Regional Judicial Opioid Initiative (RJOI)


RJOI was created in response to the need for information, education, and resources to address the opioid epidemic. Welcome video from Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor.

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RJOI Activities


    Child Welfare

    Evidence-Based Practices

    Prescription Drug Monitoring

    Regional Treatment Capacity


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NJOTF Opioid Resource Center A repository of current best practices, policies, research, statistics, podcasts, and educational materials on addressing opioids in the courts.

RJOI State Resources and Team Membership Opioid initiatives, members, and partners can be accessed utilizing the dropdown menu below.

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About RJOI In August of 2016, a multi-state regional summit was convened in Cincinnati, Ohio by the Supreme Court of Ohio. Over 150 attendees, along with national partners, representing states across the region at the epicenter of the opioid epidemic met to discuss the impact of the opioid epidemic in the region. Summit delegates developed a regional action plan with strategies to combat the opioid epidemic and formed the Regional Judicial Opioid Initiative (RJOI).

In September 2017, the Leadership Committee finalized the RJOI Charter signed by the Chief Justices from the region and established the organizational structure of the initiative. The eight RJOI states include: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia. Introduction video from Chairman Judge Duane Slone.

Opioid Initiative Panel Speaks at ICAOS Annual Business Meeting


Left to right: Judge Slone, Judge Bailey, Judge Cleary, Russ Marlan, and Donna Strugar-Frisch. 

By invitation, representatives from the Regional Judicial Opioid Initiative presented at the Annual Business Meeting for the Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision (ICAOS) on October 8, 2019. Judge Duane Slone, RJOI Chairman (TN), Judge Jennifer Bailey (WV), and Judge Jon Cleary (IN) shared the work of RJOI as part of an Opioid Initiative Panel. They were joined by Donna Strugar-Frisch (Health Management Association) and Russ Marlan (Michigan ICAOS Commissioner). RJOI representatives shared barriers that are experienced by the individuals before the criminal justice system who are seeking residential services across state lines. These services are often the closest to the individual and timely access is essential.