Learning Opportunities

COAP offers a wide range of learning opportunities to support the efforts of communities and practitioners addressing the opioid epidemic. Whether it is a face-to-face convening, a peer-to-peer learning opportunity, or virtual learning via an upcoming webinar, we welcome your participation.

Upcoming Opportunities

Call for Proposals: 2020 Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) National Forum

Meetings and Convenings

Submission Deadline: December 20, 2019

The 2020 Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) National Forum will be held on March 10–12, 2020, in Arlington, Virginia, and presentation proposals are being accepted through December 20, 2019.

COAP is supported by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and provides support to states, units of local government, and tribal governments to plan, develop, and implement comprehensive efforts to identify, respond to, treat, and support those impacted by the opioid epidemic. Learn more at www.COAPResources.org.

Session presentations should be tailored to provide stakeholders with timely and relevant information for their particular fields in one of the following focus areas:

  • Promote Public Safety and Support Access to Treatment and Recovery Services in the Criminal Justice System
  • Strengthen the Collection and Sharing of Data Across Systems to Understand and Address the Impact of the Opioid Epidemic
  • Align and Maximize Resources Across Systems and Leverage Multidisciplinary Partnerships and Innovative Collaborations
  • Prevent Opioid Misuse and Addiction

Additional information is available on the proposal submission form.


– 12/20/2019

SAMHSA’s GAINS Center's Criminal Justice Communities of Practice

Virtual Learning

Join an upcoming informational webinar to learn about opportunities to participate in SAMHSA’s GAINS Center's Criminal Justice Communities of Practice.

SAMHSA’s GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation, operated by Policy Research Associates, Inc., and known nationally for its work regarding people with behavioral health needs involved in the criminal justice system, is convening three new topical Communities of Practice to work intensively with select communities on the following topics:

  • Equity and inclusion in adult drug courts
  • Medication-assisted treatment implementation across the Sequential Intercept Model
  • Improving reentry housing outcomes for people with substance use disorders returning from jail or prison

To learn how these topics will be addressed within each Community of Practice, and how your community can apply to participate, register for one of the informational webinars by clicking the links below.

About the Criminal Justice Communities of Practice

Each Community of Practice will bring together selected teams for an intensive learning, strategic planning, and implementation process to address local issues and needs within their topic area. Each Community of Practice will engage subject-matter experts and will facilitate peer-to-peer learning and information sharing. A unique blend of onsite and virtual methods will offer each team an intimate and collaborative environment in which to learn and complete its work while providing a virtual forum to share with other communities and receive an array of technical assistance from subject-matter experts across the country. The overarching objectives for this opportunity include:

  • Enhancing collective knowledge of key issues and familiarity with the topic
  • Understanding promising, best, and evidence-based practices to address the topic and related issues
  • Developing strategic plans that focus on the issue, including defining assignments, deadlines, and measurable outcomes to be reported
  • Increasing knowledge about the challenges and lessons learned in implementing strategies through peer-to-peer sharing

If you are interested in learning more about this exciting opportunity, register for one of the upcoming informational webinars.

Register for the webinar on Tuesday, December 10, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET

Register for the webinar on Thursday, December 12, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. ET


– 12/12/2019

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