COAP I (2017)

  • Funder: The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
  • Award: $100,000 total for 2 years
  • Project Period: 10/1/2017 – 9/30/2019
  • Targeted Areas: Tammany, Orleans, Jefferson, and East Baton Rouge Parishes

Overview:

The Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) was awarded the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program Grant (Category 4a: Statewide Planning, Coordination, and Implementation Projects) to support the development of a coordinated plan between OBH and the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement (LCLE) to assist localities in:

  • engaging and retaining justice-involved individuals with opioid use disorders in treatment and recovery services,
  • increasing the use of diversion and/or alternatives to incarceration, and/or
  • reducing the incidence of overdose death.

The parishes of St. Tammany, Orleans, Jefferson, and East Baton Rouge were chosen as target areas due to their high opioid overdose death rates.

In order to meet grant requirements, OBH developed a multi-agency, cross-sector planning team to work collaboratively to develop a coordinated plan with the goal of reducing the number of opioid related overdoses and overdose deaths for justice-involved individuals.

Contacts:  Annette Arthur, Program Manager Annette.Arthur@LA.GOV

 

COAP II (2018)

  • Funder: The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
  • Award: $1,200,000 total for 3 years
  • Project Period: 10/1/2018 – 9/30/2021
  • Targeted Areas: Tammany, Orleans, Jefferson, and East Baton Rouge Parishes

Overview:

OBH was awarded Category 4b of the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program (COAP), which funds implementation of the coordinated plan developed with funding from Category 4a received in 2017. The goal of the Louisiana Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (LaCOAP) is to reduce the number of opioid related overdoses and overdose deaths for justice-involved individuals in the state of Louisiana. The objectives are to 1) engage and retain offenders with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) in the East Baton Rouge and Orleans Parish jails into treatment and recovery support services, 2) enhance diversion programs in Orleans, Jefferson and St. Tammany Parishes, and 3) monitor and evaluate the existing coordinated state plan. OBH will partner with Capital Area Human Services District and Metropolitan Human Services District to assess and identify offenders with OUD in their local parish jails and to engage and retain them into treatment and recovery support services. OBH will also partner with Florida Parishes Human Services Authority and the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office to enhance diversion programs initiated in the St. Tammany Parish Jail and the Jefferson/Orleans Parish Day Reporting Center. LaCOAP will continue collaboration with the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement, LDH’s Office of Public Health/Bureau of Health Informatics and the Department of Public Safety and Corrections to ensure the successful implementation and monitoring of these strategies.

Contacts:  Annette Arthur, Program Manager Annette.Arthur@LA.GOV