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Direct Service

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Project Name: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) Youth Opioid Response Project

Partner Agencies (Subcontractors): The L.A. Trust for Children’s Health, National Center for Youth Law

Project Description: The Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) Youth Opioid Response Project set out to increase youth access to substance use treatment services and increase provider efficacy in making timely and effective referrals to treatment. The project focused on high school students in Los Angeles and partnered closely with The L.A. Trust for Children’s Health and the National Center for Youth Law. CHLA worked closely with youth, providers, and subject matter experts to develop campaign materials and associated trainings covering topics such as youth access to confidential substance use treatment services, minor consent laws, OUDs, and MAT.  The project is guided by the values of the DAYAM, including the capacity of young people to achieve their goals and navigate life challenges and the importance of working toward sustainable improvements in the systems that support the health and well-being of young people.

Primary Contact:
Name: Mia Humphreys, M.S.W.
Position: Program Manager, Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine
Agency: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Email: mhumphreys@chla.usc.edu 
Phone: (323) 361-3117

Summary: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Project

Center Point Drug Abuse Alternative Center

Project Name: Center Point Drug Abuse Alternative Center (CPDAAC) – YOR California

Project Description: Center Point DAAC undertook the improvement and expansion of access to a continuum of opioid use disorder (OUD) prevention, education, outreach, intervention, MAT, and other treatment and recovery services for youth ages 12-24 and their families, thereby preventing opioid overdose related deaths. Center Point DAAC provides a mobile van to do outreach and engagement with youth needing OUD services meeting them where they are (i.e., skate parks, coffee shops, encampments).  Center Point DAAC has added the additional sites as stated in our grant which are two High Schools in Santa Rosa, a middle school and Juvenile Hall.  In addition, we have provided outreach and engagement to several community agencies and stakeholders, providing information and resources for MAT services.  We are implementing the new curriculum we purchased at all our sites, which includes Vaping, one of the leading health concerns for youth today.  Center Point DAAC will continue to attend Opioid Coalition meetings quarterly and monthly at various agencies in our community.

Primary Contact:
Name:  Sophia Clifford, B.A., CADTP
Position: Youth Program Manager
Agency: CPDAAC
Email: sclifford@daacmail.org​
Phone: (707) 544-3295

Website: DAACinfo.org

Public Health Institute, CA Bridge

Project Name: Youth MAT Pilot Project

Partner Agencies: The four pilot sites are Prescribe Safe Monterey County, University of California at Davis, Children’s Hospital Orange County, and Eisenhower Health, with support from subcontractor Young People in Recovery.

Project Description: Adolescents and young adults are experiencing fast-growing rates of opioid overdose and hospitalization, yet have the lowest rates of access to treatment. A landmark randomized controlled study demonstrated that emergency departments are uniquely positioned to reverse these trends and provide a lifeline to people facing addiction. The hospitals participating in the Youth Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Pilot Project explored the effectiveness of youth treatment from the hospital setting by using focused outreach and education for substance use disorder (SUD) treatment to better serve this vulnerable population. They focused on youth-specific screening, assessment and referral, and youth-specific MAT prescribing, with an emphasis on family and caregiver engagement and recovery support services.

Primary Contact:
Name: Elizabeth Keating
Position: Clinical Program Director, CA Bridge
Agency: CA Bridge/Public Health Institute
Email: ekeating@cabridge.org
Phone: 718-306-2284

Website: https://cabridge.org/solution/our-work/youth-mat-pilot