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 - July 25, 2019
Dear <<First Name>>,

We are gearing up for our next in-person convening in Sacramento! These events are a great opportunity to learn ways to strengthen the work of your coalition and network with colleagues from the 31 Accelerator teams across the state.
This next convening will take place over two days: Wednesday, September 18, and Thursday, September 19. On day 1 (September 18), 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 (September 19) 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.
All Accelerator team members and VISTAs are highly encouraged to participate. Both days will take place at the Sacramento Masonic Temple (1123 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814). On Wednesday, September 18, there will be an evening reception immediately following the convening. We are excited to be able to sponsor travel for VISTAs, but there are many hotels in the surrounding area for Accelerator members looking for accommodations.

Attendees are required to RSVP here no later than Friday, August 30. Please send any questions to: Amy Max at

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you all in September!

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

Syringe Service Programs -- A Critical Public Health Intervention
Webinar on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
This webinar will allow you to engage with HHS leadership around syringe services programs (SSPs), which are an important community-based prevention program that can save lives, combat the nation’s opioid crisis, reduce the transmission of HIV and Hepatitis C, and support individuals in accessing SUD/OUD treatment services.


Use of Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Criminal Justice Settings (SAMHSA)
This guide focuses on using medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder in jails and prisons, and during the reentry process when justice-involved persons return to the community. It provides an overview of policies and evidence-based practices that reduce the risk of overdose and relapse.

Transitional Care Programs for Vulnerable Populations: New Evidence on the Benefits of a Person-Centered Approach (Better Care Playbook)
An article in the May 2019 Journal of General Internal Medicinesummarized on the Better Care Playbook, reports on a comparative effectiveness study demonstrating that a transitional care intervention emphasizing post-discharge services for patients with complex needs can reduce some types of acute care costs. The transitional program studied here led to 42 percent fewer inpatient admissions over 180 days.

Funding Opportunities

For a full list of active funding opportunities and descriptions click here.
  • Rural Responses to the Opioid Epidemic Grant (BJA): Applications due July 26, 2019
  • Expansion of Practitioner Education (SAMHSA): Applications due August 2, 2019
  • Tribal Opioid Response Grant (SAMHSA): Applications due August 6, 2019
  • Mental and Substance Use Disorders Prevalence Study (SAMHSA): Applications due August 16, 2019

Opioids in the News

After observing alarmingly high rates of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) among remote North America First Nation communities, programs were established to provide integrated prenatal and postnatal care. At these facilities, mothers receive individualized treatment mindful of their historical trauma and the harsh conditions that many face on reservations. One tribal led program in Minnesota incorporates indigenous ceremony and activities into their group sessions, which one patient notes was "the most valuable part of her healing." Almost immediately communities saw results - a decrease in child protective cases, child welfare removals, and incidents of NAS. Click here to read more.
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