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California to Receive $214 Million for State Opioid Response Over Two Years

On September 23, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced the distribution of funds for the State Opioid Response (SOR) III grant program. California will receive approximately $107 million per year for two years, for a total of $214 million. As a part of its continued effort to address the opioid crisis, …

On International Overdose Awareness Day, HHS Announces Awarding of $79.1 Million in Overdose Prevention Grants

On International Overdose Awareness Day, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is announcing the awarding of $79.1 million in overdose prevention grants, as part of President Biden’s National Drug Control Strategy, the HHS Overdose Prevention Strategy, and the Biden-Harris Unity Agenda to …

New 988 Number for the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is Now Live

The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is now active across the United States. The 988 Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the United States. This new, shorter phone …

Listening Session on the State Opioid Response (SOR) III Grant

On May 19, 2022, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released the State Opioid Response (SOR) III Notice of Funding Opportunity. California has been tentatively allocated $107,038,177 per year for two years, for a total of $214,076,354 from September 30, 2022 through September 29, 2024. The California Department of Health Care Services’ …

New Resource: Behavioral Health Response and Rescue Project Fact Sheet

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has released a fact sheet with information about the Behavioral Health Response and Rescue Project (BHRRP), a new project aimed at increasing access to behavioral health care for all Californians. The fact sheet provides information about planned project activities and timelines. DHCS, along with project administrators, plan …

Changes to California Drug Paraphernalia Laws

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recently released a letter that summarizes changes to California law to increase access to harm reduction services and remove criminal penalties that prevent people from accessing services.  Key points: Anyone may possess an unlimited number of syringes for personal use in California. No one should be arrested, prosecuted, or …

Governor’s Budget Allocates Funding for MAT Expansion Projects

California Governor Gavin Newsom’s 2022-2023 Budget proposes additional funding to support providers and communities responding to the opioid crisis. The Budget, released on January 10th, includes funding targeted to the opioid crisis response and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Expansion Project. Specifically: The Budget includes $96 million General Fund in 2022-23 and $61 million ongoing General …

New Report Highlights Outcomes of the Youth Peer Mentor Program

The Youth Peer Mentor Program (YPMP), one of the youth-focused initiatives of California’s MAT Expansion Project, recently released a final report on the program’s outcomes and accomplishments over the past year. Continuity Consulting (CCI) launched YPMP in 2019 with the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) to train justice-involved youth to provide substance use recovery support …

Funding Opportunity: Opioid Use and Stimulant Use Prevention and Recovery Services in the LGBTQ2S+ Community – Due January 28, 2022

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is using available federal grant funding for a prevention and recovery services project for LGBTQ2S+ communities throughout California. Funding is available for LGBTQ2S+ organizations to develop or expand upon prevention, education, and recovery services for opioid use disorder and stimulant use disorders while creating tangible links to …

Request for Applications: Behavioral Health Continuum Infrastructure Program (BHCIP) County and Tribal Planning Grant

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is pleased to announce the release of the Request for Applications (RFA) for its Behavioral Health Continuum Infrastructure Program (BHCIP) County and Tribal Planning Grant, which will help county agencies and tribal entities across California to initiate and support behavioral health facility planning efforts in their communities. …