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California School Based Health Alliance (CSHA)

County: Statewide

Project Years: YOR I Project (2018-2020)
YOR II Project (2020-2022)

YOR I Project Name: Strengthening School Response to Youth Opioid Use

Partner Agencies (Subcontractors): National Center for Youth Law, California Bridge Program, Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center

Project Description:

The purpose of this project was to reduce opioid deaths by helping schools and school-based health providers improve and expand access to a continuum of quality opioid-related services for youth. There were two YOR I goals: 

  • Prevent opioid use among adolescent and transitional aged youth (TAY) across California through peer-to-peer health education in schools.
  • Identify and treat adolescent and TAY using opioids by providing schools and school-based health providers with tools to screen for substance use, provide brief interventions, and link to effective treatment, including medication-assisted treatment. 

YOR II Project Name: Addressing Youth Substance Misuse

Partner Agencies: National Center for Youth Law and Two Feathers Native American Family Services

Project Description: The YOR II project aims continued to develop and provide tools and resources to adolescent and school health providers throughout California to significantly reduce and address substance misuse and substance use disorders (SUDs) amongst youth, particularly those in low-income, under-resourced, and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities. We are doing this by: (1) ensuring that targeted school health providers in the three regions, as well as throughout California, are better equipped to identify and manage SUDs, especially those that involve opioids and stimulants; (2) facilitating access for more young people to age-appropriate, evidence-based early intervention and treatment; (3) surfacing innovative new strategies that work to prevent substance misuse and reduce the peer and community stigma associated with help-seeking for an SUD; and (4) helping reduce the disproportionate effect of prescription and illicit drugs on indigenous communities in California. We employ evidence-based practices and research indicating that schools and school-based health centers (SBHCs) represent an ideal location to embed these services. The project materials and trainings were available statewide with a focus on the Inland Empire, Central Valley, and Humboldt counties.

Primary Contact:
Name: Sierra Jue-Leong
Position: Project Director
Agency: California School-Based Health Alliance
Email: sjueleong@schoolhealthcenters.org
Phone: 510-268-1160

Website: www.schoolhealthcenters.org

Summary YOR I: California School-Based Health Alliance Project