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Saint Louis County Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion

Award Information

Award #
2019-AR-BX-K004
Location
Congressional District
Status
Open
Funding First Awarded
2019
Total funding (to date)
$1,200,000

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $1,200,000)

The Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program (COAP) was developed as part of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) legislation. COAP’s purpose is to provide financial and technical assistance to states, units of local government, and Indian tribal governments to plan, develop, and implement comprehensive efforts to identify, respond to, treat, and support those impacted by the opioid epidemic. The Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) has been incorporated into the FY 2019 COAP solicitation. The purpose of the Harold Rogers PDMP is to improve collaboration and strategic decision making among regulatory and law enforcement agencies and public health entities to address prescription drug and opioid abuse, save lives, and reduce crime.

COAP aims to reduce opioid abuse and the number of overdose fatalities, as well as to mitigate the impacts on crime victims by supporting comprehensive, collaborative initiatives. The program also supports the implementation, enhancement, and proactive use of PDMPs to support clinical decision making and prevent the abuse and diversion of controlled substances. Grantees are prohibited from using federal funds to support activities that violate the Controlled Substances Act.

The objective of Category 1 is to encourage and support the development of comprehensive, locally driven responses to the opioid epidemic that expand access to supervision, treatment, and recovery support services across the criminal justice system; support law enforcement and other first responder diversion programs for non-violent drug offenders; promote education and prevention activities; and address the needs of children impacted by the opioid epidemic. All projects are expected to involve multiple agencies and partners.

The St. Louis County Department of Public Health will use grant funds to implement a Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program to serve St. Louis County, and by the end of the project, be available to all 52 police departments in the county. Funds will be used to hire a Project Coordinator and two LEAD Case Managers. Additionally, funds will be used to award a subcontract for peer recovery services to support LEAD participants. Project partners include St. Louis County’s Justice Services, Police Department, Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, and Department of Public Health.

CA/NCF

Date Created: September 29, 2019