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Medication Assisted Treatment Access Points funding to support prevention, treatment and recovery service activities for people with opioid-use disorders


The Center last week announced the Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Access Points funding opportunity. The aim of this funding is to support MAT start-up activities and/or MAT enhancement efforts in at least 200 MAT Access Points throughout California, with the goal of increasing the number of patients with substance-use disorders treated with medications, counseling and other recovery services. All of the MAT Access Points will ensure that the delivery model enables positive treatment outcomes, safe management of care transitions and long-term recovery.

A total of $38 million is available and eligible organizations may apply for up to $50,000 per access site.

A request for applications is available for organizations such as primary care facilities, hospitals, emergency departments, narcotic treatment programs/medication units, jails, residential centers, tribal health centers, DUI providers, community or county mental health centers, social services providers, community-based organizations or other organizations either building new MAT access or expanding current MAT capacity. Funding can be used to purchase equipment, train staff, recruit staff, make capital improvements, and for other start-up and enhancement costs.

Applications are due by March 28 at 1 p.m.

We will host a webinar to review the request for applications and the application process on March 8 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Participation on the webinar is recommended, but not required.

The request for applications and webinar registration are available on the MAT Access Points web page.

Please e-mail us any questions.

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Responsive Grants Program applications due on March 18


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Responsive Grants Program funding continues in 2019, with grants up to $15,000 to support projects that improve health and quality of life for people throughout our 26-county funding region. There will be one funding round this year, with a total of $500,000 available. We will award at least 30 percent for projects serving rural areas of the region.

Online applications are due by March 18 at 1 p.m. Download application materials and view the proposers’ webinar on the Responsive Grants Program web page.

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Positive Youth Justice Initiative interim evaluation report highlights successes, recommendations


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The Positive Youth Justice Initiative continues its work in 11 California counties to transform juvenile justice practice and policy into a more just, effective system that is aligned with the developmental needs of young people.

The National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) is carrying out an external evaluation of the initiative’s Organizing for a Healthy Justice System phase, and recently submitted its Interim Evaluation Report focused on activities and accomplishments of funded partners and their coalitions between January and June 2018. In addition to and through their success engaging youth, NCCD found that funded partners are changing the local advocacy environment and increasing community power to advocate for a healthy justice system. The report also identifies lessons learned, such as the centrality of youth to the effort, and makes recommendations for The Center.

Learn more on the Positive Youth Justice Initiative Evaluation web page.

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MBK Rising! brought together youth and adults to Arrive as Many. Rise as One.


As one of 10 Impact Community sites granted funding by the Obama Foundation’s My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Alliance, Sacramento’s MBK Collaborative was invited to participate in MBK Rising!, a two-day convening in Oakland that brought together the growing network of MBK communities, leaders and youth working across the country to build opportunity for boys and young men of color.

On February 19 and 20, nearly 50 MBK Sacramento youth fellows, community leaders and collaborative members participated in conversations and learning opportunities, including a town hall discussion with President Barack Obama and panel conversations featuring elected officials such as Lucy McBath, movement leaders including Alicia Garza, and narrative influencers such as Ryan Coogler.

Panel discussions focused on philanthropy, policy change and California’s successes and barriers, and included presentations from MBK Sacramento Youth Fellow Alejandro Galicia and Sierra Health Foundation and The Center staff – President and CEO Chet P. Hewitt, Director of Health Programs Matt Cervantes and Senior Program Officer Kindra Montgomery-Block

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See an Obama Foundation video highlighting the MBK Sacramento Collaborative.

Photo courtesy of the Obama Foundation and My Brother’s Keeper Alliance.

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San Joaquin Valley Health Fund highlighted in Foundation Review article on community-first funder collaboratives


The San Joaquin Valley Health Fund is featured in the latest issue of The Foundation Review, a peer-reviewed journal with a mission to share evaluation results, tools and knowledge about the philanthropic sector to improve the practice of grantmaking, yielding greater impact and innovation.

The article, Equity for All: Building the Infrastructure for Change Through Community-First Funder Collaboratives, describes Sierra Health Foundation’s experience partnering with San Joaquin Valley communities and state and national funders to establish the San Joaquin Valley Health Fund and draws on the findings of a study of the model conducted by Harder+Company Community Research.

Evaluation findings on the strategies that ensured the community-first orientation of the model are used to reflect on how foundations can utilize this approach elsewhere to build the infrastructure needed to advance equity for all.

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Gathering for GLORY conference to be held April 25


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The Black Child Legacy Campaign is planning the third annual Giving Love to Our Rising Youth conference to bridge the wisdom, perspectives and experiences from the faith-based community with those of advocacy groups, stakeholders, service providers and communities to reduce African American child deaths in Sacramento County. The conference will be held at the South Sacramento Christian Center on April 25 and will include speakers, workshops, vendors and space for community action planning. This is a free event and volunteer opportunities are available.

Learn more and register on the Black Child Legacy Campaign web site.

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The Development Minute: Building Volunteer Support


We’re pleased to share the most recent episode of The Development Minute, in collaboration with the Association of Fundraising Professionals – California Capital Chapter. This video series shares insights to help nonprofits build organizational and personal capacity to raise funds, recruit board members and donors, and develop relationships with partners and community members.


Our new episode, Building Volunteer Support, features Trudy Harris of Team Giving, who focuses on volunteer engagement as a powerful tool to build and utilize expertise and passion for change in communities.

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