DHCS News Releases

California to Purchase CalRx Branded Over-the-Counter Naloxone for $24

California, disrupting the drug industry through CalRx®, is now set to purchase twin-packs of life-saving naloxone nasal spray for almost half of the current market price. Qualifying organizations in the state, including first responders, universities, and community organizations, can access the state’s naloxone supply for free.

California Awards $4.6 Million to Emergency Departments to Train Behavioral Health Navigators

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) today awarded more than $4.6 million to 39 hospitals with emergency departments (EDs), each receiving $120,000 to train behavioral health navigators to help expand access to substance use disorder and mental health services. The awards are part of DHCS’ CalBridge Behavioral Health Navigator Program. To date, 282 hospitals have received funding under CalBridge.

California Invests More Resources in Programs to Treat Opioid Use Disorders

California continues to invest in community-based programs to address the opioid epidemic. The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) today awarded $1.5 million to 20 organizations to expand Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) across California, and requested applications for grants totaling $3 million to tackle substance use in Tribal and urban Indian communities.

DHCS Announces New Funding to Help Expand Medication Assisted Treatment For Opioid Use Disorders

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) recently awarded nearly $2.4 million to 29 counties as part of the Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) in Jails and Drug Courts Project, part of its continued efforts to address the opioid crisis. Grants and stipends are being provided to counties to support the development or expansion of access to MAT for opioid use disorders (OUD) in jails and drug court systems.