Welcome to the JEAP Initiative

Advancing research on recovery support services for justice-involved and emerging adult populations 

New Publication by JEAP Trainees!

Several JEAP Initiative Trainees collaborated on a paper that was recently published in Implementation Research and Practice. The paper outlines the rationale for the purposeful inclusion of researchers with lived experience (RLE) related to substance use disorder (SUD) within implementation science research studies focused on improving SUD services. Read the paper by clicking the link below.

Participate in a Research Study!

We currently have one study that is still recruiting participants. Receive compensation and participate in research that aims to help improve recovery support services! Click the link below to learn more, and check back for future opportunities to participate.


Our Focus

Recovery support services for people experiencing substance use disorder are multiplying, but there is little research on what makes these services effective. We’re working to change that.

The JEAP Initiative is supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (R24DA051950) 

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Vision Statement

The investigators and Community Boards of the JEAP Initiative worked together to provide an official vision statement. This statement encapsulates the aims of our research and the goals for our partnerships, taking a wide variety of voices into account as it was developed.

JEAP Mission Statement

Our Approach

Over the course of five years, we are engaging in a variety of activities in order to advance the research on recovery support services.

  • Community Boards

    Our work is guided by three Community Boards, comprised of people in recovery and people from organizations that provide or pay for recovery support services.

  • Off-Site Training and Mentoring

    We offer a Training Institute and ongoing mentoring for early career investigators interested in researching recovery support services.

  • Intensive In-Residence Fellowship

    We offer two-year Postdoctoral Fellowships that help early career investigators launch their career as a researcher focused on recovery support services. 

  • Expert Consultant Panel

    In addition to working with our team, participants in our Fellowship and Training programs will also have access to the expertise of our consultant panel, a group of practitioners and researchers with a variety of skillsets. 

  • Pilot Studies

    We will be funding several pilot studies focused on recovery support services.


  • Training Workshops

    Through webinars and pre-conference workshops, we are offering virtual and in-person trainings for researchers and practitioners. 

Centering the Voices of People with Lived Experience

Bringing together research expertise and lived experience leads to better research. For this reason, lived experience is at the heart of everything we do:

  • This Initiative is a partnership between researchers, persons in recovery, providers, and payors.
  • Our Community Boards set the research priorities and determine the selection of early career investigators for our Fellowship and Trainee programs, and decide which pilot studies are funded.
  • For our Trainee, Fellow, and pilot study opportunities, we are seeking applicants who have lived experience with recovery from substance use or with the justice system.