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Save the Date: 2021 Virtual COSSAP National Forum



On September 28–30, 2021, join COSSAP grantees, select BJA grantees, federal partners, and invited guests from across the country in the fight against America’s opioid crisis.

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend the 2021 Virtual Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP) National Forum, to be held from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 p.m., ET, on September 28, 29, and 30, 2021.

This virtual convening, hosted by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) through COSSAP, will focus on tackling one of the most critical challenges of our time: ending America’s opioid, stimulant, and substance abuse crisis. The virtual setting will offer the feel of an in-person event, allowing participants to connect directly with colleagues to discuss relevant issues and trends, share ideas, exchange resources, and gain new skills to improve programs.

Planned session topics include how jurisdictions were able to pivot during the COVID-19 pandemic to meet the needs of their communities, building or expanding innovative and successful partnerships, harm reduction programs, first responder diversion programs, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) programs, and more. During lightning round sessions, COSSAP grantees will share their experiences, including project successes, challenges faced, barriers that were overcome, and best practices for continued services during these unprecedented times. Throughout the event, attendees will have opportunities to ask panelists questions, engage in mentoring opportunities, and network with peers.

There is no cost to attend the virtual event. Additional details, including how to register, will be available soon. Please note that as part of your COAP/COSSAP award requirements, a minimum of two staff members from each COAP/COSSAP grant project are required to attend.

Visit the COSSAP Resource Center at www.cossapresources.org.


This project is supported by Grant No. 2017-AR-BX-K003 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). BJA is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The contents of this document were developed by IIR and do not represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.