Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $899,964)
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 Rockland, New York, is applying for Category 1b suburban area grant funding in the amount of $899,964. The Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program will start with a pilot with the largest law enforcement agency in Rockland County and then roll out to other police agencies. The goal is to improve public safety, reduce the number of low-level substance-using offenders from entering the criminal justice system, address issues of
disproportionality, and strengthen the relationships between prosecution, law enforcement, and the community. This project serves Rockland County, New York. The project includes partnerships between the District Attorneys Office, Town of Clarkstown Police Department (for the pilot), all local law enforcement agencies in Rockland County, the Rockland Council on Alcoholism and other Drug Dependence, and the Samaritan Daytop Village.