California Governor Gavin Newsom’s 2022-2023 Budget proposes additional funding to support providers and communities responding to the opioid crisis. The Budget, released on January 10th, includes funding targeted to the opioid crisis response and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Expansion Project. Specifically:
- The Budget includes $96 million General Fund in 2022-23 and $61 million ongoing General Fund for the MAT Expansion Project. Additional MAT resources would be targeted towards expanding the Naloxone Distribution Project, supporting 100 new MAT access points statewide, expanding MAT in county jails, and increasing MAT services within state-licensed facilities.
- In addition, the Budget includes one-time $86 million opioid settlement funds which will be dedicated to a public awareness campaign targeted towards youth opioids education and awareness and fentanyl risk education ($50 million) and improving the state’s ability to collect and analyze data on opioid overdose trends ($5 million) for the Department of Public Health, provider training on opioid treatment ($26 million) for the Department of Health Care Access and Information, and distributing naloxone to homeless service providers ($5 million) for the Department of Health Care Services.
A summary of the budget can be viewed here.