CHA News Article

DHCS Issues Update on Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System Waiver

According to a recent update from the Department of Health Care Services, 19 counties — representing nearly 75 percent of the Medi-Cal population — are currently approved to deliver Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System (DMC-ODS) services. The DMC-ODS waiver is a voluntary pilot program that offers California counties the opportunity to expand access to care for Medi-Cal enrollees with substance use disorders.

The program’s goal is to demonstrate that organized care for substance use disorders improves beneficiary health outcomes while decreasing system-wide health care costs. Twenty-one additional counties are in various phases of implementation. The next phase will incorporate tribal and urban health providers. A report summarizing external quality reviews for San Mateo and Marin counties — some of the first counties to implement the program — is available online. For more information about the DMC-ODS, visit the DHCS website.