The Center at Sierra Health Foundation works to promote health and racial equity throughout California with a community-first funding model that centers the voices and priorities of marginalized communities. The Center is partnering with DHCS to expand the reach of MAT services and wraparound care to all who need it. The project is centered on increasing access to comprehensive prevention, education and treatment for substance use disorder, and to improve health outcomes for communities of color disproportionately impacted by and penalized for substance use disorder.
In the first iteration of the project, the MAT Access Points Project awarded more than $16.2 million to 119 organizations representing 265 MAT access points throughout California. The funds provided support to organizations to increase access to treatment services by building their capacity to provide MAT, as well as supporting community-based organizations to conduct racially and culturally responsive prevention and educational activities focused on awareness of substance use disorder and reducing stigma. The project also funded a media strategy to develop and promote a communications campaign tailored to racial and ethnic groups to increase community understanding of substance use disorder, and the availability of MAT services and treatments.
In the next iteration of the project, MAT Access Points is continuing to expand access to treatment for priority populations, including tribal populations and communities of color; as well as additional treatment locations such as narcotic treatment programs and syringe service programs. Read more at the MAT Access Points Website.