Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $600,000)
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 Regional Expectations Accede to Coordination for Healing: Opioids Undercut by Treatment (REACH OUT) program will provide pre-court and court- connected culturally responsive programs that prioritize and expedite early assessment, treatment, recovery, and other supportive services to address communities impacted by opioids, stimulants, and other substances. The program will use the following strategies: (1) tribal healing to wellness approaches; (2) peer recovery; (3) team staffing and court hearings; (4) hot spot analysis (measuring increases in MAT and other drug treatment services); and (5) community education about culturally attuned services that meet the needs of the whole individual, family, and community. This project serves rural territories in Del Norte (1,139 tribal members and 27,828 total population), Humboldt (2,024 tribal members and 136,800 total population), and Trinity (45 tribal members) counties in northwestern California. The project includes partnerships between two tribal courts, two state courts, and their justice partners tribal and county law enforcement, attorneys, medical clinics, hospitals, and social services. Priority considerations addressed in this application include rural, high-poverty communities facing real
challenges, such as lack of public transportation, limited availability of alcohol and other drug treatment, and other support services.