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Grant Description
Connecticut has suffered disproportionately from the impacts of opioids and addiction. The state has the sixth highest unintentional overdose death rate per capita and is among a small, lamentable cohort of thirteen states who saw a statistically significant increase in their drug overdose death rate over the last year. Swift, comprehensive action from multidisciplinary partners is urgently needed to combat the rising number of overdoses.

The Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) proposes to pilot a multilateral, technologically sophisticated, community-based opioid overdose response effort, termed the Community and Law Enforcement for Addiction Recovery (CLEAR) project, in six jurisdictions across the state. The CLEAR project will establish and enhance partnerships between community agencies and law enforcement to increase connections to care for people with a substance use disorder (SUD) and create a cohesive, collaborative response to addiction among community partners.

For each jurisdiction, the CLEAR project will include thorough assessment, planning, and evaluation phases of work. It will also involve the implementation of IPIS/CORDATA integrated system for data tracking and referral management. Additionally, a coordinated safety net of recovery coaches and overdose response teams will be established to connect with and support individuals not connecting with care through other channels. Support and direction will be provided to families, including the identification and referral of children impacted by a family member's SUD to services. Increased access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) will also be a focus. Furthermore, a community-based, technology and data-driven dispatch response to surges in overdoses called Beacon will be implemented.

The goal of the CLEAR project is to create a replicable model for overdose response that can be scaled in communities across the entire state, no matter the size or demographic. DMHAS has selected six sites which represent urban, rural, and suburban demographics. These sites were chosen based on several factors, including need (as evidenced by overdose rates per capita), diversity in the population, and readiness to implement the program. Each selected site will have a law enforcement partner, including the Bridgeport Police Department, Greenwich Police Department, Norwalk Police Department, Torrington Police Department, Winsted Police Department, and State Police Troop B and L. Two of the selected jurisdictions are considered high poverty areas. Bridgeport, the largest city in Connecticut, has a poverty level of 20.8%, and Winsted, a gateway community to the rural northwest, has a poverty level of 23.5%.

The CLEAR project aims to reduce barriers to treatment for individuals at risk of overdose by providing connections to care, peer support, family engagement, and creating partnerships between providers, law enforcement, and the community.
Place of Performance
Hartford, Connecticut 06134 United States
Geographic Scope
Single Zip Code
Analysis Notes
Amendment Since initial award the total obligations have decreased 50% from $11,999,996 to $5,999,998.
Connecticut Department Of Mental Health And Addiction Services was awarded CLEAR Project: Multilateral Opioid Response in CT Project Grant 15PBJA21GG04507COAP worth $5,999,998 from the Bureau of Justice Assistance in October 2021 with work to be completed primarily in Hartford Connecticut United States. The grant has a duration of 3 years and was awarded through assistance program 16.838 Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program. The Project Grant was awarded through grant opportunity BJA FY 21 Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Site-based Program.


Last Modified 3/3/23

Period of Performance
Start Date
End Date
88.0% Complete

Funding Split
Federal Obligation
Non-Federal Obligation
Total Obligated
100.0% Federal Funding
0.0% Non-Federal Funding

Activity Timeline

Interactive chart of timeline of amendments to 15PBJA21GG04507COAP

Additional Detail

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Awardee Classifications
State Government
Awarding Office
Funding Office
Awardee UEI
Awardee CAGE
Performance District
Richard Blumenthal
Christopher Murphy
John Larson

Budget Funding

Federal Account Budget Subfunction Object Class Total Percentage
State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, Justice (015-0404) Criminal justice assistance Grants, subsidies, and contributions (41.0) $5,999,998 100%
Modified: 3/3/23