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California to receive $210 Million for State Opioid Response over 2 Years

On August 27th  the Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced the distribution of funds for the first year of the FY 2020 State Opioid Response (SOR) grant program. California will receive $105 million per year for two years, for a total of $210 million. The funds …

Naloxone Distribution Project credited with overdose reversals in Santa Barbara

A local Santa Barbara news outlet reported that naloxone, from the Naloxone Distribution Project (NDP), was administered by the Santa Barbara Police Department to reverse an opioid overdose for a man who was reported unconscious. According to the article, the Santa Barbara Police Department has saved six lives over the last year by using naloxone …

DHCS Announces Behavioral Health Pilot Project Awardees

The California Department of Health Care Services has announced that it is awarding grant funds to 212 general acute hospitals through the Behavioral Health Pilot Project (BHPP). The BHPP will support nearly two-thirds of California’s hospitals with hiring and training behavioral health counselors to connect individuals with mental health and substance use treatment in the …

WEBINAR: Access to Opioid Treatment During and After COVID-19

The California Department of Public Health, Office of AIDS, and California Department of Health Care Services are jointly hosting a webinar on access to opioid treatment during and after COVID-19 on Friday, June 19th at 10:00 AM PT. This webinar will explore opioid treatment services during the COVID-19 pandemic, including opportunities to build on recent …

HRSA Announces Funding Opportunities to Address Substance Use Disorders in Rural Communities

The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) announced two funding opportunities to address opioid use disorder in rural communities. Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) – Planning (HRSA-20-109) HRSA’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy announced a new funding opportunity to enhance capacity to address substance use disorders, including opioid use disorder, in rural communities. …

Request for Proposals: Hub & Spoke System Administrative Entity

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the California Hub & Spoke System Administrator (CA H&SS). DHCS is seeking an entity to oversee and manage the administrative elements of the CA H&SS project. California H&SS Project has created access to MAT for individuals in counties with the highest overdose …

New Online Toolkit for Health Care and Treatment Providers Caring for Substance Exposed Mothers and Babies

Health Management Associates, California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative, and California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative gathered a diverse task force of obstetric and pediatric providers, anesthesiologists, nurses, social workers, and public health professionals to create a comprehensive, practical toolkit focused on maternal and newborn care from the prenatal period through hospital discharge. The Mother & Baby …

California’s MAT Expansion Project Adds New Treatment Capacity while Addressing Continuing Barriers

California has made significant progress in expanding access to opioid treatment, but roadblocks still remain, according to a recent article from Kaiser Health News. The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) recently shared outcomes from the Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Expansion project, which has expanded opioid treatment to more than 20,000 patients statewide and created …

Webinar Series — California’s Response to the Opioid Crisis

Opioid overdoses killed more than 46,000 Americans in 2018, including 2,428 Californians. The opioid crisis continues to command national attention, and in September 2019, the federal government approved an additional $1.5 billion to states to bolster their response efforts. In California, this federal money supports the Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Expansion Project. The project aims …