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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.

Join BJA in celebrating the 30th anniversary of National Recovery Month. For more information on how to participate, visit the National Recovery Month website.

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.

Examples of successful FY 2018 COAP grant application project narratives:

Funding Options for Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs
To help Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) identify funding options which may assist them in remaining operational and fulfill their purpose in a time of shrinking state budgets, BJA's PDMP Training and Technical Assistance Center, operated by Brandeis University, has developed a guide to inform PDMP administrators, policymakers, legislative representatives, and other interested stakeholders about funding mechanisms currently in use across the country. The guide also suggests other funding possibilities a PDMP may wish to consider to ensure sustainability and program enhancement.

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BJA is pleased to announce the newly developed COAP Resource Center, which houses a wide array of resources, including newsletters, webinars, podcasts, publications, and training opportunities. COAP grantees and opioid abuse/misuse treatment providers can request individualized training and technical assistance in the areas of peer recovery, leveraging of key public health and public safety data sets, reduction of opioid misuse and overdose fatalities, and prescription drug monitoring.

Practitioners and administrators interested in BJA funding can also review detailed program summaries from each grantee awarded under the six categories of the BJA COAP solicitation.

The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Training and Technical Assistance Center (PDMP TTAC) at Brandeis University provides a comprehensive array of services, support, resources, and strategies to PDMPs, federal partners and other stakeholders to further the efforts and effectiveness of PDMPs in combating the misuse, abuse and diversion of prescription drugs.

Additional COAP TTA provider websites are forthcoming for the Institute for Intergovernmental Research, Advocates for Human Potential, and Altarum Institute.

Tara Kunkel
Senior Drug Policy Officer (IPA)
202-616-0690
E-mail: tara.kunkel@ojp.usdoj.gov

Tim Jeffries
Policy Advisor
202-616-7385
E-mail: timothy.jeffries@usdoj.gov

Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program, BJA-Sponsored, March 2019. This resource provides information about BJA's Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP), including funding amounts, awards, supported activities, and more.
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Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program Training and Technical Assistance, BJA-Sponsored, March 2019. This resource focuses on the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) program which offers information, TTA, and learning opportunities to support BJA grantees, states, and communities build and sustain multidisciplinary criminal justice responses to the opioid epidemic.
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Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program: Law Enforcement/First Responder Diversion, BJA-Sponsored, March 2019. This resource provides information about law enforcement/first responder diversion programs, which often include first responders working in partnership with substance abuse treatment providers and peer recovery coaches to help overdose victims access treatment and recovery support services.
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Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program: Support to Local Governments, BJA-Sponsored, March 2019. This resource highlights the goals and strategies of the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP), specifically focusing on COAP support to state government agencies.
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Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program: Support to Tribal Communities, BJA-Sponsored, March 2019. This resource highlights the goals and strategies of the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP), specifically focusing on COAP support to tribal communities.
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Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program: Support to States and Territories, BJA-Sponsored, March 2019. This resource highlights the goals and strategies of the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP), specifically focusing on COAP support to states and territories.
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Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program: The Peer Recovery Support Services Mentoring Initiative, BJA-Sponsored, April 2019. This resource provides information about the Peer Recovery Support Services Mentoring Initiative, a special learning opportunity offered through the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program, that supports programs, organizations, and jurisdictions interested in incorporating peer recovery support services into their portfolios of substance abuse intervention and treatment strategies.
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Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program Newsletter, Second Edition 2019, BJA-Sponsored, March 2019. This newsletter highlights efforts and activities supported by BJA's Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program.
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Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program Newsletter, First Edition 2019, BJA-Sponsored, February 2019. This newsletter highlights information about and activities associated with BJA's Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP), as well as details on upcoming events and training and technical assistance opportunities.
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Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program Newsletter, Second Edition 2018, BJA-Sponsored, August 2018. This newsletter highlights information about and activities associated with BJA's Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP), as well as details on upcoming events and training and technical assistance opportunities.
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