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.Listen
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.Listen
This webinar provides an overview of how everyday stress and trauma are impacting first responders' resilience, wellness, and ability to function effectively in their work and home lives. It 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.Watch
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.Watch
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.Watch
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.Watch
This webinar focuses on the integration of telemental health interventions—specifically real-time audio-visual technologies (i.e., videoconferencing)—in correctional settings including jails, prisons, and community supervision. 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 and 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.Watch
This webinar demonstrates some of the data visualization techniques used by two organizations—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)—to improve understanding of substance use, criminal justice, and public health outcomes.
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.Watch
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. From this podcast, listeners will be able to describe the QRT program and have information to begin exploring a similar program with their local partners.
A transcript of this podcast is available at http://s.iir.com/QRTPodcastTranscript.Listen
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.Watch
Peer recovery support services (PRSS) are increasingly being offered across diverse criminal justice settings to address opioid abuse and achieve positive outcomes. 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 Criminal 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; and discusses how CJP evaluates the impact of its programs.Watch
In 2017, the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) launched a free, user-friendly mobile-capable tool known as the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP) to track the location of suspected fatal and nonfatal overdoses and the administration of naloxone by first responders. This webinar provides an overview of ODMAP.Watch
Learn more about the Partnerships to Support Data-driven Responses to Emerging Drug Threats Grant and application process in this webinar.Watch
Learn more about the ODMAP Statewide Expansion and Response Grant and application process in this webinar.Watch
May is National Drug Court Month, so in this edition, we are highlighting the work that peer specialists do in drug courts.
A transcript of this podcast is available at http://s.iir.com/4x8tXwQ9.Listen
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.Listen
This webinar focuses on steps for implementing OUD treatment services utilizing videoconferencing, 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. Finally, presenters review a hands-on checklist developed by Operation PAR that includes helpful strategies for clinicians to start, manage, and end treatment sessions using videoconferencing.Watch
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.Watch
At the Epicenter of the Crisis: The Role of Jails in Tackling the Opioid Epidemic
In this podcast, 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.pdfListen
Understanding the Opioid Crisis Case-by-Case: Overdose Fatality Reviews in Wisconsin
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.Watch
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 learn about tools for mitigating these effects. In addition, participants are 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.Watch
In this webinar, BJA leaders review the FY 2019 COAP 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.
Grant applications are due by June 5, 2019.Watch
Learn more about the BJA FY 2019 Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Training and Technical Assistance Program Competitive Grant and application process during this webinar. 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).
Grant applications are due by May 28, 2019.Watch
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:
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.Watch
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.
A PDF version of the slide deck from this webinar is also available.Watch
Mobile MAT in Practice
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.Watch
Rural Judges and Sheriffs Workshop Highlights
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.Watch
Handle With Care
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.Watch
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Outpatient Clinics: Using Behavioral Telehealth
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.Watch
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.Watch
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.Watch