The Center at Sierra Health Foundation works to promote health and racial equity throughout California with a community-first funding model that centers the voices and priorities of marginalized communities. The Center is partnering with DHCS to expand the reach of MAT services and wrap-around care to all who need it. The project is centered on increasing access to comprehensive prevention and education for substance use disorder (SUD), opioid use disorder (OUD), and MAT for people suffering from OUD, and to improve health outcomes for communities of color disproportionately impacted by and penalized for SUD. The goal is to increase awareness of and access to MAT for California’s most underserved communities by providing racially and culturally responsive outreach and education, prevention services, and referrals to MAT providers.
In the first iteration of the project, the MAT Access Points Project awarded more than $16.2 million to 119 organizations representing 265 MAT access points throughout California. The funds provided support to organizations to increase access to treatment services by building their capacity to provide MAT, as well as supporting community-based organizations to conduct racially and culturally responsive prevention and educational activities focused on awareness of SUD and OUD and reducing stigma. The project also funded a media strategy to develop and promote a communications campaign tailored to racial and ethnic groups to increase community understanding of SUD, OUD, and the availability of MAT services and treatments.
In the next iteration of the project, MAT Access Points is continuing to expand access to treatment for priority populations, including narcotic treatment programs, syringe service programs and housing services. Read more at the MAT Access Points Website.