Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $1,092,869)
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 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 Middle District Attorneys Office (MDAO), in partnership with the Regional Substance Navigation Program (RSNP) and Community Connections, proposes the Worcester County Regional Opioid Response Project to enhance responses to opioid use, misuse, and abuse, including nonfatal overdoses and children affected by opioids. RSNP has formal partnerships between police and the mental health agency, Community Connections, to provide rapid response to nonfatal overdoses and engage individuals in treatment. RSNP also provides counseling, peer support, referrals, and prevention and intervention programming in the region. Community partners include schools, police, government agencies, municipalities, community-based organizations, and other stakeholders. The project will increase RSNP staffing with the addition of licensed mental health professionals and recovery coaches, and the team will grow its services for children through Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Animal Assistive Therapy.