$10.1 Million in Grants to Improve Access to Opioid Use Disorder Treatment
March 12, 2020
California Bridge (CA Bridge), a program of the Public Health Institute, has been selected for the Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts’ (FORE’s) first round of grant awards, which will support 19 organizations that are working to increase access to opioid use disorder treatment in diverse and innovative ways. The group of grantees from across the county will engage and educate health care providers and peer support workers to forge relationships that lead to lasting recovery. The grant is part of a comprehensive approach that includes educating professionals about opioid use disorder prevention and treatment; developing sustainable payment; informing state and federal policies to ensure access to care; and raising public awareness of effective strategies to end the crisis.
CA Bridge advances 24/7, high-quality care for people with substance use disorder in every California health system. Serena Clayton, California Bridge program director, underscores the relevance of this funding, “The FORE grant gives CA Bridge the ability to extend the groundbreaking work we have done with addiction treatment in emergency departments to more states throughout the country. We are excited to work with other national partners to change medical practice to address the crisis of addiction that has devastated so many communities." The funds will work to expand access to treatment for vulnerable populations, including pregnant women, the homeless, and those just released from jails or prisons who are at high risk of relapse and overdose deaths. This cohort collectively supports access to opioid use disorder treatment across the U.S., with a particular focus on urban, rural, minority, tribal, and low-income communities that lack resources to meet patient and families’ needs.