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 - May 30, 2019
Dear <<First Name>>,

The CDC Director recently sent a letter endorsing syringe service programs (SSPs) as a vital tool for combating the opioid epidemic. Simultaneously, they released a variety of materials including fact sheets and FAQs that convey the critical role of SSPs in prevention and treatment of substance use disorders. This powerful endorsement from the CDC provides a data driven call for employing communities with harm reduction tools which are proven to save lives. Please disseminate these materials to your coalition partners, learn more about syringe exchange programs in California, and attend the next webinar from the CDPH and Harm Reduction Coalition on how to start a SSP. You can also contact Amy Max ( if you are looking to access more support around SSPs. 

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 Conferences

Public Health Institute’s National Opioid Leadership Summit
June 25, 2019, in Sacramento
Join the U.S. Surgeon General and speakers from the CDC, the U.S. HHS, DOJ and many more, for a daylong, solutions-based summit.  Learn about, share and collaborate on real solutions to the opioid crisis that bridge the criminal justice, health care and public health sectors, including what’s working on the local level, successful models and policies that can be tailored to fit your community, and barriers to bringing proven interventions to scale. Register now.

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Statewide Conference
August 20-22, 2019, in Long Beach
The DHCS SUD Statewide Conference is an opportunity to network and learn about the important issues and trends affecting SUD prevention, treatment, and recovery. The conference program balances valuable workshops and sessions for county leaders, SUD treatment providers, counselors, prevention groups, SUD researchers and academics, SUD policymakers and advocates, community organizations, and those in recovery. Register now.

The California Society of Addiction Medicine Addiction Medicine Review Course and Exam Preparation Track
September 4-7, 2019, in Anaheim
An overview of addiction medicine fundamentals to enhance your clinical practice and prepare for the board exam. Earn up to 28.75 AMA/PRA Category 1 Credits
TM for the Review Course, Board Exam Preparation Track and Pre-Conference Workshops. Early bird registration closes June 13. Register now.


CDC Syringe Services Programs Resources
The CDC released 
a suite of materials highlighting the safety and effectiveness of syringe services programs (SSPs) to combat the infectious disease consequences of the opioid crisis. These materials include summary sheetsfact sheets, an infographic, and frequently asked questions and answers about SSPs. 


Integrating a Trauma-Informed Approach into Substance Use Disorder Treatment (Center for Health Care Strategies)
Webinar on June 4, 2019, 1:00–12:30 PM
This webinar will highlight how two providers operating in vastly different settings have incorporated a trauma-informed approach to care into their day-to-day practices for treating substance use disorder, and how doing so has shaped the experiences of their patients and staff. 

How to Start Syringe Access Programs in California (CDPH, HRC)
Webinar on June 12, 2019, 3:00-4:30 PM
The CDPH Office of AIDS and Harm Reduction Coalition will hold a webinar with introductory information on starting syringe services programs (SSPs) and related harm reduction programming for organizations based in California. Following the webinar, CDPH and HRC will offer an ongoing, cohort-based learning collaborative through which interested groups can dive deeper and emerge with an authorized, supported SSP. Click here to learn more.

Funding Opportunities

For a full list of active funding opportunities and descriptions click here.
  • Provider’s Clinical Support System – Universities Grants (SAMHSA) Applications due June 7, 2019
  • Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Grants (SAMHSA) Applications due June 7, 2019
  • California Youth Opioid Response (CIBHS) Applications due June 7, 2019

Opioids in the News

California bill to create ‘safe injection sites’ in San Francisco clears Assembly
(Los Angeles Times)

Safe injection sites, a form of harm reduction, operate in Canada, Switzerland and eight other countries - there are currently none in the United States. Sites typically provide a safe space, clean needles, clinical supervision to reduce overdose deaths and an approachable pathway to treatment. Last week, a bill passed in the Assembly which would create a six-year pilot safe injection program in San Francisco amid opposition from the U.S. Department of Justice regarding similar efforts in Philadelphia. This article outlines historical barriers to implementing such programs and the underlying stigma driving these decisions. 
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