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Regrounding Our Response

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $6,456,818)

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 2 is to support states in their efforts to implement, enhance, or evaluate effective opioid-related efforts within the criminal justice system.

Maryland’s “Regrounding Our Response: A Coordinated Public Safety and Public Health Approach to the Opioid Epidemic” initiative will establish six new Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) sites (St. Mary’s County, Columbia in Howard County, Westminster in Carroll County, Annapolis City in Anne Arundel County, Hagerstown in Washington County and Cumberland in Allegany County) and support three existing LEAD sites (Belair in Harford County, Wicomico County, and Baltimore City), as well as detention-based interventions in partnership with the Office of Public Defender in five of the nine sites. The objectives include: 1) reduce recidivism of LEAD participants; 2) reduce calls for service for drug-related activity in the target areas; 3) reduce criminal justice costs incurred by LEAD participants; and 4) improve police understanding of and response to issues related to addiction and mental health disorders. The Maryland Statistical Analysis Center will support research, performance management, and evaluation of all selected sites.


Date Created: September 29, 2019