Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System
The Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System (DMC-ODS) provides a continuum of care modeled after the American Society of Addiction Medicine Criteria for substance use disorder treatment services, enables more local control and accountability, provides greater administrative oversight, creates utilization controls to improve care and efficient use of resources, implements evidenced based practices in substance abuse treatment, and coordinates with other systems of care.
This approach provides the beneficiary with access to the care and system interaction needed in order to achieve sustainable recovery. DMC-ODS will demonstrate how organized substance use disorder care increases the success of DMC beneficiaries while decreasing other system health care costs.
In August 2018, the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) published a paper titled “Medi-Cal Moves Addiction Treatment into the Mainstream: Early Lessons from the DMC-ODS Pilots.” This paper provides an overview of the DMC-ODS program and how it differs from the standard Drug Medi-Cal program. It also outlines the experiences and challenges encountered by four early adopter counties – Los Angeles, Marin, Riverside, and Santa Clara.
The University of California, Los Angeles, Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (UCLA ISAP) is conducting the evaluation to measure and monitor outcomes of the DMC-ODS, using information gathered from existing state data sources, as well as new data collected specifically for the DMC-ODS evaluation. Quantitative methods will be used to analyze trends, while qualitative methods will be used to help interpret quantitative data.