Initiatives: Law Enforcement and Justice-Involved Initiatives to Prevent and Address Opioid Misuse

Initiatives > Law Enforcement and Justice-Involved Initiatives to Prevent and Address Opioid Misuse

Justice-involved initiatives to address substance misuse can reduce criminal behavior and recidivism. Maricopa County has a variety of initiatives and programs to address the substance misuse needs of those involved in the justice system including the establishment of specialty courts, referral to treatment upon release, diversion programs, and treatment in jail.

Local Law Enforcement and Justice-Involved Initiatives and Resources

Maricopa County’s MOSAIC Program

MOSAIC is a nationally-recognized program run by Maricopa County’s Correctional Health Services. Its seven-week curriculum focuses on the moderate to high risk jail population and addresses the root causes of substance abuse, teaching inmates skills to deal with past trauma so they can remain sober. MOSAIC’s overarching goal is to reduce the likelihood that participants will return to jail.

MOSAIC Expansion at Tent City

MOSAIC - Reducing Recidivism

Maricopa County Justice-Involved Access to Medication Assisted Treatment

Maricopa County’s Correctional Health Services (CHS) provides medical services for over 7,000 patients in six jails. Four of those jails have Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) certification.

Continuity Methadone Treatment

Estrella, Lower Buckeye, Towers, and 4th Avenue jails currently provide continuity methadone treatment for patients who were already enrolled in a methadone program in the community, prior to arrest.

Court Collaboration

CHS also works in collaboration with the drug courts to offer Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) to patients suffering from opioid dependence, in which those at high risk for opioid relapse are started in methadone in jail. The Opioid Treatment Program includes administration of methadone, mental health counseling, and discharge planning.  All of these components are integral to a successful program, in an effort to prevent future relapse on opioids.

Maricopa County Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Initiatives

Maricopa County’s Adult Probation Drug Court

Maricopa County’s Adult Probation Drug Court program is based on the National Drug Court Model and has been designed to help people overcome the substance abuse that led to placement on probation.

Maricopa County's Adult Probation Drug Court Program

For more information on the drug court model, click here: What are Drug Courts?

Maricopa County Attorney’s Office Felony Pretrial Intervention Program and Diversion Programs Bureau

Felony Pretrial Intervention Program

The Felony Pretrial Intervention Program is an alternative to traditional court prosecution. The main goal of the program is to reduce recidivism by requiring defendants to complete treatment programs that are targeted to their individual needs. Participation in this program can produce better outcomes for our community while also managing taxpayer funds more efficiently.

MCAO’s Diversion Programs Bureau

On April 9, 2018 the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office implemented a newly created Diversion Programs Bureau that will be tasked with administering and monitoring diversion programs as part of the Office’s focus on prosecution led diversion.

The TASC Deferred Prosecution Program (TASC Diversion)

Since 1989, The Maricopa County Attorney/Treatment Assessment Screening Center (TASC) Adult Deferred Prosecution Program (TASC Diversion) has been a successful, cost-effective alternative to prosecution. To date, more than 34,000 successful cases have been treated through TASC Diversion.

Maricopa County Attorney/Treatment Assessment Screening Center (TASC)

Law Enforcement and Naloxone Administration

Naloxone, also known as Narcan®, is an emergency response medication used to reverse an opioid overdose. Many law enforcement officers in Maricopa County carry Naloxone. It also is distributed to some people leaving Maricopa County jails. For more information, contact Sonoran Prevention Works.

Get Involved

In addition to the initiatives and resources listed above, the following are organizations that have registered with and have indicated that they also are working in the area of law enforcement and justice-involved initiatives to address opioid misuse.

Click on the organization to learn more about the populations they serve and how to contact them.

Arizona HIDTA – The Arizona HIDTA has cultivated strong partnerships among drug, law enforcement and community organizations to educate the public and provide resources on the dangerous effects of drug abuse. 

Desert Drug Dog – Provides private sector narcotics detection, mostly to addiction treatment centers, but also to schools, hospitals, homeless shelters and private parties.

Maricopa County Public Defender's Office – Provides legal defense to probationers who participate in drug court.

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office – Provides web-based prevention/education programs along with in-custody prevention/treatment programs.

U.S. Attorney's Office – Are federal prosecutors that works with federal, state, local and tribal enforcement officers to enforce the law. 

Arizona Angel Initiative – Allows citizens to seek help from police, turn in their drugs and request treatment without fear of prosecution. Angels are also able to help parents secure safe placement for their children while they are in treatment in lieu of placing their children in the foster care system.


If you’d like your organization connected to this initiative, please go to our Registration page or contact Keith Walker.


Additional Resources

Gloucester Police Department Angel Initiative