Patients experiencing mental illness and substance use disorder are vulnerable to falling through the cracks of health care systems. But it doesn’t have to be this way. The CalBridge Behavioral Health Navigator Program (Bridge Navigator Program) will provide financial support and technical assistance to every hospital in California so that all people experiencing substance use disorder and mental illness have equitable access to evidence-based care.Every Emergency Department in the state of California is eligible. “It is often said that it takes 17 years to go from research to standard practice in medicine, but we don’t have that long. People are dying. The time is now.” encourages Aimee Moulin, MD, Co-Founder of CA Bridge. All communities deserve evidence-based medication for addiction and behavioral health treatment at their local hospital.