Substance Abuse Prevention and Control

S.T.A.R.T. and LA County Treatment System Transformation


Los Angeles (LA) County has entered a period of unprecedented opportunity to truly transform and upgrade its substance use disorder (SUD) system of care. The approval of the California Department of Health Care Services’ (DHCS) Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System (DMC-ODS) Waiver has, for one, paved the way for LA County to increase access to SUD treatment services for adolescents and adults who are Medi-Cal eligible.  It has also allowed for launching innovative treatment design, practices and standards aimed at improving health outcomes and achieving sustainable SUD recovery.

The success of this transformation, and ultimately the success of SUD patients, will depend on crucial collaborations between the LA County Department of Public Health’s Substance Abuse Prevention and Control (SAPC) program and other programs within the Health Agency, treatment providers, treatment consumers, and other community stakeholder to build and implement this new SUD system of care. SAPC is committed to extensive and ongoing collaboration with these entities to develop this system, while supporting capacity building and infrastructure development efforts of the agencies providing SUD treatment services.  The information and resources below will assist in understanding how the SUD system will transform over the next several years, and in gathering community input on how to successfully implement this effort in LA County.

VerticalLine Read an overview of the DMC-ODS by clicking on this factsheet

To view upcoming Stakeholder Meetings, click on the calendar.
SAPC Calendar
SAPC START-ODS Provider Meetings   Top
June 15, 2017 - Key START-ODS Requirements
June 1, 2017 - Coordinating Care and Case Management Within The New Payment Structure
May 11, 2017 - Provider Directory Survey and Staffing Standards
May 4, 2017 - Implementing New Programmatic Standards and Services
April 6, 2017 - Sage - SUD Managed Care Information System
March 2, 2017 - Operationalizing New Clinical Standards and Practices
February 9, 2017 - Preparing for the New Reimbursement and Cost Reconciliation Process
December 15, 2016 - Investing in the Future of SUD Services
SAPC System Transformation   Top
Stakeholder Process   Top
DHCS DMC-ODS Resources   Top
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