Addiction Treatment Starts Here: Behavioral Health is a new program to increase access to medications for addiction treatment (MAT) in mental health and substance use disorder settings for patients with opioid use disorder (OUD).

Federal, state, and local attention is focused on combatting opioids, the deadliest drug epidemic in US history. In addition to the devastating effects on the health of communities, OUD is also a major driver of high-cost service utilization, such as inpatient and emergency department care; the result is an enormous economic burden on health systems.

MAT is one approach to manage OUD. It combines psychological and behavioral therapy with FDA-approved medications ­(e.g., methadone, buprenorphine, or naltrexone). Research shows that using MAT can more than halve the mortality rate among patients with OUD. Despite overwhelming evidence that administration of these medications is considered the gold standard of treatment, only 10 percent of people across the country receive MAT for OUD.

Addiction Treatment Starts Here: Behavioral Health has selected 7 mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) sites in California to participate in a 15-month learning collaborative, launching in May 2019 and concluding in July 2020. The program provides funding, methods, tools and hands-on technical assistance to facilitate the implementation of MAT programs.

The curriculum has been designed by state and national experts and is based on CCI’s extensive experience in supporting primary care health centers in designing MAT program as well lessons learned from SUD and mental health settings offering MAT to their patients.



Addiction Treatment Starts Here: Behavioral Health runs from May 2019 to July 2020. Key dates include:

Request for Applications Released March 5, 2019
Informational Webinar March 15, 2019
Application Deadline April 5, 2019
Cohort Announced & Program Start May 15, 2019
Kick-Off Webinar May 30, 2019
Pre-Work Webinar June 3, 2019
In-Person Learning Session 1 July 10, 2019 – July 11, 2019
In-Person Learning Session 2 March 18, 2020 – March 19, 2020
In-Person Learning Session 3 July 22, 2020 – July 23, 2020
Program End July 15, 2020


Questions regarding the program can be emailed to Briana Harris-Mills.