​​​Training & Resources

The Science of Addiction

Dr. Corey Waller is an expert in the field of addiction medicine and has over a decade of experience teaching and training on the evidence-based treatment of addiction. Below are a set of videos Dr. Waller recorded for training of DHCS staff and stakeholders discussing frequently asked questions about addiction and medication-assisted treatment (MAT).

Substance Use Disorder Licensing and Certification Toolkit

This toolkit was designed in collaboration with the Aurrera Health Group and offers an overview of the licensing and certification process, helpful tips when applying, how to request additional services and how to apply for Medi-Cal.

DATA Waiver Training Resources

A Drug Addiction Treatment Act (DATA) 2000 waiver allows practitioners to prescribe buprenorphine, a medication used to treat opioid addiction. Under the DATA 2000 requirements, providers must complete specific training in order to qualify for a waiver to prescribe and dispense buprenorphine. Below are links to supported continuing medical education (CME) courses that can help providers qualify to prescribe buprenorphine in an office setting.  


Toolkits for Treatment Providers

As part of the MAT Expansion Project, DHCS is developing toolkits to help providers learn more about MAT and how it can benefit patients in their path to recovery. 

Prescriber Toolkit 

  • This toolkit outlines the necessary steps to obtain a DATA 2000 Waiver to prescribe buprenorphine in a primary care office, or other health care setting.

Residential Facilities Toolkit

This toolkit for residential facilities was developed by Harbage Consulting, with support from the California Health Care Foundation, and in collaboration with DHCS. The toolkit aims to inform residential facilities about the evidence behind MAT, how it can help their patients, and how to get started with prescribing or allowing access to these medications within their facilities. The toolkit consists of three parts, an appendix, and a resource from the National Council for Behavioral Health challenging common myths about MAT.​

MAT Toolkit for Counselors

This toolkit for counselors was developed by Harbage Consulting, with support from DHCS. The toolkit is aimed at helping substance use counselors become familiar with MAT and have conversations with their patients about how MAT can help them. The toolkit consists of a short booklet and several short resource documents.

Technical Assistance and Training 

​Technical assistance and training opportunities are available free of charge to counties and eligible providers.  Please contact UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs for more information.

Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System

The Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System (DMC-ODS) is a demonstration project to expand access to substance use disorder services through a Medicaid Section 1115 waiver. DMC-ODS requires that counties provide access to a full continuum of services modeled after the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) criteria. 

California MAT Expansion Project

​The California MAT Expansion Project aims to increase access to MAT, reduce unmet treatment need, and reduce opioid overdose related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment, and recovery activities.


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