New Funding for MAT expansion in Jails and Drug Courts: The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has announced a new funding opportunity for up to 20 selected California counties to expand the use of Medication Assisted Treatment in county jails and drug courts. County teams will receive up to $25,000 and participate in a learning collaborative that will provide best practices, facilitated discussion, technical assistance, problem-solving support, and the latest research on the use of addiction medications in county criminal justice systems. Additional funds will be available to purchase and distribute Naloxone to treat overdoses. Applications are due July 13, and awards will be announced August 3. Program materials, the application, and FAQs can be downloaded here.
Opioid Safety Resource Catalog: The California Health Care Foundation, in partnership with Smart Care California, has created a resource catalog of individuals, organizations, and firms interested in supporting health plan opioid safety initiatives and medication-assisted treatment (MAT) integration in primary care and other settings. Click here to see the catalog, which is split into three categories: technical assistance, academic detailing, and MAT coaching.
Videos on chronic pain and addiction: Corey Waller MD, MS DFASAM, a national expert on opioid addiction, has created engaging and compelling videos that combine lecture with visual graphics illustrating the science and data. Opioids for Pain is a 40 minute video that goes through the brain neurochemistry of pain and opioid use, and walks through the CDC guidelines. Addiction 101, 23 minutes, goes through the neurochemistry of opioid addiction to understand the case for MAT.
The state’s opioid overdose dashboard now has data for 2017! Check out this short explainer, with graphics, on how to use the dashboard and easily create your county’s report.
40 AmeriCorps VISTA Members to Work with California Opioid Safety Coalitions
AmeriCorps VISTA is recruiting and hiring up to 40 people to be placed in California opioid safety coalitions. These full-time VISTA members can support coalitions in a range of capacities, including project management, preparing materials, outreach and materials development, or other duties as defined by coalition leadership. If you are interested in becoming an AmeriCorp VISTA member, or want to help recruit VISTA members in your community, please click here or email email@example.com for more information.