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Evidence-Based Strategies for Preventing Opioid Overdose: What’s Working in the United States

Evidence Ranking: Proven

This 2018 report from the Centers for Disease Control describes evidence-based strategies to prevent opioid overdose based on a review of the published evidence and consultation with subject matter experts. The report describes 10 strategies that could be implemented by public health officials, law enforcement, local organizations or other community leaders.

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LEAD National Support Bureau

Evidence Ranking: Promising

Source: Public Defender Association

Website for the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program, a community-based diversion program intended to improve public safety while reducing unnecessary incarceration and justice system involvement for low-level offenders. LEAD also has a goal to fund sustainable and effective

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Answering the Cry of our Warriors: Programming to Support Native Americans Re-entering the Community

Evidence Ranking: Proven

Source: National Indian Health Board

This case study briefly explains the components of the Warrior Down reentry program designed by White Bison, Inc. for use with American Indian and Alaska Native populations reentering communities following incarceration. Key elements of this successful program include peer-to-peer programming, the use of traditional healing practices, continuous support from prison to reentry in the community, and complimentary programming for family members.

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Monitoring and Changing Behavior: The Role of PMP Data in Kentucky Drug Courts

Evidence Ranking: Potential

Source: Prescription Monitoring Program Center of Excellence at Brandeis

A 2011 report about how Kentucky’s drug courts access and use data from the state’s prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) from the PDMP Center of Excellence at Brandeis University.

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Parent Partner Programs: Promising Practice to Keep Families Struggling with Substance Use Disorder Together

Evidence Ranking: Promising

Source: National Judicial Opioid Task Force

This briefing paper from the National Judicial Opioid Task Force provides an overview of parent partner programs, where parents facing child welfare or dependency proceedings are paired with a peer adviser who helps them understand and navigate the process. Parent partner programs in Washington, Iowa,

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Medication Assisted Treatment – Law Enforcement, Corrections and Justice Settings

The use of medication assisted treatment (MAT) has increasingly been adopted in justice settings including correctional facilities, re-entry programs, and treatment courts. This collection includes a 2019 overview of MAT in criminal justice settings from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a report from the National Sheriff’s Association and the National Commission on Correctional Health Care on implementing MAT programs in the jail setting, a report from the Legal Action Center on MAT in treatment courts, and a report on MAT for youth and young adults with justice-involvement from the National Judicial Opioid Task Force.

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Convening, Collaborating, Connecting: Courts as Leaders in the Crisis of Addiction

Source: National Judicial Opioid Task Force

This report provides an overview of the National Judicial Opioid Task Force (NJOTF) work on courts and the country’s addiction crisis. The NJOTF was created by the Conference of Chief Justices and the Conference of State Court Administrators to lead state court efforts to address the opioid and addiction crises in the United States.

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District Attorneys Addressing Addiction

In partnership with the National District Attorney’s Association, Addiction Policy Forum (APF) presents this free, on-line course about how district attorneys can contribute to solutions to the addiction crisis.

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Peer Support Roles in Criminal Justice Settings

Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

An overview of peer support services provided in the criminal justice setting from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Provides descriptions of the roles and responsibilities and key characteristics of different peer support roles, describes how to use the sequential intercept model to explore peer support roles in criminal justice settings, and presents best practices in recruiting, hiring and retaining peer support staff.

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Model Deflection to Treatment Act

Source: National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws, Police Treatment And Community Collaborative, Treatment Alternatives for Safer Communities

This model legislation is designed to help state legislatures create programs in their states that allow law enforcement officers to divert some individuals with substance use disorders or mental health conditions away from arrest and prosecution to treatment and other supportive services.

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