Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $900,000)
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.
Minnehaha County is applying under Category 1b for grant funding in the amount of $900,000 under the reporting umbrella of the Minnehaha County Sheriffs Office. This project serves the population of Minnehaha County, which includes a population of 186,749 residents. The purpose of the project is to reduce reliance of the criminal justice system to deal with individuals with substance abuse disorders. The project includes partnerships between Minnehaha County (Sheriffs Office, SAO, Human Services) and Sioux Falls Police Department, Avera Hospital, Urban Indian Health, and the University of South Dakota. The program-specific priority area the applicant will address is the lack of accessibility to treatment providers. The OJP policy priority area the applicant will address is to enhance public safety in four Qualified Opportunity Zones. The applicant will partner with researchers in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of South Dakota to submit performance measurement and related assessments (including a gap assessment) to make data-informed decisions. These deliverables will also include assessments of the peer navigator and associated program.