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Highlighting State Successes: New Mexico and West Virginia

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Calling attention to Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP) site successes is critical to disseminate ideas, motivate grantees, and encourage innovation. In a series of three webinars, Category 2 COSSAP sites will highlight efforts and activities associated with their programs.

COSSAP Category 2 grants are awarded to state agencies on behalf of several county-level or other regional subrecipients within the state. The state agencies then help oversee and coordinate the implementation of projects at regional sites. In each webinar, grantees from two or three COSSAP sites will share a brief presentation on their successes.

The webinar series has the following objectives:

  1. Explain the challenges encountered by COSSAP sites.
  2. Detail steps taken by sites that can be replicated by other COSSAP sites.
  3. Highlight what sites found to be most effective in their work.

This first webinar will feature the New Mexico Human Services Department and the West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services. New Mexico applied for COSSAP funding to launch Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) programs in five local agencies. West Virginia applied for COSSAP funding to expand their Handle with Care initiative and their LEAD programs. Both sites will be sharing challenges, solutions, and successes of their programs.

Date Created: February 14, 2023