Treatment of OUD with buprenorphine (bup) has been demonstrated to reduce relapse and overdose. California is moving towards making the initiation of bup treatment the standard of care in all hospital emergency departments. Starting bup in the field during a 911 call is a further innovation that has the potential to bring more patients into care at a critical moment. OUD treatment can be started in the field through a pilot project based on a scope of practice waiver.
Our vision is that all hospitals will treat opioid addiction and all substance use disorders. CA Bridge was officially launched in 2018 with a grant from the California Department of Health Care Services MAT Expansion Project. We are a program of the Public Health Institute, based in Oakland, California. This project was supported by the CARESTAR Foundation. © 2021, California Department of Health Care Services.