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YOR California

DHCS awarded the California Youth Opioid Response (YOR California) team — the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS) in partnership with Advocates for Human Potential, Inc., (AHP) — an allocated portion of the MAT Expansion Project funding to implement and expand medication assisted treatment (MAT) and opioid use disorder (OUD) prevention, treatment, and recovery services to youth and their family members. To advance this effort, the YOR California team issued a Request for Applications (RFA) in May to seek subgrant applications for the purpose of developing new and enhanced services and recently announced that a total of $11 million was awarded to organizations across the state of California.

These subgrantees will provide a wide array of services for youth (12-24) with, or at risk of, an OUD and prevent opioid overdose death. Twenty-two (22) implementation subgrants (total of $10.5 million) were issued to execute projects that remove barriers and fill gaps in services delivery, and ultimately increase access to youth-relevant OUD services. Subgrantees’ projects span the continuum of prevention, intervention, MAT and other treatment, and recovery services, and focus on positive youth development, age-appropriate and targeted engagement, implementation of evidence-based practices for youth, and the adoption of appropriate adult interventions to meet the needs of youth.

In addition to the implementation subgrants, the YOR California team also awarded 10 organizations with community planning subgrants (total of $550,000). Funding for these subgrants support planning activities, such as convening a community planning group, conducting an assessment, establishing partnerships, and creating a community action plan to reduce youth OUD and opioid related deaths.

Implementation Subgrantees:

  • California School-Based Health Alliance
  • California University of Science and Medicine (Arrowhead Regional Medical Center)
  • Center Point Drug Abuse Alternative Center
  • Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  • Communicare
  • Contra Costa Health Services
  • Door to Hope
  • Granite Wellness Centers
  • Imperial County Behavioral Health Services
  • La Maestra Family Clinic, Inc.
  • Los Angeles Centers for Alcohol and Drug Abuse
  • Mind OC
  • Partnership Healthplan
  • Phoenix House of Los Angeles, Inc.
  • Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics
  • Santa Clara County
  • Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency
  • Tarzana Treatment Centers, Inc.
  • The Teen Project, Inc.
  • UCSF Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine
  • Volunteers of America of Los Angeles
  • Yurok Tribe

Planning Subgrantees

  • Atascadero Greyhound Foundation
  • BluePath Health
  • California After School Network
  • California Friday Night Live Partnership – Tulare County Office of Education
  • Fresno New Connection, Inc.
  • NAMI San Diego
  • National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse (NAPAFASA)
  • Redwood Community Health Network
  • Tri-City Health Center
  • Valley Health Associates

The team’s work also includes the development of outreach and implementation plans, the creation of strategies to distribute OUD materials throughout the state, and the establishment of learning collaboratives.

This is an unprecedented opportunity to expand services for California’s young people, and the YOR California team looks forward to playing a part in meeting this goal. The combined national and state expertise in the development and management of youth-specific, MAT, and behavioral health services, as well as experience in developing and enhancing integrated and comprehensive systems of care, places the YOR California team in a well-matched position to assist DHCS in implementing and expanding MAT prevention, treatment, and recovery services for youth and young adults with OUDs in California.

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