Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $900,000)
The Warren County Common Pleas Court Services Department requests $900,000 for the 36-month grant period under the FY21 Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Site-based Program (COSSAP), Category 1, grant solicitation.
Ohio has had the fourth-highest rate opioid-related deaths (more than 3,000) in the US in 2018. In Warren County, in 2017, 81 residents died from overdoses (out of a population of 227,000), 40% more than the previous year. Warren County Common Pleas continues to ineffectively address client’s substance abuse as evidenced by a high rate of community supervision violations. In 2020, seventy-two percent of clients who appeared in front of the court for a community supervision violation tested positive for illegal drugs.
Funding will allow the department to develop a court-based intervention program to serve the population not accepted by Warren County’s Recovery Court but in need of treatment services. The Recovery Engagement Alternative Community Treatment (REACT) Program will shift the focus of the probation officer to rehabilitative efforts and support services to increase the number of clients who complete probation and treatment successfully, as well as find housing and employment.
REACT clients will be supervised by a probation officer trained in evidence-based practices. The probation officer and client will work towards mutual goals and objectives facilitating sobriety, cognitive-behavioral change, securing safe and stable housing, and stable employment. REACT will help clients overcome barriers by prioritizing and expediting treatment and recovery services to individuals at high risk for overdose.