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

Despite an opioid crisis, most ERs don’t offer addiction treatment. California is changing that. 

(VOX, January 8, 2019) 

California is at the forefront of integrating addiction treatment into all points of care. According to Dr. Kelly Pfeifer from the California Health Care Foundation, “We’re trying to use the money and attention to the opioid epidemic to support our efforts to build a robust addiction treatment structure that is integrated with our health care system so that any person with addiction can get the care they need.” The Public Health Institute's Bridge Program is gearing up to award more than $8 million to as many as 30 hospitals in the coming weeks. Read the full article here.

40 Americorp 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 klustig@healthleadership.org for more information.

California Coalitions Take On Opioid Safety

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Funding Opportunities

Expanding MAT in County Criminal Justice Settings: A Learning Collaborative
Application Due Date: Friday, March 1, 2019 by 5 p.m. PST
Informational Webinar: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. PST. Register here.

The California Department on Healthcare Services and Health Management Associates are accepting applicants for the second cohort for the MAT Expansion Project 2.0 Learning Collaborative. This technical assistance program is available to teams from all California counties interested in developing or expanding access to Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction in their jails and through their drug court systems. Up to 20 teams may be approved to participate in this project. County teams must commit to participating for the duration of this 18-month Learning Collaborative, April 2019 – September 2020. Each County Team will receive up to $25,000 to cover team travel expenses to the Learning Collaboratives, travel or participation in other MAT-related training, compensation for the person designated as the Team Champion, and other approved expenses. Pending federal approval, additional grants of $100,000 - $300,000 may be made available to participating counties to expedite implementation of Substance Use Disorder screening, assessment, treatment, and MAT while local sustainable funds are secured. Learn more about this grant.

Opioid Resource Grant Program
Letter of Intent Due Date: Friday, February 15, 2019 and July 15 - August 15, 2019
The AmerisourceBergen Foundation provides funding for innovative and constructive projects that address education, prevention, and/or the safe disposal of opioids. Priority will be given to community projects that address the key areas of focus: (1) Safe disposal management programs; (2) Prevention education; and (3) Pilot programs for new ideas related to pre- and post-treatment activities. Eligible applicants are nonprofit organizations and coalitions that are not customers of  AmerisourceBergen. It is expected that the average grant size will be between $50,000 - $75,000. Learn more here and here. Letters of Intent will be accepted January 15 through February 15, 2019, and July 15 through August 15, 2019.

Juvenile Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts: Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) 
Application Due Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Juvenile Healing to Wellness Courts grants offers funding to federally-recognized tribes to develop and implement new healing to wellness court programs that focus on responding to alcohol and substance use issues of tribal juveniles and young adults under 21. Juvenile Healing to Wellness Courts use a team approach that includes judges, attorneys, probation, law enforcement, treatment providers, educational and vocational services, and other partners to help individuals with substance use disorders achieve sustained recovery and avoid re-offending. The US Department of Justice plans to issue up to 5 grants of up to $350,000 per year for up to 3 years. Learn more about this grant.

Announcements and Updates

CDPH Clears Path for Statewide Adoption of MAT in Inpatient Settings
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has clarified licensing requirements under Health and Safety Code (HSC) section 11217(h). The new clarification allows General Acute Care Hospitals (GACHs), Acute Psychiatric Hospitals (APHs), and Chemical Dependency Recovery Hospitals (CDRHs) to use their approved facility licenses to treat narcotic addictions with Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). This is a huge step forward in paving the way for statewide MAT adoption in inpatient settings! Read the full release letter for more information.

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) has a new opportunity in their loan repayment program in 2019. To combat the nation’s opioid crisis, the Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program (SUD Workforce LRP) offers eligible clinicians (including physicians, nurses and nurse practitioners, pharmacists, substance use disorder counselors, etc.) up to $75,000 in student loan repayment in exchange for a three-year commitment to provide substance use disorder treatment services at NHSC-approved sites. Apply by Thursday, February 21, 7:30 PM EST.

Free Online MAT Waiver Course
PCSS now offers a free 8 hour web-based course for physicians who wish to apply for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid use disorders. 

Pain Management Best Practices
The Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force released their draft report entitled Pain Management Best Practices: Updates, Gaps, Inconsistencies, and Recommendations. The Task Force was created by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2016 with the goal of identifying, revising, and developing a strategy for disseminating information about best practices for pain management (including chronic and acute pain) and includes representatives from federal agencies and non-federal stakeholders. The draft report is open for a 90-day public comment period. More information on submitting comments can be found here.

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.