In an effort to address the opioid epidemic throughout the state, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is implementing the California Medications for Addiction Treatment (MAT) Expansion Project. The California MAT Expansion Project aims to increase access to MAT, reduce unmet treatment need, and reduce opioid overdose related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment, and recovery activities. The California MAT Expansion Project focuses on populations with limited MAT access, including rural areas and American Indian & Alaska Native tribal communities. The California MAT Expansion Project is funded by grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
DHCS has received over $230 million under the federal 21st Century Cures Act to address the opioid crisis in California through the Medications for Addiction Treatment Expansion Projects 1.0 and 2.0.
A projected 2,900 uninsured and underinsured individuals will receive direct treatment services for opioid use disorder (OUD). Over 270,000 individuals will be impacted by the State Opioid Response (SOR) grant through efforts to prevent opioid misuse and overdose deaths with a focus on regions with the highest OD rates. Project activities will concentrate in areas where individuals with an OUD may encounter services, including primary care, hospitals, substance use disorder providers, county touchpoints, and criminal justice settings.
The State Targeted Response (STR) to the Opioid Crisis and the State Opioid Response (SOR) grant programs are federal programs administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). California received $90 million in STR funds over two years, May 2017 to April 2019. This funding for the California MAT Expansion Project 1.0 supported the creation of the California Hub & Spoke System, the Tribal MAT Project, and prevention and treatment activities. California received $140 million over two years, September 2018 to September 2020. This funding for the California MAT Expansion Project 2.0 supports approximately 30 projects with the goals of increasing access to MAT; reducing unmet treatment need; and reducing opioid overdose deaths through prevention, treatment, and recovery services.
The graphics rotating on the homepage reflect the many different types of projects included in the MAT Expansion throughout clinical services, justice-involved, prevention, SUD treatment, and other statewide programs.
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HMA is currently working with DHCS on four MAT Expansion Projects: County Touchpoints in Access to MAT for Justice-Involved Populations, Expanding Access to MAT in County Criminal Justice Settings, Mom&Baby Substance Exposure Initiative, and Transitions of Care. The opioid team at Health Management Associates has unique expertise and more than 30 years of experience tackling every part of the substance use disorder system.