This program supports two successful strategies that target addiction through prevention, intervention, and diversion. Through the Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP) at the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), the state has taken steps to implement three primary models of pre-arrest diversion. This grant will allow these three initiatives, which are already seeing results, to collaborate closely, and enhance their successes: Quick Response Team (QRT's); Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD); and West Virginia Angel Initiative.
This integrated approach will be known as the West Virginia QLA Early Intervention Program.
The grant will also expand the highly valued Prevention Resource Officer (PRO) program to nearly all counties. PROs are certified law enforcement officers who receive special training to serve in their local elementary, middle, and high schools. PROs build trust with students to mentor them, prevent and respond to dangerous school situations, and serve as liaisons between students and staff.
Typical Award Cycle: July 1 - June 30