Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $897,607)
The Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP) was developed as part of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) legislation. COSSAPs purpose is to provide financial and technical assistance to states, units of local government, and Indian tribal governments to develop, implement, or expand comprehensive efforts to identify, respond to, treat, and support those impacted by illicit opioids, stimulants, and other drugs of abuse.
The objective of Category 1 is to encourage and support the development of comprehensive, locally driven responses to opioids, stimulants, and other substances 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 nonviolent drug offenders; promote education and prevention activities; and address the needs of children impacted by substance abuse.
The County of St. Louis is applying for Category 1b suburban area grant funding in the amount of $897,607. The St. Louis County FY 2020 COSSAP Initiative will expand access to evidence-based treatment (including medication-assisted treatment and recovery services in jail), expand peer recovery support services and access to treatment for rural residents, and provide coordination to support comprehensive responses to substance abuse. This project serves St. Louis County with a population of approximately 200,431. The project includes partnerships between the St. Louis County Jail, Recovery Alliance Duluth, Human Development Center, and Duluth Family Medicine Clinic. Priority considerations addressed in this application include 29 providing services to Qualified Opportunity Zones, addressing communities that are primarily rural and/or localities facing persistent poverty, and serving a region that has been disproportionately impacted by substance abuse.