California Residency Program Collaborative

Education | Outreach | Treatment

Improving care for patients with substance use disorders

Sponsored by California Academy of Family Physicians and CAFP Foundation

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The overall goal of this project is to improve education, outreach and treatment for patients with substance use disorder disease, including stimulants and opioids, with a focus on medication assisted treatment options.  Our goal is to enhance training for primary care and emergency medicine physicians while encouraging creative and innovative approaches to meet program and community needs. Projects will identify methods to improve or advance the standard of care for patients, demonstrate how best to implement those methods, and evaluate the outcomes of these efforts.

Our programs’ projects will:

  1. Advance the training of primary care and emergency medicine residents and physicians in the field of substance use disorder disease treatment;
  2. Improve the patient experience of care (including quality and satisfaction);
  3. Promote care that is patient-centric, engaging the community in the overall management of substance use disorder.

Our expectation is that program have an identified need(s), a methodology to both implement the action plan and measure the project’s impact, and a timeline for spread and plan for sustainability. Collaboration and communication with other stakeholders, including community members, are also encouraged and should be outlined in the proposal.

Our 16 residency programs will work for one a little over a year on their projects and during that year also work as a collaborative – meeting to share resources, wins, challenges and results. They will participate in face-to-face meetings, webinars and check-in calls, and will present a final report in June 2022.

More than 10 Actives in Homeroom including:

  • Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) and its Utility to Treating OUD
  • Pregnancy and Women's SUD
  • Communication Matters: Motivational Interviewing and Substance Use Disorders
  • Medication Assisted Treatments (MAT) for Opiates, But What About Stimulants?
  • Is Addiction a Brain Disease?
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New HHS Practice Guidelines FAQs
Prescribers no longer need to complete the MAT training for the 30-patient limit. Read More

New Requirements for Buprenorphine X-Waiver (as of April 28, 2021) US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released new practice guidelines for treatment of opioid use disorder. HHS has officially removed the X-waiver training requirement to treat patients with buprenorphine." Download PDF:  xWaiver Training HHS ruling 

DHCS Alert (5.27.21): Closure of 29 Lags Pain Clinics
On May 25, 2021, DHCS learned that Lags Medical Centers voluntarily closed 29 California locations this month, even though DHCS only suspended seven National Provider Identifier numbers associated with up to 17 locations, potentially impacting about 20,000 beneficiaries access to pain management care. Read More


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Access training for strategies to treat patients with substance use disorder and education on Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT).
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Find resources and tools to help support the treatment of substance use disorder.

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Expert Advisory Panel members:

Name Specialty/Constituency
Carol Havens, MD, FAAFP, FASAM, EAP Chair Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine Chair, CAFP’s Committee on Continuing Professional Development
Thomas C. Bent, MD, FAAFP Family Medicine, CAFP Foundation Board of Trustees
Toni Brayer, MD Internal Medicine, Large systems
Condessa Curley, MD, MPH, FAAFP Family Medicine, Public Health
Tipu V. Khan, MD, FAAFP, FASAM Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine with emphasis in Obstetrics
Keith Loring, MD Emergency Medicine and Addiction Medicine
Aimee Moulin, MD Emergency Medicine and Addiction Medicine
Heyman Oo, MD Pediatrics
Michael Potter, MD, FAAFP Family Medicine, Practice based research
Lee Ralph, MD Family Medicine and Sports Medicine
Melanie Thompson, DO Family Medicine
David Tran, MD, MPH Family Medicine and Palliative-Hospice Medicine
Staff and Consultants
Jerri L. Davis, CHCP CAFP VP of Education
Pamela Mann, MPH CAFP Foundation Executive Director
Mary Ales, MBA, FACEHP Mosaica Solutions
Shelly Rodrigues, CAE Mosaica Solutions
Pam Kittleson, RPh IPMA, Director of Quality
Debra Levinthal, DPM IPMA Executive Director
Heidi Ness IPMA Director of Education and Accreditation
Cheri Olson, MD IPMA Medical Director

2019-2020 CA Primary Care Residency Program Collaborative Final Reports

Narrative - Final ReportFull Final Report

This website will be continually updated with information to assist these and other residency programs that strive to make improvements in order to better serve their patients with SUD. Please check back as we post education, tools and resources on this website throughout the collaboration.


If you have questions, please direct them in writing to Jerri Davis,

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