New York Opioid Court Treatment Enhancement Project

Bureau of Justice Assistance Grant: New York Opioid Court Treatment Enhancement Project

The New York Opioid Court Treatment Enhancement Project – will enhance and evaluate substance abuse treatment and recovery support service systems treating individuals with opioid use disorders (OUDs) participating in geographically diverse Opioid Courts in the State of New York. The aim is to expand treatment and recovery supportive services to individuals with OUDs in Opioid Courts the moment they enter the criminal justice system. Opioid Courts operate in a pre-adjudication model at a unique opportunity for intervention. This is the point of initial detention and first court appearance prior to plea or entry into a therapeutic court. The project seeks to provide a full continuum of specialized services to Opioid Court participants and to evaluate best practices for serving this population. We will develop and implement a comprehensive plan to reduce the risk of overdose death and to provide enhanced treatment and recovery service engagement in the pretrial OUD population. This includes cognitive behavioral treatments and recovery supportive services and supporting the immediate transition to community-based services once released from custody. This project includes partnerships with the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (OASAS) New York State Unified Court System (UCS) and the Center for Court Innovation. The Lerner Center and Maxwell X-Lab will serve as the research partners for this project to enhance and to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment and recovery supportive services designed specifically for Opioid Court participants.