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

Doctors Are Writing Half as Many New Opioid Prescriptions as They Used To, Study Says
A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that new prescriptions for opioids dropped by about half from 2012 to 2017. However, physicians who continued to prescribe opioids were more likely to prescribe them for longer periods and at higher doses than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines currently recommend for first-time users.

View the full Network Digest from March 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.

  • Strategic Prevention Framework - Partnerships for Success (SAMHSA) Applications due on March 29, 2019
  • Addiction Treatment Starts Here: Behavioral Health (Center for Care Innovations) Applications due April 5, 5:00 PM PT
  • Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant (USDA) Applications due April 15, 2019
  • Overdose Data to Action (CDC) Applications due May 2, 2019
  • Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) Program (HRSA) Applications due May 7, 2019
  • Opioid Workforce Expansion Program Paraprofessionals (HRSA) Applicationsdue May 7, 2019
  • Opioid Workforce Expansion Program Professionals (HRSA) Applications due May 7, 2019

Announcements and Updates

Academic Detailing
Do you know anyone within your coalition or community that would be interested in receiving training to conduct Academic Detailing (FAQs) with prescribers/dispensers around opioid stewardship and best practices? Contact Elizabeth Jones (Elizabeth.Jones@cdph.ca.gov) for more information.

Health plan toolkit: CHCF and Manatt Health, in collaboration with Smart Care California, created a toolkit for health plans executing opioid safety initiatives. It includes practical tools, best practices, and real-world success stories combined with a straightforward step-by-step approach.

Primary care toolkit: The California Improvement Network created this toolkit to help organizations integrate substance use disorder treatment into primary care teams, with proven strategies and best practices to expand care team capability.

Residential facilities toolkit: Eighty percent of patients with opioid addiction in residential treatment will relapse within two years if they don’t have access to MAT, which cuts overdose death rates in half and greatly increases the chance of long-term recovery. The Department of Health Care Services created this toolkit to help residential treatment centers integrate medications into their model. It includes protocols and other tools.

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.