Community-based organizations

Advancing Research Initiatives and Combatting the Human Trafficking Epidemic

Trafficking in persons is a multifaceted global epidemic, which has seen a significant increase in public awareness. However, there is a substantial need to expand capacities and technologies involving representatives from all stakeholders.

Substance Use, Trauma and Domestic Violence: Critical Issues, Promising Approaches

Substance use is a challenging issue facing domestic violence survivors and the programs that serve them. The national opioid epidemic has intensified the problem. But progress is being made. We are identifying promising approaches and building community capacity to address the complex needs of survivors. Recognition of the impact of trauma on survivors’ use of substances as well as the role of substance use-related coercion by perpetrators has led to more integrated approaches.

First Responder Burnout Prevention Webinar

The Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program team invites you to this no-cost webinar on Thursday, October 11 at 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. ET.

Please register to reserve your spot!

This webinar will examine the causes of first responder burnout with consideration given to stresses arising from response to the opioid epidemic.

Panelists will discuss:

Unlock the Power of Peers: Strategies for Response, Rehabilitation, Reentry, and Recovery Support

Peer recovery support services (PRSS) are increasingly being offered across diverse criminal justice settings to address opioid abuse and achieve positive outcomes. The power and potential of PRSS come from the unique roles that peers play, promoting both hope and pragmatic steps for change. This session will:

Webinar - Strategies for Reaching Overdose Survivors, Including Peer Support

Communities across the country are employing innovative approaches to counter the rising number of overdose deaths. This webinar will introduce nontraditional responses to overdoses with a focus on the use of peer support specialists – individuals with lived experience who are themselves in recovery. Peer support specialists engage with survivors soon after their overdoses and remain an important resource to the individuals in navigating life in their communities, including facilitating access to treatment and other services.

Webinar - Project ChildSafe®

The Bureau of Justice Assistance, in partnership with the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the Native American Rights Fund, announced a webinar session on Project ChildSafe®, a grant program that makes free gun locks and firearms safety information, including information on suicide prevention, available to tribal law enforcement and health organizations, for distribution in their communities. Learn more about the program and how to access these materials for your community.

Webinar - Developing Trauma Informed Partnerships with Schools and Other CAC Partners - Part 2

Brief Overview: This presentation will focus on how Dr. Amelia Siders with the Traverse Bay Children's Advocacy Center worked to design and implement trauma-informed trainings for schools, law enforcement, and other community partners. An overview of essential components and stages of the training will be reviewed, as well as the challenges encountered in implementing the program within different systems. An opportunity for discussion will be provided to generate ideas on how to develop the programming in other communities.

Webinar - Reducing the Risk of Opioid Overdose - MAT Reentry Programs

Individuals exiting prisons and jails have an increased likelihood of opioid overdose. Some corrections systems have chosen to address this risk through the use of reentry programs that incorporate medication-assisted treatment (MAT). While a range of Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program site-based projects are tackling the opioid epidemic by focusing on the front end of the criminal justice system (for example, through the roles of first responders), several teams are focusing on improving jail- and prison-related strategies.

Webinar - Heroin & Opioids: A to Z

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the United States is in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic. Heroin is the most rapidly acting of opiates and has become an epidemic across the country. The discussion will address prescription opioids and heroin. This class will provide basic knowledge of its abuse, the effects on the body, and implications for treatment and criminal justice supervision. In short, the CDC stated that opioid epidemic was already the deadliest in American history in 2015.

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