California Projects 2
YOR California

YOR California Awards $11 million
To Increase Quality Service Access for Youth!

A joint effort of California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions, Advocates for Human Potential, Inc., and the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), Community Services Division, Federal Grants Branch.

The California Youth Opioid Response (YOR California) team is pleased to announce that a total of $11 million was awarded to organizations across the state of California to provide a wide array of services for youth (12-24) misusing opioids and/or stimulants or with opioid or stimulant use disorders (OUD/StUDs).

Funding to support this program was awarded to DHCS by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration through the agency’s State Opioid Response (SOR) II Grant. The YOR California team - California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS) in partnership with Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. (AHP) – was awarded an allocated portion of this MAT Expansion Program funding to implement and expand MAT and evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery services to youth and their family members through grants.

Nineteen implementation grants (total of $10.2 million) were issued to execute projects that build capacity and deliver direct services for youth with OUD/StUDs. Grantees’ projects include intensive outreach, screening, early interventions, engagement, MAT and other treatment, and recovery services that focus on positive youth development, are age-appropriate, and implement evidence-based practices relevant for youth with OUD/StUDs.

In addition to the implementation grants, the YOR California team also awarded 10 organizations with capacity-building only grants (total of $800 K). Two of these grants, expand capacity and access through school health centers and after school networks via education, workforce development, consultation, and distribution of resources. The other eight capacity-building projects enable grant recipients and their partners to plan and develop pathways, policies, and activities that improve access to services for youth misusing opioids/stimulants but do not deliver direct services for youth.

The YOR California team’s work also includes delivery of webinars, grantee technical assistance and training, identification and distribution of professional resources and OUD/StUD educational materials throughout the state, and establishment of learning collaboratives.


CommuniCare Health Centers

Lead Agency Name: CommuniCare Health Centers

Project Name: CommuniCare YOR

Project Description: Our project focuses on outreach to local schools and agencies in identifying youth and young adults who are misusing opioids and/or stimulants. Additionally, we are working on specialty media projects, including billboard advertising and short videos/commercials that will support our efforts of bringing non-stigmatizing messages about recovery, Medication-Assisted Treatment, and substance use disorders to our community.

County served: Yolo County


Primary Contact:
Name: Allison Rodriguez
Position: Youth and Family Services Manager
Agency: CommuniCare Health Centers
Phone: 530-285-3008

Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission

Lead Agency Name: Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission (EOC) LGBTQ+ Resource Center

Project Name: Fresno EOC LGBTQ+ Resource Center –YOR California

Project Description: The Fresno EOC is leading implementation of the Youth Opioid Response (YOR) Project in Fresno, California to expand access to Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) and other prevention, treatment, and recovery services. Fresno EOC operates an LGBTQ+ Resource Center, and the project is targeting LGBTQ+ youth. The project takes a needs-based approach, targeting those with unmet opioid and/or stimulant treatment needs or at-risk of overdose death. Services implemented through this project align with and address all elements of the YOR MAT & Service Model, prioritizing culturally competent, age-appropriate, trauma-informed care focused on positive youth development. Fresno EOC’s role includes: 1) providing cultural competency training to partners, 2) conducting outreach and education to identify youth in need of services, 3) providing navigation and case management services to connect youth with appropriate resources, 4) overseeing a Youth Advisory Council, and 5) providing ongoing support through a mental health professional.

County served: Fresno County


Primary Contact:
Name: Jennifer Cruz
Position: LGBTQ+ Manager
Agency: Fresno EOC
Phone: 559-387-5100

Granite Wellness

Lead Agency Name: Granite Wellness Centers

Partner Agencies:

  • Bright Futures for Youth (BFFY)
  • Hip Hop Congress
  • Boys and Girls Club (BCG)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS)
  • Coalition for Auburn Youth (CALY)
  • Coalition for Nevada County Youth (CNCY)
  • Chapa De Indian Health/Dr. Alinea Stephens
  • The Foundry, Lincoln
  • Sierra Care Pediatrics/Dr. Mike Curtis & Dr. Pete Harris
  • Kononia
  • Nevada and Placer County Behavioral Health Departments
  • Nevada and Placer County Offices of Education
  • Nevada and Placer County Probation Departments
  • Placer Sheriff’s Activities League (PSAL), Lincoln Police Activities League (LPAL), Roseville Police Activities League (RPAL)
  • Unity Care
  • Western Sierra Medical Clinic (WSMC)
  • What’s Up Wellness
  • Youth Empowerment Support (YES!)

Project Name: Granite Wellness Centers – Youth Resilience Project (GWC – YRP)

Project Description: GWC-YRP is developing and delivering a safe and welcoming continuum of care that specifically addresses opioid and stimulant use disorders (OUD/StUDs) for youth and their families. The GWC–YRP is building upon the lessons learned from the YOR 1 project and is using the substance use disorder (SUD) continuum of care that was developed by GWC over the past 20+ years. The project continues to engage, screen, assess, treat, and promote wellness and recovery for adolescent and transitional aged youth ages 12-24.  The GWC-YRP is using a three-tier model that offers effective and quality treatment using developmentally appropriate evidence-based assessments and practices supporting youth to identify goals and achieve positive outcomes. The GWC-YRP is striving to deliver and sustain strength-based services that support youth in both Nevada and Placer Counties.

Counties served: Placer and Nevada Counties


Primary Contact:
Name: Ariel Lovett
Position: Co-Director
Agency: Granite Wellness Centers
Phone: 530-878-5166

Imperial County Behavioral Health Services

Lead Agency Name: Imperial County Behavioral Health Services (ICBHS)

Project Name: Imperial County Behavioral Health Services-YOR California

Project Description: The Youth Opioid Response (YOR) grant is assisting youth and young adults ages 12 to 24 with opioid use and/or stimulant use disorders (OUD/StUDs) by enhancing the availability of treatment services. ICBHS is ensuring substance use disorder (SUD) services are responsive to youth and young adults, considering their family values, beliefs, norms, socio-economic, and cultural context. ICBHS’ mission is to provide high quality SUD treatment and outreach services to address youth and young adults with SUD and co-occurring disorders by respecting their individuality and cultural diversity. ICBHS provides a non-judgmental environment, which promotes independence and community integration for individuals with the support of family, peers, and the community.

County served: Imperial County


Primary Contact:
Name: Ana E. Contreras
Position: Project Director
Agency: Imperial County Behavioral Health Services
Phone: 442-265-7265

LA Clinica de La Raza, Inc.

Lead Agency Name: La Clinica de la Raza, Inc.

Project Name: La Clinica’s YOR BASE4 Program

Project Description: La Clinica de la Raza’s HIV/AIDS prevention services program (TRUCHA, or Together Reaching Users Combating HIV/AIDS) is developing a wrap-around program, YOR Base4, to engage youth and young adults in opioid and stimulant use disorder (OUD/StUD) peer navigation, education, and treatment services to reduce their risk of opioid/stimulant overdoses. YOR Base4 aims to enhance existing substance use disorder treatment and navigation services and provide a safer environment for participants to ensure they receive culturally relevant and sustainable care. Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) services are available to all participants who wish to access them, and the program also contracts with external agencies to provide participants with treatment options outside of MAT services provided at La Clinica de La Raza. Overall, the program aims to encourage harm reduction for this target population and reduce the risk of OUD/StUDs in Alameda County.

County served: Alameda County

Website: TRUCHA (Together Reaching Users Combating HIV and AIDS) – La Clinica

Primary Contact:
Name: Carmen Foster
Position: Program Director
Agency: La Clinica de la Raza, Inc.
Phone: 510-535-6417

La Maestra Community Health Centers

Lead Agency Name: La Maestra Family Clinic, Inc.

Project Name: Enhancing the Quality of Opioid/Stimulant Use Disorder (OUD/StUD) Services Among Vulnerable San Diego Youth

Project Description: La Maestra’s Comprehensive Community Behavioral Health and Wellness Clinic aims to enhance OUD/StUD services for youth and young adults between the ages of 12 to 24 in San Diego County. Our goal is to help reduce overdose-related deaths and improve the health and well-being of youth in our community. There is a particular focus on low-income, uninsured, and underinsured youth and racial and ethnic minority youth. La Maestra is using a whole person and patient-centered approach to provide evidence-based Medication-Assisted Treatment, co-occurring disorder treatment, mindfulness interventions, drug education, and prevention and recovery services, while following everyone’s developmental stage.

County served: San Diego County


Primary Contact:
Name: Robyn Wasserman
Position: Operations Director
Agency: La Maestra Community Health Centers
Phone: 619-285-7097

Marin County Probation Department

Lead Agency Name: Marin County Probation Department

Partner Agency: BluePath Health

Project Name:  YOR 2: Marin County

Project Description: In an effort to create a more equitable and holistic culture of health for Marin County youth, this program aims to expand referrals to opioid and stimulant use disorder (OUD/StUD) services for youth in Marin County. This project establishes three care coordinator positions across three schools—Novato High School, Tomales High School, and San Rafael High School—that are providing referrals for students with OUD/StUDs. Multi-payer provider networks are leveraged to expand referrals to OUD/StUD services for all Marin County youth. The RxSafe Marin Youth Action Team youth advisory group serves as a youth advisory on all components of this project, including outreach and education. Strengths and needs of this project are assessed by evaluating aggregated screenings and outcome measures. This data is used to enhance care coordination and create financial sustainability for high school health and wellness.

County served: Marin County

Primary Contact:
Name: Lauren Jacobson
Position: Program Manager
Agency: BluePath Health
Phone: 516-459-5757

Mind OC

Lead Agency Name: Mind OC

Partner Agencies:

  • KCS Health Center
  • Multi-Ethnic Coalition of Community Agencies (MECCA)
  • YoPros Advisory Council

Project Name: Be Well Orange County Alliance for Youth (BE OCAY)

Project Description: BE OCAY supports strategies that increase capacity and access to opioid and/or stimulant use disorder (OUD/StUD) services for youth ages 12-24 in three domains: 1) clinical services and recovery supports; 2) community-based outreach, education, and training; and 3) cross organizational systems change. BE OCAY is an initiative of Be Well OC, a well-established cross-sector collaborative that works with providers to support vulnerable populations and advance health equity to achieve optimal mental health for Orange County residents. BE OCAY is a collaboration between Be Well OC, KCS Health Center, the Multi-Ethnic Collaborative of Community Agencies (MECCA), YoPros (Youth/Young Professionals Advisory Group), and the cross-sector organizational members of the Be Well Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Leadership Coalition. Our goal is to build capacity and infrastructure for clinical treatment, enhance referral pathways, improve transitions between care, and create a more integrated system of care and recovery to support youth with substance use disorders.

County served: Orange County


Primary Contact:
Name: Jennifer Brya
Position: Director of SUD and Community Suicide Prevention Initiatives
Agency: Mind OC

Phoenix Houses of Los Angeles, Inc.

Lead Agency Name: Phoenix House California

Project Name: Phoenix House California – YOR California

Project Description: Phoenix House seeks to reduce drug use, especially opioids and stimulants, and stigma among at-promise, low-income, mostly Latinx/o/a youth in San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles County, as well as increase their resilience and life skills, improve their well-being and self-efficacy, and help them succeed in meeting life goals. The constellation of collaborative youth relevant services is designed to address unique experiences, interests, and motivations of specific youth/transitional age youth cohorts (low income, Latinx/o/a, homeless, LGBTQ+, youth involved with justice systems and affected by serious mental illness/serious emotional disturbance). Coordinated care, family involvement, and positive youth development will ensure the program’s success. Services are planned/delivered in accordance with YOR California Key Principles.

County served: Los Angeles County


Primary Contact:
Name: Cory Brosch
Position: Vice President, Clinical Director
Agency: Phoenix House
Phone: 714-953-9373 x 4821

Public Health Institute

Lead Agency Name: Public Health Institute/CA Bridge

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 Name: Youth MAT Pilot Project

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 is demonstrating 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 are focusing on youth-specific screening, assessment and referral, and youth-specific MAT prescribing, with an emphasis on family and caregiver engagement and recovery support services.

Counties served: Sacramento, Monterey, Riverside, and Orange Counties


Primary Contact:
Name: Elizabeth Keating
Position: Clinical Program Director, CA Bridge
Agency: CA Bridge/Public Health Institute
Phone: 718-306-2284

Santa Barbara County Department of Behavioral Health

Lead Agency Name: Santa Barbara County Department of Behavioral Wellness

Partner Agency: Family Service Agency

Project Name: YOR Place – Lompoc

Project Description: The YOR California project through the Santa Barbara County Department of Behavioral Wellness is implementing YOR Place, a youth-led drop-in center, in the City of Lompoc. A youth advisory group is partnering with county staff to co-create a drop-in center designed to increase access to services for youth ages 12-24 who are misusing opioids and/or stimulants. YOR Place services include outreach, education, engagement, screening, early/brief interventions, family support services, referral to behavioral treatment, referral to Medication-Assisted Treatment MAT, case management and recovery supports. YOR Place services is designed by youth and includes a calendar of events consisting of youth support groups, family groups, and positive youth development activities facilitated by the Department of Behavioral Wellness and partner agencies. Targeted outreach is co-created with the youth advisory group to destigmatize treatment options and reach diverse populations including Latinx youth and families.

County served: Santa Barbara County


Primary Contacts:
Name: John Doyel or Melissa Wilkins
Position: Alcohol and Drug Program (ADP) Division Chief, ADP Project Manager
Agency: Santa Barbara County Department of Behavioral Wellness
Email: or
Phone: 805-681- 4907 or 805-681-5445

Stanislaus County Behavioral Health

Lead Agency Name: County of Stanislaus, Behavioral Health and Recovery Services

Partner Agencies:

  • Center for Human Services
  • Modesto City Schools
  • The Last Resort
  • Golden Valley Health Centers
  • Doctor’s Medical Center
  • Memorial Medical Center

Project Name: Stanislaus YOR Implementation Program

Project Description: The Stanislaus YOR Implementation Program is: 1) bringing substance use disorder (SUD) services to youth (i.e. schools), as opposed to youth coming to treatment sites, which expands the number of youth and young adults enrolled in SUD treatment and overall reduces the number of youth and young adult overdose deaths related to an opioid or stimulant use disorder; 2) partnering with the existing Stanislaus Opioid Coalition to build community/prescriber capacity to identify and reduce existing barriers to treating youth with Medication-Assisted Treatment; and 3) increasing family support/involvement in SUD treatment and reduce perceived barriers by using a parent/family navigator.

County served: Stanislaus County


Primary Contacts:
Name: Jennifer Marsh
Position: SUD Prevention Coordinator
Agency: Stanislaus County Behavioral Health & Recovery Services
Phone: 209-525-5316

Name:  Cameo Culcasi
Position: Chief, Substance Use Disorder Services
Agency: Stanislaus County Behavioral Health & Recovery Services
Phone: 209-525-6229

The Teen Project

Lead Agency Name: The Teen Project, Inc. (TTP)

Partner Agencies: Youth Moving On/Hillsides and McMillen Foundation

Project Name: Project SYLO (Street Youth Locate & Outreach)

Project Description: TTP works exclusively with youth ages 18-24 who are experiencing homelessness or at-risk and is focusing on outreach and treatment for youth with opioid and/or stimulant use disorders (OUD/StUDs). Outreach workers are going to the streets where youth who are homeless live, socialize, and engage in substance use, placing them at significant risk of overdose and death. Our team of professionals are working to surround participating youth with quality care and services, including Medication-Assisted Treatment and other substance use disorder treatment and recovery services, housing resources, job training and employment search assistance, vocational training, benefits access, and health insurance coverage. Aftercare plans include ongoing case management as needed through our outpatient continuum, 12-Step support groups, and a relapse outreach plan. TTP will also use billboard ads, social media posts, and mobile technologies to engage youth. We want our clients to know that relapse is part of recovery and entrust that TTP will guide them throughout their journey.

County served: Los Angeles County


Primary Contact:
Name: Maria Rum-Aharonian
Position: Program Coordinator
Agency: The Teen Project, Inc.
Phone: 818-582-8832

Toiyabe Indian Health Project

Lead Agency Name: Toiyabe Indian Health Project

Partner Agencies:

  • Toiyabe Indian Health Board of Directors
  • Owens Valley Career Development Center
  • California Rural Indian Health Board
  • Desert Sage Youth Wellness Center
  • Telewell Behavioral Health
  • Toiyabe’s Chief Executive Officer

Project Name: Anadutana

Project Description: The proposed “Anadutana” project is administered by the Family Services Department of the Toiyabe Indian Health Project, Inc. (Toiyabe) and community partners through a large collaborative of Native American, non-native and child-serving partners. Anadutana is a Paiute word meaning “lacing a baby in the cradle board.” A cradle board is used historically by American Indians to provide security to our young. The Anadutana project is Toiyabe’s effort to provide security and support for our future generations. The purpose of the project is to encourage wellness amongst youth by providing a network of intervention and treatment options for opioid and stimulant use disorders.

Counties served: Inyo and Mono Counties


Primary Contact:
Name: Earl Lent or Heather Momberg
Position: Earl Lent, SUD counselor and Heather Momberg, MAT coordinator
Agency: Toiyabe Indian Health Project
Email: or or
Phone: 760-873-6394

UCSF Division of Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

Lead Agency Name: University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Division of Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine

Project Name: UCSF Youth Outpatient Substance Use Program (YoSUP)

Project Description: For over 40 years, the UCSF Division of Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine has provided exemplary and innovative health care services and has trained health care professionals and scholars from a variety of disciplines at the graduate and postgraduate education level. As such, our project has three important aims: 1) To expand access to evidence-based addiction treatment (including Medication-Assisted Treatment) for youth through our Youth Outpatient Substance Use Program (YoSUP). 2) To facilitate excellent training in youth addiction medicine for California’s pediatric providers through the UCSF Youth Addiction Medicine Training Program. 3) To build a collaborative network of youth addiction treatment providers in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout California. With support from YOR California, we are leading efforts to ensure that developmentally appropriate and evidence-based treatment options become the standard of care for California youth struggling with addiction.

Counties served: San Francisco, Marin, Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Mateo Counties


Primary Contact:
Name: Veronika Mesheriakova, M.D.
Position: Director
Agency: University of California San Francisco
Phone: 415-514-7604

Uplift Family Services

Lead Agency Name: Uplift Family Services (UFS)

Partner Agencies:

  • School Health Clinics of Santa Clara County (SHC)
  • Pacific Clinics (PC)
  • Pathway Society
  • Campbell Union High School District
  • Eastside Union High School District
  • Alum Rock Union School District
  • San Jose Unified School District

Project Name: Operation No Wrong Door

Project Description: Operation No Wrong Door helps teens and young adults ages 12 to 24 from underserved communities impacted by the opioid crisis, stimulant misuse, and substance use disorders (SUDs). We support individuals by way of our Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC), led by Uplift Family Services (UFS), School Health Clinics of Santa Clara (SHC), and Pacific Clinics (PC). We offer a number of services and supports, including:  1) Medication-Assisted Treatment for opioid use disorder, 2) a comprehensive array of SUD services, and 3) community education and treatment resources to address opioid and stimulant misuse. The program is throughout Santa Clara County via community outreach efforts, local schools with UFS school-based programs and SHC primary care sites. Those seeking treatment are assessed and referred to an array of evidence-based services that incorporate families, are strengths-based, and address social determinants of health, regardless of ability to pay.

County served: Santa Clara County


Primary Contact:
Name: Rachelle Grant
Position: Project Director
Agency: Uplift Family Services
Phone: 408-876-4284

Valley Health Associates

Lead Agency Name: Valley Health Associates

Partner Agencies: Baktun12 and Harmony at Home

Project Name: Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Youth

Project Description: Valley Health Associates and partners aim to reduce youth overdoses and the number of youth with opioid/stimulant use disorders (OUD/StUDs) who are incarcerated by increasing access to treatment—especially MAT. The path of the system’s delivered punishment experienced by youth with OUD/StUDs is substantially altered to a pathway of treatment through the development of youth empowerment and leadership through systems- and policy-change advocacy and outreach and increasing access to OUD/StUDs treatment and recovery services for youth (12-24) and their families.

Counties served: Monterey and San Benito Counties


Primary Contact:
Position: Interim Executive Director
Agency: Valley Health Associates
Phone: 831-424-6655 Ext. 23

Volunteers of America Los Angeles

Lead Agency Name: Volunteers of America Los Angeles

Partner Agencies):

  • LACADA-Los Angeles for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Youth and Family Services
  • Home Boys Industries
  • BAART Treatment Centers
  • CA Bridge
  • Sobriety Central
  • Cri-Help

Project Name: Volunteers of America Los Angeles Youth Opioid Response (YOR) 2

Project Description: YOR 2 focuses on intervention and comprehensive service planning for youth misusing opioids/stimulants or with opioid/stimulant use disorders (OUD/StUDs). VOALA YOR 2 concentrates on sustainability and system change by providing multiple service elements that include case management, Medication-Assisted Treatment, behavioral interventions, family focused services, and recovery supportive services. We have an emphasis on creating a space for clients to be connected with a mentor who has previously completed the program to address the principles and fundamentals and share their own experience in addiction recovery. VOALA YOR project is also conducting early intervention for those who are misusing opioids/stimulants.

County served: Los Angeles County

Primary Contact:
Name: Jessica Munoz
Position: Program Manager II
Agency: VOALA
Phone: 213-610-7531

Yurok Tribe

Lead Agency Name: Yurok Health and Human Services Department, Yurok Tribe

Partner Agencies:

  • Yurok Tribe Wellness Coalition, Yurok Tribal Court
  • Yurok Tribe Education
  • Two Feathers Native American Family Services
  • Department of Health and Human Services; Humboldt/Del Norte Counties
  • Northern California Indian Development Council
  • INC
  • United Indian Health Services
  • K’ima:w Medical Center
  • Rx Safe-Humboldt/Del Norte Counites

Project Name: Yurok Youth Opioid Response Program (YYOR)

Project Description: Our mission is to address opioid/stimulant use disorders (OUD/StUDs) among Yurok youth ages 12-24, providing access to services such as intervention, screening, assessment, and comprehensive case management. Continued focus is on stigma reduction and accessing services, including Medication-Assisted Treatment. Youth response programming aims to increase contingency planning to include culturally relevant treatment and recovery services. We are guided by our values of cultural responsiveness, family engagement, and youth-driven, trauma-informed practice.  Also, YYOR is about strengthening our partnerships; we are engaging, networking, and developing agreements with community partners, such as health care systems and mental health service providers serving the most rural demographics of both Humboldt and Del Norte Counties. The intended outcome of our approach is to increase sustainable access to treatment and intervention services for Yurok youth and their families that have been impacted by OUD/StUDs.

Counties served: Humboldt and Del Norte Counties


Primary Contact:
Name: Alita Redner
Position: ICWA/Behavioral Health Division Director, Yurok Health and Human Services Department
Agency: Yurok Tribe
Phone: 530-625-4130


Adventist Health Reedly (Central Valley Health Foundation)

Lead Agency Name: Adventist Health Reedley

Partner Agency: Kings Canyon Unified School District

Project Name: Improving Access for Youth with Substance Use Disorder

Project Description: From March 2021 to August 2022, Adventist Health Reedley is collaborating with Kings Canyon Unified School District to better address opioid and stimulant misuse among youth living in the City of Reedley, a rural city in the Central Valley. Together, these two organizations are forming a youth advisory committee and a youth services network that will engage youth and key community partners alike. Through culturally informed training and outreach, they are raising awareness for substance use disorders (SUDs) and available services. Fundamental outcomes include improved screening and identification of SUDs, referrals to treatment, and connections between stakeholders. 

County served: Fresno County

Primary Contact:
Name: Araceli Castillo
Position: Project Specialist
Agency: Adventist Health Reedley
Phone: 559-537-0053

California AfterSchool Network

Lead Agency Name: Foundation for California Community Colleges: California AfterSchool Network

Partner Agencies:

  • Boys and Girls Club of Garden Grove
  • ProYouth
  • JVH Empower
  • Sue Nelson
  • Glen Price Group

Project Name: Equity-Driven Whole Child Health and Wellness: Substance Use Intervention Pathways

Project Description: This project increases access to quality service pathways for youth misusing opioids and/or stimulants. This is accomplished by building sustainable state, organizational, and local-level capacity to continuously improve equity driven whole child health and wellness outcomes. The program convenes health, education, expanded learning, mental health, and substance use disorder stakeholders in a networked improvement community designed to integrate authentic youth voice and foster screening and stigma reduction strategies, data sharing partnerships, full access to needed services, and cross-sector professional learning.

Counties served: Orange and Tulare County Counties and statewide


Primary Contact:
Name: Jeff Davis
Agency: Foundation for California Community Colleges: California AfterSchool Network
Phone: 916-325-0854

California School-Based Health Alliance

Lead Agency Name: California School-Based Health Alliance

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

Project Name: Addressing Youth Substance Misuse

Project Description: This project aims to 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.

Counties served: 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
Phone: 510-268-1260

Health Improvement Partnership of Santa Cruz

Lead Agency Name: Health Improvement Partnership of Santa Cruz County

Partner Agency: Santa Cruz County Office of Education

Project Name: SafeRx Youth Care Integration

Project Description: SafeRx Santa Cruz County, an opioid and substance use prevention and safety coalition, and Santa Cruz County Office of Education’s Schools Integrated Behavioral Health Initiative (SIBHI) are partnering to build Santa Cruz County capacity to overcome barriers to youth treatment and Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) access. Youth treatment needs, driven by information collected from key informants, is a focus in coalition meetings and projects, including material creation, MAT expansion, and naloxone distribution. This project is increasing awareness among youth, families, and school staff about existing treatment options, as well as working to identify and fill gaps. There are also increased interagency connections through networking and enrollment in a new county-wide closed loop social service referral system.   

County served: Santa Cruz County


Primary Contact:
Name: Rita Hewitt
Position: Behavioral Health Program Manager
Agency: Health Improvement Partnership

Hope Rising Lake County

Lead Agency Name: Hope Rising Lake County – SafeRx

Partner Agencies:

  • Sunrise Special Services Foundation
  • Lake County Behavioral Health Services
  • Clearlake Youth Center
  • North Coast Opportunities
  • Partnership HealthPlan of California
  • Lake County Office of Education

Project Name: Find Your Way

Project Description: Hope Rising-SafeRx recognizes addiction as a disease and its mission is to reduce the harm the opioid crisis has had on Lake County, where the overdose rate is four times that of the California state average. SafeRx created The Find Your Way campaign through the first round of the Youth Opioid Response (YOR) grant. In YOR 2, SafeRx is building capacity and creating a Youth Advisory Board structure to inform local agencies and schools on gaps in outreach and connection to evidence-based treatment. It is of upmost importance that we address historical and intergenerational trauma and stigma with transitional aged youth and our partnering agencies. Through educational trainings, we wish to ensure that our organization and its partners have a foundation of equity and inclusion, before collaborating with a diverse group of transitional aged youth. Through outreach, social media, and the youth advisory board, SafeRx, along with behavioral health and education partners, are constructively discussing the pathways to success in reducing stigma and breaking down barriers to youth seeking support and evidence-based treatment.

County served: Lake County


Primary Contact:
Name: Justin Gaddy
Position: Project Director
Agency: Hope Rising Lake County
Phone: 310-745-4168

Ink People Center for the Arts

Lead Agency Name: ‘The Plants that Nourish Us,’ a DreamMaker Project of the Ink People Center for the Arts

Project Name: ‘The Plants that Nourish Us’

Project Description: Our project empowers native youth with positive traditional culture experiences, traditional ecological knowledge, and outings to traditional homelands. Our community activities are designed to encourage resiliency, self-respect, knowledge, skills, and abilities. The connection we make between native youth, plant knowledge, and native languages provides culturally relevant, healthy alternatives, and relief from the pressures of stimulant, opioid, and other substance misuse. We revitalize youth participation in traditional activities, art, and science. Food sovereignty, health, self-worth, cultural appreciation, and expression all disrupt and counter the physical and mental health issues linked with substance misuse and addiction. We focus on youth of the Round Valley Indian Tribes.

Counties served: Mendocino and Humboldt Counties


Primary Contact:
Name: Perry Lincoln
Position: Founder
Agency: ‘The Plants that Nourish Us’ a DreamMaker Project of the Ink People Center for the Arts
Phone: 530-382-5840

Koreatown Youth and Community Center

Lead Agency Name: Koreatown Youth and Community Center, Inc. (KYCC)

Project Name: Koreatown Organizing to Reduce Youth Opioids (KORYO)

Project Description: KYCC is building on decade-long prevention efforts to increase and expand our capacity to provide youth aged 12-24 with opioid and stimulant use disorder (OUD/StUD) services in Los Angeles’ Koreatown Community by conducting a needs assessment, enhancing our infrastructure and networks, and improving pathways to treatment services. KYCC is using youth-guided, culturally relevant, and responsive services, along with data and outcome-based strategies, to strengthen network capacity. The goal is to provide outreach and education, identify barriers to services, and increase referral and access to Medication-Assisted Treatment and other recovery services. Our hope is to ultimately reduce the use of opioids and stimulants among youth and positively impact this crisis on California’s youth and families.

County served: Los Angeles County


Primary Contact:
Name: Hiroko Makiyama, LCSW
Position: Recovery Services Manager
Agency: Koreatown Youth and Community Center, Inc.
Phone: 213-365-7400 x 5517

Mathiesen Memorial Health Clinic

Lead Agency Name: Mathiesen Memorial Health Clinic

Project Name: MMHC’s Youth Opioid Response (YOR) Capacity-Building Project 

Project Description: MMHC’s YOR Capacity Building project is the way for MMHC to prepare to serve youth in response to the opioid/substance use crises. The target population is the youth members of the Chicken Ranch Rancheria of Me-Wuk tribe and unaffiliated youth Native American Indians (ages 12 -24) who reside in Tuolumne County. MMHC’s project target population also includes non-tribal youth (ages 12-24) who live in our service area (zip codes 95327 and 95370). Our plan is to complete a comprehensive assessment, determining assets, gaps, and barriers to youth services. This work includes gathering information from youth focus groups. MMHC is working with our newly formed Tribal Local Opioid Coalition (partners/stakeholders) to leverage their expertise and support in developing a comprehensive “Plan.” The Plan provides a pathway forward in addressing youth opioid/stimulant use in our communities and improving opioid and stimulant use disorder prevention, access, and treatment services to our youth.

County served: Tuolumne County


Primary Contact:
Name: John Vas
Position: CEO
Agency: Mathiesen Memorial Health Clinic
Phone: 209-984-4827

Urban Strategies Council

Lead Agency Name: Urban Strategies Council

Project Name: Urban Strategies Council – “Youth On The Rise”

Project Description: The Council is conducting a robust, engaging, and impactful youth-development and youth-led opioid disorder education and collaboration building initiative targeting African American youth (ages 12-24) in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Solano Counties. The target group of young people are coming from families and communities that are disproportionately impacted by opioid misuse and disorders. The program goal is to strengthen the capacity of young leaders to reduce opioid use among their peers. The Council is training peer leaders (Council Fellows in Residence) to implement community outreach and education activities. The Council is also convening a network of service providers to strengthen and increase connections with underserved and at-risk youth.

Counties served: Alameda, Contra Costa, and Solano Counties


Primary Contact: (public facing)
Name: Teri Carlyle
Position: Director of Operations
Agency: Urban Strategies Council
Phone: 707-235-5704

Young People in Recovery

Lead Agency Name: Young People in Recovery

Project Name: Young People in Recovery (YPR)

Project Description: YPR chapters support people in or seeking recovery by providing the following services: an alternative peer group, life-skills workshops, regular all-recovery meetings, and pro-social activities. Chapters also advocate on the local, state, and federal levels for the interests of the recovery community. Within the state of California, YPR has 14 operating chapters located in cities across the state extending all the way from San Diego to Redding. Each of these chapters provides recovery support services, in addition to establishing partnerships with other community organizations to promote access to harm reduction and Medication-Assisted Treatment services (where applicable). As a capacity-building grantee, YPR is beginning to expand our community services by training and distributing Naloxone through our project coordinators. Lastly, with the help of a consulting firm, YPR is broadening our understanding of the recovery community through diversity, equity, and inclusion professional development.

Counties served: Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, San Diego, Merced, Shasta, Fresno, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, and Alameda Counties


Primary Contact:
Name: Saraiha Sampson
Position: California Program Manager
Phone: 424-345-4790