Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $6,500,000)
The Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program (COAP) was developed as part of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) legislation. COAPs 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.
The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration will:
Support an overdose crime scene team consisting of a criminal investigator and a peer recovery specialist to law enforcement task forces/agencies in a minimum of six geographically diverse sites (counties, regions or localities) within the state.
Increase access and enrollment to treatment, increase education and awareness and evaluate the grant strategies identified in 25 localities within the state to address offenders who may be opioid abusers.
The sites to receive sub-awards will be selected through a competitive process. Sub-awardees will be required to use ODMAP. An independent evaluator will be selected following the grant award.