Success Stories

COSSAP Grantees Success Stories

Since 2017, through its leadership of COSSAP, the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has supported innovative work—from coast to coast, in large cities and rural America, in tribal lands and U.S. territories—by more than 400 site-based projects and demonstration sites. These COSSAP grantees across the nation have planned, developed, and implemented comprehensive efforts to identify, respond to, treat, and support those impacted by the opioid epidemic and battle the persistence or reemergence of stimulants and other substances while keeping the cornerstone of the initiative the same: an emphasis on the force-multiplying power of partnership and collaboration across the public health, behavioral health, and public safety sectors.

The success stories featured here are from the field to highlight the valuable work of the COSSAP grantees and their programs, initiatives, and/or campaigns.

Our hope is that these featured stories will not only showcase the exemplary work that the COSSAP grantees are doing in their communities but will also serve in an educational capacity for other communities that want to start or expand similar programs, initiatives, or campaigns. Perhaps the stories will inspire others to see new opportunities that their communities might benefit from and will offer the foundational knowledge to begin implementation of such opportunities locally.

Are you a COSSAP grantee who would like to share your project’s success story? We welcome your submission. A short online worksheet has been created to streamline the submission process.

Disposable Phones Indispensable to Success of Overdose Response Program in Lexington County, South Carolina

Success Story — 3/8/2022

Learn about The Courage Center (TCC), the Coordinated Overdose Response and Engagement (CORE) program, and the Community Outreach Paramedic Education (COPE) program.

Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program Adds an Extra Level of Protection for Long-Term Care Facility Patients

Success Story — 7/29/2022

Judy Fears, R.N., BSN, M.S., Project Manager, Bureau of Pharmacy and Clinical Support Services, Illinois Department of Human Services, submitted this success story detailing the Illinois PMP's PMPnow.

Beaver County, Pennsylvania, Behavioral Health: Collaboration Produces Results

Success Story — 12/2/2021

Jill Perry, Grant Coordinator for Beaver County, Pennsylvania submitted this success story about Beaver County Behavioral Health and Development Services' (BCBH) Let Us Know project.

Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP): Success Story

Success Story — 1/26/2022

The mission of the PDMP Compliance Team is to facilitate the provision of high-quality, timely data so that pharmacists have the latest, most accurate information to make informed clinical decisions.

West Virginia Program Takes a Multifaceted Approach to Juvenile Opioid Misuse Prevention and Education

Success Story — 9/8/2022

Nicole Robertson, Program Coordinator for the Juvenile Opioid Treatment Intervention and Prevention Program (JOTIPP) in Berkeley County, West Virginia, submitted this success story about the program.

Cabell County, West Virginia, Success Story

Success Story — 11/1/2021

Connie Priddy, Director of Quality Compliance/Huntington Quick Response Team Program Coordinator for Cabell County Emergency Medical Services (EMS), submitted this success story.

Fort Wayne, Indiana: A Community With HART

Success Story — 6/30/2022

Darcy Robins, MSW, CPS, Lead Social Worker with the Fort Wayne Police Department's Hope and Recovery Team (HART) submitted this success story detailing HART and its community partners.

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