Latest Updates

X-Waiver Guidance from HHS Remains on Hold

On January 14th the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced new guidance to allow any physician with a DEA license to prescribe buprenorphine to patients for the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD). The guidance, Practice Guidelines for the Administration of Buprenorphine for Treating Opioid Use Disorder, would allow any physician with a …

Revamped Website for MAT Resources: AddictionfreeCA.org

Health Management Associates (HMA) recently announced the launch of its new website with updated information and resources on substance use disorder, opioid use disorder, and medications for addiction treatment (MAT). AddictionFreeCA.org has served as a central resource for four projects funded by the MAT Expansion Project: Systems of Care, Pregnant and Parenting Women, MAT in …

New Requests for Applications Page

Check out our new Requests for Applications (RFA) page for upcoming opportunities to engage with the MAT Expansion Project! The Department of Health Care Services and its partner organizations will announce new project opportunities through Spring and Summer of 2021. Our RFA page will be updated as new opportunities become available.

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 …