How To Participate

 

UPDATE: The application deadline for the Community Overdose Prevention (COP) Program has been extended to September 1, 2014. Interested law enforcement agencies can now submit a completed form before that date to participate.

Key Dates:
September 1, 2014Updated Application Deadline
December 31, 2014Reserved Funds Deadline

 

To participate in this program, departments must:

  1. Notify OAG of their interest in the COP program by September 1, 2014.
    Each agency must submit an application form by September 1, 2014. This form may be submitted to the OAG prior to receiving training or procuring naloxone. Submitting the form will result in the OAG reserving COP funds for a given agency while that agency works to complete training and obtain naloxone kits. The funds will be guaranteed until December 31, 2014, after which they may be given to other agencies to provide or replace naloxone kits on a first-come first-served basis.
  2. Be a participant in the US Department of Justice Equitable Sharing Program. 
    The initial COP application form includes a certification that an agency is enrolled in the US Department of Justice Equitable Sharing Program. Many New York local law enforcement agencies are already participants in this program. Any department that is not a participant can enroll in the program by filling out the federal form that will be attached to the letter. Enrolling in the federal program is free and does not require staffing or other commitments from your department other than filing an annual report to the federal government.
  3. Arrange an agency-wide training for officers that will be equipped with naloxone. 
    Training must be provided by a NYSDOH-registered Opioid Overdose Prevention Program. Many NYSDOH registered programs provide trainings free of charge. Typically, the person who trains officers in the use of naloxone will provide officers with a prescription for naloxone in order for them to legally obtain it. If no Opioid Overdose Prevention Program exists in a given area, then COP funds may be used to provide for reasonable travel and related expenses to facilitate a program for that department.
  4. Procure the component parts of the naloxone kits, assemble them, and store them properly.
    A complete naloxone kit consists of a zip bag or pouch containing two vials of naloxone, two mucosal atomization devices for nasal administration, one pair of latex gloves and a booklet on the use of the drug. A full naloxone kit costs approximately $60.00 and the shelf life of each kit is around two years. Kits can be carried by officers on their person or in vehicles driven by officers, provided they are generally stored at room temperature.
  5. Submit receipts for the kits and any related training costs to the OAG.
    • Reimbursement for Naloxone Kits: The number of kits necessary to fully outfit a department will depend on the total number of sworn officers who regularly respond to emergency calls that may involve an acute opioid overdose. The OAG asks departments to supply kits only to officers meeting this criteria. Requests for reimbursements to replace kits that are used in the field can be made after June 3, 2014. Such reimbursements will be made on a first-come first-served basis.
    • Reimbursement for Naloxone Training: Many NYSDOH registered Opioid Overdose Prevention Programs provide free training for law enforcement agencies. Before requesting reimbursement for training costs, OAG asks departments to work with local NYSDOH registered Opioid Overdose Prevention Program to arrange for free training. If no such program exists in an area, COP will reimburse for reasonable travel and related costs to facilitate a training for your agency.
  6. Submit monthly data to the OAG.
    Any agency participating in the COP program will be required to provide the following data to the OAG each month as long as OAG-funded naloxone kits are being used in the field:
    • Number of naloxone kits used and for what reason (training, overdose treatment, etc.)
    • Number of naloxone kits the shelf life of which has expired.
    • Number of prescription opioid related overdoses
    • Number of heroin related overdoses
    • Number of prescription opioid related deaths
    • Number of heroin related deaths
    • Number of prescription opioid related death reversals
    • Number of heroin related death reversals

If you have any questions related to this program or the application, please call 1-518-445-7950 or email cop.program@ag.ny.gov.

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