Training and Technical Assistance


The COSSAP training and technical assistance (TTA) program offers a variety of learning opportunities and assistance to support BJA COSSAP grantees and other local, tribal, and state stakeholders to build and sustain multidisciplinary criminal justice responses to illicit substance use and misuse.

Training and technical assistance is provided in a variety of formats, including virtual and in-person training events, workshop and meeting presentations, and online resources.

TTA deliveries are provided to requestors free of charge.

The COSSAP TTA Program supports communities by:

  • Facilitating peer-to-peer learning opportunities in which communities can learn from experienced programs through virtual consultations and on-site visits.

  • Providing speakers for conferences and workshops or skilled subject-matter experts for training events to educate stakeholders and build capacity.

  • Facilitating strategic and cross-system planning to identify community resources, establish priorities, and develop a road map to achieving goals.

  • Identifying materials such as policies and procedures, guidelines, and data sharing agreements that support program activities.

  • Supporting PDMPs by increasing PDMP efficiencies and facilitating coordination between PDMPs and state and national stakeholders.

Training and Technical Assistance Providers


The following agencies are BJA’s current COSSAP training and technical assistance (TTA) providers. To learn more about the COSSAP TTA Program, read the COSSAP TTA Program Overview briefing sheet. Explore these overviews to learn about the wealth of expertise offered by the COSSAP TTA Collaborative members.

Advocates for Human Potential, Inc.


Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. (AHP) and its partners, in collaboration with BJA, provide ongoing direct TTA to approximately 100 jurisdictions, in addition to creating products for establishing or enhancing treatment and recovery service engagement among pre- and post-trial populations. This includes supporting jurisdictions’ implementation of programs for in-custody medication-assisted treatment, cognitive behavioral treatment, transition to community-based services upon release, and withdrawal management implementation strategies. AHP also supports COSSAP grantees and other state, local, and tribal stakeholders in collecting data and measuring performance. AHP has transformed and improved organizational systems of care through TTA, business development, and research and evaluation for the past 35 years. AHP’s diverse team leverages cutting-edge knowledge of research and evidence-based practices in criminal justice programming, substance use and misuse treatment and recovery, and overdose prevention to provide COSSAP grantees, as well as other stakeholders, with knowledge and practical tools to build and sustain successful multidisciplinary responses to illicit substance use and misuse and improve reentry and recidivism outcomes.

Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. Website

Altarum


Increasingly, peer recovery support services (PRSS) are an important—and sometimes central—part of efforts to effectively address illicit substance use and misuse. Altarum believes that peer-based services are vital to the continuum of care for individuals impacted by substance use disorder. Altarum works with organizations and systems as they implement best practices and promising approaches related to PRSS. Altarum supports federal, state, and local governments, as well as national and community-based organizations, to build a system of care that focuses on recovery, active involvement of consumers and their families, and multiple services to best meet individual needs and to strengthen and improve the health of communities.

Altarum Website

CENTER FOR HEALTH AND JUSTICE AT TASC


TASC’s Center for Health and Justice (CHJ) helps COSSAP grantees implement evidence-based, systemic solutions at the front end of the justice system to respond to the substance use that often underlies criminal justice involvement. CHJ helps build integrated criminal justice, behavioral health, and community systems by assisting first responders in developing pathways to treatment for individuals at risk for illicit substance use and misuse. CHJ offers online resources and in-person TTA engagements customized to the needs of specific jurisdictions with the goals of connecting and maximizing the treatment resources of the community to improve public health and safety.

Center for Health and Justice at TASC Website

Institute for Intergovernmental Research


The Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) serves as the connecting point for COSSAP training and technical assistance (TTA) efforts and collaborates with Bureau of Justice Assistance leadership and fellow TTA providers to work directly with COSSAP site-based grantees. IIR’s role includes publication production and design; planning, coordination, and delivery of national-level trainings and working group meetings; COSSAP Resource Center website development and maintenance; provision of subject-matter expertise; coordination of distance learning opportunities and resource dissemination; and coordination of other complementary activities.

Institute for Intergovernmental Research Website

National Criminal Justice Training Center, Fox Valley Technical College


The National Criminal Justice Training Center (NCJTC) of Fox Valley Technical College was established more than 25 years ago and has extensive experience managing complex national U.S. Department of Justice-funded training and technical assistance (TTA) efforts that demand attention to detail, competency, diversity, flexibility, and innovation. NCJTC is proud to support urban, rural, and under-resourced communities, as well as culturally sensitive areas such as tribal communities. NCJTC provides solutions that address specific public safety concerns through on-site training, conferences, online learning opportunities, and customized TTA. Areas of focus include tribal justice systems planning and capacity building, tribal corrections capacity building, alcohol- and substance use-related crime, comprehensive tribal victim service program development, and comprehensive strategic planning.

National Criminal Justice Training Center (NCJTC) of Fox Valley Technical College Website

Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Training and Technical Assistance Center


The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Training and Technical Assistance Center (PDMP TTAC) provides a comprehensive array of services, support, resources, and strategies to PDMPs, BJA grant recipients, federal partners, and other stakeholders to further the efforts and effectiveness of PDMPs in combating the misuse and diversion of prescription drugs. PDMP TTAC’s focus is to improve consistency and alignment among PDMPs, facilitate coordination between PDMPs and state and national stakeholders, increase PDMP efficiencies, measure performance and effectiveness, and promote best practices.

Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Training and Technical Assistance Center Website

RTI International


RTI International’s role in COSSAP is to provide direct support to state agencies and subrecipients, making communities safer by promoting evidence-based practices to respond to illicit substance use and misuse across all government levels. Through its substantive, methodological, and technical assistance expertise, RTI and its partners foster peer-to-peer learning and cross-site coordination to enable discussions of lessons learned, facilitate program improvements, and promote evidence-based program proliferation, providing tailored training and technical assistance for the unique needs of jurisdictions that can also be applied nationally.

RTI International Website

Advocates for Human Potential, Inc.


Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. (AHP) and its partners, in collaboration with BJA, provide ongoing direct TTA to approximately 100 jurisdictions, in addition to creating products for establishing or enhancing treatment and recovery service engagement among pre- and post-trial populations. This includes supporting jurisdictions' implementation of programs for in-custody medication-assisted treatment, cognitive behavioral treatment, transition to community-based services upon release, and withdrawal management implementation strategies. AHP also supports COSSAP grantees and other state, local, and tribal stakeholders in collecting data and measuring performance. AHP has transformed and improved organizational systems of care through TTA, business development, and research and evaluation for the past 35 years. AHP’s diverse team leverages cutting-edge knowledge of research and evidence-based practices in criminal justice programming, substance use and misuse treatment and recovery, and overdose prevention to provide COSSAP grantees, as well as other stakeholders, with knowledge and practical tools to build and sustain successful multidisciplinary responses to illicit substance use and misuse and improve reentry and recidivism outcomes.

Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. Website

Altarum


Increasingly, peer recovery support services (PRSS) are an important—and sometimes central—part of efforts to effectively address illicit substance use and misuse. Altarum believes that peer-based services are vital to the continuum of care for individuals impacted by substance use disorder. Altarum works with organizations and systems as they implement best practices and promising approaches related to PRSS. Altarum supports federal, state, and local governments, as well as national and community-based organizations, to build a system of care that focuses on recovery, active involvement of consumers and their families, and multiple services to best meet individual needs and to strengthen and improve the health of communities.

Altarum Website

CENTER FOR HEALTH AND JUSTICE AT TASC


TASC’s Center for Health and Justice (CHJ) helps COSSAP grantees implement evidence-based, systemic solutions at the front end of the justice system to respond to the substance use that often underlies criminal justice involvement. CHJ helps build integrated criminal justice, behavioral health, and community systems by assisting first responders in developing pathways to treatment for individuals at risk for illicit substance use and misuse. CHJ offers online resources and in-person TTA engagements customized to the needs of specific jurisdictions with the goals of connecting and maximizing the treatment resources of the community to improve public health and safety.

Center for Health and Justice at TASC Website

Institute for Intergovernmental Research


The Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) serves as the connecting point for COSSAP training and technical assistance (TTA) efforts and collaborates with Bureau of Justice Assistance leadership and fellow TTA providers to work directly with COSSAP site-based grantees. IIR’s role includes publication production and design; planning, coordination, and delivery of national-level trainings and working group meetings; COSSAP Resource Center website development and maintenance; provision of subject-matter expertise; coordination of distance learning opportunities and resource dissemination; and coordination of other complementary activities.

Institute for Intergovernmental Research Website

National Criminal Justice Training Center, Fox Valley Technical College


The National Criminal Justice Training Center (NCJTC) of Fox Valley Technical College was established more than 25 years ago and has extensive experience managing complex national U.S. Department of Justice-funded TTA efforts that demand attention to detail, competency, diversity, flexibility, and innovation. NCJTC is proud to support tribal, rural, under-resourced, and urban communities. NCJTC provides solutions that address specific public safety concerns and unique community needs through customized on-site and virtual TTA. NCJTC has a long history of supporting tribal communities in the areas of alcohol and substance abuse, tribal justice systems planning and capacity building, tribal corrections capacity building, comprehensive tribal victim service program development, and comprehensive strategic planning. NCJTC’s COSSAP TTA areas of focus in supporting tribal COSSAP grantees and other tribal communities include overall grant implementation support; mentoring and coaching; Communities of Practice; assistance with advisory board or multidisciplinary team development, stakeholder identification and engagement strategies, and gaining buy-in; and promising tribal program models. A number of specialized training topics are available, such as drug identification and recognition to support tribal justice, drug trend awareness, tribal community awareness presentations, drug endangered children training, the intersection between historical trauma and addiction, trauma-informed approaches, the relationship between adverse childhood experiences and addiction, skill building for clients, motivational interviewing, addiction-related implicit bias, opioid addiction and medication-assisted treatments for tribal communities, tribal law enforcement diversion, and much more.

National Criminal Justice Training Center (NCJTC) of Fox Valley Technical College Website

Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Training and Technical Assistance Center


The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Training and Technical Assistance Center (PDMP TTAC) provides a comprehensive array of services, support, resources, and strategies to PDMPs, BJA grant recipients, federal partners and other stakeholders to further the efforts and effectiveness of PDMPs in combating the misuse and diversion of prescription drugs. PDMP TTAC’s focus is to improve consistency and alignment among PDMPs, facilitate coordination between PDMPs and state and national stakeholders, increase PDMP efficiencies, measure performance and effectiveness, and promote best practices.

Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Training and Technical Assistance Center Website

RTI International


RTI International’s role in COSSAP is to provide direct support to state agencies and subrecipients, making communities safer by promoting evidence-based practices to respond to illicit substance use and misuse across all government levels. Through its substantive, methodological, and technical assistance expertise, RTI and its partners foster peer-to-peer learning and cross-site coordination to enable discussions of lessons learned, facilitate program improvements, and promote evidence-based program proliferation, providing tailored training and technical assistance for the unique needs of jurisdictions that can also be applied nationally.

RTI International Website

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