Latest Updates

HSS Releases New Buprenorphine Practice Guidelines

On April 27th, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released new buprenorphine practice guidelines, which include the decision to allow any physician with a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) license to treat up to 30 in-state patients with buprenorphine. Currently, doctors, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners must complete a training and receive a …

California installs 250 medication disposal bins across state

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and the California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) have finished installing approximately 250 safe medication disposal bins (med bins) across California, expanding the network of med bins for the public to use for free. These efforts are part of the California Drug Take-Back Program, which provides med bins for the safe …

Biden-Harris Administration Releases Drug Policy Priorities

On April 1st, 2021, the Biden-Harris Administration released their drug policy priorities for their first year in office. Statutorily due to Congress in an inaugural year, these priorities are: Expanding access to evidence-based treatment; Advancing racial equity issues in drug policy; Enhancing evidence-based harm reduction efforts; Supporting evidence-based prevention efforts to reduce youth substance use; …

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 …