Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $600,000)
The purpose of Delaware County’s COSSAP Program is to develop a comprehensive, locally driven responses to opioids, stimulants, and other substances of abuse by expanding access to treatment and recovery support services. Our program will employ a Recovery Services Coordinator Supports who will support the existing efforts of Law Enforcement Case Managers and the Drug Court Supervisor. They will be responsible for establishing linkages & strategic collaborations to enhance access to recovery services in Delaware County, assist local programs to establish policies and protocols around recovery services, and assist the Project Coordinator with the development of opioid/simulant-related crisis response team for Delaware County. Our project will utilize the existing platform of Delaware County Community Partnerships (DCCP) to help facilitate substance use prevention in the local school districts by establishing youth coalitions to increase youth awareness, funding speakers to give presentations and/or trainings, and purchasing evidence-based prevention curriculum. We will also form a COSSAP Advisory Council, which will serve as a formal cross-agency collaboration assembled to conduct strategic planning and develop written protocols for the implementation of Crisis Intervention Teams (CITs) to respond when Law Enforcement Officers and Dispatch Units identify crisis situations. Our program will also facilitate comprehensive, real-time, regional information collection, analysis, and dissemination by ensuring that Law Enforcement Agencies throughout the county have an officer trained to utilize ODMAP by the completion of this grant award. This addresses the need for quality-data collection, which is currently a challenge to obtain because of lacking resources within our rural community.