The Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) today announced grants totaling more than $340 million to help address America’s escalating substance use crisis. continues to cause overdose deaths.
Opioids – especially synthetic drugs like fentanyl – were primarily responsible for the deaths of more than 107,000 people in 2021. In his National Drug Control Strategy 2022, the Biden-Harris administration presented a comprehensive strategy to deal with the crisis, guided by one fundamental principle: saving lives. In addition to the devastating human toll, the epidemic is draining the economy of more than a trillion dollars in any given year and accounts for billions of dollars in criminal justice expenditures each year. OJP’s investments in drug and treatment courts, residential treatment programs, prevention and harm reduction services, recovery supports, services for youth affected by opioids, and community strategies that improve continuity of care and align treatment and public safety are designed to more appropriately meet the treatment and recovery needs of people without unnecessarily increasing the involvement of the justice system and perpetuating long-standing inequalities.
“Opioids and other licit and illicit substances continue to wreak havoc on our society, claiming far too many lives, tearing families apart and placing a disproportionate burden on historically marginalized communities,” said Amy L. Solomon, Assistant Deputy Attorney General principal of the OJP. . “It is in all of our interests to ensure that those affected by this crisis have access to the support and treatment they need to lead productive and fulfilling lives. By awarding these awards, the Department of Justice demonstrates its unwavering commitment to making prevention, treatment and recovery part of a unified response to ensure public safety and advance the overall health of our communities.
“For too long, our justice system has been expected to absorb many of the unaddressed societal and behavioral health issues and inequities laid bare by the current and growing crisis of substance use,” said the Director Karhlton F. Moore of OJP’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). ). “The resources we are making available today will enable us to address the fundamental issues underlying this outbreak and help contribute to safe, healthy and supportive communities.”
BJA and the OJP’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) distribute millions of dollars in grants to address the needs for prevention, treatment and recovery support services for those suffering from substance use disorders. OJP’s National Institute of Justice also supports research and evaluation of veterans treatment courts. In addition to these grants, OJP is awarding $44 million to help communities respond to public safety and public health emergencies, including crises resulting from substance use disorders. The funding will also help support youth and their families impacted by the epidemic of opioid and polysubstance use.
“The opioid crisis has had a profoundly negative impact – in many cases, devastating – on young people in this country, separating them from family and community support networks and putting them at high risk for substance abuse or substance use disorders. substance use, involvement of the justice system and self-harm,” said Liz Ryan, OJJDP Administrator. “We look forward to getting young people the help they desperately need so they can regain hope for a bright future.”
Below is a list of awards granted in fiscal year 2022 to address the opioid and stimulant crisis and address the needs of people with substance use disorders. Descriptions of individual rewards can be found by clicking on the links.
- BJA grants $140.1 million as part of its Comprehensive site-based program for opioids, stimulants and addiction, which will help communities meet the prevention, diversion, treatment and recovery needs of people affected by substance use disorders. Another $8.75 million is for funding training and technical assistance to support beneficiaries and organizations on the ground. Training and technical assistance funds will also support peer-to-peer mentoring initiatives and demonstration projects, including with a focus on rural communities.
- $52 million under BJA Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program will assist states, state courts, local courts, and federally recognized tribal governments to implement and improve the operations of adult drug courts. Another $4.5 million is for funding related to training and technical assistance.
- BJA grants 17.8 million dollars as part of the Veterans Treatment Tribunal Discretionary Grant Program and an additional $1.3 million as part of its Veterans Treatment Court Risk and Needs Improvement Initiative that provide resources to state, local, and federally recognized tribal governments to support drug court programs and systems for eligible veterans in the criminal justice system who have substance use disorders.
- NIJ awards $3 million as part of its Multi-site evaluation of the impact and cost-effectiveness of Veterans Treatment Courts program, which will examine the impact of veterans treatment courts on relapse, recidivism, and other outcomes, as well as their cost-effectiveness, what elements of the program are effective, and for whom they work best.
- BJA grants 34.9 million dollars to support the Residential Drug Treatment Program for State Prisoners, which helps states develop and implement residential drug treatment programs, including drug treatment in correctional and detention facilities. An additional $800,000 will fund training and technical assistance.
- BJA grants 15.4 million dollars to finance the Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, which builds the capacity of regulatory and law enforcement agencies and public health officials to collect and analyze data on prescriptions for controlled substances and other scheduled chemicals through a database centralized data system administered by an authorized body. Another $6 million will support training and technical assistance.
- BJA grants 7.2 million dollars as part of the Improving Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Outcomes for Adults in Reintegration Programswhich establishes, expands and improves treatment and recovery support services for people with substance use disorders while incarcerated and upon reintegration into the community.
- BJA grants 3.5 million dollars to support the Center for Drug Data Research to Address the Opioid Crisiswhich will create a regional drug data research center to help promote the collection, analysis and dissemination of essential information to respond to the overdose crisis and the effects of opioids, stimulants and other substances.
- OJJDP awards $16.3 million to support Mentorship for Youth Affected by the Opioid Crisis and Other Addictionsthat supports services for young people who currently use or are at risk of using drugs or young people who have family members with a substance use disorder.
- OJJDP grants $9.1 million to support the Youth Affected by Opioids Initiative, which will help states, communities, tribes, and nonprofits implement programs and strategies that treat children, youth, and families impacted by the opioid epidemic. An additional $1.5 million will support training and technical assistance.
- OJJDP Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Program provides $3 million to jurisdictions to establish or improve juvenile drug treatment courts and to improve court system operations and treatment services.
- OJJDP awards $15.4 million as part of its Family Treatment Court Program build the capacity of local courts, local government units, and federally recognized tribal governments to establish new family treatment courts or improve existing family treatment courts.
- OJJDP awards $9 million as part of its Drug Treatment Court Training and Technical Assistance Programwhich will fund training and technical assistance to states, state and local courts, local government units and governments to build their capacity to develop, maintain and improve drug courts for people who abuse substances or who have substance use disorders and/or concurrent mental health disorders.
The awards announced above are made on the regular year-end cycle. More information about these and other OJP awards can be found at OJP Grants Page.
The Office of Justice Programs provides federal leadership, grants, training, technical assistance and other resources to improve the nation’s ability to prevent and reduce crime, advance racial equity in the administration of justice, help victims and strengthen the criminal and juvenile justice systems. More information about OJP and its components can be found at www.ojp.gov.