Who are we?

We are a network of coalitions fighting the opioid epidemic in our communities. We believe that by working together, we can lower the supply of opioids, promote recovery from addiction, and prevent unnecessary deaths. The Network offers a forum for all coalitions, organizations and individuals working to combat the opioid crisis.

Opioids in the News

Overdoses in California prisons up 113% in three years — nearly 1,000 incidents in 2018

(San Francisco Chronicle)

Officials are observing an alarming spike in overdoses in California prisons. They attribute the trend to synthetic opioids like fentanyl and the nationwide opioid crisis. Even the most secure prison facilities are challenged by fentanyl because of the strength of small doses and the ease of smuggling such quantities. Autopsy reports reveal that fentanyl contributed to at least four deaths in San Quentin in the past two years. Moving forward, State Sen. Nancy Skinner, chairwoman of the Senate Public Safety Committee says that "this year’s state prison budget will focus more on the root cause of overdoses" and prioritize treatment.

View the full Network Digest from May 2019.

Recruiting AmeriCorps VISTA Members to Serve in Local Coalitions

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 klustig@healthleadership.org for more information.

California Coalitions Take On Opioid Safety

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Funding Opportunities

For a full list of active funding opportunities and descriptions click here.

  • Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program Training and Technical Assistance Program (BJA) Applications due May 28, 2019
  • Provider’s Clinical Support System – Universities Grants (SAMHSA) Applications due June 7, 2019
  • Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Grants (SAMHSA) Applications due June 7, 2019
  • California Youth Opioid Response (CIBHS) Applications due June 7, 2019

Announcements and Updates

Celebrating Families! California Expansion Project (Prevention Partnership)
Proposal deadline extended to May 24, 2019
The California Office of Child Abuse Prevention is funding Prevention Partnership International (PPI) to identify, train and support agencies statewide to provide the Celebrating Families! Program (CF!). PPI will provide training, technical assistance, materials, and evaluation at no cost to two sites. Selected sites must demonstrate that they are able to fund the cost of implementing the program. The CF! program is an evidence-based, trauma-informed, skill building program comprised of 16 sessions serving the whole family: children ages birth -17, their parents and caregivers. The program: gives parents dealing with addiction needed skills to stay sober, to begin to heal, and to build healthy, non-violent relationships with their children; decreases risks of child abuse/neglect and of children repeating the family cycles of addiction and related violent lifestyles of their parents; utilizes an intergenerational, dual-family approach, that demonstrably improves rates of family reunification, while reducing time, when determined safe.

How to Start Syringe Access Programs in California (CDPH, HRC)
Webinar on May 24, 2019 2:00-3:30 PM
The CDPH Office of AIDS and Harm Reduction Coalition will hold a webinar with introductory information on starting syringe services programs (SSPs) and related harm reduction programming for organizations based in California. Following the webinar, CDPH and HRC will offer an ongoing, cohort-based learning collaborative through which interested groups can dive deeper and emerge with an authorized, supported SSP. Learn more.

California Hub and Spoke Training: Treating Pregnant Women with Opioid Use Disorder
Save the date for the California Hub and Spoke System's upcoming clinical skills training series, The Science and Practice of Treating Pregnant Women with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). Click here to register.

With generous support from the California Health Care Foundation, the California Opioid Safety Network is a program of the Center for Health Leadership and Practice at the Public Health Institute.