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Department of Justice Awards More Than $300 Million to Fight Opioid and Stimulant Crisis and to Address Substance Use Disorders
This December 22, 2021, Department of Justice press release highlights fiscal year 2021 awards made through various Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) programs, including the Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant and Substance Abuse Site-Based Program.

BJA Awards Nearly $700,000 to Launch Drug Disposal Program in Selected States
In an April 23, 2021, press release, the Office of Justice Programs announced BJA awards to launch the Comprehensive Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Program. The initiative is funded by BJA’s Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program.

Rural Responses to the Opioid Epidemic Initiative Launched
In a January 30, 2020, press release, the Office of Justice Programs announced the launch of the Rural Responses to the Opioid Epidemic Initiative. As part of this initiative, twenty-one rural American communities will receive $14.8 million in funding to develop tailored and innovative responses to gaps in prevention, treatment and/or recovery services for individuals involved in the criminal justice system. The initiative is the latest demonstration project supported by BJA’s Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program.

Justice Department Is Awarding Almost $320 Million to Combat Opioid Crisis
View a fact sheet to learn about the FY 2018 awards made for BJA-specific programs, including the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program, Innovative Prosecution Solutions, Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program, and others.

Blog: Federal Agencies Work Toward Reducing Opioid Impact on Youth
On March 14, members of the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention listened to a panel of federal representatives discuss the national opioid crisis' impact on youth as well as the government's response to the crisis. Read the blog post to see how BJA is helping by investing in an OD map tracking system and other efforts.

National Recovery Month (September)
National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) is a national observance that educates Americans on the fact that addiction treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. The observance’s main focus is to laud the gains made by those in recovery from these conditions, just as we would those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover. Recovery Month, now in its 30th year, highlights individuals who have reclaimed their lives and are living happy and healthy lives in long-term recovery and also honors the prevention, treatment, and recovery service providers who make recovery possible. Recovery Month promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible, and also encourages citizens to take action to help expand and improve the availability of effective prevention, treatment, and recovery services for those in need.

BJA's COAP's Strategic Focus
COAP’s strategic focus on combatting the opioid epidemic reflects the Attorney General’s commitment to reduce the number of fatal overdoses and to protect the American people. Broadly, COAP’s goals are to: (1) reduce opioid abuse and misuse and the number of overdose fatalities; and (2) support the implementation and enhancement of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs).

COAP focuses on systemwide initiatives, as well as innovative approaches, to promote substance abuse treatment and recovery support. These concepts are rooted in the Sequential Intercept Model. The model provides a conceptual framework that communities can use when considering the interface between the criminal justice and substance abuse treatment systems. Within the criminal justice system, there are numerous intercept points, which are opportunities for linkage to services and for prevention of further involvement with the criminal justice system. The model shows the paths an individual may take through the criminal justice system; where the intercept points fall; and areas that communities can target for diversion, engagement, and reentry. In structuring COAP, BJA leaders have focused on effective policy strategies that include the following:

  • Supporting our nation’s first responders and strengthening their partnerships with behavioral health, public health, and agencies that serve crime victims.
  • Expanding diversion programs for nonviolent individuals who abuse illicit and prescription opioids.
  • Implementing and enhancing PDMPs.
  • Encouraging and supporting comprehensive cross-system planning and collaboration among officials who work in law enforcement, pretrial services, the courts, probation and parole, child welfare, reentry, PDMPs, and emergency medical services, as well as health care providers, public health partners, and agencies that provide substance abuse treatment and recovery support services.
  • Developing and implementing strategies to identify and provide treatment and recovery support services to high-frequency utilizers of multiple systems (e.g., health care, child welfare, criminal justice) who have a history of opioid abuse.
  • Increasing the availability of treatment and recovery support services in rural or tribal communities by expanding the use of technology-assisted treatment and recovery support services.
  • Enhancing public safety, behavioral health, and public health information-sharing partnerships that leverage key public health and public safety data sets (e.g., de-identified PDMP data, naloxone administrations, fatal and nonfatal overdose data, drug arrests) to create a holistic view of the environment and develop interventions based on this information.
Date Modified: December 22, 2021
Date Created: December 13, 2019