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for the Week of March 18th

1) LEAP Webinar: Public Safety and COVID-19

PTACC National Partner, Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP) is hosting a webinar by Sheriff Jim Manfre (Ret.) on how law enforcement and public officials can improve public safety by significantly reducing our incarcerated population in response to the coronavirus. 

The webinar will be held Thursday, March 19th at 2pm ET. See below for access instructions.


As we prepare for the imminent spread of COVID-19, prisons and jails are at high risk of becoming incubators for the spread of the virus. One key to improving public safety in this pandemic is significantly reducing incarceration. Sheriff Manfre will discuss concrete steps that law enforcement and public officials can take, from holding fewer people pretrial to stopping incarceration for technical probation and parole violations and low-level offenses, speeding up imminent release dates, and arranging compassionate release for the elderly and medically frail.   

For questions contact Amos Irwin, Program Director, Law Enforcement Action Partnership a

Webinar Access Instructions
For video: visit 
For audio only: Call 408 638 0968 and enter Meeting ID: 859 614 729

2) UN Job Posting for International Consultant on Mental Health in Prison Settings

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has a vacancy for a consultant to conduct a literature review on mental health, including drug treatment in prison settings.
The literature review, followed by a narrative report, will identify evidence-based approaches for the treatment of drug use disorders and other mental health disorders in prison settings with a specific focus on low-and middle-income countries.
For more information, including qualifications, and to apply, visit the posting here

3) Funding Opportunity & Bureau of Justice Assistance Announces Transition from COAP to COSSAP
The Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA) Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) has transitioned to the Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP).  While the scope of the initiative is expanding to include stimulants and other substances in addition to opioids, the cornerstone of the initiative remains the same: a fundamental emphasis on partnership and collaboration across the public health, behavioral health, and public safety sectors. 

Effective state, tribal, and local community responses leverage the combined expertise of each of these disciplines and rely upon unified and coordinated strategies.

Please note that the URL for the COSSAP Resource Center is now< and the email address is
BJA also announced a new funding opportunity!  COSSAP awards will be made in two categories:
  • Category 1: Local or Tribal Applications
  • Category 2: State Applications
The competitive grant solicitation deadline is May 21, 2020.
The full solicitation, eligibility details, and application guidelines is available here.

Register for the COSSAP solicitation informational webinar, to be held on March 25 at 3:30 p.m., ET here. 
Did you see it?


NCJA Seeking Nominations for Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Awards
The National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) is seeking nominations for its annual NCJA Outstanding Criminal Justice Programs Awards. These awards honor successful criminal justice programs that use promising practices to address important crime and justice issues in communities. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. ET on Friday, April 3, 2020. Nominations will be accepted online, or by email to

Read the full announcement here: NCJA Outstanding Criminal Justice Programs Awards. 

Arnold Ventures Publication: Addressing Homelessness
“Recommendations to Address Unsheltered Homelessness,” discusses a housing first approach to helping individuals achieve improvements in their lives. Evolving from a punitive approach helps achieve long term stability for individuals experiencing homelessness. For example, criminal records from punitive interactions that lead to arrests, fines, warrants and incarceration exacerbate the difficulty of finding jobs and housing.

Read the full report here.

Ammon Labs Fentanyl and Fentanyl Analog Testing Fact Sheet
Ammon Labs, has developed a Fentanyl and Fentanyl Analog Testing Fact Sheet. Per Ammon Labs, addiction treatment facilities and hospital groups often make the mistake of testing for opiates, heroin, and only one type of fentanyl. However, according to the D.E.A.’s quarterly emerging threat report, there are 14 different fentanyl analogs accounting for 98% of opioid identifications. Differentiating which compound is being used by the patient helps clinicians determine the addiction treatment protocol. These compounds can affect withdrawal symptoms, length of time necessary for sobriety, or in cases of overdose, the amount of Naloxone needed to counteract the drug taken.

To learn more from Ammon Labs, view the full fact sheet here
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