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 - June 13, 2019
Dear <<First Name>>,

This week we wrapped up the harm reduction TA series led by Savannah ONeill, from the Harm Reduction Coalition (HRC). Savannah provided valuable hands on assistance for participants in many different stages of learning about or implementing harm reduction strategies. She encouraged coalition members who participated in her session and otherwise to utilize HRC's Online Training Institute modules which are available for free to COSN Accelerator members with the code: COSN66F1B9B7. The HRC is also hosting a statewide learning collaborative this summer, and is available to provide consultation to coalitions looking to advance their harm reduction efforts.

Looking for sample resources?
TA session participant, James Wilson, shared Northern Sierra's syringe service program tracking log, Plumas County's first annual report for their Syringe Access and Disposal Program, and their health disparity Impact Statement. Feel free to reach out to Amy Max ( if you’re looking for further support or resources.

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


Telehealth: A Delivery Model for Medication Assisted Treatment (CCI)
Webinar on June 14, 2019, 12:00 PM
Join the Center for Care Innovations (CCI) for a discussion on telehealth in MAT programs. You will learn: why to consider using telehealth in a MAT program; how to set up the operational processes to meet the needs of the provider, staff and the patient; and what patients think about this treatment modality.

Developing, Implementing, & Integrating MAT into Primary Care Clinics (CCI)
Webinar on June 19, 2019, 12:00 PM
Danny Contreras, Health Services Manager from Santa Cruz County Health Services, will cover the development of the Santa Cruz MAT program from August 2016 to present. He will share information on their MAT team, policies and procedures, Hub and Spoke, retention strategies, IBH, and will give a brief overview of contingency management.

Distributing Fentanyl Test Strips: Harm Reduction Tools for Your Program 
Webinar on June 27, 2019, 1:30 PM ET
Fentanyl test strips are great engagement tools for providers working in a wide range of social service agencies, not just limited to syringe access programs. This is going to be a webinar covering the basics of fentanyl and strip testing and distribution. The intended audience is programs that are considering distributing strips, or are in the early stages of planning. This webinar will discuss how to use the strips, as well as offer examples from programs that are distributing strips within New York City.


California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS) Leadership Institute 
Applications are due on August 15, 2019, for Fall 2019 Institute and February 7, 2020, for Spring 2020 Institute
The Leadership Institute offers behavioral health leaders the opportunity to discover and expand their leadership strengths; to learn and explore new skills with their peers; and to learn from great teachers. A group of approximately 30 participants will engage in a total of nine days of highly interactive training with a nationally/internationally recognized faculty. Participants are expected to identify and apply learning to workplace challenges. Peer to peer consultation processes also support the application of learning and encourage networks among participants during and after the training. Click here to learn more.

Upcoming Conferences

Opioids: The Painful Truth
June 25, 2019, in Pasadena; July 10, 2019, in Sacramento
Join the Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG) for a day of learning with speakers from the California Department of Public Health, USC, Alameda Health System, and more. See the event flyer and register now.

Funding Opportunities

For a full list of active funding opportunities and descriptions click here.
  • Expansion of Practitioner Education (SAMHSA) Applications due August 2, 2019
  • Tribal Opioid Response Grant (SAMHSA) Applications due August 6, 2019

Opioids in the News

"This funding is dedicated to opioids," said Marlies Perez, a division chief at the California Department of Health Care Services, "but we're not blindly just building a system dedicated just to opioids."

Unfortunately, the influx of federal funding for opioid safety ignores the reality of polysubstance use. During a recent learning group coach call, an Accelerator team member shared a new data report from the Central Valley High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. Between 2016 and 2017, opioid related deaths decreased in the region (including fentanyl), while methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine related deaths all increased. The article and report reinforce that we should broaden our frame and build systems to support people with all types of addiction.
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