About the Network: Founded by the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF), the California Opioid Safety Network supports all coalitions, organizations and individuals working to combat the opioid crisis in California. It provides a statewide forum for peer-to-peer learning, resources and best practices from the field as well as ongoing communications with news updates, webinar invitations, and other opportunities. Working in partnership with CHCF and an advisory group of leaders and stakeholders, the Network is managed by the Center for Leadership and Practice at the Public Health Institute. Click here to join the network and sign up for our monthly digest.
Accelerator Program: Launched in February 2018, a specialized Accelerator Program offers expert coaching, technical assistance and networking opportunities to 24 local opioid safety coalitions to help strengthen their impact. The program model works to support coalition performance improvement and strategy implementation alongside capacity development in measurement, strategic communications and sustainability planning. See below for the list of participating coalitions.
History and impact: In 2015 CHCF began supporting a network of 16 opioid safety coalitions across 23 counties. Today, more than 35 of California's 58 counties have a local coalition. Based on a 2017 assessment, coalitions in the original CHCF network demonstrated tremedous success: within one year, 90% adopted safer prescribing guidelines in emergency departments and primary care, 75% increased access to naloxone, and more than half expanded provider use of medication-assisted addiction treatment. The rate of decline in opioid prescriptions and the decrease in average annual opioid dose were also faster in counties with CHCF-backed coalitions, compared to those without such coalition support. In addition, counties with CHCF-supported coalitions had nearly double the increase in buprenorphine prescribing rates than counties without coalition support, a marker for faster increase in access to effective addiction treatment.
Click on counties in the map below to explore local opioid safety coalitions across the state, or click here for a contact list.