We are engaging health care systems to make substance use treatment available 24/7 to anyone who needs it.

CA Bridge was launched in 2018 to expand access to medication for addiction treatment through Emergency Departments – as critical access points for medical intervention. Since then, our work has expanded to encompass a variety of projects that build on our clinical expertise with the goal of improving access and care for people who use drugs.

Projects

Clinical Training and Technical Assistance

We offer clinical training and technical assistance for any hospital from any state in the US that is interested in starting a medication for addiction treatment (MAT) program. Our training and technical assistance programs introduce hospital champions to the wide breadth of CA Bridge materials and resources for MAT implementation.

Centers of Excellence

We are establishing a culture of evidence-based medicine to treat substance use disorders (SUD) in acute care settings throughout California, establishing six to eight Centers of Excellence at select hospitals to serve as leaders in SUD care.

Engagement of Emergency Medical Services

As the mobile medical providers who respond to overdose and other medical emergencies, Emergency Medical Services has a wide reach and critical contact with high-risk individuals and their families. When an ambulance responds to a 911 call for a drug overdose, paramedics administer treatment.

Policy and Advocacy

The current system has failed people who use drugs and their communities. We have a unique opportunity to lift up the voices of medical providers, substance use navigators, patients, and family members. Together, we can play an invaluable role by speaking out for policies on drugs and drug treatment that are just, equitable, and humane. 

Research and Evaluation

We collect data from participating hospitals to document the reach and impact of hospital-based medication for addiction treatment (MAT) and to support quality improvement.

Substance Use Navigator Support

The Substance Use Navigator (SUN) is an integral part of supporting medication for addiction treatment (MAT) in the acute care setting. CA Bridge provides training and support for SUNs to be effective in helping patients access care and integrating harm reduction practices and culture into hospital MAT programs.

Sustainability of Substance Use Navigators

Substance Use Navigators (SUNs) are peers from the community, often with lived experience. SUNs may have a designation, such as certified drug and alcohol counselor or licensed clinical social worker, though the most important requirement is that they are nonjudgmental, energetic, and positive.

Youth MAT Pilot

The Youth MAT Pilot will expand access to MAT for youth and normalize treatment for this population via youth-centered outreach and education to providers and communities.