Publications and Digital Media


Behind and Beyond the Walls: Peer Supports in Jail Settings

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Three models of jail-based peer recovery support services that bridge to community peer supports are discussed.

Peer recovery support services (PRSS) are increasingly being offered across diverse criminal justice settings to address opioid abuse and achieve positive outcomes. Peer specialists use their lived experience of addiction, criminal justice involvement, and recovery to assist others on their path to recovery. PRSS in jail settings offers a unique opportunity to address the needs of individuals with opioid use disorder while they are incarcerated and upon reentry.

This webinar highlights three different models of jail-based PRSS that bridge to community peer supports. The guest presenters describe the structure of their programs, the roles of peers, and the outcomes of their programs. They also discuss opportunities and challenges of running peer programs in jail settings.

To view a PDF version of the slide deck from this webinar, click here.

BJA FY 2019 Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program Solicitation Webinar

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Bureau of Justice Assistance leaders review the FY 2019 Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program grant application process. 

In this webinar, BJA leaders review the FY 2019 COAP grant application process. 

This site-based grant program provides awards ranging from $600,000 to $6,500,000 for a 36-month project period to deliver financial and technical assistance to states, units of local government, and Indian tribal governments to plan, develop, and implement comprehensive efforts to identify, respond to, treat, and support those impacted by the opioid epidemic.

Read the full solicitation here.

Grant applications are due by June 5, 2019.

To view a PDF version of the slide deck from this webinar, click here.

BJA FY 2019 Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Training and Technical Assistance Program Solicitation Webinar

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Learn more about the BJA FY 2019 Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Training and Technical Assistance Program Competitive Grant and application process.

Learn more about the BJA FY 2019 Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Training and Technical Assistance Program Competitive Grant and application process during this webinar.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), BJA is seeking applications to provide training and technical assistance (TTA) to the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP).

Read the full solicitation here.

Grant applications are due by May 28, 2019.

To view a PDF version of the slide deck from this webinar, click here.

Community-Based Treatment Capacity to Meet Demand for SUD Services

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This webinar describes the components of a robust network of treatment services, strategies for expanding access to treatment services, etc.

Communities seeking to connect addicted individuals to substance use disorder treatment services may arrive at the seminal question, "Divert to what?" Further, trouble accessing adequate and appropriate quality treatment poses an enormous barrier to fully implementing diversion processes. This webinar describes the components of a robust network of treatment services, strategies for expanding access to treatment services, and several key elements of capacity to meet the demand for services in a community. The webinar also explores the challenges and successes that the Gateway Foundation and collaborators encountered in developing and implementing the "A Way Out" law enforcement diversion program in Lake County, Illinois, in which individuals may self-refer for treatment services via the local police department.

To view a PDF version of the slide deck from this webinar, click here.

FY 2018 Special Conditions Related to Hal Rogers PDMP Grant Awards and PDMP Interstate Data Sharing

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This webinar answers questions and provides guidance on PDMP data sharing hub connectivity.

When BJA received questions about how to comply with the new special conditions related to PDMP interstate data sharing, a webinar was scheduled to make BJA representatives available to project directors as soon as possible to answer questions and provide guidance on PDMP data sharing hub connectivity.

Handle With Care

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Handle With Care is a promising initiative to mitigate the negative effects experienced by children exposed to trauma.

This webinar showcases innovative best practices to mitigate the negative effects experienced by children exposed to trauma—including an arrest or incident related to opioid use—and highlights Handle With Care. This promising initiative partners schools and child-care agencies, law enforcement, and treatment providers to promote safe and supportive homes, schools, and communities with the goals of protecting children and helping traumatized children heal and thrive. When an officer encounters a child during a call, that child's name and three words—HANDLE WITH CARE—are forwarded before the school bell rings the next day. Schools respond with interventions to help mitigate the trauma, and mental health providers are being co-located at schools to provide services.

Making Data Simple: Dashboards and Visualizations

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Data visualization techniques used to improve understanding of substance use, criminal justice, and public health outcomes are presented.

The Allegheny County Office of Analytics, Technology and Planning (ATP) of the Allegheny County Department of Human Services and the Philadelphia Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) use data visualizations to improve understanding of substance use, criminal justice, and public health outcomes. Representatives from both organizations demonstrate some of the data visualization techniques that are used.

Presentation topics include what it takes to convince agency leadership to widely employ data visualization; how data visualization leads to improved communication; assembling the necessary components to create successful data visualization efforts; how data is presented to inform key stakeholders; and developing strategy and public policy from the results of data visualization.

To view a PDF version of the slide deck from this webinar, click here.

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Outpatient Clinics: Using Behavioral Telehealth

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Lessons learned from Operation PAR, which uses videoconferencing to enhance and expand service delivery in six MAT clinics, are highlighted.

This session highlights lessons learned from six MAT clinics in Florida by Operation PAR, which instituted the use of videoconferencing to enhance and expand service delivery. Videoconferencing refers to providing assessment, treatment, and recovery services online. Panelists discuss the risks and benefits of videoconferencing, privacy and security issues, implementation strategies, and recommendations for justice professionals regarding working with treatment/recovery providers to adopt videoconferencing to enhance and expand their services.

Mobile Medication-assisted Treatment (MAT) in Practice

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Medication-assisted treatment pairs FDA-approved medications with non-drug therapies such as counseling or cognitive behavioral therapy.

To address the national opioid crisis, communities across the country are using medication-assisted treatment (MAT), a practice which pairs Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved medications with non-drug therapies such as counseling or cognitive behavioral therapy. Employing a “whole patient” approach, MAT is an effective and nationally recognized intervention to treat opioid abuse. Research has shown that MAT significantly increases patients’ adherence to treatment, reduces illicit opioid use compared with non-drug approaches, and is more effective than either behavioral intervention or medication alone. Unfortunately, impediments (including availability and geography) can keep individuals who may benefit from MAT from accessing treatment. One way to combat these impediments is to create mobile MAT units. This webinar explores this innovative solution.

Moms Do Care

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The Massachusetts Moms Do Care Project includes peer recovery coaches and care navigation to support pregnant and parenting women who abuse opioids.

This webinar highlights the Massachusetts Moms Do Care Project, which provides an innovative and multipronged approach to supporting pregnant and parenting women who abuse opioids. Core components of the program include peer-led recovery coaching, care navigation, and wellness planning; system change and capacity-building initiatives; and program sustainability by developing regional, integrated, ongoing provider care collaborative groups.

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New Resources to Help Individuals With Substance Use Disorders Build Recovery Capital: Digital Health Technologies

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Barriers to accessing recovery support services and the role and benefits of mobile technology to reduce barriers and support recovery are covered.

This webinar identifies barriers to accessing recovery support services; discusses how mobile technology and the internet play a role in reducing barriers; reviews research on the benefits of using technology for recovery support; and showcases technologies being used to deliver recovery support services, improve disease management, and improve health outcomes.

ODMAP—Harnessing the Power of Data to Tackle Our Nation's Opioid Public Health Emergency

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View a demonstration of ODMAP and learn how two local jurisdictions are using this free mobile tool.

As underscored in the report by the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis (Commission), “our people are dying. More than 175 lives [are] lost every day” to the rising tide of opioid overdoses. Tackling this national emergency requires the power of collaboration (including the vital partnership between the public safety and public health communities), innovative strategies, and cutting-edge resources—all informed by accurate and timely data to maximize efficiencies and the chance for success in saving lives. One of the tools to support this critical fight is ODMAP. Developed by the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), ODMAP provides real-time overdose surveillance data across jurisdictions to support public safety and public health efforts to mobilize an immediate response to an overdose spike. It links first responders on-scene to a free mapping tool that tracks overdoses to stimulate real-time response and strategic analysis across jurisdictions. ODMAP can be used in the field on any mobile device or data terminal connected to an agency’s computer-aided dispatch system, providing the ability to upload data and view the map in actual time.

Ohio Pre-Criminal Intervention Program (PCIP)

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The implementation of a pre-criminal intervention program (PCIP) in Ohio and the way it addresses opioid misuse are covered in this webinar.

This webinar details how cross-system collaboration and data sharing are addressing opioid misuse in Ohio by supporting the implementation of a pre-criminal intervention program (PCIP).

Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP) Webinar

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Learn about the Washington/Baltimore HIDTA's free, user-friendly mobile-capable tool, the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP).
Launched in 2017, ODMAP is used to track the location of suspected fatal and nonfatal overdoses and the administration of naloxone by first responders. ODMAP provides near real-time suspected overdose data across jurisdictions to support efforts to mobilize an immediate response to a sudden increase or spike in overdose events. It links first responders and relevant record management systems (RMS) to a mapping tool to track overdoses to stimulate real-time response and strategic analysis across jurisdictions. An Application Programming Interface (API) has become a popular method for agencies to contribute data without creating additional reporting. The API allows an agency or state’s RMS to share data with ODMAP.

PDMP Data Sharing Hub Connectivity General Presentation

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This webinar presents an overview of RxCheck, the RxCheck Governance Board, and the milestones and timeline for connection to the RxCheck hub.

This webinar presents an overview of RxCheck, the RxCheck Governance Board, and the milestones and timeline for connection to the RxCheck hub.

PDMP Data Sharing Hub Connectivity Technical Presentation

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This webinar covers the technical architecture for the PDMP Data Sharing Hub.

This webinar covers the technical architecture for the PDMP Data Sharing Hub, the process flow for connection to the hub, and resources available to assist in the connection.

Peer Recovery Support Services—Options, Opportunities, and Challenges for Jurisdictions

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Peer recovery support services are helping jurisdictions across the country address the opioid epidemic.

This webinar addresses the ways in which peer recovery support services are helping jurisdictions across the country address the opioid epidemic, bringing help and hope to individuals and families.

Peer Support Services at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Webinar

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The session highlights the Criminal Justice Program at UAB and describes the work of peers at varying points of the justice system continuum.

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. Community Justice Programs offer comprehensive case management, support, and advocacy to individuals with behavioral health and substance use disorders at all points of the justice system continuum. Since 1972, the Community Justice Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobiology at the University of Alabama (UAB) has been committed to developing programs in response to current and emerging challenges facing the community within the justice, behavioral health, and substance abuse systems. The program relies on research-based strategies to identify needs, develop solutions to address system gaps, and evaluate program effectiveness to improve services coordination.

This session:

  • Highlights the history of the Criminal Justice Program, as well as the partnerships that make it work.
  • Clarifies why UAB determined that implementing peer support is important.
  • Describes the work of peers at varying points of the justice system continuum and challenges they face in the areas of specialty court and treatment.
  • Discusses how CJP evaluates the impact of its programs.

Peer Supports in Small Towns and Rural Communities

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This webinar focuses on the process of implementing peer support services in rural areas.

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. Emerging models for comprehensive programs integrate peer supports with other services, including case management and other recovery supports, for individuals with behavioral health and substance use disorders at all intercepts of the justice system continuum. However, these services are often more difficult to access in small towns and rural communities. This webinar discusses the work that the Berkeley County Recovery Resource Center, Faces and Voices of Recovery (FAVOR)—Greenville and the Fairfield Ohio Overdose Response Team are doing to implement peer support services in rural areas.

This session describes peer support programs in operation in micropolitan and rural communities; clarifies the roles of peers in each of these programs, as well as the impact peers are having; discusses key program partnerships; explains how these programs evaluate their work; and highlights the opportunities and challenges of operating peer programs in small towns and rural communities.

To view a PDF version of the slide deck from this webinar, click here.

Peer-Based Recovery in Tribal Communities

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Peer-based supports, tribal cultural practices, and other evidence-supported methods to promote recovery from substance use disorder are discussed.

Recovery from substance use disorders is a living reality in Native American communities across the United States. This webinar provides an overview of the recovery models and movements in Indian Country and presents three programs that use peer-based supports, tribal cultural practices, and other evidence-supported approaches to promote recovery, foster positive reentry, and enhance community resilience.  To view a PDF version of the slide deck from this webinar, click here.

Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)—The Martinsburg Initiative Webinar

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Learn about an innovative school/police/community partnership in West Virginia that applies the science of adverse childhood experiences prevention.

This training is designed to expand participants’ understanding of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the effects they can have on the brain and the body. Participants will learn about tools for mitigating these effects. In addition, participants will be introduced to The Martinsburg Initiative, an innovative school, police, community partnership in Martinsburg, West Virginia, that is striving to apply the science of ACEs prevention.

This session:

  • Provides a comprehensive understanding of the correlation among ACEs, toxic stress, and trauma.
  • Demonstrates how prolonged toxic stress can have lasting negative effects on the brain and the body.
  • Identifies specific strategies that can be used to mitigate the negative effects of ACEs.
  • Describes how The Martinsburg Initiative is implementing the science of ACEs prevention to strengthen families and empower communities.

Providing Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Treatment Services Utilizing Videoconferencing Webinar

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This webinar focuses on implementing OUD services using videoconferencing, including required technology/technical skills and privacy concerns.

This webinar focuses on steps for implementation, including how to start the conversation with management and clinical staff, what technology/technical skills are required (and how to use the videoconferencing platform), and ensuring patient privacy and security. Presenters also review a hands-on checklist developed by Operation PAR that includes helpful strategies for clinicians to start, manage, and end treatment sessions using videoconferencing.

Reducing the Risk of Opioid Overdoses: MAT Reentry Programs

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An overview of two medication-assisted treatment (MAT) reentry programs, one jail-based and one prison-based, is presented.

This webinar provides an overview—including implementation strategies and lessons learned—of two medication-assisted treatment (MAT) reentry programs, one jail-based and one prison-based.

Saving a Life Twice—The Naloxone Plus Solution to Reducing Overdoses and Connecting to Treatment

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Learn how Naloxone Plus can help revive someone who has overdosed and how to connect that person to treatment.

The Naloxone Plus framework can help  “save a life twice”—first, by reviving someone who has overdosed and second, by connecting him or her to treatment ... and the hope of preventing another overdose.

Strategies for Reaching Overdose Survivors, Including Peer Support

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Nontraditional responses to overdoses are discussed, with a focus on the use of Peer Support Specialists.

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.

Strategies to Combat Opioid Use in Rural Communities Webinar

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Nontraditional responses to overdoses are introduced, with a focus on the use of Peer Support Specialists.

This webinar introduces 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.

Stress Management: Addressing First Responders' Emotional Health

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The causes of first responder burnout, with consideration given to stresses arising from response to the opioid epidemic, are discussed.

This webinar examines the causes of first responder burnout, with consideration given to stresses arising from response to the opioid epidemic.  Discussion topics include methods to identify burnout in first responders or their partners, the impact of responding to a public health problem that is chronic in nature, and stress that arises from responding to calls involving critical incidents/accidents.  The session concludes with recommendations to help first responders recognize and manage stress more effectively.

Telemental Health in Correctional Settings

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This webinar focuses on integration of telemental health interventions—specifically real-time videoconferencing—in correctional settings.

The webinar includes a brief summary of remote mental health practices and this prevalence, an overview of the benefits of telemental health to criminal justice-involved populations, and the existing empirical basis for its use with this population. The majority of the webinar centers on tips and tricks for program collaboration, development, and implementation based primarily on the presenter’s own experiences. The webinar concludes with a discussion of client considerations specific to the use of videoconferencing.

During this webinar, participants are able to identify at least three barriers to traditional mental health services in correctional settings and explain how telemental health can overcome these barriers; summarize the existing literature on telemental health for justice-involved populations; identify at least three strategies/tips for implementing a telemental health program in jail or prison; and discuss the Risk-Needs-Responsivity Model and at least two additional evidence-based treatment elements.

To view a PDF version of the slide deck from this webinar, click here.

The Opioid Crisis and Its Growing Impact on First Responder Health and Wellness

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An overview is offered of how everyday stress and trauma are impacting first responders' resilience, wellness, and ability to function effectively.

This webinar also explores what can be done to help mitigate the impact and negative effects of these experiences through education, resources, and support. The webinar's presenter provides an overview of the course "Vicarious Trauma for First Responders," which gives an in-depth look at trauma and its impact on firefighters, emergency medical services (EMS) personnel or paramedics, disaster response workers, and law enforcement officers. The link to the course is included for webinar participants. Participants learn how first responders are affected by the trauma they witness or experience through their work and how the opioid epidemic exacerbates the problem; and some of the steps that state and local systems—as well as agencies and organizations—can take to help mitigate the impact of this trauma on individuals, organizations, and communities. 

A PDF version of the slide deck from this webinar is also available.

Training for First Responder Diversion Programs

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First responder training on diversion programs for individuals with an opioid and substance use disorder is discussed.

First responder diversion programs for individuals with an opioid use disorder are rapidly increasing around the country.  These innovative programs play a critical role in linking individuals who are at risk for opioid overdose to community-based treatment services.  While similar in nature to crisis intervention services offered by first responders, these diversion programs are placing responsibilities on staff that may require new knowledge, skills, and abilities. This webinar discusses the need for first responder training specific to diversion programs for individuals with an opioid and substance use disorder.  The webinar provides potential topics that could be included in diversion training and methods for providing it.  Panelists from the Tucson, Arizona, Police Department and Plymouth County, Massachusetts, will discuss the training they have in place for their first responder diversion programs.  To view a PDF version of the slide deck from this webinar, click here.

 

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

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Common values that are the foundation for peer recovery support services and the roles that peers play across the sequential intercepts are discussed.

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 webinar identifies common values that are the foundation for PRSS, regardless of the setting; defines the variety of roles that peers play across the sequential intercepts—and how programs can ensure that the roles are appropriate for the settings; outlines the core elements of successful PRSS programs at different intercepts; and describes approaches to training and supervision that prepare peers to effectively carry out their roles.

Using Web-Based Motivational Assessment Strategies: MAPIT

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MAPIT is a Web-based motivational intervention that links a person's risk and needs factors to case plans that the client can develop.

This webinar explores the clinical features of MAPIT, a Web-based motivational intervention that links a person's risk and needs factors to case plans that the client can develop; research findings from a randomized controlled trial; and a cost-effectiveness study.

What's in a Name? The Roles of Peer Specialists

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Peer specialists serve in peer recovery support services (PRSS) across diverse criminal justice settings. Learn about their roles and support needs.

To support people on their paths to recovery from substance use disorders, the use of peer specialists in peer recovery support services (PRSS) is increasing across diverse criminal justice settings. Peer specialists offer the benefits of their own experiences with recovery; they provide hope and social support and can change the outcomes for those in recovery.

This session:

  • Highlights the roles of peer specialists across multiple programs.
  • Explores the work from an "insider" vantage point: by a peer specialist working in the field.
  • Discusses the value of implementing peer specialists at all of the criminal justice intercepts.
  • Identifies the support needs of peer specialists and common ethical PRSS considerations.

To view a PDF version of the slide deck from this webinar, click here.

For a supporting document containing resource links, click here.

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