Learning Opportunities


COSSAP offers a wide range of learning opportunities to support the efforts of communities and practitioners addressing the illicit substance use and misuse. 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


Methamphetamine Use Disorders: Considerations from across the Sequential Intercept Model (SIM)

Virtual Learning

While much focus and funding has been devoted to combating the opioid epidemic, many communities have begun or continued to grapple with the impacts of methamphetamine use disorders.

Unlike opioid use disorders, there are no medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of methamphetamine use disorders and these disorders have historically been addressed through criminal justice responses. However, as many criminal justice 

professionals learn about the science of addiction and changes in the brain that occur due to substance misuse, there is growing interest in addressing issues related to methamphetamines using a public health approach. This webinar will explore emerging or promising practices across the SIM to address the needs of individuals with methamphetamine use disorders who interface with the justice system.

In this webinar, we will:

  • Describe unique challenges to addressing the needs of individuals with methamphetamine use disorder.
  • Discuss ways behavioral health and criminal justice partners can work together to support the recovery of individuals with methamphetamine use disorders.
  • Examine how support for individuals for methamphetamine use disorders can be tailored at various intercepts of the SIM.

7/16/2020 2:00 pm, est

– 3:30 pm, est

Building an Organizational Culture That Values First Responder Diversion

Virtual Learning

The number of law enforcement and first responder-led diversion programs is rapidly increasing across the country, linking individuals with substance use and mental health disorders to community-based treatment and support services.

The success of these programs relies on the willingness of frontline officers, firefighters, and emergency medical service (EMS) technicians to participate in their implementation. Concurrently, communities are looking to police to collaborate and work with community-based partners such as behavioral health practitioners, social service providers, and homeless advocates.

This webinar will address how law enforcement leaders can successfully advance change within their agencies. Whether introducing new policies, procedures, or programs, it is important to build an organizational culture where change is readily accepted. The presenters will discuss how challenges driven by organizational culture were overcome when the new Pre-Arrest Deflection Program was introduced at the Tucson, Arizona, Police Department (TPD) and will provide steps for working within agency cultures to build support for front-end diversion.

Upon completion of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the steps that the TPD took to develop its Pre-Arrest Deflection Program, including understanding the internal culture of the police department and officers’ tolerance for change.
  • Identify strategies for securing buy-in from police officers and other program partners, including behavioral health, treatment, and service providers, as well as various sectors of the community.
  • Explain the importance of data collection and evaluation in both reporting program results back to stakeholders and frontline responders, as well as monitoring for racial and ethnic disparities.

7/22/2020 2:00 pm, est

– 3:00 pm, est

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