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Funding for Medication Assisted Treatment

Wednesday, November 21, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kelsey McQuaid-Craig, MPA
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Get funding to implement medication assisted treatment in your ED!

In 2018 California ACEP sponsored a budget request asking the State to provide $20 million for a grant program to place alcohol and drug counselors in EDs throughout the state. Unfortunately, our precise proposal was left out of the final budget deal made with the Governor.

However, sometimes ideas floated in the public policy arena take shape in different ways. We are pleased to report this is the case with our alcohol and drug counselor proposal. The State recognizes the important role we can play in getting our patients the treatment they need and has allocated funding for use in the ED.

The funding will be administered through the Public Health Institute’s California Bridge Program to increase access to evidence-based treatment for substance use disorders. The program seeks to increase access to Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) at sites where patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) receive much of their healthcare: the urgent care, emergency department, inpatient hospital wards, and hospital-based specialty clinic settings.

Through this Request for Applications, PHI seeks to identify up to 30 hospital/healthcare sites to participate in the California Bridge Program (CA Bridge) activities. Successful applicants may be eligible to receive $100,000–$300,000 of funding to implement MAT programmatic activities at their site for up to an 18 month period; funding amounts will vary by site.



In order for PHI to conduct the most efficient evaluation process, applicants are required to complete and return the following documents:
● CA Bridge Program Site Application Form
● CA Bridge Program Budget Template
● Any required and/or applicable supporting documentation

You can download these documents through PHI's website.


Application Deadline

Submit applications via email to:
Site Selection Committee
California Bridge Program
Public Health Institute

Application deadline is:
Monday, December 17, 2018
5:00pm – Pacific Standard Time

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