Perinatal MAT Expansion: Engaging Communities at Every Level of Intervention Specifically addressing addiction in the pregnant and/or parenting woman holds both emotional and ethical significance when speaking about stopping the “cycle” of addiction, violence, and...read more
In this interview with Bay Area Focus, DHCS’ Marlies Perez explains that opioid use disorder is a disease that changes an individual’s brain chemistry. Medication assisted treatment can help individuals overcome opioid addiction and achieve long-term recovery.read more
In this ABC 10 Sacramento and Company interview, DHCS’ Marlies Perez highlights the MAT Expansion Project’s efforts to address the opioid epidemic in California. With drug overdoses now the leading cause of death in the US for individuals age 50 and under, these...read more
In an effort to address the opioid epidemic throughout the state, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is implementing the California Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Expansion Project. The California MAT Expansion Project aims to increase access to MAT, reduce unmet treatment need, and reduce opioid overdose related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment, and recovery activities. The California MAT Expansion Project focuses on populations with limited MAT access, including rural areas and American Indian & Alaska Native tribal communities. The California MAT Expansion Project is funded by grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The California MAT Expansion Project is composed of nearly 30 projects.