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Update on Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System Waiver

The California Department of Health Care Services has provided an update on the Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System (DMC-ODS) waiver, 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. Counties that choose to participate in the DMC-ODS are required to provide access to a full continuum of benefits modeled after the American Society of Addiction Medicine criteria, in addition to other requirements.

According to the department, all 40 counties from the first four stages of implementation that submitted implementation plans have been approved. Intergovernmental agreements have been approved for San Francisco, Marin, Riverside, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Los Angeles, Contra Costa, Santa Cruz, Napa, and San Luis Obispo counties through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and all have begun delivering DMC-ODS services. The department is providing technical assistance via contracted services, regional meetings, county-specific sessions, tribal consultation, and webinars.  More information about the DMC-ODS is available online.