MAT Expansion Project Requests for Applications

The California MAT Expansion Project is announcing new opportunities for health care providers, community organizations, counties and more throughout late 2020 and early 2021. Below are a list of current RFA opportunities for the MAT Expansion Project. This page will continue to be updated as new opportunities become available.

Open Applications

The Center at Sierra Health Foundation – Low-Barrier Opioid Treatment at Syringe Services Programs

Due date: January 24, 2021
Project start date: March 2021

The Center at Sierra Health Foundation has announced a funding opportunity to support syringe services programs (SSPs) to implement projects offering low-barrier access to treatment of opioid use disorder, as well as related supportive services such as case management and peer support. Low-barrier treatment actively seeks to identify and reduce or eliminate hurdles to people with OUD and co-occurring conditions from being able to access, initiate and continue OUD treatment. A key feature of this approach is the co-location of treatment services, including patient assessment and prescribing, with syringe access and other harm reduction services that prospective patients are already utilizing. Service locations should include any place where SSPs operate, including offices or drop-in centers and mobile- or street-based locations. This funding opportunity primarily envisions projects aimed at increasing on-site buprenorphine prescribing at SSPs, but innovative proposals incorporating other FDA-approved medications will also be considered. Please reach out to the MAT Access Points Project via e-mail ( with the subject line: SSP RFA Question for any questions related to this funding opportunity.


Health Management Associates: Expanding MAT in County Criminal Justice Settings Learning Collaborative

Due date: January 29, 2021
Project start date: February 2021

This technical assistance program is available to teams from all California counties interested in developing or expanding access MAT for opioid addiction in their jails and through their drug court systems (if applicable). The project will also address methamphetamine use and treatment. Teams will begin at different points in access to MAT and need not end at the same point. However, teams must demonstrate interest in expanding access to at least two forms of MAT for opioid use disorder (naltrexone [Vivitrol], methadone, and buprenorphine) in order to be eligible. So far, 31 counties have participated in the program, and more teams are invited to apply. Any questions about the opportunity may be submitted to


Past Applications

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California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions and Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. – Youth Opioid Response

Due date: January 15, 2021
Project start date: February 2021

This is an opportunity to expand access to prevention, medication-assisted treatment and other treatment, and recovery services for youth (ages 12-24) with opioid use disorders and their families. Services now include the flexibility to address stimulant use disorders among youth, expand telehealth innovations, and prioritize underserved youth. Youth Opioid Response (YOR) provides two funding options. Implementation grant projects, which build capacity and deliver direct services for youth, may receive grants between $345,000 to $700,000. Capacity-building grants, which increase access to quality youth opioid use and stimulant use disorder services but do not deliver direct services, may receive grants in the range of $50,000. The project will include funding for direct services, peer-to-peer learning through learning collaboratives, and technical assistance to support grantee efforts. See the YOR California Request for Applications website for more information on this opportunity. Contact the project at with questions before December 29th.


Center for Care Innovations: Addiction Treatment Starts Here Learning Network

Due date: January 8, 2021
Project start date: March 2021

Center for Care Innovations (CCI) is launching two opportunities for new and experienced MAT programs to receive training and technical assistance. Contact Briana Harris-Mills at for questions on these opportunities.

Addiction Treatment Starts Here Learning Collaborative

The Addiction Treatment Starts Here Learning Collaborative will support up to 30 primary care health centers in California with starting new programs providing MAT. Health centers accepted into the program will be eligible for up to $45,000 in funding. The 18-month learning collaborative will launch in March 2021 and conclude in August 2022. In addition to funding, the Learning Collaborative will offer learning sessions and webinars led by experts in the field, site visits to organizations with exemplar MAT programs, 1:1 coaching, and other technical assistance to support each organization in designing a program that meets the needs of its patients.

Addiction Treatment Starts Here Learning Network

Recognizing that sites with mature MAT programs can benefit from continued learning from their peers, CCI has created an 18-month Learning Network for previous Addiction Treatment Starts Here and Treating Addiction in the Primary Care Safety Net teams. The goal is to provide additional peer support to participants with MAT programs that are up and running. In lieu of grants to participants, CCI is creating a peer-led environment that will offer an array technical assistance and support to expand access to MAT and create sustainability, as well as addressing emerging issues in caring for patients with other substance use disorders.


Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. and University of California, Los Angeles: Improving Treatment of Stimulant Use Disorders with Evidence Based Practices

Due date: December 18, 2020
Project start date: January 2021

AHP and UCLA have announced a new opportunity for SUD providers in specialty care programs to be trained and coached in treating Stimulant Use Disorders, through a manualized integrated, research-supported, multi-component evidence-based program, entitled TRUST. The TRUST manual (Treatment and Recovery for Users of Stimulants) includes evidence-based strategies such as motivational incentives, based on contingency management research; elements of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), community reinforcement approach (CRA), and motivational interviewing (MI); and self-help group participation (e.g., 12-Step; Moderation management; SMART Recovery; LifeRing Secular Recovery; Secular Organizations for Sobriety).

AHP is seeking ten (10) applicants to participate in a pilot workforce development and quality improvement opportunity to implement the TRUST protocol in two staggered cohorts between February 2021 – September 2022. Contact Ashlye Durrell, for questions.



Health Management Associates County Learning Collaboratives: Opioid and Stimulant Use Disorders in the Child Welfare and Justice Systems

Due date: December 11, 2020
Project start date: January 2021

Health Management Associates (HMA) is launching two new Learning Collaborative opportunities for counties, as part of the project County Touchpoints in Access to MAT for Justice Involved Individuals. Each Learning Collaborative is open to up to 12 county and all counties are eligible to apply. Applications are due December 11 and activities will commence in January 2021. Questions may be directed to

Effective Child Welfare and Justice Systems for Families Impacted by Opioid and Stimulant Use

This technical assistance and addiction consultation program is available to teams from all California counties interested in improving the outcomes of Child Welfare and Justice Systems for children and parents affected by Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and methamphetamine/stimulant use.

Optimizing Community Approaches to Challenging Populations with Opioid and Stimulant Use in the Justice System

This technical assistance and addiction consultation program is available to teams from all California counties interested in optimizing their approaches to challenging populations of persons with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and methamphetamine/ stimulant use in the justice system: 1) those with early problem substance use who encounter the justice system but are not detained and therefore may not be introduced to treatment options, and 2) those with a serious mental illness along with addiction.


California Association of DUI Treatment Programs (CADTP): DUI MAT Integration Project

Due date: December 4, 2020
Project start date: February 1, 2021

CADTP is developing an early recognition and intervention pilot for DUI program participants with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) or other Substance Use Disorders (SUD). Through the DUI MAT Integration Project, OUD/SUD program participants will receive assessments based on the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) assessment criteria, system of care. The program will support the creation of linkages to resources and referral options to MAT in order to reduce opioid overdoses, opioid related traffic fatalities, and curb recidivism amongst this specialized population. Contact Janice Forbes at for questions.