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Upcoming Funding Opportunities
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The resources provided are offered to assist potential applicants in applying for future COSSUP funding. Please refer
to the grant's funding opportunity announcement for specific details regarding eligibility, content and formatting
requirements, submission instructions, required supporting documentation, and more.
Examples of Successful Applications from Past Years
In the past 4 years, BJA has funded over 500 COAP/COSSUP projects. The types of activities funded under the grant
program, in past solicitations, include:
Establish pre-arrest or post-arrest law enforcement or other first-responder diversion programs for individuals
who commit low level, non-violent, drug-related offenses to community-based substance use and misuse and
behavioral health services. Jurisdictions seeking to replicate a branded model of law enforcement diversion,
such as the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) model or Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative
(PAARI), should familiarize themselves with the goals and core principles of the model and reflect these
concepts in their applications. BJA supports a wide variety of diversion models that promote public safety and
public health collaboration. OJP anticipates a minimum of $5 million in COSSUP funds will be used to support
communities seeking to replicate the LEAD model per Congressional report language.
Support law enforcement agencies in identifying individuals in need of substance use and misuse treatment
services and connecting these individuals to treatment services. A variety of approaches may be proposed
including embedding substance use clinicians into patrol units or increasing a law enforcement agency’s analytic
capability by hiring data analysts or epidemiologists. In areas where human trafficking is prevalent, law
enforcement agencies may propose projects to strengthen the connection between human trafficking taskforces and
substance use treatment providers.
Develop programs that embed social services with law enforcement in order to rapidly respond to opioid overdoses
where children are impacted. Examples of services that may be included are: co-locating staff to assist with
screening, assessment, referral, and/or the provision of services to children and families impacted by substance
use and misuse; implementing a combination of evidence-based or evidence-informed programs and practices,
including parenting and/or family strengthening, treatment for trauma or mental health problems, counseling and
peer support groups, and child development services designed to support children and youth exposed to drug use
and their caregivers; developing specialized training to first responders, victim service providers, and child
protective services professionals to ensure that there is an established process/protocol to follow when
encountering a child or youth affected by overdose or in a home where the child is exposed to substance use;
supporting cross-system collaborative activities (e.g., multidisciplinary training, regular partnership
meetings) to increase understanding among the different service systems about issues facing families involved in
child protective services due to a parent’s substance use; and providing training and information on resources
to child and youth-serving organizations, such as schools, athletic leagues, and faith-based organizations, on
the impact of substance use on children, youth, and families.
Connect individuals at risk for overdose and/or survivors of a non-fatal overdose and their families with
substance use disorder and behavioral health treatment providers or peer recovery support providers trained in
addiction support and recovery. “Peers” may include, but are not limited to, peer mentors, peer navigators,
forensic peers, and family members of those in recovery.
Provide transitional or recovery housing as part of a comprehensive response strategy. No more than 30 percent
of total grant funds may be used for this purpose.
Establish court-based intervention programs or family court programming to prioritize and expedite treatment and
recovery services to individuals at high risk for overdose. Funding is available under other BJA solicitations
to implement or enhance an adult drug court and/or a veteran treatment court. As such, implementing or enhancing
these court models is not an allowable funding activity under this solicitation.
Develop, implement, or enhance programs to address the opioid epidemic in rural or tribal communities.
Applicants may use technology to expand access to treatment and recovery support services for individuals who
use or misuse illicit and prescription opioids and have limited access to treatment and recovery services due to
Purchase and distribute tamper-proof drug-collection boxes and other federally approved controlled substance
collection and permanent disposal programs.
Develop and implement a comprehensive plan to reduce the risk of overdose death and enhance treatment and
recovery service engagement among the pretrial and post-trial populations leaving jails or secure residential
treatment facilities. This includes implementing medication-assisted treatment and cognitive behavioral
treatment within a local or regional jail and supporting the transition to community-based services once
released from custody. Applicants must demonstrate strong coordination between in-custody and community-based
treatment as part of the application.
Implement an overdose fatality review team (that includes representation from medical examiner or coroner
offices) and/or support multidisciplinary intervention models such as New York City’s RxStat Program to bring together stakeholders with different
perspectives and different data sets.
Support the timely collection of data and/or data integration with other data sets (such as PDMP records) to
provide an understanding of drug trends, support program evaluation, inform clinical decision making, identify
at-risk individuals or populations, or support investigations. Examples of data sources may include medical
examiner and coroner offices, forensic science laboratories, crime scene units (such as data related to the
analysis of suspected controlled substances and toxicology analysis), or other novel sources of information such
as testing used needles from syringe exchange programs to understand the current local drug supply.
Implement other comprehensive approaches that align with the objectives of COSSUP.
Project Example List
Following are examples of successful Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP)/Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and
Substance Use Program (COSSUP) grant application project narratives. These are provided for reference to assist in
preparation of new funding applications.