Substance Abuse/Drugs

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.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Justice Mental Health Collaboration Program is designed to improve outcomes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), mental illness, or co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse who come into contact with the justice system. Part of that involves Police-Mental Health Collaboration (PMHC) programs.

Webinar – Telehealth Implementation Support Tool Demonstration

During this webinar, attendees will learn how jail facilities can use the Telehealth Implementation Support Tool to understand the various protocols, policies, technologies, and types of staff that will need to be in place to facilitate the implementation of telehealth.

Webinar – Strengthening Families: What Role Can Courts Play in Upstream Family Preservation?

Courts can have a positive impact on families affected by the opioid crisis, but traditionally that role has been reactive, occurring after a dependency petition is filed. Increasing reports of maltreatment due to substance use disorders in conjunction with more children entering an overburdened foster care system can produce poor outcomes for children and families. Serving the needs of children and families affected by substance use and misuse can be proactive.

Treatment courts implement community-based treatment and rigorous monitoring to help individuals and to reduce recidivism and incarceration. To help establish treatment courts, the Center for Court Innovation, which developed New York City’s first drug court and New York’s first mental health court, manage the program Treatment Courts Online, The National Training System for Treatment Court Practitioners (

The Peer Recovery Support Services (PRSS) Training and Technical Assistance Center, funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP), released the transcript of their podcast “The Power of Peers.” According to the podcast, “The Peer Recovery Support Services Training and Technical Assistance Center supports COSSAP grantees as they plan, implement, and evaluate peer recovery support services.

Webinar – “Diverting People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities from the Criminal Justice System”

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (sometimes known as I/DD) are an often overlooked population in the criminal justice system because of a lack of identification, understanding, and service gaps that prevent providers’ abilities to address their needs. Criminal justice professionals looking to effectively divert people in this population from the justice system can look to this webinar for strategies and tips on diversion, with an additional focus on people who have co-occurring I/DD, substance use disorders, and mental illnesses.

Webinar: Examining the Relationship between Adverse Childhood Experiences and Substance Use among Tribal Populations

Examine the relationship between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and substance use, with an emphasis on research specific to tribal communities and youth. Discuss the confounding effects of social economic factors and ethnicity-based differences in prevalence rates. Review culturally enhanced treatment options for ACEs. Explore specific strategies for caregivers, prevention specialists, treatment providers, criminal justice professionals, and community members. Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to: 

  • Summarize research on the prevalence of ACEs among Native American/Alaska Native youth. 
  • Explain the relationship between social economic factors, ethnicity-based differences, and prevalence rates. 
  • Identify culturally-enhanced treatment options for ACEs.
  • Describe specific strategies to increase positive outcomes for youth impacted by ACEs.

Webinar: Building Stress-Resilient Tribal Communities

Review stress factors, the toxic stress of poverty, and the protective nature of community on stress resilience. Discuss the generational impact on stress resilience. Explore the predictive quality of social and community support on building stress resilience and stress management and reduction strategies. Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to: