winnebago County District Attorney will improve data infrastructure and develop diversion strategies for people with opioid use disorders using evidence-based components. BetaGov/Litmus at New York University (NYU) will serve as the research partner for the proposed project.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) will support the implementation of local law enforcement assisted diversion (LEAD) and medication-assisted treatment (MAT) programs in jails. Five pre-booking diversion sites using the LEAD model will be selected to provide diversion to treatment at the pre-arrest or post-arrest stages. Nine jail-based sites will be selected to provide non-narcotic, non-addictive injectable MAT to an inmate in the days immediately preceding re-entry to the community. The MAT program will include community-based care coordination for inmates exiting the county or tribal jail and rely on evidence-based, trauma-informed practices for substance use disorder treatment. This project will engage the Wisconsin DOJ's Bureau of Justice Information and Analysis as the research partner for this project.
The Berkeley County Council proposes to provide mental health services to children ages 12-18 who are at risk of substance abuse or are experiencing substance abuse personally or at home. Peer recovery coaching will be provided for families with a school-age student or family member suffering substance use disorders. Finally, prevention and education activities will be offered for children.
The City of Charleston will use funding to hire a full-time coordinator and peer recovery coaches and support joint funding of a data analyst with the West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute (WV DII) at the University of Charleston to expand data analysis. Project partners include Thomas Hospital and WV DII. The City of Charleston has engaged WW DII at the University of Charleston as its research and evaluation partner.
The Justice and Community Services (JCS) section of the West Virginia Division of Administrative Services partnered with the West Virginia Office of Research and Strategic Planning (ORSP), the West Virginia Division of Health Human Resources’ Bureau for Behavioral Health (BBH), county commissions, and nonprofit residential recovery programs in increasing the number of peer recovery coaches and expanding available peer recovery services throughout the state.