Highlighting State Site Successes: New Mexico and West Virginia
Calling attention to COSSAP site successes is critical to disseminate ideas, motivate grantees, and encourage innovation. This series of three webinars highlights Category 2 COSSAP sites selected on the basis of their Annual Data Summary reports.
COSSAP Category 2 grants are awarded to state agencies on behalf of several county-level or other regional subrecipients within the state; the state agencies then help oversee and coordinate the implementation of projects at regional sites. In each webinar, grantees from two or three COSSAP sites will share a brief presentation on their successes.
The webinar series has three objectives:
- Explain the challenges encountered by COSSAP sites.
- Detail steps taken by sites that can be replicated by other COSSAP sites.
- Highlight what sites found to be most effective in their work.
The first webinar will feature the New Mexico Human Services Department and the West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services. New Mexico applied for COSSAP funding to launch Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) programs in five local agencies. West Virginia applied for COSSAP funding to expand their Handle with Care (HWC) initiative and their LEAD programs. Both sites will be sharing challenges, solutions, and successes of their programs.
Dina Williams is the COSSAP program manager for the West Virginia Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP) since December 2021. She oversees the COSSAP grant to develop intervention and diversion programs in West Virginia.
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Gary D. Krushansky serves as the strategic planner for the West Virginia National Guard, liaison to the West Virginia ODCP, and LEAD coordinator for the state of West Virginia and the ODCP.
Shelly Moeller is the training and technical assistance provider for LEAD programs in New Mexico. Shelly managed a LEAD program for the city of Santa Fe with support from the Open Society Foundations and the Drug Policy Alliance from 2014 to 2019. She then partnered with the New Mexico Behavioral Health Services Department and the University of New Mexico to support the development, implementation, and evaluation of LEAD in tribal and nontribal jurisdictions throughout New Mexico. Shelly works for criminal legal reform and health equity in New Mexico.