CA Bridge is a program of the Public Health Institute in Oakland, California. Our goal is to transform addiction treatment by ensuring that every hospital in California provides 24/7 access to evidence-based care, treating substance use disorder like any other life-threatening condition.
What We Do
We provide training, technical assistance, and coaching so that hospitals may take on a critical role in solving the overdose crisis. Our extensive resource directory supports substance use treatment implementation, and our work includes innovative projects and initiatives such as:
The CA Bridge model advances evidence-based medications for addiction treatment (MAT), particularly buprenorphine, which reduces relapse among people suffering from opioid use disorder. Lowering barriers to treatment, we eliminate unnecessary tests and provide patients in withdrawal with immediate relief from withdrawal symptoms. Once patients are stabilized, they are better equipped to engage in a conversation about long-term treatment with a substance use navigator—a peer from the community, often with lived experience. Using a harm reduction perspective that emphasizes rapid, patient-centered care, our model is proven to work effectively in any hospital setting.
How We Work
We are part of a movement.
Our ambitious goal requires galvanizing providers, patients, and communities to join a movement to change the conversation about addiction and promote more effective, just, and humane responses to people addicted to any type of drug.
We value evidence and efficacy over profits and professional interests.
Our model focuses on evidence-based treatment and practices that have been shown to produce better results for people who use drugs. We are not advancing the interests of hospitals or providers.
While our work is grounded in science, we are not afraid to question conventional practice. We are always seeking innovative ways to improve care for people who use drugs.
We focus on real-world applications.
Our focus is on making evidence-based practices work in real-world settings. We are practical and flexible. We consider how financing, legal issues, staffing, and other non-clinical factors impact care.
We speak out for what we believe.
We advocate for what we believe is in the best interest of patients, even if it means expressing views that are unpopular or contrary to established practice.
We learn from our mistakes.
Medical practice is always evolving. We know that what we do today will have unintended consequences. We are committed to studying our mistakes and using them to improve our model.