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 geographic area of focus for this program is Tarrant County, an urban community of 2,080,000 residents, including the cities of Fort Worth and Arlington. The purpose of this program is to improve the public safety of the community, support the welfare of children, and promote family stability impacted by parental substance use disorders and other related concerns through participation in the Tarrant County Family Recovery Court (FRC) and the MHMR Pine Street Rehabilitation Center services utilizing the Recovery Model. Secondary goals include: (1) improve access to treatment through the FRC/drug court services, and identification and referral of Pine Street participants with substance abuse and unstable living conditions; (2) reduce substance use and improve the psychological well-being of FRC participants; (3) increase permanency by reducing the effect of substance use and trauma through the provision of safe and stable housing; and (4) increase the participants ability to live independently and responsibly.