The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is pleased to announce the creation of the Evidence-based Treatment in Custody, Jail-based Mentor Program, to begin September 2020.

This program is part of the training and technical assistance (TTA) resources available to local jurisdictions through BJA’s Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP). The selection process for mentor sites is being facilitated by Advocates for Human Potential, Inc., in its role as a COSSAP TTA provider, in close collaboration with BJA. COSSAP was developed as part of the 2016 Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act and is designed to provide financial and technical assistance to states, units of local government, and Indian tribal governments to plan, develop, and implement comprehensive efforts to identify, respond to, treat, and support those impacted by the opioid epidemic. COSSAP was expanded in 2019 to include stimulants and other substances.

The Evidence-based Treatment in Custody, Jail-based Mentor 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. The mentor sites selected through this application process will serve as models for individuals and teams interested in starting a program or for established programs interested in learning innovative practices.

After the mentor sites are selected, BJA will develop a process for facilities to submit an online application to visit a mentor program. BJA will support the travel of up to three individuals from approved facilities to observe one of the mentor sites.

Submission Deadline

Applications for the BJA Evidence-based Treatment in Custody, Jail-based Mentor Program are due by 5:00 p.m., ET, on June 15, 2020. Please submit the application by downloading the form here. Using Adobe Acrobat Reader will allow you to submit your application directly through a button on the form. A free download for Adobe Acrobat Reader can be found here. If using another PDF program, please complete the form and save your responses. Then, email a copy of the completed form to [email protected].


If you have any questions about the application process or issues with submission, please send an email to [email protected]. We will do our best to respond promptly.