Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $978,949)
Legal Name of the Applicant:
Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office (LPSO)
Title of the Project:
Project COPE (Comprehensive Opioid Prevention Effort)
Objectives and Deliverables:
The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office will develop and implement a comprehensive opioid prevention effort that promotes civil rights and racial equity in the identification, response, treatment, and support of those impacted by illicit opioids, stimulants, and other drugs in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana.
The goal of Project COPE is to deploy the needed compendium service activities and protocols to reduce overdose deaths, promote public safety and support access to prevention, harm-reduction, treatment, and recovery services both in the community and the justice system. The Project will function under the direction of Project COPE Steering Committee. The Committee is a permanent multidisciplinary coordinating body that focus on addressing the issues that arise due to the impacts of illicit opioids, stimulants, and other drugs. It is composed of representatives of the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office, the court system, the Lafourche Parish Coroner’s Office, Parish Government, the parish public and private school systems, Nicholls State University, and prevention, intervention, and treatment agencies.
Program activities will include law enforcement deflection and diversion, real time data collection, education and prevention, pre and post booking treatment alternatives-to-incarceration, evidence-based substance use disorder treatment, and social workers and peer embedment at any intercept of the “Sequential Intercept Model.”
The objectives and deliverables are:
Develop and implement the Project COPE Action Plan that will detail the problem, the data that lead to its identification, a logic model and associated response protocols/activities to be implemented to ensure the effective delivery of a broad range of evidence-based, culturally relevant interventions.
A program-specific priority is in support of Executive Order 13985, Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities through the Federal Government.” In partnership with the Kingdom Impact Global Worship Centre, underserved populations that have been adversely affected by the opioid epidemic will be identified and strategically facilitated under the program. (See Page 11 of Program Narrative)
The target population will be all persons residing in Lafourche Parish.