Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $1,189,215)
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 Jefferson County Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP) will extend peer recovery services to include expanded pretrial supervision, as well as provide evidence-based treatment, including medication-assisted treatment (MAT), to individuals at high risk for overdose. This project serves a population of more than 500,000 in Jefferson County, Alabama. The project includes partnerships between the University of Alabama Department of Psychiatry Substance Abuse Division, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, and a local evaluator.