California-Based Projects

California Department of State Hospitals (DSH) Incompetent to Stand Trial (IST) Diversion and Community-Based Restoration Infrastructure Project

AHP is working with the California Department of State Hospitals (DSH) to support the expansion of residential housing capacity for individuals charged with a felony and deemed incompetent to stand trial. IST Infrastructure funding is open to California counties that execute a contract with DSH for an ongoing diversion and/or community-based restoration (CBR) program, and non-county entities with a signed MOA or partnership agreement with a county. AHP is managing the award funding process including outreach, technical assistance, solicitation and selection, as well as negotiation and contracting.

Behavioral Health Bridge Housing

Through the Behavioral Health Bridge Housing (BHBH) Program, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) will provide a total of $1.5 billion in funding to county behavioral health agencies and Tribal entities to operate bridge housing settings to address the immediate and sustainable housing needs of people experiencing homelessness who have serious behavioral health conditions, including serious mental illness (SMI) and/or substance use disorder (SUD). The program, which was signed into law in September 2022 under Assembly Bill 179 (Ting, Chapter 249, Statutes of 2022), provides funding through June 30, 2027. For more information, visit Bridge Housing.

CalAIM Providing Access and Transforming Health Technical Assistance Marketplace

Our exceptional team of highly experienced project leaders and consultants are entrenched in the intricacies of California’s efforts to transform health care. As a vendor of the CalAIM Providing Access and Transforming Health (PATH) Technical Assistance (TA) Marketplace, we are prepared to help build sophisticated workforce development and community supports programs that seamlessly align with Medi-Cal. Our staff work side by side with the full spectrum of providers, helping address social drivers of health to better the health and behavioral health care landscape, and improving care and outcomes for millions of Medi-Cal enrollees.  

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Behavioral Health Continuum Infrastructure Program

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) was authorized through 2021 state legislation to establish the Behavioral Health Continuum Infrastructure Program (BHCIP) and award $2.2 billion in grants to construct, acquire, and expand properties and invest in mobile crisis infrastructure related to behavioral health. In partnership with AHP as the administrative entity, DHCS is releasing these funds through six grant rounds targeting various gaps in the state’s behavioral health facility infrastructure. For more information, visit Improving California's Infrastructure (

Behavioral Health Workforce Development

AHP implements this program for workforce development in California. California DHCS is committed to statewide expansion of the peer-run behavioral health workforce, as well as all other behavioral health professions, to improve consumer access to and productive participation in behavioral health services throughout the state. More than 100 behavioral health grantees are expected to be funded between July 2021 and mid-February 2023. Grantees will receive intensive training and technical assistance (TTA) from AHP during this period, before Behavioral Health Workforce Development funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) closes. Through expansion and enhanced collaboration with health care, social services, and other systems, peer-run programs can help California move closer to its goal of equity in behavioral health services for every county in the state. For more information, visit Behavioral Health Workforce Development (

Hub and Spoke System Project

AHP is the administrative entity for this project, disbursing and overseeing approximately $57.4 million of SOR 2 funding from SAMHSA to California’s Hub and Spoke System. Subcontracted partners are Aurrera Health Group and the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP). Each awarded region has a specialized addiction center of expertise, known as the Hub, that is an opioid treatment program. Each Hub is connected to multiple Spokes, which are offices or clinics with a buprenorphine prescriber. Spokes have access to a dedicated medication-assisted treatment (MAT) team, consisting of one registered nurse and one licensed clinical social worker for every 100 Medicaid patients being treated with buprenorphine. Spokes can refer patients with complex needs to the Hub in their region for stabilization. The Hub and Spoke System aims to deal with the opioid crisis in California through a collaborative effort of relevant stakeholders. For more information, visit CA Hub and Spoke System: MAT Expansion Project.

Mobile Crisis and Justice Intervention Projects

On behalf of DHCS, AHP oversees, manages, and provides TA for the implementation of the Crisis Care Mobile Units (CCMU) program and the Behavioral Health Justice Intervention Services (BHJIS) program. The CCMU program includes $150 million from BHCIP for infrastructure and $55 million from SAMHSA through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act for direct services. County, tribal, and city behavioral health authorities are eligible to apply for funding to expand and enhance available crisis care mobile response teams. Approximately $16 million will be issued for the BHJIS program. For additional information, please go to Crisis Care Mobile Units (CCMU) - Improving California's Infrastructure (

The California Youth Opioid Response

The California Youth Opioid Response (YOR California) is a joint effort by the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions and AHP, funded by the California DHCS Community Services Division. This project envisions a California where youth with opioid and stimulant use disorders can access a continuum of effective, youth-specific prevention, early intervention, treatment, and recovery services. With this goal in mind, YOR California is working with local communities, service providers, and other stakeholders to prevent and reduce opioid and stimulant misuse, use disorders, and overdose deaths among youth (ages 12–24).  

Since its inception, YOR California has provided $34,000,000 including this round, in funding to organizations throughout California, spanning the continuum of prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery services for youth. YOR 1 funded 22 Implementation Grantees and 10 Planning grantees, YOR 2 funded 19 Implementation and 10 Capacity Building grantees, and YOR 3 funds 28 Implementation grantees and 14 Capacity Building grantees across the state. For more information, go to the YOR California website.

Narcotic Treatment Program Resource Expansion, Access, and Collaboration for Health (NTP REACH)

AHP is helping California DHCS use federal SOR funding to expand MAT capacity for those who need it most. Partnering with UCLA ISAP, this includes planning, outreach, ongoing support for NTP subgrantees, creating educational programming, and data collection and reporting. For more information, visit NTP REACH: Resource Expansion, Access & Collaboration for Health

Expanding MAT in County Criminal Justice Settings

AHP is a subcontractor for Health Management Associates (HMA), and its work on this project includes coaching California county teams and providing subject matter expertise. The goal of this SOR-funded project is to increase access to MAT during incarceration and throughout involvement in the justice system. The project features a Learning Collaborative and a TA program available to all California counties interested in developing or expanding access to MAT for opioid use disorder in their jails and through their drug court systems. The project includes working with multi-agency teams from 32 California counties, and as of June 2021, more than 10,800 jail detainees have received MAT during incarceration. For more information, go to Addiction Free CA | MAT in Jails and Drug Courts.

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Substance Abuse Prevention
and Control Program

The Substance Abuse Prevention and Control (SAPC) program employed AHP’s Projective Population Modeling (PPM) approach to anticipate the impact of California’s Medicaid waiver in LA County. LA County and AHP identified significant need for provider network enhancements, given the explosive growth in the covered population and the wide range of new services covered by California's Medicaid (Medi-Cal). For example, AHP was able to forecast tremendous demand for prescribers, licensed SUD treatment providers, and sober living beds across the county. This forecast was used to justify reimbursement enhancements to promote provider investment and subsequent growth in the provider network.