California Department of Public Health Projects

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has three MAT Expansion projects:

Opioid Safety Coalitions

CDPH funds Opioid Safety Coalitions (Coalitions) throughout California to reduce opioid and other drug-related overdoses and deaths in California counties. Coalitions are housed in local health departments, tribal organizations, and non-profit organizations such as health collaboratives, and county medical societies. The Coalitions focus on multiple program objectives, including promoting safe prescribing practices, expanding access to MAT, distributing naloxone and fentanyl test strips, increasing overdose prevention public awareness and education, and developing local opioid policies and procedures.   

Public Health/First Responder Pilot Collaborations

CDPH partners with public health departments, emergency medical services (EMS) agencies, and 911-transport providers to engage in opioid prevention and treatment during EMS calls in Contra Costa and Alameda counties. This project includes three areas:

  1. The EMS agency provides “leave behind” naloxone kits to patients, friends, and family members to use in the case of future overdoses.
  2. The 911 responders identify patients who are in acute withdrawal, give a first dose of buprenorphine to these patients in the field, and transport the patient to a designated opioid receiving center.
  3. The EMS agency provides a referral (“warm handoff”) of 911 patients to a public health outreach coordinator/intervention team. Once this warm handoff occurs, the public health team contacts the patient to assist in MAT program enrollment and accessing additional county services.

Single Room Occupancy (SRO) Overdose Prevention Pilot

CDPH has partnered with the San Francisco Department of Public Health on the SRO pilot project, a replicable model to address opioid overdoses in SRO hotels in larger cities across California. San Francisco Department of Public Health collaborates with the DOPE (Drug Overdose Prevention Education) Project to:

  1. Develop agreements with building management of SROs with high frequency of overdose.
  2. Recruit and train SRO tenants on naloxone overdose reversal skills, the use of NaloxBoxes products, and behavioral health topics, self-care, and resources.
  3. Install “NaloxBoxes” on each floor of the selected SROs. NaloxBoxes are surface mounted containers that hold life-saving naloxone, gloves, alcohol pads, a rescue-breathing device, and multilingual instructions for use.

For additional information on any of these CDPH projects, please contact OPI@cdph.ca.gov.