Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $1,200,000)
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 Cook County Community Recovery Learning and Action Network will (1) address recovery housing capacity and coordination between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Developments Coordinated Entry System and recovery housing, as well as harm-reduction models to recovery housing. The program will begin development of a real-time, regional recovery housing information system, including collection, analysis, and dissemination across partners. Finally, the program will implement and evaluate an intervention to promote referral to the MAT program, recovery support, and recovery housing for individuals with substance use disorders. This project serves Cook County, Illinois, which has 5.2 million residents. The project includes partnerships with transitional and recovery housing providers, substance use treatment providers, criminal justice partners, state agencies, community-based partners, and public health organizations.