A bill that would allow the Utah Department of Corrections and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to work with prisons in order to continue medication assisted treatment (MAT) for incarcerated individuals who had been receiving MAT prior to incarceration passed its third reading in the Senate on Tuesday. Senate Bill 212 is sponsored … Read more

The ongoing opioid crisis has led to more Californian state officials and healthcare leaders promoting MAT, or medication assisted treatment. While research has shown that MAT increases positive outcomes for those living with substance use disorder (SUD), it comes with its own barriers.  MAT combines the use of medications with counseling and behavioral therapies to … Read more

Last month, California’s Department of Health Care Services announced the availability of over $41 million in funding available to community-based and tribal organizations to widen youth substance use prevention services. Organizations have until August 28th to submit applications of up to $1 million to implement the Elevate Youth Program.  The goal of the Elevate Youth … Read more

On Thursday, California’s Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced it has awarded almost $2.4 million from the general fund to 29 counties as part of the Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) in Jails and Drug Courts Project, which is a continued effort to address the opioid crisis. The grants and stipends are being given to … Read more

Today California’s Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced that it will disperse $18 million in grants to assist students who are 18 years and older with gaining hands-on experience in behavioral health careers through the Mentored Internship Program. The department also awarded over $4 million to 54 driving under the influence (DUI) programs to … Read more

As the nation continues to face challenges with the opioid epidemic, accidental overdose deaths in San Francisco dropped for the second year in a row, as reported by the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH).  “The Centers for Disease Control reported that through August 2022, overdose death rates were on the rise in California, … Read more

Bills on providing medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in emergency departments (EDs) are moving through the Michigan Legislature. House Bill 5163 and Senate Bill 579 both aim to expand capacity protocol for MAT programs in EDs and build networks for warm hand-offs to community organizations.  Both bills passed on the floor of the body where they originated. … Read more