2016 National Heroin Threat Assessment Summary–June 2016

Publication — 6/1/2016

This U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration intelligence report gives an overview of the threat of heroin and other opioids in the United States.

The National Drug Threat Assessment provides a yearly assessment of the many challenges local communities face related to drug abuse and drug trafficking. Highlights in the report include usage and trafficking trends for drugs such as prescription drugs, heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, and the hundreds of synthetic drugs. The assessment factors in information from many data sources such as drug seizures, drug purity, laboratory analyses, information on the involvement of organized criminal groups, and survey data provided to DEA by 5,155 state and local law enforcement agencies across the country.

2017 National Drug Threat Assessment–2017

Publication — 10/1/2017

This report is an assessment of the threat posed to the United States by domestic and international drug trafficking and the abuse of illicit drugs.

The National Drug Threat Assessment provides a yearly assessment of the many challenges local communities face related to drug abuse and drug trafficking. Highlights in the report include usage and trafficking trends for drugs such as prescription drugs, heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, and the hundreds of synthetic drugs. The assessment factors in information from many data sources such as drug seizures, drug purity, laboratory analyses, information on the involvement of organized criminal groups, and survey data provided to DEA by 5,155 state and local law enforcement agencies across the country.

2018 COAP National Recovery Month Toolkit

Publication — 8/31/2018

This resource packet can assist with planning an event or activity to highlight recovery work and promote recovery in your community.

This resource packet including ideas, online resources, sample press releases, an op-ed example, and social media posts to assist with planning an event or activity to highlight your work and promote recovery in your community.

21st Century CURES Act: Exchange Standards and Information Blocking

Podcast — 5/23/2019

The 21st Century CURES Act addresses interoperability, the health information technology certification program, and information blocking.

This podcast delves into select components of the 21st Century CURES Act and provides details on how states and the public can provide comments on the proposed rule by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to implement the CURES Act. The podcast is an interview with Elisabeth Myers, Deputy Director, Office of Policy at ONC, on these topics.

A transcript of this podcast is available at http://s.iir.com/P5hib358.

50-State Report on Public Safety

Publication — 3/1/2018

A wide range of challenges can be seen across the country in the criminal justice landscape, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

This resource offers a look at the criminal justice landscape across the country reveals a wide range of challenges from state to state with no one-size-fits-all solution.

A Bridge to Long-Term Recovery: Building Meaningful Collaboration

Publication — 2/1/2019

Safe, affordable, and supportive housing is associated with stability and permanency in recovery support services.

This publication suggests activities to create or strengthen collaboration between policymakers, low-income housing providers, advocates, and other stakeholders.

A Drug Court Clinician’s Guide for Linking People to Opioid Treatment Services

Publication — 7/31/2018

This pocket guide was produced by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP).

This pocket guide is designed to help counselors and therapists working with drug court participants refer and link participants to opioid treatment services in outpatient offices, clinics, and Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs).

A Drug Court Team Member’s Guide to Medication in Addiction Treatment

Publication — 7/31/2018

This pocket guide was produced by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP).

This pocket guide is intended for non-clinical drug court team members (e.g., court coordinators, judges, defense attorneys, prosecutors, parole officers, case managers, peer mentors, recovery coaches). It will describe how the team member can support both the provider and those participants prescribed or considering medication-assisted treatment (MAT).

Addiction Resources from the Sesame Street in Communities Project

Publication — 10/8/2019

Sesame Street has introduced a new character to help children understand the topic of parental addiction.

The Sesame Street in Communities project offers free resources in a variety of formats (including videos and webinars) for caring adults, community organizations, and service providers to support children’s healthy development and navigation of timely—and often challenging—subjects. A new character, Karli, has been introduced, providing materials and strategies to help users sensitively navigate the topic of parental addiction. Learn more at https://sesamestreetincommunities.org/topics/parental-addiction/.

Additional information is available at https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/sesame-street-addresses-addiction-muppet-045057051.html and https://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/sesame-street-introduces-new-character-to-help-kids-understand-opioid-crisis-70952005537.

 

Addressing the Opioid Crisis

Publication — 5/5/2018

This webpage offers an overview of the U.S. Department of State's strategic work to stem the flow of opioids trafficked into the United States.

The U.S. Department of State plays a key role within the U.S. whole-of-government effort to address the nation's opioid epidemic, aiming to stop illicit opioids from being produced overseas and trafficked into the United States. This webpage offers an overview of the agency's strategic work to stem the flow of opioids trafficked into the United States and ultimately save lives.

Annual Surveillance Report on Drug-Related Risks and Outcomes, 2017

Publication — 8/31/2017

This report summarizes information available on the national level for various health outcomes, health behaviors, and prescribing patterns.

The purpose of this first annual surveillance report is to summarize the latest information available on the national level for various health outcomes, health behaviors, and prescribing patterns related to the drug problem in the United States. The emphasis is on national information, but some state information is also presented. This document is intended to serve as a resource for persons charged with addressing this ongoing national problem.

This report on drug-related risks and outcomes presents information on four types of outcomes from four different data sources:

  1. Opioid prescribing, 2006-2016, from QuintilesIMS Health®
  2. Drug use, misuse, and substance use disorder, 2014-2015, from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), a product of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  3. Nonfatal overdose hospitalizations and emergency department (ED) visits, 2014, from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), a product of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
  4. Drug overdose mortality, 1999-2015, from the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) Mortality Component, maintained by the National Center for Health Statistics, CDC

Applying the Evidence: Legal Policy Approaches to Address Opioid Use Disorder in Criminal Justice and Child Welfare Settings

Publication — 10/1/2019

This report examines access to opioid use disorder treatment in the criminal justice and child welfare settings.

This report provides recommendations for actions that state and local leaders can take immediately to increase evidence-based practices, decrease arbitrary determinations, and prevent overdose deaths.

At the Epicenter of the Crisis: The Role of Jails in Tackling the Opioid Epidemic

Podcast — 5/13/2019

Sheriff Kevin Coppinger of the Essex County Sheriff's Department (ECSD) discusses the role of jails in the opioid epidemic.

The ECSD plays a key role in the lives of many people who have been thrust into the criminal justice system because of a substance abuse problem. Sheriff Coppinger describes the success of the ECSD's 28-day detoxification program, which provides individual counseling sessions with experts and a treatment plan after clients are released that includes partnerships with both private and public spectrums. The detoxification program also employs recovery coaches during and after the program. The goal is to give clients a chance to succeed by providing them with a virtual toolbox of resources. Sheriff Coppinger also discusses occupational training and educational programs that have been successful at the ECSD.

The transcript of this podcast can be viewed at https://www.coapresources.org/Content/Documents/Events/Podcast_Transcript-Sheriff_Kevin_Coppinger.pdf

Behind and Beyond the Walls: Peer Supports in Jail Settings

Webinar — 8/13/2019

Three models of jail-based peer recovery support services that bridge to community peer supports are discussed.

Peer recovery support services (PRSS) are increasingly being offered across diverse criminal justice settings to address opioid abuse and achieve positive outcomes. Peer specialists use their lived experience of addiction, criminal justice involvement, and recovery to assist others on their path to recovery. PRSS in jail settings offers a unique opportunity to address the needs of individuals with opioid use disorder while they are incarcerated and upon reentry.

This webinar highlights three different models of jail-based PRSS that bridge to community peer supports. The guest presenters describe the structure of their programs, the roles of peers, and the outcomes of their programs. They also discuss opportunities and challenges of running peer programs in jail settings.

To view a PDF version of the slide deck from this webinar, click here.

Best Practices for Successful Reentry for People Who Have Opioid Addictions

Publication — 11/1/2018

This fact sheet describes best practices to ensure safe, successful reentry for people who have opioid addictions.

The Council of State Governments' (CSG) National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC) has released a fact sheet on Best Practices for Successful Reentry for People Who Have Opioid Addictions. The fact sheet describes the best practices that correctional, community-based behavioral health, and probation and parole agencies can implement within their systems to ensure that reentry for people who have opioid addictions is safe and successful. The document provides an overview of ten ways in which the professionals in these agencies can help ensure success, which fall under the following categories: planning and coordination, behavioral health treatment and cognitive behavioral interventions, probation and parole supervision, and recovery support services.

BJA COAP Law Enforcement/First Responder Diversion

Publication — 3/1/2019

This briefing sheet provides details of BJA's Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program's support of law enforcement/first responder diversion programs.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) is pleased to offer this briefing sheet that details BJA COAP's support of law enforcement/first responder diversion programs.

BJA COAP Support to Local Governments

Publication — 3/1/2019

This briefing sheet provides an overview of the Bureau of Justice Assistance Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program's support to local governments.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) is pleased to offer this briefing sheet that details BJA COAP's support to local governments.

BJA COAP Support to States and Territories

Publication — 3/1/2019

This briefing sheet provides an overview of the Bureau of Justice Assistance Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program's support to states and territories.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) is pleased to offer this briefing sheet that details BJA COAP's support to states and territories.

BJA COAP Support to Tribal Communities

Publication — 3/1/2019

This briefing sheet provides an overview of the Bureau of Justice Assistance Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program's support to tribal communities.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) is pleased to offer this briefing sheet that details BJA COAP's support to tribal communities.

BJA COAP The Peer Recovery Support Services Mentoring Initiative

Publication — 4/1/2019

This briefing sheet details the Bureau of Justice Assistance Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program's Peer Recovery Support Services Mentoring Initiative.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) is pleased to offer this briefing sheet that details BJA COAP's Peer Recovery Support Services Mentoring Initiative.

BJA COAP Training and Technical Assistance

Publication — 3/1/2019

This briefing sheet details the Bureau of Justice Assistance Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program's Training and Technical Assistance Program.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) is pleased to offer this briefing sheet that details BJA COAP's Training and Technical Assistance Program.

BJA Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program

Publication — 3/1/2019

This briefing sheet provides an overview of the Bureau of Justice Assistance Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) is pleased to offer this briefing sheet that details COAP.

BJA FY 2019 Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program Solicitation Webinar

Webinar — 4/28/2019

Bureau of Justice Assistance leaders review the FY 2019 Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program grant application process. 

This site-based grant program provides awards ranging from $600,000 to $6,500,000 for a 36-month project period to deliver financial and technical assistance to states, units of local government, and Indian tribal governments to plan, develop, and implement comprehensive efforts to identify, respond to, treat, and support those impacted by the opioid epidemic.

Read the full solicitation here.

Grant applications are due by June 5, 2019.

To view a PDF version of the slide deck from this webinar, click here.

BJA FY 2019 Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Training and Technical Assistance Program Solicitation Webinar

Webinar — 4/16/2019

Learn more about the BJA FY 2019 Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Training and Technical Assistance Program Competitive Grant and application process.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), BJA is seeking applications to provide training and technical assistance (TTA) to the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP).

Read the full solicitation here.

Grant applications are due by May 28, 2019.

To view a PDF version of the slide deck from this webinar, click here.

BJA Selects Model Peer Programs Addressing Opioid Epidemic

Publication — 1/22/2019

Mentor organizations will foster promising approaches, best practices, and evidence-supported peer program programming to address the opioid epidemic.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) has selected four organizations to serve as the first mentors in a new initiative to foster promising approaches, best practices, and evidence-supported peer program programming to address the opioid epidemic. These programs work with first responders, law enforcement, courts, jails, prisons, and community corrections to help persons with opioid use disorders achieve and maintain recovery from addiction.

Building Recovery: State Policy Guide for Supporting Recovery Housing

Publication — 4/18/2018

The Recovery Housing Toolkit is designed to assist in the creation of certification systems for sober homes.

The Recovery Housing Toolkit was released by the National Council for Behavioral Health and the National Alliance for Recovery Residences.

Building Resilience in the Face of the Opioid Crisis: The Power of Trauma-Informed Communities

Webinar — 1/28/2020

What is a trauma-informed community (TIC)? How is this approach practical and useful for addressing the opioid epidemic in hard-hit communities?

This webinar is the last of a series focusing on initiatives in the state of Ohio around the opioid epidemic, and first responders, as well as state and local initiatives to address far-reaching and diverse needs within communities.

The presentation spotlights three Ohio counties transforming themselves into TICs and how this work has affected the citizens, first responders, and organizations within those communities.

Viewers will learn:

  • How a TIC engages people from all sectors—education, justice, emergency response services, faith, housing, health care, and business—to understand how personal adversity affects the whole community’s well-being
  • How collaborative, resilience-building practices can reduce the effects of trauma on its citizens and build healthier communities
  • What TICs are and how they can be initiated by different groups
  • Steps taken by three different communities in Ohio to develop as TIC
  • How becoming a TIC has impacted these communities and their citizens

To view a PDF version of the slide deck from this webinar, click here

Building Successful Partnerships Between Law Enforcement and Public Health Agencies to Address Opioid Use

Publication — 9/22/2016

This report is a product of the Law Enforcement and Public Health: Successful Partnerships in Addressing Opioid Use Forum.

As the incidence of opioid and heroin addiction grows, American law enforcement has developed new approaches to combating it. Based on collaborative partnerships with public health and other professionals, these new strategies stress prevention and treatment as well as enforcement. To identify the most effective of these approaches, the COPS Office hosted the Law Enforcement and Public Health: Successful Partnerships in Addressing Opioid Use Forum in partnership with the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Police Executive Research Forum. Participants—who included representatives from public health agencies, law enforcement executives, and other stakeholders—discussed the establishment of treatment and prevention partnerships, the use of naloxone deployment programs, and best practices to mitigate drug use. They also discussed methods for sharing access to data and intelligence. This report not only documents the discussions but also describes innovative programs based on collaboration between the public health and public safety sectors.

Buprenorphine (Bup) Hospital Quick Start

Publication — 5/10/2019

This chart offers guidance for prescribers who are considering ordering buprenorphine for a patient.

Information is included on dosing, complicating factors, diagnosing opioid withdrawal, and more.

CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain 2016

Publication — 3/18/2016

This guideline provides recommendations for primary care clinicians who prescribe opioids for chronic pain.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed guidelines to improve prescribing opioids for chronic pain. Recommendations focus on the use of opioids in treating pain lasting longer than three months or past the time of normal tissue healing, outside of active cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care.

CDC Opioid Guideline Mobile App

Publication — 5/3/2017

This app puts the CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain guideline, tools, and resources in the palm of the provider's hand.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Opioid Guideline App is designed to help providers apply the recommendations of CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain into clinical practice by putting the entire guideline, tools, and resources in the palm of their hand.

Children Impacted by Addiction: A Toolkit for Educators

Publication — 9/30/2018

This toolkit can help guide counselors, teachers, psychologists, and social workers through the challenges of helping children impacted by addiction.

The Addiction Policy Forum, the Addiction Policy Leadership Action Network, and the National Association for Children of Addiction offer this toolkit as a resource to help guide counselors, teachers, psychologists, and social workers through the challenges of helping children impacted by addiction.

Clinical Guidance for Treating Pregnant and Parenting Women With Opioid Use Disorder and Their Infants

Publication — 1/3/2018

Comprehensive, national guidance for optimal management of pregnant and parenting women with opioid use disorder and their infants is offered.

The clinical guide helps health-care professionals and patients determine the most clinically appropriate action for a particular situation and informs individualized treatment decisions.

COAP Newsletter, First Edition-2018

Publication — 4/25/2018

This inaugural edition of the COAP Newsletter was released in the summer of 2018.

Supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the COAP Newsletter collects articles (many original to COAP), resources, and training announcements with the express goal of supporting and informing those dedicated to turning the tide of America’s opioid crisis.

COAP Newsletter, First Edition–2019

Publication — 2/11/2019

This edition of the COAP Newsletter was released on February 11, 2019.

Supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the COAP Newsletter collects articles (many original to COAP), resources, and training announcements with the express goal of supporting and informing those dedicated to turning the tide of America’s opioid crisis.

COAP Newsletter, Second Edition-2018

Publication — 8/30/2018

This edition of the COAP Newsletter was released August 30, 2018.

Supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the COAP Newsletter collects articles (many original to COAP), resources, and training announcements with the express goal of supporting and informing those dedicated to turning the tide of America’s opioid crisis.

COAP Newsletter, Second Edition–2019

Publication — 3/12/2019

This edition of the COAP Newsletter was released on March 12, 2019.

Supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the COAP Newsletter collects articles (many original to COAP), resources, and training announcements with the express goal of supporting and informing those dedicated to turning the tide of America’s opioid crisis.

Collaborative Comprehensive Case Plans: Addressing Criminogenic Risk and Behavioral Health Needs

Publication — 12/1/2019

Tools and resources are provided to assist in developing and implementing collaborative case plans.

The Criminogenic Risk and Behavioral Health Needs framework introduced state leaders and policymakers to the concept of prioritizing supervision and treatment resources for people based on their criminogenic risks and needs, as well as their behavioral health needs.

Community-Based Treatment Capacity to Meet Demand for SUD Services

Webinar — 3/5/2019

This webinar describes the components of a robust network of treatment services, strategies for expanding access to treatment services, etc.

Communities seeking to connect addicted individuals to substance use disorder treatment services may arrive at the seminal question, "Divert to what?" Further, trouble accessing adequate and appropriate quality treatment poses an enormous barrier to fully implementing diversion processes. This webinar describes the components of a robust network of treatment services, strategies for expanding access to treatment services, and several key elements of capacity to meet the demand for services in a community. The webinar also explores the challenges and successes that the Gateway Foundation and collaborators encountered in developing and implementing the "A Way Out" law enforcement diversion program in Lake County, Illinois, in which individuals may self-refer for treatment services via the local police department.

To view a PDF version of the slide deck from this webinar, click here.

Coordinated Response

Publication — 10/16/2019

Resources to support the implementation of a coordinated response are provided.

Resources on overdose fatality review (OFR), opioid prevention and intervention responses, and information and data sharing are included.

Corrections-Based Responses to the Opioid Epidemic

Publication — 3/1/2018

This article focuses on corrections professionals implementing jail or prison-based overdose education and naloxone distribution programs.

A small but growing group of corrections professionals across the country has started to implement jail or prison-based overdose education and naloxone distribution programs to serve people who are returning to the community following incarceration who face a dramatically increased risk of death from overdose.

Court Responses to the Opioid Epidemic: Happening Now

Publication — 7/31/2019

This document provides a snapshot of some strategies being used by courts and justice system practitioners to prevent overdose deaths and save lives.

Across the country, court-based strategies to prevent overdose deaths continue to expand and evolve. While the models and practices included in this document vary, they all aim to save the lives of justice-involved individuals at risk of overdose. These programs are working to connect at-risk individuals with more immediate treatment and supportive services and use evidence-based practices to enhance the justice system’s response to the opioid epidemic.

Critical Connections: Getting People Leaving Prison and Jail the Mental Health Care and Substance Use Treatment They Need

Publication — 1/11/2017

Questions that policymakers should ask to help people with mental health needs leaving prison or jail get community-based treatment are identified.

This paper examines the varying approaches states have taken to connect eligible people who are released from prison and jail to the mental health care and substance use treatment they need by ensuring health care coverage through some combination of Medicaid, SSI/SSDI, and veterans’ benefits.

Data-Driven Justice Monthly Call: Getting to Yes: Drafting a Data Sharing Agreement

Webinar — 10/23/2018

This webinar shares strategies to analyze data-sharing issues and provides guidance on key elements to include in data-sharing agreements.

On this Data-Driven Justice webinar, learn strategies from the Network for Public Health Law for working with attorneys to analyze data-sharing issues involving health information and receive recommendations and guidance on key elements to include in data sharing agreements.

Drug Overdose Deaths in the United States, 1999-2016

Publication — 12/1/2017

This report offers trends in drug overdose deaths, describes demographic and geographic patterns, and identifies shifts in the drugs involved.

Deaths from drug overdose are an increasing public health burden in the United States. This report uses the most recent data from the National Vital Statistics System to update trends in drug overdose deaths, describe demographic and geographic patterns, and identify shifts in the types of drugs involved.

Drug Overdose Deaths in the United States, 1999-2017

Publication — 11/1/2016

This report updates trends in drug overdose deaths, including descriptions of demographic and geographic patterns.

This report uses the most recent final mortality data from the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) to update trends in drug overdose deaths, describe demographic and geographic patterns, and identify shifts in the types of drugs involved.

Effective Treatments for Opioid Addiction

Publication — 5/3/2018

This resource provides an overview of opioid use disorder and effective treatment, including medication-assisted treatment (MAT).

The National Institute on Drug Abuse maintains this online resource.

Emergency Department Data Show Rapid Increases in Opioid Overdoses

Publication — 3/6/2018

Statistical data on emergency department visits for suspected opioid overdoses is presented. Training for improved outcomes is included.

This report features key statistics and infographics from the latest data on increasing emergency department visits for suspected opioid overdoses. It includes actionable ideas and training for improving outcomes.

Emerging Trends in the Evolving Opioid Overdose Epidemic

Publication — 3/29/2019

The reemergence of stimulants and the challenges it presents in efforts to combat the opioid epidemic are addressed.

This bulletin, released by the National Governors Association, addresses the reemergence of stimulants and the challenges it presents in efforts to combat the opioid epidemic.

Evidence-Based Strategies for Preventing Opioid Overdose: What's Working in the United States

Publication — 8/31/2018

This document assists in understanding and navigating effective strategies to prevent opioid overdose in communities.

This resource is provided to assist community leaders, local and regional organizers, non-profit groups, law enforcement, public health, and members of the public in understanding and navigating effective strategies to prevent opioid overdose in their communities.

Fentanyl: The Real Deal

Video — 10/23/2018

This video explains protective actions first responders should take when the presence of fentanyl is suspected and when exposure occurs.

The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance launched a new training video, Fentanyl: The Real Deal, on August 30, 2018. The video explains protective actions first responders should take when the presence of fentanyl is suspected, when exposure occurs, and when individuals exhibit signs of opioid intoxication.

Finding Quality Treatment for Substance Use Disorders

Publication — 4/30/2018

This fact sheet serves as a guide for individuals seeking behavioral health treatment.

This fact sheet provides:

  • three necessary steps to complete prior to utilizing a treatment center
  • the five signs of a quality treatment center, which include:
    • a review of the accreditation
    • medication
    • evidence-based practices
    • position on the role of families
    • support networks

First Responder/Law Enforcement Strategies: Supporting Overdose Survivors and Their Families

Webinar — 1/30/2020

An overview is presented of the models of overdose prevention, response, diversion, and referral most commonly associated with opioid use disorder.

Law enforcement officers and other first responders are on the front lines of the opioid epidemic, frequently encountering individuals with substance use disorder and responding to drug overdose calls. In addition to providing an overview of the five models of overdose prevention, response, diversion, and referral most commonly associated with opioid use disorder, this webinar also highlights response approaches in two communities: a Quick Response Team (QRT) program designed to provide overdose follow-up and referrals to treatment and a Handle with Care program that links children exposed to parental substance use or overdose to community supports.

Presenters

  • Jack Charlier, M.P.A., Executive Director, TASC's Center for Health and Justice
  • Connie Priddy, M.A., R.N., MCCN, Director of Quality Compliance/Huntington QRT Coordinator, Cabell County EMS
  • Edward Jacoubs, M.S.W., Director of Grants and Sponsored Projects, Plymouth County District Attorney's Office
  • Melinda Kneeland, Executive Director of Community Connections of Brockton and The Family Center, United Way of Greater Plymouth County

To view a PDF version of the slide deck from this webinar, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions: Data-Driven Justice and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

Publication — 1/11/2017

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provides answers to many of the most common questions and misperceptions regarding HIPAA.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is frequently characterized as a barrier to implementing a smarter, more data-driven approach to diverting the high-utilizer population and providing treatment and services. This document addresses what HIPAA restricts and—more importantly—how HIPAA can be used as a tool to better serve high-utilizers and other populations in your community.

FY 2016 Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) Report

Publication — 10/20/2017

This report provides preliminary estimates of Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) data for FY 2016.

Since states are permitted to resubmit AFCARS data, the estimates may change over time. This report reflects all AFCARS data received as of October 20, 2017, related to AFCARS reporting periods through September 30, 2016.

FY 2018 Special Conditions Related to Hal Rogers PDMP Grant Awards and PDMP Interstate Data Sharing

Webinar — 5/27/2018

This webinar answers questions and provides guidance on PDMP data sharing hub connectivity.

When BJA received questions about how to comply with the new special conditions related to PDMP interstate data sharing, a webinar was scheduled to make BJA representatives available to project directors as soon as possible to answer questions and provide guidance on PDMP data sharing hub connectivity.

Handle With Care

Webinar — 12/12/2018

Handle With Care is a promising initiative to mitigate the negative effects experienced by children exposed to trauma.

This webinar showcases innovative best practices to mitigate the negative effects experienced by children exposed to trauma—including an arrest or incident related to opioid use—and highlights Handle With Care. This promising initiative partners schools and child-care agencies, law enforcement, and treatment providers to promote safe and supportive homes, schools, and communities with the goals of protecting children and helping traumatized children heal and thrive. When an officer encounters a child during a call, that child's name and three words—HANDLE WITH CARE—are forwarded before the school bell rings the next day. Schools respond with interventions to help mitigate the trauma, and mental health providers are being co-located at schools to provide services.

Hospital Toolkit

Publication — 4/30/2018

This toolkit can empower medical providers, patients, families, and policymakers to improve screening, assessment, early intervention, and treatment.

The Addiction Policy Forum launched a hospital toolkit to empower medical providers, patients, families, and policymakers to improve evidence-based screening, assessment, early intervention, and treatment best practices—critically important resources that can transform a trip to the emergency department into the first step toward recovery.

Identifying High Utilizers

Publication — 12/30/2019

Combining data from the justice, health, and human services systems helps communities identify highest utilizers of multiple services and their needs.

Defining and identifying high-utilizer calls for consensus among the justice, health, and human services systems and a formal agreement to share data. Each jurisdiction will determine a definition of high utilizers that works for that jurisdiction. Collaborators on data-driven justice strategies should bring together the appropriate legal, policy, and technology leaders to begin the conversation on identifying high utilizers.

Illicit Opioids: Office of National Drug Control Policy and Other Agencies Need to Better Assess Strategic Efforts

Publication — 5/17/2018

The U.S. Government Accountability Office discussed federal agencies' specific opioid-related strategies and measures of performance.

As Congress considered a bill to reauthorize the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the U.S. Government Accountability Office was asked to discuss in testimony before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives, federal agencies' specific opioid-related strategies and the extent to which each agency is measuring its performance, as well as federal agencies' efforts to enhance collaboration and information sharing to limit the availability of illicit opioids, ongoing challenges to doing so, and ONDCP's role in enhancing such collaboration.

International Overdose Awareness Day: PDMPs in the Race to Prevent Drug Overdoses

Publication — 7/31/2019

Prescription drug monitoring programs are driven by a common goal: to serve as tools for public safety and public health.

This document offers examples of how state prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) are involved in the overall efforts to address and prevent drug overdoses.

It Only Takes a Little to Lose a Lot—Rx Awareness Campaign

Publication — 5/3/2018

The Rx Awareness campaign increases awareness of the dangers of prescription opioids by sharing stories of people who have been affected by the drugs.

The Rx Awareness campaign tells the real stories of people whose lives were torn apart by prescription opioids. The goal of the campaign is to increase awareness that prescription opioids can be addictive and dangerous.

Jail-Based Medication-Assisted Treatment: Promising Practices, Guidelines, and Resources for the Field

Publication — 10/1/2018

Lessons learned from the innovative use of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and essential MAT program components are covered.

This resource, developed to support jail administrators in providing effective treatment for opioid abuse and helping to halt the opioid epidemic in the United States, introduces what has been learned from sheriffs’ and jail administrators’ innovative use of medication-assisted treatment, a cornerstone of best practice for recovery from substance abuse; describes the essential components of these programs; and discusses the latest research on how the programs are best implemented, as well as the medications approved for opioid use disorders.

Justice and Health Perspectives on Medication-Assisted Treatment in Jails

Video — 12/29/2019

This video shares experiences of two individuals who received medication-assisted treatment in jails.

The video was funded by California Health Care Foundation and was created by Health Management Associates and Freeman Media.

King County Health and Human Services Transformation: The Familiar Faces Initiative

Publication — 6/29/2016

This document details a cross-sector approach to assisting frequent utilizers of the jail who also have mental health and/or substance use conditions.

The Familiar Faces initiative is systems mapping, design, and improvement work centered on creating a system of integrated care for complex health populations that can eventually benefit any user of publicly funded health services. Familiar Faces is a sentinel population defined as individuals who are frequent utilizers of the King County Jail (defined as having been booked four or more times in a 12-month period) and who also have mental health and/or substance use conditions.

Knocking on Doors to Get Opioid Overdose Survivors Into Treatment

Publication — 10/24/2018

The quick response team (QRT) in Huntington, West Virginia, and its work are highlighted.

This article and corresponding radio segment feature the new quick response team (QRT) in Huntington, West Virginia—a collaborative project involving law enforcement, the county’s medical first responders, and several drug treatment providers. The goal of the QRT is to locate people who have recently survived drug overdoses, visit them, and let them know how to get help.

Local Health Department Approaches to Opioid Use Prevention and Response: An Environmental Scan

Publication — 7/30/2019

Data regarding local opioid overdose prevention and response activities undertaken by local health departments is presented.

This report contains data from an environmental scan survey that the National Association of County and City Health Officials distributed in January 2019 to 388 local health departments (LHD) identified from the 2018 Forces of Change survey as respondents who reported conducting activities to address "opioid use and abuse" in 2017. The goal of the scan was to create a foundational understanding of LHD opioid overdose prevention and response efforts to inform priorities at the local, state, and national levels.This sample is not intended to be nationally representative.

Making Data Simple: Dashboards and Visualizations

Webinar — 7/16/2019

Data visualization techniques used to improve understanding of substance use, criminal justice, and public health outcomes are presented.

The Allegheny County Office of Analytics, Technology and Planning (ATP) of the Allegheny County Department of Human Services and the Philadelphia Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) use data visualizations to improve understanding of substance use, criminal justice, and public health outcomes. Representatives from both organizations demonstrate some of the data visualization techniques that are used.

Presentation topics include what it takes to convince agency leadership to widely employ data visualization; how data visualization leads to improved communication; assembling the necessary components to create successful data visualization efforts; how data is presented to inform key stakeholders; and developing strategy and public policy from the results of data visualization.

To view a PDF version of the slide deck from this webinar, click here.

MAT for Opioid Use Disorder: Overcoming Objections

Publication — 8/1/2019

This paper highlights objections to medication-assisted treatment that are often raised in correctional justice settings and evidence-based responses.

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) uses FDA-approved medicines such as buprenorphine (Suboxone), methadone, and naltrexone (Vivitrol), often supplemented by behavioral treatment and social supports. Harm-reduction services are employed to keep patients safe until they are ready to seek treatment—services such as dispensing naloxone, an opioid antidote that prevents death from overdose, and providing clean syringes to prevent HIV and hepatitis C. A medication-first approach allows patients to be stabilized first on medication and then be brought to the appropriate level of care to fit their needs—thereby decreasing the risk of overdose and relapse. Despite data showing the success of MAT in treating drug addiction, objections are still common. Following are some frequent objections and evidence-based responses.

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Outpatient Clinics: Using Behavioral Telehealth

Webinar — 11/28/2018

Lessons learned from Operation PAR, which uses videoconferencing to enhance and expand service delivery in six MAT clinics, are highlighted.

This session highlights lessons learned from six MAT clinics in Florida by Operation PAR, which instituted the use of videoconferencing to enhance and expand service delivery. Videoconferencing refers to providing assessment, treatment, and recovery services online. Panelists discuss the risks and benefits of videoconferencing, privacy and security issues, implementation strategies, and recommendations for justice professionals regarding working with treatment/recovery providers to adopt videoconferencing to enhance and expand their services.

Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Jails and Prisons

Publication — 1/14/2020

This toolkit provides correctional administrators and health care providers information to plan and implement MAT programs within jails and prisons.

Correctional administrators and health care providers are on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic as justice-involved individuals are disproportionately at risk of having opioid use disorder (OUD) and dying from opioid overdose. Despite the high rates of OUD among incarcerated individuals, evidence-based treatment does exist and can be successfully implemented within jails and prisons. The most effective treatment for OUD is the use of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved medications (methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone), a treatment modality commonly known as medication-assisted treatment (MAT) or medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD). Across the nation, a growing number of jails and prisons offer MAT for OUD resulting in positive outcomes for patients, staff and jurisdictions. Download this valuable planning and implementation toolkit.

Medication-assisted Treatment Inside Correctional Facilities: Addressing Medication Diversion

Publication — 8/21/2019

There are many steps jails and prisons can take to effectively minimize and control the diversion of drugs used in medication-assisted treatment.

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of FDA-approved medications with behavioral therapies to treat alcohol and opioid use disorders.  When provided as part of the rehabilitation and reentry process for people incarcerated in correctional facilities, MAT addresses substance use as a criminogenic risk factor and may contribute to long-term recovery and reduced recidivism. As with any medication or treatment, there is risk of diversion; but, with the appropriate program elements in place, sheriffs, wardens, and jail administrators can provide this effective and evidence-based treatment to individuals during incarceration.  This action brief addresses strategies and techniques to decrease the diversion of drugs used in MAT.

Mental and Substance Use Disorders and Homelessness Housing and Shelter Resources

Publication — 3/29/2019

This site details how different types of housing can help stabilize people with mental health issues and SUD who are experiencing homelessness.

Transitional or supportive housing and homeless shelters can help stabilize people with mental health issues and substance use disorders who are experiencing homelessness.

Mobile Medication-assisted Treatment (MAT) in Practice

Webinar — 1/23/2019

Medication-assisted treatment pairs FDA-approved medications with non-drug therapies such as counseling or cognitive behavioral therapy.

To address the national opioid crisis, communities across the country are using medication-assisted treatment (MAT), a practice which pairs Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved medications with non-drug therapies such as counseling or cognitive behavioral therapy. Employing a “whole patient” approach, MAT is an effective and nationally recognized intervention to treat opioid abuse. Research has shown that MAT significantly increases patients’ adherence to treatment, reduces illicit opioid use compared with non-drug approaches, and is more effective than either behavioral intervention or medication alone. Unfortunately, impediments (including availability and geography) can keep individuals who may benefit from MAT from accessing treatment. One way to combat these impediments is to create mobile MAT units. This webinar explores this innovative solution.

Moms Do Care

Webinar — 2/19/2019

The Massachusetts Moms Do Care Project includes peer recovery coaches and care navigation to support pregnant and parenting women who abuse opioids.

This webinar highlights the Massachusetts Moms Do Care Project, which provides an innovative and multipronged approach to supporting pregnant and parenting women who abuse opioids. Core components of the program include peer-led recovery coaching, care navigation, and wellness planning; system change and capacity-building initiatives; and program sustainability by developing regional, integrated, ongoing provider care collaborative groups.

To view a PDF version of the slide deck from this webinar, click here.

NACo-NSA Joint Task Force on Pre-Trial Detainee Health Care and Recidivism

Publication — 12/1/2019

This toolkit explains the Medicaid Inmate Exclusion Policy (MIEP) and how it impacts local justice and behavioral health systems.

It also includes information about Medicaid, veterans in the justice system, and the estimated cost of health care in local jails.

National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers

Publication — 12/30/2019

This site includes resources for and research about telehealth resource centers, showing the efficacy of telehealth in certain subspecialties.

Telehealth Resource Centers (TRCs) have been established to provide assistance, education, and information to organizations and individuals who are actively providing or interested in providing health care at a distance. Our simple charter from the Office for Advancement of Telehealth is to assist in expanding the availability of health care to rural and underserved populations. And because we are federally funded, the assistance we provide is generally free of charge.

National Drug Control Strategy

Publication — 1/3/2019

This National Drug Control Strategy establishes the President's priorities for addressing the challenge of drug trafficking and use.

It also provides the strategic direction necessary for the federal government to prevent initiates to drug use through education and evidence-based prevention, provide treatment for those suffering from the disease of addiction so they can reach long-term recovery, and reduce the availability of these dangerous drugs in every American community.

New Resources to Help Individuals With Substance Use Disorders Build Recovery Capital: Digital Health Technologies

Webinar — 6/28/2018

Barriers to accessing recovery support services and the role and benefits of mobile technology to reduce barriers and support recovery are covered.

This webinar identifies barriers to accessing recovery support services; discusses how mobile technology and the internet play a role in reducing barriers; reviews research on the benefits of using technology for recovery support; and showcases technologies being used to deliver recovery support services, improve disease management, and improve health outcomes.

Now What? The Role of Prevention Following a Nonfatal Opioid Overdose

Publication — 1/26/2018

Three promising post-overdose interventions after a nonfatal overdose are discussed.

This resource describes three post-overdose interventions that have shown promise in reducing the risk of subsequent overdoses and improving other health outcomes among people who have experienced a nonfatal overdose, highlighting the role of prevention practitioners in supporting these efforts.

ODMAP Webinar: Access, Assistance, and Resources

Webinar — 1/5/2020

Learn about the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP), requesting agency access, available resources, and more.

This ODMAP webinar—new for 2020—focuses on the topics of access (including agency eligibility, associated processes, team members’ roles, and the participation agreement) and assistance and resources (including weekly online demonstrations, the ODMAP User Community, monthly newsletters, and the ODMAP Help Desk).

ODMAP—Harnessing the Power of Data to Tackle Our Nation's Opioid Public Health Emergency

Webinar — 1/10/2018

View a demonstration of ODMAP and learn how two local jurisdictions are using this free mobile tool.

As underscored in the report by the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis (Commission), “our people are dying. More than 175 lives [are] lost every day” to the rising tide of opioid overdoses. Tackling this national emergency requires the power of collaboration (including the vital partnership between the public safety and public health communities), innovative strategies, and cutting-edge resources—all informed by accurate and timely data to maximize efficiencies and the chance for success in saving lives. One of the tools to support this critical fight is ODMAP. Developed by the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), ODMAP provides real-time overdose surveillance data across jurisdictions to support public safety and public health efforts to mobilize an immediate response to an overdose spike. It links first responders on-scene to a free mapping tool that tracks overdoses to stimulate real-time response and strategic analysis across jurisdictions. ODMAP can be used in the field on any mobile device or data terminal connected to an agency’s computer-aided dispatch system, providing the ability to upload data and view the map in actual time.

Ohio Pre-Criminal Intervention Program (PCIP)

Webinar — 3/28/2018

The implementation of a pre-criminal intervention program (PCIP) in Ohio and the way it addresses opioid misuse are covered in this webinar.

This webinar details how cross-system collaboration and data sharing are addressing opioid misuse in Ohio by supporting the implementation of a pre-criminal intervention program (PCIP).

Open Roads and Overflowing Jails: Addressing High Rates of Rural Pre-Trial Incarceration

Publication — 5/1/2018

This document explores the increase in jail populations in small counties and makes recommendations to reduce pre-trial populations.

The pre-trial population of defendants—particularly in rural areas of the country—has significantly increased, and jails in smaller jurisdictions are responsible for an outsized share of jail population growth. From 1970 to 2014, jail populations grew by almost sevenfold in small counties but only threefold in large counties. This document explores why this growth may have occurred and makes numerous recommendations to reduce pre-trial populations, particularly in rural America.

Operation Prevention

Publication — 7/18/2019

This comprehensive, no-cost, science-based program for young people to combat opioid misuse is available now in every school and home in the U.S.

The DEA and Discovery Education have joined forces to combat a growing epidemic of prescription opioid misuse and heroin use nationwide. Operation Prevention's mission is to educate students about the impacts of opioids and to kick-start lifesaving conversations in the home and classroom. The comprehensive, no-cost, science-based program for young people, ages 8–18, to combat opioid misuse is available today in every school, home, and state in the nation.

Opioid Crisis: National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Resources for First Responders

Video — 5/27/2019

This video offers an overview of resources by the National Institute of Justice for first responders who may be impacted by the opioid epidemic.

Frances Scott, a physical scientist at the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), discusses NIJ's funding for research and development, assistance to laboratories, a new working group looking at collecting and processing opioid evidence, a partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to better understand the risk to first responders, and the challenges presented by the rapidly changing chemical structure of opioids on the street.

Opioid Epidemic Practical Toolkit: Helping Faith-Based and Community Leaders Bring Hope and Healing to Our Communities

Publication — 5/5/2018

This toolkit offers practical ways a community can consider bringing hope and healing to those affected by the opioid epidemic.

This toolkit, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, contains practical steps that an organization can take to bring hope and healing to people suffering from the consequences of opioid abuse disorder.

Opioid Misuse in Rural America

Publication — 10/1/2018

This webpage offers information about USDA resources and tools for addressing the opioid epidemic.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is approaching the opioid crisis with a dedicated urgency and is committed to being a strong partner to rural communities impacted by the issue. This webpage offers information about USDA resources and tools for addressing the opioid epidemic and includes an interactive community assessment tool, a rural resource guide, and links to state government resources.

Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit

Publication — 6/1/2018

This toolkit offers strategies for developing practices and policies to help prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths.

This Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration toolkit includes opioid use disorder facts, five essential steps for first responders, information for prescribers, safety advice for patients and family members, and information on recovering from an opioid overdose.

Opioid Overdose Reversal with Naloxone

Publication — 4/30/2018

This online resource offers an overview of naloxone, including where to get the medication.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) created an online resource to raise awareness about naloxone. It includes information on where to get naloxone.

Overcoming Data-Sharing Challenges in the Opioid Epidemic: Integrating Substance Use Disorder Treatment in Primary Care

Publication — 7/30/2018

This paper examines laws that regulate SUD information sharing and primary care practices that are important in treating the opioid epidemic.

It summarizes the requirements of the federal SUD confidentiality rules set forth under 42 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 2, discusses the steps that primary care practices currently take to effectively coordinate SUD care without violating the rules, suggests additional compliance strategies that might enhance data sharing, and offers for consideration modest revisions to the rules that could promote the integration of care without undermining patient privacy.

Overdose Deaths Involving Opioids, Cocaine, and Psychostimulants in the United States, 2015–2016

Publication — 3/30/2018

U.S. drug overdose data from 2016 shows that America’s overdose epidemic is spreading geographically and increasing across demographic groups.

This Centers for Disease Control and Prevention resource offers an in-depth analysis of 2016 U.S. drug overdose data.  The data shows that America’s overdose epidemic is spreading geographically and increasing across demographic groups.

Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP) Webinar

Webinar — 5/24/2019

Learn about the Washington/Baltimore HIDTA's free, user-friendly mobile-capable tool, the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP).
Launched in 2017, ODMAP is used to track the location of suspected fatal and nonfatal overdoses and the administration of naloxone by first responders. ODMAP provides near real-time suspected overdose data across jurisdictions to support efforts to mobilize an immediate response to a sudden increase or spike in overdose events. It links first responders and relevant record management systems (RMS) to a mapping tool to track overdoses to stimulate real-time response and strategic analysis across jurisdictions. An Application Programming Interface (API) has become a popular method for agencies to contribute data without creating additional reporting. The API allows an agency or state’s RMS to share data with ODMAP.

Partnerships for Prevention: Overdose Fatality Review 101

Webinar — 1/16/2020

Overdose fatality review (OFR) is an effective way to identify innovative community-specific overdose prevention strategies.

Blending input from public health, criminal justice, public safety, providers, and the community provides a deeper understanding of the missed opportunities for prevention and intervention. Identifying gaps helps drive the development of program and policy recommendations to improve coordination and collaboration between agencies and community conditions to prevent future overdose deaths.

Presenters

  • Mallory O'Brien, M.S., Ph.D., Senior Research Advisor, National Institute of Justice
  • Melissa Heinen, R.N., M.P.H., Senior Research Associate, Institute for Intergovernmental Research

To view a PDF version of the slide deck from this webinar, click here.

PDMP Data Sharing Hub Connectivity General Presentation

Webinar — 5/27/2018

This webinar presents an overview of RxCheck.

The RxCheck Governance Board and the milestones and timeline for connection to the RxCheck hub are also covered.

PDMP Data Sharing Hub Connectivity Technical Presentation

Webinar — 5/27/2018

This webinar covers the technical architecture for the PDMP Data Sharing Hub.

The process flow for connection to the hub and resources available to assist in the connection are also discussed.

Peer Ethics

Webinar — 1/29/2020

This webinar examines the ethical guidelines, practices, and challenges of peer practitioners in peer recovery support services (PRSS).

Peer recovery support services (PRSS) are increasingly being offered across diverse criminal justice settings to address opioid misuse and achieve positive outcomes. The power and potential of PRSS come from the unique roles that peers play, promoting both hope and pragmatic steps for change. As peer practitioners move into a variety of roles in the criminal justice system, programs need to carefully plan and prepare to integrate peer supports into their portfolios of services. This preparation includes a consideration of ethical issues that peer specialists may face in their work, as well as the processes and practices that will help them most effectively address those challenges.

This session:

  • Focuses on how to establish ethical frameworks for service delivery for PRSS within the criminal justice arena.
  • Examines guidelines and practice standards for peer practice.
  • Identifies common challenges organizations face when developing ethical frameworks for PRSS programs.
  • Describes the steps for developing an ethical framework specific to your program.

Presenters

Our presenters have a broad range of experience developing and implementing ethical frameworks for PRSS programs in criminal justice settings—from crisis response to prison-based programs to support for reentry:

  • Linda Sarage is the coordinator of the Addictions Recovery Coach Certificate Program at Westfield State University in Westfield, Massachusetts. She is an administrator and instructor for recovery coach training, providing course work and internship opportunities to help meet requirements for recovery coach certification in Massachusetts. She is also a Recovery Coach Academy lead trainer.
  • Ruth Riddick is a Certified Addiction Recovery Coach (CARC), with a coaching, training, and mentoring practice at Sobriety Together. She serves as community outreach at the New York Association of Addiction Services and Professionals (ASAP), as a curriculum developer and trainer at ASAP's Peer Workforce Initiative (PWI), and as a peer ethics advisor to ASAP's New York Certification Board (NYCB). Ms. Riddick has also served as a recovery subject-matter expert at the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) and the Opioid Response Network (ORN STR-TA).

To view a PDF version of the slide deck from this webinar, click here.

Peer Recovery Housing

Podcast — 10/1/2019

Learn about peer recovery housing and its importance in addressing the opioid epidemic.

In this edition of "The Power of Peers" podcast, Jason Howell, Executive Director of Recovery People in Austin, Texas, and George Braucht, a licensed professional counselor and clinical supervisor and cofounder of the Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist Academy, discuss recovery housing—what it is, how it can be an important part of efforts to address the opioid epidemic, and how municipalities and states can foster relationships with quality recovery residences. Both Jason and George are persons in long-term recovery, have experienced working within the criminal justice system, and have served as board members for the National Alliance of Recovery Residences.

A transcript of this podcast is available at http://s.iir.com/PeerRecoveryHousing.

Peer Recovery Support Services—Options, Opportunities, and Challenges for Jurisdictions

Webinar — 2/27/2018

Peer recovery support services are helping jurisdictions across the country address the opioid epidemic.

This webinar addresses the ways in which peer recovery support services are helping jurisdictions across the country address the opioid epidemic, bringing help and hope to individuals and families.

Peer Support in Drug Courts

Podcast — 5/23/2019

The work of peer specialists in drug courts is highlighted.

This podcast highlights the work that peer specialists do in drug courts. A transcript of this podcast is available at http://s.iir.com/4x8tXwQ9.

Peer Support Services at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Webinar

Webinar — 6/11/2019

The session highlights the Community Justice Program at UAB and describes the work of peers at varying points of the justice system continuum.

Peer recovery support services (PRSS) are increasingly being offered across diverse criminal justice settings to address opioid abuse and achieve positive outcomes. The power and potential of PRSS come from the unique roles that peers play, promoting both hope and pragmatic steps for change. Community Justice Programs offer comprehensive case management, support, and advocacy to individuals with behavioral health and substance use disorders at all points of the justice system continuum. Since 1972, the Community Justice Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobiology at the University of Alabama (UAB) has been committed to developing programs in response to current and emerging challenges facing the community within the justice, behavioral health, and substance abuse systems. The program relies on research-based strategies to identify needs, develop solutions to address system gaps, and evaluate program effectiveness to improve services coordination.

This session:

  • Highlights the history of the Community Justice Program, as well as the partnerships that make it work.
  • Clarifies why UAB determined that implementing peer support is important.
  • Describes the work of peers at varying points of the justice system continuum and challenges they face in the areas of specialty court and treatment.
  • Discusses how the Community Justice Program evaluates the impact of its programs.

To view a PDF version of the slide deck from this webinar, click here.

Peer Supports in Small Towns and Rural Communities

Webinar — 7/9/2019

This webinar focuses on the process of implementing peer support services in rural areas.

Peer recovery support services (PRSS) are increasingly being offered across diverse criminal justice settings to address opioid abuse and achieve positive outcomes. The power and potential of PRSS come from the unique roles that peers play, promoting both hope and pragmatic steps for change. Emerging models for comprehensive programs integrate peer supports with other services, including case management and other recovery supports, for individuals with behavioral health and substance use disorders at all intercepts of the justice system continuum. However, these services are often more difficult to access in small towns and rural communities. This webinar discusses the work that the Berkeley County Recovery Resource Center, Faces and Voices of Recovery (FAVOR)—Greenville and the Fairfield Ohio Overdose Response Team are doing to implement peer support services in rural areas.

This session describes peer support programs in operation in micropolitan and rural communities; clarifies the roles of peers in each of these programs, as well as the impact peers are having; discusses key program partnerships; explains how these programs evaluate their work; and highlights the opportunities and challenges of operating peer programs in small towns and rural communities.

To view a PDF version of the slide deck from this webinar, click here.

Peer-Based Recovery in Tribal Communities

Webinar — 9/10/2019

Peer-based supports, tribal cultural practices, and other evidence-supported methods to promote recovery from substance use disorder are discussed.

Recovery from substance use disorders is a living reality in Native American communities across the United States. This webinar provides an overview of the recovery models and movements in Indian Country and presents three programs that use peer-based supports, tribal cultural practices, and other evidence-supported approaches to promote recovery, foster positive reentry, and enhance community resilience.  To view a PDF version of the slide deck from this webinar, click here.

Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs

Publication — 5/24/2018

This report gives an overview of prescription drug monitoring programs, including operations, interstate data sharing, and compliance mechanisms.

The Congressional Research Service (CRS), a component of the Library of Congress, issued a report that gives an overview of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs), including operations, interstate data sharing, compliance and enforcement mechanisms, costs, and funding. The report also addresses policy issues, federal grant programs, and the effectiveness of PDMPs for law enforcement and health care.

Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)—The Martinsburg Initiative Webinar

Webinar — 5/1/2019

Learn about an innovative school/police/community partnership in West Virginia that applies the science of adverse childhood experiences prevention.

This training is designed to expand participants’ understanding of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the effects they can have on the brain and the body. Participants will learn about tools for mitigating these effects. In addition, participants will be introduced to The Martinsburg Initiative, an innovative school, police, community partnership in Martinsburg, West Virginia, that is striving to apply the science of ACEs prevention.

This session:

  • Provides a comprehensive understanding of the correlation among ACEs, toxic stress, and trauma.
  • Demonstrates how prolonged toxic stress can have lasting negative effects on the brain and the body.
  • Identifies specific strategies that can be used to mitigate the negative effects of ACEs.
  • Describes how The Martinsburg Initiative is implementing the science of ACEs prevention to strengthen families and empower communities.

Preventing the Consequences of Opioid Overdose: Understanding Naloxone Access Laws

Publication — 1/20/2018

This document describes the aims of naloxone access laws and the various forms they can take.

Naloxone access laws make naloxone easier to obtain by expanding how the medication can be distributed beyond traditional prescriptions. This document describes the aims of naloxone access laws and the various forms they can take.

Prosecutor-Led Diversion Toolkit

Publication — 12/30/2016

This online clearinghouse contains information and tools for designing, implementing, and evaluating new prosecutor-led diversion programming.

The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, in partnership with BJA and others, released the Prosecutor-Led Diversion Toolkit. This online clearinghouse contains information and tools for designing, implementing, and evaluating new prosecutor-led diversion programming. It is intended to be a resource for criminal justice stakeholders, including prosecutors, law enforcement, defense attorneys, judges, probation and pretrial services, social service providers, and policymakers, as well as the general public.

Providing Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Treatment Services Utilizing Videoconferencing Webinar

Webinar — 5/28/2019

This webinar focuses on implementing OUD services using videoconferencing, including required technology/technical skills and privacy concerns.

This webinar focuses on steps for implementation, including how to start the conversation with management and clinical staff, what technology/technical skills are required (and how to use the videoconferencing platform), and ensuring patient privacy and security. Presenters also review a hands-on checklist developed by Operation PAR that includes helpful strategies for clinicians to start, manage, and end treatment sessions using videoconferencing.

Quick Response Teams: Interdisciplinary Overdose Response and Prevention

Podcast — 7/10/2019

From this podcast, listeners will be able to describe the QRT program and have information to begin exploring a similar program with local partners.

In this podcast, Daniel Meloy introduces the Quick Response Team model for overdose response and prevention. Quick Response Teams, or QRTs, are pre-arrest diversion (deflection) programs that involve interdisciplinary overdose follow-up and engagement with survivors to link individuals to treatment during the critical period following overdose. QRTs originated in Colerain Township, Ohio, spread across the Appalachian region, and have applications for communities across the country challenged by the opioid epidemic and recurring overdoses and overdose deaths. Daniel Meloy describes the origin of QRT, describes the QRT model in practice, discusses stakeholder engagement and developing critical partnerships to implement QRTs, and presents challenges and successes of the Colerain Township QRT.

A transcript of this podcast is available at http://s.iir.com/QRTPodcastTranscript.

Reducing the Risk of Opioid Overdoses: MAT Reentry Programs

Webinar — 8/16/2018

An overview of two medication-assisted treatment (MAT) reentry programs, one jail-based and one prison-based, is presented.

This webinar provides an overview—including implementation strategies and lessons learned—of two medication-assisted treatment (MAT) reentry programs, one jail-based and one prison-based.

Report on Lessons Learned from Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal Grant Recipients

Publication — 4/28/2017

This report summarizes lessons learned on how to engage, educate, and connect stakeholders to resources to help combat the opioid overdose epidemic.

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) piloted a program in 2015 called the Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal (ROOR) Program that funded 18 awardees to develop community partnerships in an effort to combat the opioid crisis at the local level. The goal of the program was to reduce the incidences of morbidity and mortality related to opioid overdoses in rural communities through the purchase and placement of naloxone, in addition to the training of licensed healthcare professionals,emergency responders, and other community members to recognize the signs and symptoms of overdose and administer naloxone. This report provides a summary of lessons learned from ROOR grant recipients on how to engage, educate and connect stakeholders to resources available to help combat the opioid overdose epidemic. This report provides a summary of lessons learned from ROOR grant recipients on how to engage, educate, and connect stakeholders to resources available to help combat the opioid overdose epidemic.

Reports and Detailed Tables From the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)

Publication — 8/31/2018

These reports and detailed tables present estimates from the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH).

Estimates from the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) are presented in reports and detailed tables.

Research Report: A Blueprint for Interagency and Cross-Jurisdictional Data Sharing

Publication — 7/30/2017

This report offers practical strategies for executing successful data integration projects across agencies and jurisdictions.

This blueprint, written to inform the efforts of researchers and analysts in local government agencies and in research settings, combines lessons learned from a wide-ranging literature review with the direct experience of Urban Institute (Urban) researchers, who collected, integrated, mapped, and analyzed interagency and cross-jurisdictional data from the Washington, DC, metropolitan area, a project referred to throughout this blueprint as Metropolitan Crime Mapping. The goal of this blueprint is to encourage similar projects by identifying the opportunities that cross-sectional analysis offers, suggesting strategies to overcome barriers that researchers may encounter, and providing an overview of what the future holds for cross-sector data sharing and analysis.

Resources and Tools for Courts and Judges to Address the Crisis of Addiction

Publication — 11/20/2019

This resource includes products that highlight a broad array of resources pertinent to the justice system and the opioid crisis.

It includes products created by the National Judicial Opioid Task Force Workgroups, as well as resources from a variety of sources.

Rural Community Action Guide: Building Stronger, Healthy, Drug-Free Rural Communities

Publication — 1/30/2020

This tool is offered to assist rural community leaders in building an effective local response to the crisis of addiction.

The purpose of the guide is to arm rural leaders with information they can put into immediate action to create change. It provides background information, recommended action steps, and promising practices to help manage the impact of substance use disorder on local communities and help persons with the disease of addiction. The topics are based on lessons learned from Department of Agriculture rural roundtable discussions held in over a dozen states, as well as the experiences of several rural stakeholder partners.

Rural Community Action Guide: Promising Practices Supplement

Publication — 1/30/2020

This is a companion supplement to the Rural Community Action Guide: Building Stronger, Healthy, Drug-Free Rural Communities.

This supplement offers a listing of promising practices that a community can replicate or use to inspire its own action to find a solution to substance use disorder.

Rural Judges and Sheriffs Workshop Highlights

Video — 12/13/2018

Judicial and law enforcement leaders from rural communities convened to discuss special challenges associated with tackling the opioid epidemic.

On December 13–14, 2018, the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) partnered to convene judicial and law enforcement leaders from select rural communities to discuss special challenges associated with tackling the opioid epidemic, to share information on programs and innovations, and to promote discussion and peer learning. BJA and USDA are pleased to release this video of interviews from that event.

Rx Safety and Awareness

Publication — 10/31/2018

This initiative offers information on safe prescription drug disposal methods and take-back programs, as well as information on free Rx Disposal kits.

Many first-time encounters with opioids happen in homes with leftover prescriptions. Take a moment to safely dispose of your old and unused medications so they do not fall into the wrong hands. Addiction Policy Forum’s Rx Safety and Awareness initiative features information about home disposal methods and take-back programs, as well as the opportunity to order a free Rx Disposal kit.

Sample Data Sharing Agreements

Publication — 12/30/2019

These agreements were used as part of Camden ARISE, which linked data from criminal justice, health care, and housing in Camden, New Jersey.

Cross-sector data sharing is lauded as an integral part of complex care. Sharing data among multiple sectors—such as behavioral health, medicine, criminal justice, housing, and education—seems like a straightforward way to understand people’s complex health and social needs and provide whole-person care. In practice, however, sharing data is not always so simple. These sample data sharing agreements were used as part of Camden ARISE, which linked data from criminal justice, health care, and housing in Camden, New Jersey. The agreements can be adapted for use by other cross-sector groups seeking to share data.

Saving a Life Twice—The Naloxone Plus Solution to Reducing Overdoses and Connecting to Treatment

Webinar — 3/21/2018

Learn how Naloxone Plus can help revive someone who has overdosed and how to connect that person to treatment.

The Naloxone Plus framework can help  “save a life twice”—first, by reviving someone who has overdosed and second, by connecting him or her to treatment ... and the hope of preventing another overdose.

Sharing Data for Better Results: A Guide to Building Integrated Data Systems Compatible With Federal Privacy Laws

Publication — 12/30/2014

This toolkit aims to help cities successfully navigate the balance between privacy and delivery of efficient and effective services.

This toolkit summarizes important information that elected officials, agency leaders, and city staff need to know about the federal laws and regulations related to individual privacy rights that govern data-sharing.  The purpose is to support local leaders in using integrated data to improve services while respecting the privacy of residents.

Strategies for Reaching Overdose Survivors, Including Peer Support

Webinar — 9/20/2018

Nontraditional responses to overdoses are discussed, with a focus on the use of Peer Support Specialists.

This webinar will introduce nontraditional responses to overdoses with a focus on the use of Peer Support Specialists—individuals with lived experience who are themselves in recovery. Peer Support Specialists engage with survivors soon after their overdoses and remain an important resource to the individuals in navigating life in their communities, including facilitating access to treatment and other services.

Strategies to Combat Opioid Use in Rural Communities Webinar

Webinar — 5/3/2019

This presentation focuses on a wide range of strategies that communities can use to combat the opioid problem.

The opioid epidemic is an ongoing problem in rural areas. Rural youth, young adults, women experiencing domestic violence, and people living in states with large rural populations suffer from higher rates of opioid use than their urban counterparts. Opioid overdose deaths are growing faster in rural counties than urban counties. This presentation by John Gale, MS, of the University of Southern Maine focuses on a wide range of strategies that communities can use to combat the opioid problem. In particular, it discusses cost-effective, evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery programs that have been successfully implemented in rural communities. It concludes by describing community organizing strategies to engage a wide range of local stakeholders to reduce the burden of opioid use.

Stress Management: Addressing First Responders' Emotional Health

Webinar — 10/25/2018

The causes of first responder burnout, with consideration given to stresses arising from response to the opioid epidemic, are discussed.

This webinar examines the causes of first responder burnout, with consideration given to stresses arising from response to the opioid epidemic.  Discussion topics include methods to identify burnout in first responders or their partners, the impact of responding to a public health problem that is chronic in nature, and stress that arises from responding to calls involving critical incidents/accidents.  The session concludes with recommendations to help first responders recognize and manage stress more effectively.

Substance Use Prevention: A Resource Guide for School Staff

Publication — 3/25/2019

Educators can use the federal resources in this guide to identify and address student drug use, develop lesson plans on the addiction crisis, etc.

The Office of National Drug Control Policy released the Federal Prevention Resource Guide, an overview of federal resources educators can use to identify and address student drug use, develop lesson plans on the current addiction crisis, and connect students to resources that can reduce risky behavior. This guide is a combined effort of ONDCP, the Centers for Disease Control, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Department of Education and presents teachers, principals, and other school staff with a comprehensive approach to reducing drug use.

Super Utilizer Summit: Common Themes From Innovative Complex Care Management Programs

Publication — 10/1/2013

This report presents the summit’s common themes and key recommendations for building better systems of care for high utilizers.

To explore how Medicaid could best advance models for this high-need group of patients, the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS), in partnership with the National Governors Association, hosted a Super-Utilizer Summit on February 11 and 12, 2013. The summit brought together leaders from super-utilizer programs across the country, states, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) alliances, health plans, and other key stakeholders to share strategies for changing how our health care system interacts with these high-need, high-cost patients. The meeting was made possible through the generous support of RWJF and the Atlantic Philanthropies. The appendices include materials related to existing complex care management programs that can be educational resources for states and policymakers considering ways to implement, spread, and sustain such programs.

Support Mechanisms for Peer Specialists

Webinar — 2/26/2020

Learn about support mechanisms for peer specialists, including promoting wellness and setting a context in which self-care can be implemented.

Peer recovery support services (PRSS) are increasingly being offered across diverse criminal justice settings to address opioid misuse and achieve positive outcomes. The power and potential of PRSS come from the unique roles that peers play, promoting both hope and pragmatic steps for change. As peer practitioners move into a variety of roles in the criminal justice system, programs need to carefully plan and prepare to integrate peer supports into their portfolios of services. This preparation should include consideration of the support mechanisms organizations and supervisors make available to peer specialists to ensure systemic promotion of adequate self-care.

This session focuses on how supervisors and administrative staff members can:

  • Set a context in which peers can implement self-care.
  • Promote wellness throughout their organizations.
  • Identify common challenges organizations face when promoting self-care for staff members or PRSS programs.
  • Describe the steps necessary for developing a context of self-care specific to their programs.

Presenters

Our presenters have a broad range of experience developing and implementing ethical frameworks for PRSS programs in criminal justice settings—from crisis response to prison-based programs to support for reentry:

  • Tom Hill, M.S.W., is the senior advisor for Addiction and Recovery at the National Council for Behavioral Health. He is a person in long-term recovery from addiction and has professional experience spanning grassroots community to federal systems organizing. Mr. Hill has worked to enhance lives and promote recovery through improved addiction treatment (including with medication), peer and other recovery support services, and harm reduction.
  • Linda Sarage, M.Ed., M.A., is the coordinator of the Addiction Recovery Coach Certificate Program at Westfield State University in Westfield, Massachusetts. She is an administrator and instructor for recovery coach training, providing coursework and internship opportunities to help meet requirements for recovery coach certification in Massachusetts. She is also a Recovery Coach Academy lead trainer.
  • Ruth Riddick, CARC-RCP, is a certified addiction recovery coach (CARC) with a coaching, training, and mentoring practice at Sobriety Together. She leads all community outreach at the New York Association of Addiction Services and Professionals (ASAP) and serves as a curriculum developer and trainer at ASAP's Peer Workforce Initiative (PWI) and as a peer ethics advisor to ASAP's New York Certification Board (NYCB). Ms. Riddick has also served as a recovery subject-matter expert at the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) and the Opioid Response Network (ORN STR-TA).

To view a PDF version of the slide deck from this webinar, click here.

Several resources were made available with this webinar.  

Taking Action to Address Opioid Misuse

Publication — 12/1/2019

This catalog of resources on addressing opioid use disorder includes training curricula, online courses, webinars, toolkits, videos, reports, etc.

The Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, also makes educational packages for opioid use disorders available with this catalog of resources as part of the commitment to take action to address opioid use disorder.

Telehealth Resource Centers

Publication — 5/3/2018

This resource offers information on Telehealth Resource Centers and the assistance and education they provide to organizations and individuals.

Telehealth Resource Centers (TRCs) have been established to provide assistance, education, and information to organizations and individuals who are actively providing or interested in providing health care at a distance.

Telemedicine and Prescribing Buprenorphine for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder

Publication — 9/27/2018

This document provides an example of a clinical practice engagement consistent with the DEA statement on MAT and telehealth.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has developed this case scenario to provide clinicians with an example of a clinical practice engagement consistent with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) statement and applicable HHS-administered authorities.

Telemental Health in Correctional Settings

Webinar — 7/25/2019

This webinar focuses on integration of telemental health interventions—specifically real-time videoconferencing—in correctional settings.

The webinar includes a brief summary of remote mental health practices and this prevalence, an overview of the benefits of telemental health to criminal justice-involved populations, and the existing empirical basis for its use with this population. The majority of the webinar centers on tips and tricks for program collaboration, development, and implementation based primarily on the presenter’s own experiences. The webinar concludes with a discussion of client considerations specific to the use of videoconferencing.

During this webinar, participants are able to identify at least three barriers to traditional mental health services in correctional settings and explain how telemental health can overcome these barriers; summarize the existing literature on telemental health for justice-involved populations; identify at least three strategies/tips for implementing a telemental health program in jail or prison; and discuss the Risk-Needs-Responsivity Model and at least two additional evidence-based treatment elements.

To view a PDF version of the slide deck from this webinar, click here.

The 10 Essential Elements of Opioid Intervention Courts

Publication — 7/31/2019

Opioid intervention courts may benefit from incorporating the essential elements outlined in this document.

This resource offers planners a tool for building effective programs that incorporate the best research currently available. These essential elements can help courts achieve the goal of preventing overdose deaths while offering individuals and families impacted by opioid use disorders the support they need to start down the long road to recovery. Practitioners everywhere are urged to put these essential elements into action.

The Effects of Incarceration and Reentry on Community Health and Well-Being: Proceedings of a Workshop

Publication — 8/31/2019

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened a workshop on June 6, 2018.

The workshop's mission was to investigate the connection between incarceration and health inequities to better understand the distributive impact of incarceration on low-income families and communities of color. Topics of discussion focused on the experience of incarceration and reentry, mass incarceration as a public health issue, women’s health in jails and prisons, the effects of reentry on the individual and the community, and promising practices and models for reentry. The programs and models that are described in this publication are all Philadelphia-based because Philadelphia has one of the highest rates of incarceration of any major American city. This publication summarizes the presentations and discussions of the workshop.

The Evolution of PDMPs and Their Role in Addressing the Opioid Crisis

Podcast — 10/14/2019

The role of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs), a brief history of PDMPs, and current innovations across PDMPS are presented.

This podcast provides a brief history and current innovations across Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) from some of the key people who helped to enhance these state programs in efforts to address the opioid abuse, misuse, and overdose crisis in the United States. The podcast features thoughts and comments about the role PDMPs have in public health and public safety from The Honorable Harold "Hal" Rogers from Kentucky's 5th Congressional District; James "Jim" Giglio, former Director of New York State's Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement; Meghna Patel, Deputy Secretary for Health Innovation at the Pennsylvania Department of Health; David "Dave" Hopkins, former program manager of the Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting System (KASPER) at the Office of Inspector General; Chris Baumgartner, Drug Systems Director, Washington State Department of Health; and Michelle Ricco Jonas, PDMP Director, New Hampshire Board of Pharmacy.

A transcript of this podcast is available at http://s.iir.com/EvolutionOfPDMPs.

The Future of Fentanyl and Other Synthetic Opioids

Publication — 8/31/2019

This resource offers a systematic assessment of the past, present, and possible futures of synthetic opioids in the United States.

The goal is to provide decisionmakers, researchers, media outlets, and the public with insights intended to improve their understanding of the synthetic opioid problem and how to respond to it.

The Geographic Variation in the Cost of the Opioid Crisis

Publication — 3/1/2018

View a presentation of the per-capita state-level and county-level nonmortality and total economic burdens of the opioid crisis in 2015.

This resource presents an estimation of the per-capita state-level and county-level nonmortality and total economic burdens of the opioid crisis in 2015.

The National Institute of Justice's Role in the Strategy to Combat Heroin and Other Opioids

Publication — 12/5/2017

This resource provides an overview of the National Institute of Justice's efforts to combat drug trafficking and the use of illegal drugs.

The National Institute of Justice’s Role in the Strategy to Combat Heroin and Other Opioids webpage provides an overview of illegal opioid drug markets and the National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ’s) efforts to combat drug trafficking, markets, and use of illegal drugs, including licit drug diversion through research and capacity building for law enforcement, forensic laboratories, medical examiners and coroners, prosecutors, and other stakeholders.

The Next Stage of Buprenorphine Care for Opioid Use Disorder

Publication — 11/6/2018

This article reviews research findings around facilitating successful, evidence-based treatment and care for patients with OUD.

Research findings in the following seven areas are reviewed: location of buprenorphine induction, combining buprenorphine with a benzodiazepine, relapse during buprenorphine treatment, requirements for counseling, uses of drug testing, use of other substances during buprenorphine treatment, and duration of buprenorphine treatment. For each area, evidence for needed updates and modifications in practice is provided. These modifications will facilitate more successful, evidence-based treatment and care for patients with OUD.

The Opioid Crisis and Its Growing Impact on First Responder Health and Wellness

Webinar — 9/24/2019

This part 1 overview will cover how everyday stress and trauma are impacting first responders' resilience, wellness, and ability to function.

This webinar also explores what can be done to help mitigate the impact and negative effects of these experiences through education, resources, and support. The webinar's presenter provides an overview of the course "Vicarious Trauma for First Responders," which gives an in-depth look at trauma and its impact on firefighters, emergency medical services (EMS) personnel or paramedics, disaster response workers, and law enforcement officers. The link to the course is included for webinar participants. Participants learn how first responders are affected by the trauma they witness or experience through their work and how the opioid epidemic exacerbates the problem; and some of the steps that state and local systems—as well as agencies and organizations—can take to help mitigate the impact of this trauma on individuals, organizations, and communities. 

A PDF version of the slide deck from this webinar is also available.

The Opioid Crisis by the Numbers

Publication — 2/28/2018

This infographic presents statistics about the opioid crisis.

The opioid crisis cost $504 billion, which is 2.8 percent of the Gross Domestic Product, in 2015. Learn more statistics about this public health emergency in this infographic.

The Opioid Crisis—One State’s Approach to Supporting the Health and Wellness of its First Responders

Webinar — 11/5/2019

In part 2, OhioMHAS will speak about how first responders are becoming trauma-informed and discuss applications of putting those strategies in place.

This webinar will feature representatives from the Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS), who will speak about how first responders are becoming trauma-informed and discuss the practical applications of putting trauma-informed strategies in place. Presenters will discuss several innovative state and local programs, including training programs and support initiatives. The role of leadership and integrated system responses will be highlighted, including OhioMHAS’s new first responder liaison, who serves as a resource to first responders, their agencies, behavioral health care providers, and the community at large. The Ohio ASSIST program, among other state efforts, will be introduced. Ohio Assist provides Post Critical Incident Seminars to first responders and their families and has partnered with several other states in providing seminars and resources through trained peers to assist these states in helping their own first responders.

The Opioid Misuse Community Assessment Tool

Publication — 1/30/2020

This tool gives county-specific data about deaths and factors which may make a community more vulnerable to addiction.

To better understand the national opioid crisis and inform effective conversations and interventions, NORC at the University of Chicago and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s USDA Rural Development have created this tool to allow users to map overdose hotspots and overlay them with data that provide additional context to opioid addiction and death including the strength and diversity of local economies, ethnicity, educational attainment, and disability status of residents.

The State Experience of Planning an Opioid Initiative

Podcast — 10/30/2019

Delaware’s approach to collecting and incorporating feedback from a community planning an initiative in response to the opioid epidemic.

In this podcast, Valarie Tickle, a criminal justice planning coordinator with the state of Delaware’s Criminal Justice Council, discusses Delaware’s approach to collecting and incorporating feedback from a community planning an initiative in response to the opioid epidemic. Ms. Tickle describes how, as the agency responsible for developing plans to implement COAP funding, selecting grantees, and administering grants, the Criminal Justice Council sought to improve understanding of community-level needs when crafting a program strategy. Through a series of community roundtables, the group identified goals and program areas to target with implementation funding.

A transcript of this podcast is available at http://s.iir.com/DE_State_Planning_Process.

The Underestimated Cost of the Opioid Crisis

Publication — 11/1/2017

This report offers insight about the economic cost of deaths resulting from overdoses.

The Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) estimates the economic cost of fatalities resulting from overdoses using conventional economic estimates for valuing life routinely used by U.S. Federal agencies. It also adjusts for underreporting of opioids in overdose deaths, includes heroin-related fatalities, and incorporates nonfatal costs of opioid misuse. CEA estimates that in 2015, the economic cost of the opioid crisis was $504.0 billion, or 2.8 percent of GDP that year. This is over six times larger than the most recently estimated economic cost of the epidemic.

Training for First Responder Diversion Programs

Webinar — 8/27/2019

First responder training on diversion programs for individuals with an opioid and substance use disorder is discussed.

First responder diversion programs for individuals with an opioid use disorder are rapidly increasing around the country.  These innovative programs play a critical role in linking individuals who are at risk for opioid overdose to community-based treatment services.  While similar in nature to crisis intervention services offered by first responders, these diversion programs are placing responsibilities on staff that may require new knowledge, skills, and abilities. This webinar discusses the need for first responder training specific to diversion programs for individuals with an opioid and substance use disorder.  The webinar provides potential topics that could be included in diversion training and methods for providing it.  Panelists from the Tucson, Arizona, Police Department and Plymouth County, Massachusetts, will discuss the training they have in place for their first responder diversion programs.  To view a PDF version of the slide deck from this webinar, click here.

 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force

Publication — 5/5/2018

The Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force addresses gaps or inconsistencies in pain management.

The Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force was established to propose updates to best practices and issue recommendations that address gaps or inconsistencies for managing chronic and acute pain. The Task Force, which was called for by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016, is assigned the following responsibilities:

  • Determining whether there are gaps or inconsistencies in pain management best practices among federal agencies
  • Proposing recommendations on addressing gaps or inconsistencies
  • Providing the public with an opportunity to comment on any proposed recommendations
  • Developing a strategy for disseminating information about best practices

U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory on Naloxone and Opioid Overdose

Publication — 4/5/2018

This advisory provides information on naloxone for patients, prescribers, pharmacists, treatment providers, and the public.

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H., released this public health advisory to urge more Americans to carry a potentially lifesaving medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. The medication, naloxone, is already carried by many first responders, such as emergency medical technicians and police officers.

Understanding the Opioid Crisis Case-by-Case: Overdose Fatality Reviews in Wisconsin

Video — 5/19/2019

Wisconsin’s Overdose Fatality Review process is discussed.

Mallory O’Brien, Assistant Professor, Medical College of Wisconsin, discusses Wisconsin’s Overdose Fatality Review process, a joint effort of the State Departments of Justice and Public Health. The process brings all of the stakeholders together to share specific case information to understand the overdose, the events leading up to it, and any opportunities the information can uncover about actions that can be taken to address the overall crisis.

Understanding the Opioid Epidemic

Publication — 12/19/2018

View information on the opioid epidemic on this Centers for Disease Control and Prevention webpage.

The webpage offers information on the three waves of opioid overdose deaths, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's efforts to combat the opioid overdose epidemic, and links to additional resources related to the opioid epidemic.

Unlock the Power of Peers: Strategies for Response, Rehabilitation, Reentry, and Recovery Support

Webinar — 10/23/2018

Common values that are the foundation for peer recovery support services and the roles that peers play across the sequential intercepts are discussed.

Peer recovery support services (PRSS) are increasingly being offered across diverse criminal justice settings to address opioid abuse and achieve positive outcomes. The power and potential of PRSS come from the unique roles that peers play, promoting both hope and pragmatic steps for change. This webinar identifies common values that are the foundation for PRSS, regardless of the setting; defines the variety of roles that peers play across the sequential intercepts—and how programs can ensure that the roles are appropriate for the settings; outlines the core elements of successful PRSS programs at different intercepts; and describes approaches to training and supervision that prepare peers to effectively carry out their roles.

Using and Sharing Data Templates

Publication — 12/30/2019

These sample resources can help programs and agencies share data and information and develop better programs for individuals with SUD.

Using and sharing data to provide the appropriate response to high utilizers’ needs is challenging work, but it results in meaningful outcomes for individuals, families, and the community. Effective use of data can also reduce the number of individuals held in jail pretrial simply because they cannot afford bail, reduce recidivism, and help develop better programs for individuals with mental health and substance use disorders. Creating a network for information sharing and engaging in effective planning and coordination is critical to building a consensus around which data can and will be shared. Key stakeholders must understand the legal framework for information sharing to design and implement effective criminal justice and health and human services collaborations. Staff members must be trained to respond to questions about the purpose and limits of data sharing.

Using Web-Based Motivational Assessment Strategies: MAPIT

Webinar — 5/17/2018

MAPIT is a Web-based motivational intervention that links a person's risk and needs factors to case plans that the client can develop.

This webinar explores the clinical features of MAPIT, research findings from a randomized controlled trial, and a cost-effectiveness study.

What's in a Name? The Roles of Peer Specialists

Webinar — 4/9/2019

Peer specialists serve in peer recovery support services (PRSS) across diverse criminal justice settings. Learn about their roles and support needs.

To support people on their paths to recovery from substance use disorders, the use of peer specialists in peer recovery support services (PRSS) is increasing across diverse criminal justice settings. Peer specialists offer the benefits of their own experiences with recovery; they provide hope and social support and can change the outcomes for those in recovery.

This session:

  • Highlights the roles of peer specialists across multiple programs.
  • Explores the work from an "insider" vantage point: by a peer specialist working in the field.
  • Discusses the value of implementing peer specialists at all of the criminal justice intercepts.
  • Identifies the support needs of peer specialists and common ethical PRSS considerations.

To view a PDF version of the slide deck from this webinar, click here.

For a supporting document containing resource links, click here.

Bureau of Justice Assistance Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program FY 2017 Competitive Grant Announcement

Publication — 4/25/2017

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) sought applications to plan and implement comprehensive strategies in response to the growing opioid epidemic.

The full solicitation can be viewed at https://www.bja.gov/funding/CARA17.pdf.

Bureau of Justice Assistance Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program FY 2018 Competitive Grant Announcement

Publication — 6/18/2018

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), in partnership with the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), sought applications to plan and implement comprehensive programs in response to the growing opioid epidemic.

The Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program furthers the Department’s mission by providing resources to support state, local, tribal, and territorial efforts to reduce violent crime and drug abuse and enhance public safety, while supporting victims.

The full solicitation can be viewed at https://www.bja.gov/funding/COAP18.pdf.

National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Research and Evaluation on Drugs and Crime FY 2019

Publication — 5/6/2019

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) sought applications for funding of rigorous applied research on evidence-based tools, protocols, and policies for state, tribal, and local law enforcement and criminal justice agencies that address drug trafficking, drug markets, and drug-related violence.

The research focus of this solicitation is criminal investigation, prosecution, drug intelligence, and community surveillance relevant to narcotics law enforcement, forensic science, and/or medicolegal death investigation. [The U.S. Department of Justice has identified the FY2019 solicitation drug priorities as: 1) fentanyl and its illicit analogues, 2) methamphetamine, and 3) illegal marijuana markets.] 

To view the solicitation, visit https://nij.gov/funding/Documents/solicitations/NIJ-2019-15444.pdf.

Applications due:  May 6, 2019

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) FY 2019 Opioid Affected Youth Initiative

Publication — 5/7/2019

This grant opportunity was offered to help states, local governments, and tribal jurisdictions develop and implement programs for children, at-risk juveniles, and families who have been affected by the nation's opioid crisis.

These grants can be used to help identify intervention opportunities and develop data-driven, coordinated responses.

The full solicitation can be found here: https://www.ojjdp.gov/funding/FundingDetail.asp?fi=480.

Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Training and Technical Assistance Program FY 2019 Competitive Grant Announcement

Publication — 5/28/2019

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) sought applications to provide training and technical assistance (TTA) to the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP).

About the COAP TTA Program

Signed into law on July 22, 2016, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) is the first major federal substance use disorder treatment and recovery legislation in 40 years and the most comprehensive effort to address the opioid epidemic. CARA establishes a comprehensive, coordinated, and balanced strategy through enhanced grant programs that expand prevention and education efforts while also promoting treatment and recovery. The purpose of this program is to deliver training and technical assistance (TTA) to state, local, and tribal criminal justice and substance abuse treatment agencies, prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs), and their partner agencies in sites selected through the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based solicitation. Learn more about COAP at www.coapresources.org.

This TTA program is designed to complement the COAP competitive site-based solicitation, which will be posted separately.

BJA is seeking five TTA providers that will work collaboratively to enhance and advance the COAP TTA Network and support the delivery of TTA to current and future site-based COAP grantees, PDMPs, and their stakeholders. Please note that the five categories described within this competitive grant announcement are soliciting applications from providers to deliver nationwide TTA. This grant announcement is not soliciting applications from individual jurisdictions to receive funding, training, or technical assistance from BJA.

There are five COAP TTA award categories:

  • Category 1: National COAP Law Enforcement/First Responder Partnership Training and Technical Assistance Initiative
  • Category 2: National COAP Jail-Based Treatment and Community Corrections Training and Technical Assistance Program
  • Category 3: COAP National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Peer Recovery Support
  • Category 4: COAP State-Based Training and Technical Assistance Program
  • Category 5: Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Training and Technical Assistance Program

For additional information, the full solicitation is available at https://www.bja.gov/funding/COAPTTA19.pdf.

Applications are due May 28, 2019.

Webinar

An informational webinar was held on April 17, 2019.  A recording of the webinar can be viewed at https://iir.adobeconnect.com/pbaogy7z94t9/.

Bureau of Justice Assistance Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program FY 2019 Competitive Grant

Publication — 6/5/2019

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) sought applications to plan and implement comprehensive programs in response to the growing opioid epidemic.

The U.S. Department of Justice (Department), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications to plan and implement comprehensive programs in response to the growing opioid epidemic. This program furthers the Department’s mission by providing resources to support state, local, tribal, and territorial efforts to reduce violent crime and drug abuse and enhance public safety while supporting victims.

About the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Grant Program (COAP)

Signed into law on July 22, 2016, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) is the first major federal substance abuse treatment and recovery legislation in 40 years and the most comprehensive legislative effort to address the opioid epidemic. CARA establishes a comprehensive, coordinated, and balanced strategy through enhanced grant programs that encompass prevention and education efforts, effective responses to those affected by substance abuse, and services for treatment and recovery from addiction. For FY 2019, in recognition of the ongoing national opioid priority, Congress has appropriated $157 million in support of CARA-related programs and $30 million in support of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs).

BJA developed the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) in response to the CARA legislation. COAP’s purpose is to provide financial and technical assistance to states, units of local government, and Indian tribal governments to plan, develop, and implement comprehensive efforts to identify, respond to, treat, and support those impacted by the opioid epidemic. Since 2017, the Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) has been incorporated into COAP, emphasizing the important role that PDMPs play in supporting safe prescribing and identifying patients who may be misusing prescription opioids (or other prescription drugs) and/or patients who may be at risk for overdose.

There are three award categories:

Category 1: Locally Driven Responses to the Opioid Epidemic—Funding amount: $600,000–$1,200,000

Category 2: Statewide Implementation, Enhancement, and Evaluation Projects—Funding amount: $3,000,000–$6,500,000

Category 3: Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Implementation and Enhancement Projects—Funding amount: up to $2,000,000

Applications Due: June 5, 2019

An informational webinar was held on April 29, 2019. A recording of the webinar can be viewed at Bureau of Justice Assistance Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program FY 2019 Solicitation Webinar.

Questions and answers from the webinar are available at https://www.coapresources.org/content/documents/Funding/COAP_Solicitation_Webinar_4_29_19_QA.pdf.

To assist in preparing your COAP funding application, the following examples of applications are provided for your reference.

Bureau of Justice Assistance Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program ODMAP Statewide Expansion and Response Grant

Publication — 6/27/2019

The ODMAP Statewide Expansion and Response Grant is designed to support the statewide adoption of ODMAP as well as the development of highly coordinated public safety, behavioral health, and public health responses to the data, focusing on “hot spots” and trends of concern.

On behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) is releasing the ODMAP Statewide Expansion and Response Grant solicitation. This is part of a series of demonstration projects funded under the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP). These demonstration projects are designed to build capacity, foster cross-sector collaboration, and support innovation.

The ODMAP Statewide Expansion and Response Grant is designed to support the statewide adoption of ODMAP as well as the development of highly coordinated public safety, behavioral health, and public health responses to the data, focusing on “hot spots” and trends of concern. It is anticipated that the majority of grant funding will be used to support cross-sector partnerships that are structured in such a way that local communities can make meaningful use of the data collected through ODMAP to deploy interventions targeting specific geographic areas or high-risk individuals.

Under this solicitation, up to six states will be selected for grant awards up to $700,000, each for a 24-month period.

How to Apply

Applicants are limited to state agencies or territories. Applicants with existing data tracking systems that capture fatal and nonfatal overdose data can apply to serve as demonstration sites by agreeing to make existing data available through ODMAP. Applicants that have partially or fully implemented ODMAP are encouraged to apply.

Applications are due no later than 5:00 p.m., ET, on June 27, 2019. For more details, you may access the full announcement at ODMAP Statewide Expansion and Response.

Should you have any questions about the application process or issues with submission, please send an email to COAP@iir.com.

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

A document containing frequently asked questions and answers related to the ODMAP Statewide Expansion and Response Grant can be viewed at https://www.coapresources.org/Content/Documents/Funding/ODMAP_Statewide_Expansion_and_Response_Grant_FAQs.pdf.

Applicant Webinar

A webinar about the ODMAP Statewide Expansion and Response Grant and the application process was held on May 30, 2019, at 1:00 p.m., ET. A recording of this webinar is available at https://iir.adobeconnect.com/p1la5qv0kuee/.  To view a PDF version of the slide deck from this webinar, click here.

ODMAP Webinar

An informational webinar about ODMAP was held on May 24, 2019, at 2:00 p.m., ET. This webinar did not address questions about this solicitation but focused, instead, on providing an overview of the capabilities of ODMAP and the implementation process. A recording of this webinar is available at https://iir.adobeconnect.com/pcutbfa9im20/.  To view a PDF version of the slide deck from this webinar, click here.

Bureau of Justice Assistance Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program Partnerships to Support Data-driven Responses to Emerging Drug Threats Grant

Publication — 7/15/2019

This grant is designed to demonstrate how local public health, behavioral health, and public safety agencies can collaboratively leverage their roles and capabilities to collect, share, and analyze near-real-time data to support coordinated cross-sector responses to reduce overdose deaths.

On behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) is releasing the Partnerships to Support Data-driven Responses to Emerging Drug Threats Grant solicitation. This is part of a series of demonstration projects funded under the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP). These demonstration projects are designed to build capacity, foster cross-sector collaboration, and support innovation.

The Partnerships to Support Data-driven Responses to Emerging Drug Threats Grant is designed to demonstrate how local public health, behavioral health, and public safety agencies can collaboratively leverage their distinct and complementary roles and capabilities to collect, share, and analyze near-real-time data to support coordinated cross-sector responses to reduce overdose deaths. Communities are expected to form an organizational structure that includes, at a minimum, public health, behavioral health, and public safety agency representatives, as well as data analysts. Applicants will also be required to assess the impact of intervention strategies through evaluation and performance measurement.

Under this solicitation, up to six communities will be selected for grant awards up to $600,000, each for a 24-month period.

How to Apply

Applicants are limited to units of local government and federally recognized Indian tribal governments. All recipients and subrecipients (including any for-profit organizations) must forgo any profit or management fees. Current COAP Training and Technical Assistance grantees, their contractors, and consultants are ineligible to apply for this award.

Applications are due no later than 5:00 p.m., ET, on July 15, 2019. For more details, you may access the full announcement here.

Should you have any questions about the application process or issues with submission, please send an email to COAP@iir.com.

Additional Materials

The following materials provide additional information that will assist applicants in developing their responses to this solicitation.

Bureau of Justice Assistance Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program: Rural Responses to the Opioid Epidemic

Publication — 7/26/2019

This grant is designed to leverage combined resources and expertise to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with opioid overdoses among individuals who come in contact with law enforcement or are involved in the criminal justice system in high-risk rural communities and regions.

On behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) is releasing the Rural Responses to the Opioid Epidemic Grant solicitation. This is part of a series of demonstration projects funded under the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP). These demonstration projects are designed to build capacity, foster cross-sector collaboration, and support innovation.

The Rural Responses to the Opioid Epidemic Grant is designed to leverage the combined resources and expertise of BJA, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the State Justice Institute, along with other federal partners, to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with opioid overdoses among individuals who come in contact with law enforcement or are involved in the criminal justice system in high-risk rural communities and regions.

Under this solicitation, up to eight rural communities or regions will be selected for an award of up to $750,000 each for a 24-month time period.

How to Apply

All proposed activities supported by this solicitation must exclusively target populations residing in rural communities or rural census tracts in urban or suburban counties as defined by the Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer. The applicant organization does not need to be physically located in a HRSA-designated rural area. However, the applicant organization must have the staffing and infrastructure necessary to oversee program activities, serve as the fiscal agent for the award, and ensure that local control for the award is vested in the target rural communities. Finally, the applicant organization must be able to convene an interdisciplinary workgroup that is representative of rural entities. Applicants may apply to serve a single community or multiple communities within a larger region so long as all the communities are rural as defined above.

Applications are due no later than 5:00 p.m., ET, on July 26, 2019. For more details, you may access the full announcement here: Rural Responses to the Opioid Epidemic.

Should you have any questions about the application process or issues with submission, please send an email to COAP@iir.com.

Applicant Webinar

A webinar about the Rural Responses to the Opioid Epidemic Grant and the application process was held on June 26, 2019.  A recording of this webinar is available at https://www.coapresources.org/Media/Video/ef1dba67-b2d2-4f88-ad1f-b8d5d6dfd0e5.  To view a PDF version of the slide deck from this webinar, click here.

Additional Materials

The following materials provide additional information that will assist applicants in developing their responses to this solicitation.

 

Intensive Training and Technical Assistance for Local Teams to Develop a Comprehensive and Multidisciplinary Approach to Opioid Use Disorder and Emerging Drug Threats

Publication — 8/30/2019

BJA is partnering with the National Association of Counties to support this eight-month intensive training and technical assistance initiative for current COAP grantees.

On behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) is releasing the Intensive Training and Technical Assistance for Local Teams to Develop a Comprehensive and Multidisciplinary Approach to Opioid Use Disorder and Emerging Drug Threats Grant solicitation. BJA is partnering with the National Association of Counties (NACo) to support this eight-month intensive training and technical assistance initiative.

The Intensive Training and Technical Assistance for Local Teams to Develop a Comprehensive and Multidisciplinary Approach to Opioid Use Disorder and Emerging Drug Threats Grant is designed for current COAP grantees that seek to more strongly align existing opioid initiatives in their communities and develop comprehensive and multidisciplinary approaches to more effectively respond to OUD and other emerging drug threats.

Eligibility is limited to current COAP grantees that are units of local government or a federally recognized Indian tribal government. Under this solicitation, up to six current COAP grantees will be selected. If selected, your community will be required to participate as a multidisciplinary team that includes a minimum of four members and a maximum of eight members.

How to Apply

To be eligible for this intensive training and technical assistance opportunity, your site must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Be a current COAP grantee in good standing with programmatic and financial reporting requirements. It is the expectation that the current COAP grantee recipient agency will serve as the lead agency for this application.
  2. Be a unit of local government or a federally recognized Indian tribal government.
  3. Have an existing broad stakeholder group, such as a commission, task force, coordinating council, etc., that aligns substance abuse and criminal justice issues.

Applications are due no later than 5:00 p.m., ET, on August 30, 2019. For more details, you may access the full announcement here: http://s.iir.com/IntensiveTTA19.

Should you have any questions about the application process or issues with submission, please send an email to COAP@iir.com.

Combating Opioid Overdose Through Community-level Intervention Initiative

Publication — 11/1/2019

Undertake research activities to implement and evaluate community-based efforts to fight the opioid-involved overdose epidemic and support and promote the partnership of public safety and public health agencies.

On September 16, 2019, through a competitive process, the Office of National Drug Control Policy awarded the University of Baltimore (UB) a grant to fund the Combating Opioid Overdose Through Community-level Intervention Initiative (COOCLI). Through the COOCLI, the UB will solicit subaward applications for the purpose of:

  1. Undertaking research activities that entail implementing and evaluating community-based efforts to fight the opioid-involved overdose epidemic; and
  2. Supporting and promoting the partnership of law enforcement and public health agencies, whose collaboration is critical to reducing overdose and other harms of opioid-involved (mis)use.

The University of Baltimore issued a Notification of Funding Availability (NOFA) on September 24, 2019, and applications are due no later than November 1, 2019. The NOFA is posted at http://www.ubalt.edu/about-ub/offices-and-services/provost/reporting-units/sponsored-research/ondcp_nofa.cfm.

The UB will convene the COOCLI Board (Board) in mid-November. The Board will assess proposals and recommend funding levels to the UB. Based on Board recommendations, the UB will issue subawards to successful applicants in December 2019. Funding is for 12 months and awards will likely range between $50,000 and $500,000.

The NOFA details the application process and sets forth the requirements for proposals. All applications must include a letter of support/commitment signed by a sponsoring HIDTA Director to receive consideration for funding. HIDTA Directors are encouraged to weigh the merits of each proposal and only sponsor those they deem to be of value. HIDTA Directors can support more than one proposal.

Mobility for All Pilot Program FY2020 Notice of Funding

Publication — 1/6/2020

The Federal Transit Administration announces the availability of approximately $3.5 million in Mobility for All pilot program funding.
This funding opportunity seeks to improve mobility options through employing innovative coordination of transportation strategies and building partnerships to enhance mobility and access to vital community services for older adults, individuals with disabilities, and people of low income. The Mobility for All Pilot Program Grants will support innovative projects that coordinate non-emergency medical transportation services for the transportation disadvantaged to enhance mobility and access to vital community services. Examples include employing mobility management strategies, purchasing vehicles, and leasing equipment or facilities.

COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program (CAMP)

Publication — 4/8/2020

CAMP advances public safety by providing funds directly to state law enforcement agencies to investigate illicit activities related to the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine.

Up to $13 million is available for this competitive grant program.

Applications are due by April 8, 2020 at 7:59 PM EDT.

Please visit https://cops.usdoj.gov/camp for more information on the 2020 COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program.

Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF) Program

Publication — 4/8/2020

The 2020 AHTF program is a competitive grant program that assists state law enforcement agencies in states with high per capita levels of primary treatment admissions for both heroin and other opioids.

AHTF funds must be used for investigative purposes to locate or investigate illicit activities related to the distribution of heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil, or other opioids, or the unlawful distribution of prescription opioids.

Up to $35 million is available for this program.

Applications are due by April 8, 2020 at 7:59 PM EDT.

Please visit https://cops.usdoj.gov/ahtf for more information on the 2020 Anti-Heroin Task Force program.

Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Site-based Program (COSSAP) FY 2020 Competitive Grant Solicitation

Publication — 5/21/2020

The Bureau of Justice Assistance seeks applicants to develop, implement, or expand comprehensive programs in response to illicit opioids, stimulants, or other substances of abuse.

The Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP) was developed as part of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) legislation. COSSAP’s purpose is to provide financial and technical assistance to states, units of local government, and Indian tribal governments to develop, implement, or expand comprehensive efforts to identify, respond to, treat, and support those impacted by illicit opioids, stimulants, and other drugs of abuse.

COSSAP aims to reduce the impact of these substances on individuals and communities, including a reduction in the number of overdose fatalities, as well as mitigate the impacts on crime victims by supporting comprehensive, collaborative initiatives.

The full solicitation is available at https://bja.ojp.gov/funding/opportunities/bja-2020-17023.

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