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Your PTACC Ticker
for the Week of April 22nd

1) Article: Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Weekly
Ben Levenson, of the PTACC National Partner, the Levenson Foundation, talked with the Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Weekly newsletter. Levenson discussed his evolution from thinking about treatment as independent treatment programs to a global systems level approach to health policy, including harm reduction. Also discussed is the potential changes that may come about from the intersection of COVID-19 and the opioid overdose crisis.
You can read a preview here. The full issue is accessible from the journal directly: Alcoholism & Abuse Weekly (April 20, 2020) Vol 32, No 16. Online ISSN 1556-7591.


2) Fact Sheet: ONDCP COVID-19
The White House Office of National Drug Control (ONDCP) released their COVID-19 Fact Sheet.
“During the COVID-19 crisis, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) is leading efforts to ensure that prevention, treatment, recovery support services, and safe and effective pain management remain available nationwide.”

Priorities include: a) helping individuals access treatment, b) expanding telemedicine and electronic prescribing, c) increasing flexibility for treatment with methadone and buprenorphine, d) ensuring access to controlled substances, and e) supporting rural communities. 

Read the full fact sheet to access the suggested resources.

3) Resources: CLOUD COVID-19 Resources
The mission of the Curated Library about Opioid Use for Decision-makers  (CLOUD) is to serve as a centralized repository of information around opioid use, addiction, and related topics. To address the COVID-19 public health emergency and the particular challenge it poses for people in treatment for substance use disorder, in recovery, and people who use drugs, they have created a special collection of education resources.

More on the collection can be found here


PTACC COVID-19 Resources
Check out our COVID-19 resources for our field! View the Ticker from April 1st for the list of resources and our website for updates.

Did you see it?

The Hill: We can't leave those with mental illness, addiction disorders behind

The Hill article, "We can't leave those with mental illness, addiction disorders behind," written by Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MICH) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) discusses the impact of COVID-19 on those with substance use or mental health problems. 

"We know that people who misuse opioids are at high risk for coronavirus. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse and other health experts, opioids impact the respiratory and pulmonary health of users and make them more susceptible to respiratory infections, including coronavirus.
People who are living with a mental illness or addiction often have other health conditions that make them more likely to suffer severe complications from the coronavirus."

Read the full article here

COVID-19 Emergency Supplemental Funding Solicitation

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ),  Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications for the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program. This program will provide funding to assist eligible states, local units of government, and tribes in preventing, preparing for, and responding to the coronavirus. The solicitation can be found online here. Application Deadline: May 29, 2020.

In addition, PTACC National Partner, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) recently led a webinar to provide an overview on the BJA Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Fund. The full webinar can be found here.

Funding Opportunity: COSSAP 2020
The Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program's (COSSAP) purpose is to provide financial and technical assistance to states, units of local government, and Indian tribal governments to develop, implement, or expand comprehensive efforts to identify, respond to, treat, and support those impacted by illicit opioids, stimulants, and other drugs of abuse.

The competitive grant solicitation deadline is May 21, 2020. The full solicitation is available here.

Attend an upcoming webinar on the solicitation: April 24, 2020. Register at

Mentor Program: Evidence-based Treatment in Custody, Jail-based 
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) announced the creation of the Evidence-based Treatment in Custody, Jail-based Mentor Program, to begin September 2020, facilitated by Advocates for Human Potential, Inc., in its role as a COSSAP TTA provider, in close collaboration with BJA. 

The program will provide facilities interested in starting a medication-assisted treatment program with the opportunity to learn from established or innovative programs that have shown success in meeting the treatment needs of individuals in custody. Submission Deadline: June 15, 2020.  Application available here. For questions about the application process or issues with submission, please send an email to

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