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JANUARY 2024 EDITION
LEARNING OPPORTUNITY

> No Cost Peer-to-Peer Learning Opportunity for Court and County Leaders

RESEARCH & REPORTS

> Retention in Telehealth Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder Among Rural Populations
> Addressing Rural Health Disparities Requires Trust, Data, and a Focus on Equity
> What Makes a Peer? Characteristics of Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialists in an Emergency Department-Based Intervention
> Recent Incarceration, Substance Use, Overdose, and Service Use Among People Who Use Drugs
> Houselessness and Syringe Service Program Utilization Among People Who Inject Drugs in Eight Rural Areas
> Provision of Health Care Services Related to Substance Use Disorder in Southern U.S. Jails

JUDICIAL CONNECTIONS SERIES

> Peer-to-Peer Conversations

PODCASTS

> Rural Roads - The RCORPodcast. 34: Family Perspectives
> Court Leader’s Advantage Podcast Episode: Remote Hearings and Suburban & Rural Courts

DECEMBER 2023 EDITION
FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

> Preventing Legal Deserts in Our Rural Communities

RESEARCH & REPORTS

> Opioid and Polydrug Use Among Rural Sexual and Gender Minorities: Current Knowledge and Future Directions
> Building a Restorative Justice Diversion Program for Youth in Rural Areas
> Use of Primary Care and Emergency Departments for Substance Use Treatment: The Rural and Urban Divide

PODCASTS

> Rural Roads - The RCORPodcast: Horizon Health and Rural Transportation
> Us & Them Encore: Court of Second Chances?
> Reaching Recovery in Rural and Tribal Areas

RESOURCES

> Overdose Prevention in Rural Communities
> Reducing Stigma in Rural Emergency Departments and Other Care Settings
> Rural Domestic and Sexual Abuse Program Advocates: Making a Difference in the Lives of Older Survivors of Abuse

ARTICLE

> Campaigns Find Success in Decreasing the Stigma Around Substance Abuse

NOVEMBER 2023 EDITION
SOLICITATION

> Reaching Rural: Advancing Collaborative Solutions Solicitation

RESEARCH & REPORTS

> Ambulance Deserts: Geographic Disparities in the Provision of Ambulance Services
> Rural/Urban Differences In Rates and Predictors of Intimate Partner Violence
> Identifying Multilevel Community Supervision Challenges to Inform Diversion Approaches for People With Mental Illnesses

ARTICLES

> Recovery-friendly Workplaces Can Help Those on the Path to Healing
> ‘Planting Seeds Of Change’: In Rural Counties, Expanding Jail-Based Mental Health Services is a Community Effort

RESOURCES

> Implementing Peer Support Services in Small and Rural Law Enforcement Agencies
> Jails to Jobs: These Companies Have Created Fair Chance Hiring

WEBINAR

> Building Recovery Ecosystems for Substance Use Treatment

PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES

> Violence Intervention Program to Expand to Rural Counties
> American Bar Foundation’s Access to Justice Researchers Join in $1 Million Grant

OCTOBER 2023 EDITION
ANNOUNCEMENT

> Innovative New Fellowship for Rural Practitioners

PROGRAM

> Program Connects Landlords With Those Needing Homes

RESEARCH & REPORTS

> KFF Tracking Poll: Substance Use Crisis and Accessing Treatment
> Heavy Drinking, Handgun Carrying Linked Among Rural Youth

ARTICLES

> Mainstream Addiction Treatment Act Removes a Roadblock to Recovery
> The Face of Rural Addiction Is Not What You Think
> NPR: There's a Nationwide Shortage of Foster Care Families
> Recovery Cafes Offer Support and Healing in Rural Communities

WEBINAR

> Building Recovery Ecosystems for Substance Use Treatment

RESOURCES

> VERA Incarceration Trends
> Rural Voices: Recovery in Rural America Summer 2023 Edition

SEPTEMBER 2023 EDITION
VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

> Collaborative Responses to Domestic Violence in Rural Communities

PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES

> Mental Health Respite Facilities are Filling Care Gaps in More Than A Dozen States
> Workplace Support Plays a Critical Role In Managing the Opioid Crisis
> A Rural Health Clinic’s Journey to Behavioral Health Integration

RESEARCH & REPORTS

> Can Text Messages Reduce Incarceration in Rural and Vulnerable Populations?
> Association Between Telehealth and Missed Appointments

ARTICLE

> The Frontier of Harm Reduction

WEBINARS

> Establishing Connections: Integrating Victim Services in Rural Law Enforcement Agencies Webinar;
> Improving Behavioral Health Services in Rural Communities Through Medicaid Challenges

PODCAST

> Rural Roads Podcast: The Importance of Involving Those With Lived Experience

AUGUST 2023 EDITION
ASK-THE-EXPERT SESSION

> Crisis Response in Rural Areas

PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES

> Deadline Extended: Planning Initiative to Build Bridges
> Foster Care Closet Serves Rural Nebraska With New Bus
> Narcan Vending Machines

RESEARCH & REPORTS

> One Crisis or Two Problems? Disentangling Rural Access to Justice and the Rural Attorney Shortage
> Rural Healthy People 2030: New Decade, New Challenges

ARTICLES

> Once-Resistant Rural Court Officials Begin to Embrace Medications to Treat Addiction
> 'If You're Not Breathing, You're Not Getting Into Recovery'
> Psychiatric Residents and Fellows Fill Gaps in Rural Michigan Mental Health Care

RESOURCE

> Guidelines for Managing Substance Withdrawal in Jails

JULY 2023 EDITION
CONFERENCE SESSION

> The Opioid Epidemic in Rural America

WEBINAR

> Suicide Prevention in Rural Communities

PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES

> Tackling Rural America's 'Hidden' Housing Crisis
> Horse Industry Job Training Programs

RESEARCH & REPORTS

> The Rural Behavioral Health Crisis Continuum: Considerations and Emerging State Strategies
> Harm Reduction and Recovery Services Support to Mitigate the Opioid Overdose Epidemic in a Rural Community
> Mixed Methods Study of a Coresponder Program in Rural Law Enforcement
> Community Prevention Systems Can Reduce Gun Violence Among Youth in Rural Areas

ARTICLES

> Opioids are Devastating Cherokee Families
> Harm Reduction Saves Lives

RESOURCE

> Mental Health Awareness Month Promotional Toolkit

MAY 2023 EDITION
FUNDING

> Rural and Small Department Violent Crime Reduction Program

CONFERENCE

> Small and Rural Law Enforcement Executives Association Annual Conference & Training Event

PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES

> Highlighting the Work of Rural Health Departments
> Community-Based Prevention System Linked to Reduced Handgun Carrying Among Youth in Rural Areas

RESEARCH & REPORTS

> Biopsychosocial Contexts of Timely and Adequate Prenatal Care Utilization Among Women
> Prevalence of Substance Abuse Among Trauma Patients in Rural West Virginia
> Telehealth Helps More Patients With Opioid Use Disorder Access  Buprenorphine Treatment

WEBINAR

> Preventing, Mitigating, and Responding to Violence in the Rural Hospital Setting

ARTICLE

> Wider Access to Narcan Helps Rural Communities Fight Overdose Deaths

RESOURCE

> Second Chance Hiring

MARCH 2023 EDITION
PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES

> Building Comprehensive Responses to the Opioid Crisis
> Training Program Turns Lived Experiences into Peer Support

WEBINARS

> BJA’s Learning Community for Rural Jurisdictions
> Affordable Housing and Recovery Cross-Sector Conversation
> Understanding the Rural Violent Crime Reduction Initiative Grant Management
> Crisis Response for Rural Communities Using Technology and Peer Support

RESOURCES

> Looking Across Sectors at Strategies for Supporting Rural Youth and Families
> A Guide to Supporting Engagement and Resiliency in Rural Communities

RESEARCH & REPORTS

> Mental Health in Rural NY: Findings and Implications of a Listening Tour
> Transitions From Jail to Rural Community for Adults With Mental Illness
> Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion: A Multi-Site Evaluation
> Recent Increase in Methamphetamine Use in a Cohort of Rural People
> The Association Between Grandparents as Caregivers and Overdose Mortality
> Trajectories of Handgun Carrying in Rural Communities

FEBRUARY 2023 EDITION
ANNOUNCEMENT

> Highlighting the First Cohort of RJC Innovation Sites

FUNDING

> Investments Supporting Partnerships in Recovery Ecosystems (INSPIRE) Initiative

PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES

> Truckers Against Trafficking
> Rural Opioid Initiative (ROI) Research Consortium

WEBINAR

> Rural Justice and Remote Proceedings

RESEARCH & REPORTS

> Greening Criminal Legal Deserts in Rural Texas
> Rural Criminal Justice Reform
> Mobile RV Clinic Successfully Treats Opioid Use Disorder in Rural Areas
> Telehealth for the Treatment of Serious Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders
> Strategies for Rural Communities for Addressing Substance Misuse Among Families Involved With the Child Welfare Systems
> Rural Resource Guide: Affordable Housing and Recovery in Rural Communities

JANUARY 2023 EDITION
ANNOUNCEMENTS

> OJP Announces the Inaugural Class of Reaching Rural Fellows
> Greater Colorado Fellowship Opportunity

PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES

> Learning Community for Rural Jurisdictions
> Investments Supporting Partnerships in Recovery Ecosystems Initiative
> Recovery-Friendly Workplaces Empowering Organizations

ARTICLES

> As Overdoses Soar in Rural America, More Clinicians Are Prescribing Addiction Medications
> In Rural America, Deadly Costs of Opioids Outweigh the Dollars Tagged to Address Them

RESEARCH & REPORTS

> Rural Areas Come Out on Top for Quality of Inpatient Psychiatric Care
> Rural Criminal Justice Reform: Transforming Criminal Justice
> Poll: Rural Opioid Attitudes Progress

RESOURCE

> Substance Use Employer Calculator

PODCAST

> Talk Justice, an LSC Podcast: Creating Legal Access Points in Rural Louisiana

DECEMBER 2022 EDITION
FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

> Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Overdose Response

PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES

> Michele Statz Awarded the 2022 National Science Foundation CIVIC Planning Grant
> Facing Suicide VT: Resources and Supports for Rural Vermonters
> Ride to Recovery Program in Rural Tennessee
> Stories From Sullivan: How a Rural Community Responds To the Opioid Epidemic

ARTICLES

> New Committee to Examine Unmet Legal Needs (Kansas)
> To Keep People from Returning to Jail, Mesa County Follows Other Communities’ Reentry Roadmap
> Four WA Communities Tried to End Youth Homelessness. One Is Seeing Success

REPORTS

> Research Brief: Regional Disparities in Rates of Parental Incarceration Among Minnesota Youth
> Findings from the Rural Jails Research and Policy Network in Georgia and Washington

NOVEMBER 2022 EDITION
PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES

> Rural Violent Crime Reduction Initiative

RESOURCES

> Adapting Evidence-based Practices for Under-resourced Populations

ARTICLES

> Mental Health Crisis Teams Slowly Expand to Rural Areas
> Police, Public, and Policymakers Work to Improve Responses to Mental Health Crises
> Examining Health Inequities in Three Distinct Rural Regions
> California Uses Video Conferencing to Extend Reach of Self-Help Center 
> A Needle Exchange Project Modeled on Urban Efforts Aims to Save Lives in Rural Nevada
> How High Standards for Forced Mental Health Care Affect Care in Rural Oregon
> Students Helped Moultrie Police Develop Co-Responder Program
> Parent Partners Provide Mentoring and Support in Rural Iowa

REPORTS

> Examining the Burden of Public Stigma Associated with Mental Illness
> Maine's Overdose Prevention Through Intensive Outreach, Naloxone, and Safety Initiative

OCTOBER 2022 EDITION
RESOURCES

> A Guide to Funding Resources
> Association of Methamphetamine and Opioid Use with Nonfatal Overdose in Rural Communities

PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES

> Green Valley Justice Court Launches Traveling Court
> Youth Mental Health is in Crisis
> Young and Homeless in America
> Providing Free Rides Could Help People in Addiction Recovery

ARTICLES

> How Voices Against Violence is Striving to be More Accessible
> Softball Game Helps 'Survivor Squad' and Law  Enforcement Battle Addiction
> Rural Digital Divide Complicates Virtual Court Participation

RESEARCH

> Rural First Responders' Perspectives on Naloxone
> Opioid Treatment Programs in Disadvantaged Rural Communities

REPORTS

> Justice by Geography: The Role of Monetary Sanctions Across Communities
> How Researchers Are Getting Farmers to Talk About Mental Health
> Identifying Unique Barriers to Implementing Rural Emergency Department-Based Peer Services

SEPTEMBER 2022 EDITION
LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITY

> Reaching Rural

VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

> Collaborative Responses to Domestic Violence in Rural Communities

RESOURCES

> Urban-Rural Differences in Drug Overdose Death Rates
> Deflection and Pre-Arrest Diversion: Supporting Rural Communities
> Restoring Access to Maternity Care in Rural America

PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES

> National Association of Counties' Opioid Solutions Center
> Grant Helps State Launch Rural Mental Health Pilot Program
> Midwest Initiative Seeks to Reduce Opioid Use in Rural and Tribal Communities

ARTICLE

> Defining Rural America: The Consequences of How We Count

PODCAST

> The Impact of Adverse and Positive Childhood Experiences on Rural Children, with Elizabeth Crouch

JULY 2022 EDITION
TRAINING & CONFERENCES

> Collaborative Responses to Domestic Violence in Rural Communities
> Sexual Assault Response Teams
> Mental Health First Aid for Rural Communities

RESOURCES

> Mental Health Training: Strategies for Small and Rural Law Enforcement Agencies
> Tailoring Crisis Response and Pre-Arrest Diversion Models for Rural Communities
> Evidence-Based Crime Reduction Strategies for Small, Rural, and Tribal Agencies

PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES

> Rural Veterans and Local Nonprofits Receive Critical Housing Support Funded by the Home Depot
> Nevada Department of Corrections Opens Statewide Reentry and Training Hub
> Reducing Suicide One Message at a Time

ARTICLE

> Tennessee Supreme Court Launches Justice Bus

PODCAST

> Legal Deserts with Professor Pruitt

REPORT

> Improving Behavioral Health Services for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness in Rural Communities

JUNE 2022 EDITION
CHALLENGE OPPORTUNITY

> Behavioral Health Recovery Innovation Challenge

RESOURCES

> Strategies for Small and Rural Law Enforcement Agencies
> State Medicaid Managed Care and Access to Behavioral Health Services

TRAINING

> Mental Health First Aid for Rural Communities

WEBINARS & VIDEOS

> Addressing the Nation's Behavioral Health Crisis with Recovery Funds
> Lessons Learned from a Rural Opioid Addiction Treatment Program

CONFERENCE

> Rural Michigan Opioid and Substance Use Disorder Summit

PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES

> Rural Minds
> Reentry Advanced Manufacturing Program (RAMP)
> Indigenous Women Work to Break the Cycle of Poverty and Prison
> Health Clinic to Open in Webutuck, NY

MAY 2022 EDITION
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

> Comprehensive Opioid Stimulant and Substance Abuse Site-based Program

RESOURCES

> Federal Grant Programs that Support Rural Jurisdiction
> Primer on Spending Funds from the Opioid Litigation
> Sustainable Rural EMS: Navigating Change

CAMPAIGNS & CALLS TO ACTION

> Stand Against Stigma 21-Day Challenge
> Seeking Rural Jurisdictions to Inform Pretrial Advancement

WEBINARS & CONFERENCES

> Community-based Violence Intervention
> Collaborative Responses to Domestic Violence in Rural Communities
> National Rural Summit on Mental Health and Criminal Justice 2022

ARTICLE

Nurse Creates Virtual Mental Health Service with Focus on Rural Schools

RESEARCH & REPORTS

> Restorative Justice: A Best Practice Guide for Prosecutors in Smaller Jurisdictions
> A Case Study of Rural Reentry in Arkansas

APRIL 2022 EDITION
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

> Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program
> Second Chance Act Community-Based Reentry Program
> Veterans Treatment Court Discretionary Grant Program

PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES

> Fellowship Trains Rural Attorneys on Juvenile Cases
> Rural Attorney Recruitment Program
> Eyes Up Appalachia

ARTICLES

> Improved Opioid Treatment Programs Would Expand Access to Quality Care
> Lifesaving Addiction Treatment Out of Reach for Many Americans
> How Supported Do Rural Officers Feel?

PODCASTS

Human Trafficking is on the Rise

RESEARCH & REPORTS

> Intimate Partner Violence
> Small & Rural Agency Crisis Response
> Strategies for Rural Communities

MARCH 2022 EDITION
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

> First Responders-Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Support Services Grant
> Rural Communities’ Opioid Response Program

PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES

> Colorado’s Jail Based Behavioral Health Services
> Peer-to-Peer Initiative to Prevent Teen Dating Violence
> In a tiny NM courtroom, a push to delay evictions

RESEARCH & REPORTS

> Emergency Rental Assistance Among Indigenous Tribes

PODCASTS

> The Center Collaborative Podcast
> Expanding Access to Justice in Rural Communities

VIDEOS

> Highlighting Tennessee’s Recovery Courts

RESOURCE

> Rural Health Network Development Program 2020-2023 Grantee Directory

FEBRUARY 2022 EDITION
FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

> Addressing Substance Use Disorder Recovery-to-Work Efforts

PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES

> Rural Summer Legal Corps
> Legal Assistance Pilot Program Helps Rural Victims of Domestic Violence and Abuse in Utah
> Colorado Agriculture Addiction and Mental Health Program

ARTICLES

> Evidence-Based Crime Reduction Strategies for Small, Rural, and Tribal Agencies
> Surry County Uses Transportation Program to Fight Opioid Crisis
> Rural School District Takes on Rural Shortage of Mental Health Care Professionals
> North Carolina Couple Creates Support Group for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

RESEARCH & REPORTS

> Offering Buprenorphine Medication to People with Opioid Use Disorder in Jail May Reduce Rearrest and Reconviction
> The Role of Monetary Sanctions Across Communities
> 2020 U.S. Rural Health Report Card

PODCAST

> Expanding Access to Justice

JANUARY 2022 EDITION
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

> Rural Emergency Medical Services Training Grant
> Rigorous Evaluation of Strategies to Prevent Overdose Through Linking People with Illicit Substance Disorders to Recovery Support Services
> Rural Public Health Workforce Training Network Program
> Challenges in Risk Assessment with Rural Domestic Violence Victims

ANNOUNCEMENT

> The Convening County, Court & Justice Leaders: A Framework for Cross-System Collaboration

PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES

> LSC Launches Rural Justice Task Force
> New Motlow (TN) Program Fights Domestic Violence

REPORTS

> New National Poll Shows Encouraging Signs of Reduced Stigma Around Farmer Mental Health
> Justice by Geography: The Role of Monetary Sanctions
> Vera Institute of Justice Unveils Updated Incarceration Trends Website
> Improving Health in Rural Communities

RESOURCES

> The International Society for the Study of Rural Crime
> Rural Appalachian Parks Departments 'Train Trauma to Support Youth
> Farm State of Mind

NOVEMBER 2021 EDITION

RURAL JUSTICE INNOVATION SITES SELECTED

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

> Rural Communities Opioid Response Program

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

> Addressing Domestic Violence in Rural Communities

SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS

> Mobile RV Clinic Successfully Treats Opioid Use Disorder in Rural Areas

CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

> Joint Resource Guide to Strengthen and Expand Childcare Facilities in Rural Communities

INNOVATIVE RURAL REENTRY

> Planting a Life – and a Future – After Prison at Benevolence Farm

ARTICLES & VIDEOS
SPECIAL PROJECTS

OCTOBER 2021 EDITION

INNOVATION SITES

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

> Foundation for Rural Service: Community Grant Program

WEBINARS & PODCASTS

> Improving Mental Health Service Access for Farming and Rural Communities
> Creative Access to Justice Approaches in Rural America

ARTICLES & INITIATIVES

> Trafficking in Rural America
> Institute for Innovation in Prosecution: Prosecution Beyond Big Cities

RESEARCH & REPORTS

> How Small Law Enforcement Agencies Respond to Calls Involving Persons in Crisis
> Why Prevailing Access to Justice Initiatives Fail Rural Americans
> Challenges in Risk Assessment with Rural Domestic Violence Victims

JULY 2021 EDITION

INNOVATION SITES

CONFERENCE

> Institute for Coordinated Community Response: Inaugural Rural Virtual Conference

RESOURCE

> USDA Resource Guide for Rural Workforce Development

ARTICLE

> How Can Child Welfare Systems Support Families in Rural Communities?

ISSUE BRIEF

> Rural Child Welfare Practice

TRAINING

> Sexual Assault Training for Rural Law Enforcement
> Restoring Safety, Self-Determination, and Tribal Sovereignty
> Overcoming Rural Transport Challenges

JUNE 2021 EDITION

INNOVATION SITES

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

> National Center for State Courts: Family Centered Justice
> FY 2021 Rural Violent Crime Reduction Initiative for Law Enforcement Agencies

PODCAST

> Talk Justice: Challenges to Delivering Legal Services to Rural Tribal Areas

WEBINAR

> Innovations in Rural Prosecution

ARTICLE

> America’s Rural-Jail-Death Problem