The Substance Use Navigator (SUN) is integral to supporting MAT in the acute care setting. 

We provide training and support for SUNs to better help patients access care and integrate harm reduction practices and culture into hospital MAT programs.

  • SUNs fix broken health systems by working in this hospital to help patients get into treatment. They conduct brief assessments, introduce patients to treatment programs that provide MAT, expedite appointments to clinics, and serve as a coach and advocate for their clients.
  • SUNs are a link to the community and facilitate transitions from the hospital to outpatient treatment and outreach to community partners, linking organizations to individuals seeking treatment.

Project Activities

We employ a team of experienced SUN Mentors who are paired with new SUNs in designated regions or health systems. SUN Mentors form personal relationships with new SUNs and are available for job shadowing, questions, and moral support. We also connect SUNs in hospitals across California and we facilitate relationship building so that all SUNs feel supported and connected to the movement we are building.

Any new SUN is invited to join a monthly “Warm Welcome” to help them become part of our community and get off to a good start. Our SUN training series covers all critical aspects of the role.

Our resource directory includes a collection of tools and materials designed specifically to support the SUN role.

We highlight the role and successes of SUNs so that hospitals and communities can understand how this position can make a difference in the lives of people who use drugs, their families, and the providers who serve them. View this collection of videos featuring SUNs describing their work.

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Substance Use Navigator Support