Substance abuse diversion programs can help law enforcement and other first responders to direct individuals who have overdosed toward community-based behavioral health services and away from the criminal justice system. As part of the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s First Responder Partnerships (FRP) Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Initiative and BJA’s Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP), the Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC) Center for Health and Justice (CHJ) provides resources and TTA to expand substance abuse diversion programs while maintaining public safety. To help first responders addressing the opioid epidemic, TASC-CHJ releases many resources through COSSAP. Below are a few highlighted resources from 2020.
- Webinar: Arlington County Public Safety Response to the Opioid Crisis
- Webinar: Making Data-driven Decisions to Enhance Your Diversion or Deflection Program
- Webinar: The Youngest Victims of the Opioid Epidemic: Law Enforcement’s Role in the Response
- Publication: National Stakeholder Partnership Series, The Opioid Crisis and Children: The Critical Role of Law Enforcement
- Webinar: Utilizing Data to Develop Innovative Data-driven Strategies to Address the Opioid Epidemic
- Webinar: Closing the Gap: A Case Study of Collaborative Work Between First Responders and Recovery Services
- Webinar: Building an Organizational Culture that Values Pre-arrest Diversion
Visit TASC-CHJ’s website to learn more.