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SAMHSA Opioid State Targeted Response

On April 21, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $485 million in 21st Century Cures Act-authorized funding for 50 states, the District of Columbia, and four territories to address opioid abuse.  The amount allocated to California is $44,749,771 for the first year of the State Targeted Response (STR) to the Opioid Crisis Grant program administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

California’s project is named “Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Expansion.”  California will strategically focus on populations with limited MAT access including rural areas, American Indian and Native Alaskan tribal communities and statewide access to buprenorphine.  The grant focuses on two projects:  The California Hub and Spoke System (CA H&SS) and the Tribal MAT Project.
The MAT Expansion Project complements other collaborative efforts California has implemented to expand MAT access and reduce opioid related deaths in California.  The goals of the project are to implement the Hub and Spoke model in various areas throughout California, which will improve access to Narcotic Treatment Programs and Medication Units in counties with the highest overdose rates. The MAT Expansion Project will also increase the availability of buprenorphine statewide and increase MAT utilization for tribal communities.
The MAT Expansion Project will also fund prevention activities such as prevention specialists, provision of naloxone, coordination with local opioid coalitions, and training conducted by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM).  In addition, the project will conduct a statewide needs assessment and create a strategic plan.  The CA H&SS will also participate in a Learning Collaborative, which is a vehicle to create the connection that is needed to have an effective network with bi-directional patient movement and team care.  UCLA will conduct an evaluation of project efforts, which will include the required federal performance measures in addition to other data elements.

For questions regarding the Opioid STR Grant please email:

Application and Overview

DHCS Opioid STR Grant Application 

DHCS Opioid STR Grant Overview PowerPoint

DHCS Opioid STR Grant Timeline

Request for Application

CA H&SS Awards

CA H&SS Outreach Plans

CA H&SS Outreach Plan Template

CA H&SS Newsletters

Please visit this page for an updated version of the CA H&SS Newsletter - November 2017; Issue 2. 


CDPH - Syringe Exchange Programs in California

UCLA CA Hub and Spoke System Website

SAMHSA Opioid STR Grant Website

CA H&SS Location Map


CA H&SS Overview Document

CA State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Needs Assesment Report

CA State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Strategic Plan

Opioid Safety Coalitions Network

NTP Program Directory

Upcoming Meetings

CA H&SS Steering Committee - date, time and location TBD




Last modified on: 11/15/2017 11:23 AM