Substance use disorder is a high-risk chronic illness.

These patients routinely present to emergency rooms and acute care hospitals in need of medical care.

Treatment can start here.


Medication for Opioid USe Disorder (MOUD)

Medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) is an essential piece to successful treatment. Typically called medication assisted treatment or MAT, this treatment can be started in acute care settings such as emergency departments, inpatient, obstetrics, surgery, and urgent care. Resources including guidelines and tools to insert this essential treatment integrated into your health care setting can be found within the pages of this site. Learn more >


California Bridge PROGRAM

The California Bridge Program will develop hospitals and emergency rooms into primary access points for the treatment of acute symptoms of substance use disorders. Motivation, resources, and encouragement for patients to enter and remain in treatment is the primary focus of the intensive program of training and technical assistance for acute care providers. California will advance evidence-based medicine for the treatment of substance use disorders in every community. Learn more >


One of the most important elements of a successful program in an acute care setting is what we are labeling a Substance Use Navigator, or SUN. During the course of 2019-2020, the California Bridge Program will be providing extensive training for the Substance Use Navigator (SUN) at selected sites throughout California. Learn more >