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Reaching Rural: Advancing Collaborative Solutions

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Bureau of Justice Assistance, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, State Justice Institute, U.S. Department of Justice
Sep 30, 2022

Reaching Rural: Advancing Collaborative Solutions is a 1-year training and technical assistance initiative designed to help public safety and public health practitioners and other community stakeholders address substance use and misuse in rural communities. Participants will work to build deeper networks across sectors, adopt bold solutions, and reimagine how diverse systems can engage to better serve justice-involved individuals with substance use or co-occurring disorders.

The program runs from December 2022 through November 2023 and consists of monthly mentorship and guidance focused on local needs, monthly assignments to apply core concepts, and the completion of planning projects to implement identified solutions.

Benefits of the program include:

  • Map local and regional assets that can be leveraged
  • Assess local or regional opportunities for systemic change
  • Build leadership skills to facilitate cross-sector collaboration
  • Explore the implementation of evidence-informed strategies in diverse rural settings
  • Identify opportunities for different sectors, such as law enforcement, child welfare, prosecutors, probation, judges, public health, behavioral health, to align efforts more effectively

Additional program benefits for participating cross-sector teams and individuals can be found in the application instructions.


Eligible applicants are rural practitioners who work for:

  • Local units of government
  • Federally recognized Indian tribal governments
  • Nonprofit agencies that work with a local unit of government or federally recognized Indian tribal government to respond to substance use or misuse issues and/or individuals with co-occurring disorders

Applicants may apply either as an individual practitioner or as a member of a cross-sector team. Cross-sector teams must consist of at least four people from four different sectors: local or tribal government, justice or public safety, public health, and behavioral health.

All proposed activities must exclusively target populations residing in HRSA-designated rural areas.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

This is a training and technical assistance opportunity. Participants will be reimbursed for travel and per diem costs when attending sponsored activities.

Up to 10 cross-sector teams and up to 20 individuals will be invited to participate.

Application process

Application instructions and additional guidance are available on the program website.

Tagged as
Criminal justice system · Illicit drug use · Networking and collaboration · Planning and strategy methods and resources · Prescription drug misuse · Substance use and misuse

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