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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 …

Hub and Spoke System Credited with Helping Deliver Opioid Addiction Treatment to Uninsured

An article by the USC Center for Health Journalism News Collaborative reports the Hub and Spoke System is helping California make progress in tackling the opioid epidemic. The Hub and Spoke System has resulted in: 395 new practitioners trained to prescribe medication assisted treatment 21,800 new patients starting medication assisted treatment Hub and Spoke has …

California Drug Take-Back Program

Find out how to locate a drug take-back bin in your area! The federal grant-funded California Statewide Drug Take-Back Program has the express purpose of helping combat the opioid crisis and reduce the misuse of medications by expanding options for the public to safely discard unwanted medicines with a statewide network of take-back receptacles (bins). …

HMA Launches New Learning Management System

HMA has launched a learning management system (LMS) rich with learning content spanning administrative, clinical, and behavioral health competencies for substance use disorder treatment and medications for addiction treatment (MAT). This site is available to the public and is dynamic in its content. The LMS will continue to undergo further updates and enhancements over the next …