Training and Technical Assistance

The COAP training and technical assistance program offers a variety of learning opportunities and assistance to support BJA COAP grantees and other local, tribal, and state stakeholders to build and sustain multidisciplinary criminal justice responses to the opioid epidemic.

Training and technical assistance is provided in a variety of formats, including virtual and in-person training events, workshop and meeting presentations, and online resources.

The COAP TTA Program supports communities by:

  • Facilitating peer-to-peer learning opportunities in which communities can learn from experienced programs through virtual consultations and on-site visits.

  • Providing speakers for conferences and workshops or skilled subject-matter experts for training events to educate stakeholders and build capacity.

  • Facilitating strategic and cross-system planning to identify community resources, establish priorities, and develop a road map to achieving goals.

  • Identifying materials such as policies and procedures, guidelines, and data sharing agreements that support program activities.

  • Supporting PDMPs by increasing PDMP efficiencies and facilitating coordination between PDMPs and state and national stakeholders.

Training and Technical Assistance Providers

The following agencies are BJA’s current COAP training and technical assistance providers.

Advocates for Human Potential, Inc.

Advocates for Human Potential (AHP) partners with Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities of Illinois (TASC), the Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies, and the Crime and Justice Institute to provide COAP grantees with the tools to build and sustain successful multidisciplinary, systemic responses to the opioid overdose epidemic and improve reentry and recidivism outcomes. AHP has established and operated technical assistance centers to implement grantee programs for several federal agencies (including BJA) and has provided specialized TTA to criminal justice agencies to establish substance use disorder treatment, including medication-assisted treatment programs. AHP’s diverse team has cutting-edge knowledge of research and evidence-based practices in criminal justice programming, substance abuse treatment, and opioid overdose prevention.

Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. Website


Increasingly, peer recovery support services (PRSS) are an important—and sometimes central—part of efforts to effectively address the opioid epidemic. Altarum believes that peer-based services are vital to the continuum of care for individuals impacted by the opioid epidemic. Altarum works with organizations and systems as they implement best practices and promising approaches related to PRSS. Altarum supports federal, state, and local governments, as well as national and community-based organizations, to build a system of care that focuses on recovery, active involvement of consumers and their families, and multiple services to best meet individual needs and to strengthen and improve the health of communities.

Altarum Website

Brandeis University

The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) serves as a resource to PDMPs, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) grant recipients, federal partners, and other stakeholders to optimize PDMPs as part of overall efforts to address prescription drug misuse, abuse, fraud, and diversion. The PDMP TTAC provides a comprehensive array of services including expert consultations; meeting facilitation; and issue briefs on topics such as PDMP best practices, innovations, evaluation, and performance measurements. The PDMP TTAC is a collaborative effort with the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) and Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Brandeis’ primary focus is on providing technical assistance on demand to grantees and other local, state, and tribal government requests related to the research and evaluation of PDMP practices and effectiveness and the use of PDMP data. Brandeis also generates periodic reports and other materials related to these topics and coordinates assistance with other COAP TTA providers.

Brandeis University Website

Crime and Justice Institute

The Crime and Justice Institute (CJI) works with local, state, and national criminal justice organizations throughout the criminal justice process—from police agencies to courts and community and institutional corrections systems—to improve public safety and the delivery of justice throughout the country. CJI provides nonpartisan policy analysis, consulting, and research services in a number of specializations, including adult criminal justice reform, corrections, juvenile justice, reentry, and pretrial justice. As part of the COAP technical assistance team, CJI provides COAP grantees with the tools to improve reentry and recidivism outcomes.

Crime and Justice Institute Website

Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Training and Technical Assistance Center

The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Training and Technical Assistance Center (PDMP TTAC) provides a comprehensive array of services, support, resources, and strategies to PDMPs, BJA grant recipients, federal partners, and other stakeholders to further the efforts and effectiveness of PDMPs in combating the misuse, abuse, and diversion of prescription drugs. PDMP TTAC’s focus is to improve consistency and alignment among PDMPs, facilitate coordination between PDMPs and state and national stakeholders, increase PDMP efficiencies, measure performance and effectiveness, and promote best practices.

Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Training and Technical Assistance Center Website

TASC Center for Health and Justice

TASC’s Center for Health and Justice (CHJ) helps COAP grantees implement evidence-based, systemic solutions at the front end of the justice system to respond to the substance use that often underlies criminal justice involvement. CHJ helps build integrated criminal justice, behavioral health, and community systems by assisting first responders in developing pathways to treatment for individuals at risk for opioid use and overdose. CHJ offers online resources and in-person TTA engagements customized to the needs of specific jurisdictions with the goals of connecting and maximizing the treatment resources of the community to improve public health and safety.

TASC Center for Health and Justice Website

Institute for Intergovernmental Research

The Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) serves as the connecting point for COAP training and technical assistance (TTA) efforts and collaborates with Bureau of Justice Assistance leadership and fellow TTA providers to work directly with COAP site-based grantees. IIR’s role includes publication production and design; planning, coordination, and delivery of national-level trainings and working group meetings; COAP Resource Center website development and maintenance; provision of subject-matter expertise; coordination of distance learning opportunities and resource dissemination; and coordination of other complementary activities.

Institute for Intergovernmental Research Website

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