The Accelerator Program Newsletter provides weekly updates on upcoming webinars, program announcements, and relevant news updates for Accelerator teams in the California Opioid Safety Network.
  Accelerator Program
Weekly Update - August 8, 2019
Dear <<First Name>>,

This month, 22 additional hospitals joined the California Bridge Program, including many in your communities, congratulations! California Bridge now extends its reach to 52 hospitals, serving 34 California counties. On August 29, we will have a webinar with Dr. Hannah Snyder, Co-Principal Investigator for California Bridge, which will include a "Bridge 101" presentation and an interactive discussion. We look forward to hearing about participants' experiences in the program during the webinar! Register for the webinar, and learn more about how Bridge is connecting people with substance use disorders to treatment. 

Remember to RSVP by Friday, August 30 for the COSN Accelerator Program Convening which is on September 18-19 at the Sacramento Masonic Temple. See below for more information.

Carmen Rita Nevarez, MD, MPH
Director, Center for Health Leadership and Practice
Vice President, External Relations and Preventive Medicine
Public Health Institute

In this Issue

Upcoming Webinars

COSN Accelerator: Introducing the Strategic Planning Toolkit
Webinar on Thursday, August 22, 2019, 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
We have all heard about the importance of conducting and implementing strategic planning, but we know the process can seem overwhelming, time-consuming and complicated. During this webinar, Holly Sisneros will introduce a new toolkit, Opioid Safety Strategic Planning: A Toolkit Designed for Local Coalitions, which is going to help your strategic planning effort become more focused, less cumbersome, and even, dare we say it - enjoyable! Encompassing a series of 7 steps, with explanations, application ideas and hands-on tools, this guide can help your coalition determine what aspects of strategic planning fit your coalition's goals, style, resources and priorities. There are many levels and ways to use the toolkit. With a myriad of rounded concepts and practical uses, your coalition can conduct a few activities to strengthen coalition planning work, or take a deeper dive into a more thorough and dynamic planning process. Register now.

COSN Accelerator Web Discussion: Bridge to Treatment
Webinar on Thursday, August 29, 2019, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Have you heard of the Bridge Program? Are you curious about how Bridge is being implemented in healthcare settings around California or how your community can get involved? During this webinar, Dr. Hannah Snyder, Co-Principal Investigator for California Bridge, will provide a "Bridge 101" followed by an interactive discussion where participants can share what their coalition is doing around MAT expansion. This is a great opportunity to hear from coalitions who are participating in Bridge and ask any questions that you may have. Register now. 

CA H&SS: Addressing Compassion Fatigue in the Context of Treating People with Opioid Use Disorders
Webinar on Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Join the Pacific Southwest ATTC & the California Hub and Spoke System for a presentation on compassion fatigue. This secondary trauma and burnout are of particular concern in communities, and among first responders and health care providers addressing the opioid epidemic. Compassion fatigue can negatively impact physical and emotional health, as well as workplace productivity and job satisfaction. Register now.

Upcoming Conferences

[Preliminary agenda now available] COSN Accelerator Program: September 18-19 Convening RSVP
September 18-19, at the Sacramento Masonic Temple
The next in-person convening will take place over two days: Wednesday, September 18 and Thursday, September 19. On day 1, we will lead a series of activities and discussions around health equity, messaging, and how your coalition can prepare for the future as the epidemic evolves. On day 2, we will invite our partners leading MAT expansion projects for a series of presentations, group exercises and interactive discussions. You will get a chance to learn more about their work, they will hear from you, and together we will explore new opportunities for engaging coalitions in local MAT expansion. RSVP by Friday, August 30, and see the preliminary convening agenda.


California MAT Expansion Project Launches New Website
Addiction Free CA serves as a separate yet complementary resource to the DHCS MAT Expansion Website and provides information about the full range of projects being implemented as part of this effort, including Health Management Associates’ four projects. Resources include a data dashboard, resource library, and treatment locator. 

The California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS) Leadership Institute Fall 2019 & Spring 2020
CIBHS Leadership Institute is a leadership development program designed to help good behavioral health leaders become great leaders in the field of public behavioral health care. A group of approximately 30 participants will engage in a total of nine days of highly interactive training with a nationally/internationally recognized faculty in September and March. For more information.

Funding Opportunities

For a full list of active funding opportunities and descriptions click here.
  • Mental and Substance Use Disorders Prevalence Study (SAMHSA): Applications due August 16, 2019
  • Medication Assisted Treatment Access Points, Tribal MAT Infrastructure Support (Sierra Health Foundation) Applications due August 26, 2019

Opioids in the News

Drug manufacturing companies complicit in the opioid epidemic are seeking a single payout, bound by the outcome, prohibiting future suits. This payout aims to address over 2,000 city’s cases and an epidemic that has taken over 200,000 lives since 1999. However, a majority of state attorneys general oppose this proposal as a correction to the Big Tobacco settlement, where some funds were redirected by state legislators. Read more
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