In July, the CalBridge Behavioral Health Navigator Program announced the latest list of over 80 California hospitals to receive over $9 million in grants. The grants support emergency departments (EDs) becoming primary access points for the treatment of substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health conditions.
Hospitals that participate in the CalBridge Navigator Program address substance use disorder as a treatable medical emergency and utilize trained navigators to identify patients who would benefit from initiating medication assisted treatment or mental health services. Through this program, the state Department of Health Care Services aims to make treatment of substance use and mental health conditions the standard of care in all California EDs.
The CalBridge program continues to accept applications on an ongoing basis. For more information and application materials, please see the Bridge Navigator Program Request for Applications.