Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $1,126,454)
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 Gateway to Recovery project will aid in the recovery of homeless individuals experiencing substance use disorder (SUD) while they are engaged in services at city-funded emergency homeless shelters through linkages to transitional or recovery housing and peer recovery support services. The solution complements existing strategies to help residents obtain long-term housing. This project serves the city of Albuquerque, with a population estimated at 903,000. The project includes partnerships between Bernalillo County, Centro Sávila, Heading Home, Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless, UNM Health Sciences Center-Family Medicine and Office for Community Health, UNM Medical-Legal Alliance, Roadrunner Foodbank, and Presbyterian Healthcare Services.