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JCORE (Johnson County Opioid Response Effort)

Award Information

Award #
Funding Category
Competitive Discretionary
Awardee County
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $999,981)

Proposal Abstract


The Johnson County Opioid Response Effort (JCORE), through the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, centers on teaming peer specialists with specialty investigators so that behavioral health resources can be implemented during the timeframe when individuals are most receptive to help. This “golden moment” falls immediately after overdose or investigation and possible arrest. By pairing services with investigation, diversion to drug courts, treatment, and other transitional services moves the individual into a more positive path to recovery instead of the traditional method of incarceration only. Utilizing two teams of peer and investigator allows for round the clock coverage without creating stress of continuous coverage on one team which results in burnout. Peer specialists respond to police calls for drug-related incidents and follow the individual through medical care and incarceration as necessary. This places the peer specialist in a position to engage family and friends to elicit support. Peer specialists can use their lived experience to help the individual see the benefits of life change. This approach has proven that individuals are more inclined to assist in investigations and the team approach has reduced stigma among law enforcement. Peer specialists also provide training and distribution of naloxone to the support systems of individuals. Classes and support groups conducted within the jail identifies individuals incarcerated for other charges who are also struggling with substance use disorders. After identification, those individuals can be moved toward treatment options and recovery. This results in decreased jail population and lowered recidivism.


JCORE will utilize participation in drug takeback programs, law enforcement diversion, naloxone for law enforcement, and treatment alternatives to incarceration. The primary use of the funds will center on embedding peer specialists at various points in the Sequential Intercept Model which makes it a labor-intensive program.















Planned Activities/Allowable Uses

The abstract should include specific language that indicates which of the allowable uses/activities under Category, as listed below, the project address along with its approximated percent of the budget.

Planned Activities/Allowable Uses

Select All that Apply

Percent of Budget




Drug take-back programs


1 percent of budget

Law enforcement and first responder deflection and diversion


100 percent of investigators salaries

Real-time data collection



Naloxone for law enforcement and first responders



Education and prevention programs to connect law enforcement agencies with K-12



Pre-booking or post treatment alternative-to-incarceration programs


50 percent of peer specialist salaries

Court programming to prioritize and expedite treatment and recovery services for individuals at high risk for overdose, as well as service children and youth impacted by their parents’ or other family members’ substance use



Evidence-based substance use disorder treatment related to opioids, stimulants, and other illicit drugs, such as MAT, as well as harm reduction activities and recovery support services



Transitional or recovery housing and peer recovery support services



Embedding social workers, peer specialists, and/or persons with lived experience at any intercept of the Sequential Intercept Model


50 percent of salaries of peer specialists

Field-initiated projects that bring together justice, behavioral health, and public health practitioners




Priority Consideration (if the applicant is seeking priority consideration, applicant must provide the  following:

Which priority consideration is being sought:  1(A), 1(B), or both (They are applying for 1C.)


Priority consideration 1C is being sought for a small rural agency.

Date Created: September 29, 2022