Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $499,710)
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.
Seattle and King County (PH) requests funding in the amount of $1,200,000 over a 36-month period for the King County Jail Buprenorphine Inductions (KCJBI) project. This project serves King County, with a population of approximately 2.25 million. With the requested funding, KCJBI will initiate incarcerated individuals with opioid use disorder onto medication-assisted treatment with buprenorphine. To expand the MAT program, the KCJBI project will initiate individuals onto MAT during incarceration. This will be accomplished by utilizing requested funds to increase nursing and corrections officer staffing needed to execute the project. At release, individuals will be connected to a MAT provider in the community for ongoing treatment; of note, King County received DOJ COAP funding in 2019 to hire two substance use disorder specialists and one program assistant to assist in the delivery of this service. This project includes partnerships between PH, King County Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention, and community MAT providers. Priority considerations for this award include serving an area that has been disproportionately impacted by the use of illicit substances, a high-poverty area, and Qualified Opportunity Zones.