It is awesome to collaborate with a team across the state all working toward the same goal.

Jeff Davied, The Awareness Program

Driving Under-the-Influence (DUI) Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Integration Outreach Project (DUI MAT).

The DUI MAT Project provides the framework to optimize DUI Programs to become new and effective access points for MAT and other treatment modalities. Approximately 118,000 people enroll in DUI programs each year. Prior to DUI MAT, there were no established mechanisms in place to specifically identify, assess, refer, and manage Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and Poly Substance Use Disorder (SUD) in DUI treatment programs.

DUI MAT data collection defines the population of OUD and Poly SUD persons who are reached through interaction with the DUI treatment system through integration and outreach activities.

The DUI MAT Project helps to:

  • Fulfill the MAT Expansion Project objective to, “Transform entry points for individuals with opioid use disorders and create effective referrals into treatment” and the supporting goal of “adding 200+ new MAT access points throughout California.”
  • Provides additional tools and resources aimed at reducing DUI recidivism, increasing public safety on the roadways, and helping more people who suffer from OUD and other poly-substance addictions access treatment.
  • Best practices can be utilized to update future DUI Program regulations for DUI offender education, and the identification, assessment and treatment referral of OUD and Poly SUD.

Managing Contractor

The California Association of DUI Treatment Programs (CADTP) is the managing contractor of the Driving Under the Influence, Medication-Assisted Treatment (DUI MAT) Integration and Outreach Project for The MAT Expansion Project, State Opioid Response (SOR) 1-3.

The DUI MAT Project commenced on January 1, 2019. CADTP recruited and engaged with 27 DUI Programs providing DUI MAT services from June 1, 2019 to September 2020, with 18 DUI Programs participating in the COVID No Cost Extension (NCE) from November 2020 to March 2021. The Project renewed in SOR 2. CADTP recruited and engaged with 40 DUI Programs. Client services commenced in April 2021 and will continue through September 2022.

The Future of DUI MAT

DHCS approved the DUI MAT Integration/Outreach Project for inclusion in the State Opioid Response 3, MAT Expansion Project. CADTP will recruit 54 DUI Programs to participate as DUI MAT providers.

Project Subcontractors – DUI MAT Providers

A complete list of DUI MAT 2.0 Project Subcontractors is available at: DUI MAT Project Subcontractors

SOR 1

  • 27 Subcontractors
  • 17 Counties
  • 42 service locations
  • 227 people assigned to the project

SOR 2

  • 40 Subcontractors
  • 16 Counties
  • 49 service locations
  • 305 People assigned to the project

SOR 3

  • 54 Subcontractors

Thank you so much to DHCS and the CADTP administrative team for all the support in allowing us to reach those in need of additional services. We really believe this is making a difference.

Dena Elder, Solutions for Positive Choices

Project Results

Project subcontractors distribute the DAST 10-questions prescreen, an initial assessment for OUD and PolySUD to all DUI Program clients. Prescreens are voluntary. Those who are interested in addressing OUD and/or PolySUD can join the DUI MAT program, which is also voluntary. Data results of SOR 1 & 2 include:

  • Tens of thousands educated about OUD and PolySUD and medication-assisted and other treatment modalities
  • 77,774 Prescreens completed by DUI Program Clients
  • 442 DUI MAT Program Clients

To learn more about the DUI MAT Integration/Outreach Project go to: www.caduimat.com

Join the Next Round of the DUI MAT Project!

All California DUI Programs are encouraged to apply to join the next round of the DUI MAT Project!

To apply, register for the Informing Webinar scheduled for October 25, 2022 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. The Request for Applications (RFA) will be released after the webinar.

I believe this has been a very good start to something that can potentially save
thousands of lives.

Juan Martinez, Director of The High Road Program, Los Angeles

Dr. Jessica Rodriguez
LAADC-S, ICAADC, MAC, SUDCCIV-CS, BSP, CTRTC, CIP, CTP, CTS, FSS

Dr. Rodriguez was named the Executive Director of Gateway Corp in 2012.  Gateway Corp was developed as a non-profit, public charity and founded October 27, 2011. November 2014, she developed a clinical hub for Gateway Corp called OnSite Strategies. OnSite is also a United States Trademark.

She has held the position of CEO, Clinical Director, Lead Educator and Clinical Trainer as well as the Clinical Business Developer. She has fulfilled the roles of a clinical consultant, professional development consultant and has clinically supervised many SUD/addiction counselors, mental health professionals and addiction and family interventionists for over 12 years.

She has been active in the mental health field since 1995. She has also clinically trained throughout the US and provides clinical oversight for several organizations in California.

Dr. Rodriguez released her first book, “When the Rainbow Ends a Shadow from Heaven Appears" in 2017.” Her newest book, "The Cart, From Adversity to Collateral Beauty" is scheduled to be released in the Fall of 2022.

Dr. Rodriguez is currently a writer for Rapporteur Magazine. Her focus is about Mental Wellness also covered topics to include ACE's, trauma, anxiety, and Systemic Racism.

Adriana Popescu, Ph.D.

Dr. Adriana Popescu is a licensed clinical psychologist and empowerment coach with over 25 years of experience in the mental health field. She specializes in treating addictions and trauma, and has directed a number of treatment programs in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the Founder and CEO of Firebird Healing, a trauma healing program, and the Clinical Director at Avery Lane, an innovative and holistic treatment program for women with co-occurring addiction and mental health disorders and trauma.

Adriana has contributed to a number of books, including TJ Woodward's Conscious Being Workbook, the Conscious Recovery for Addiction and Conscious Recovery for Mental Health Workbooks, and the Conscious Creation Workbook, all of which she co-authored with him.

She has a private practice in San Francisco and travels around the world speaking, coaching, and facilitating transformational and empowering workshops. She also hosts a fascinating podcast called Kaleidoscope of Possibilities – Alternative Perspectives on Mental Health.

Adriana loves to bring the most innovative and effective tools to her work, empowering people to overcome their imagined limitations, release their self-judgments, and discover the brilliance within – creating a life of infinite possibilities.

Her first book, “What If You’re Not as F*cked Up As You Think”, was released in October.

Aven Armstrong-Sutton, Ph.D(c), RSW

Clinical Services Manager at Kinark Child and Family Services

Aven L. Armstrong-Sutton has been a practicing licensed social worker for over a decade. With diverse experience in settings such as health promotion, foster care, youth homelessness, outpatient mental health & addictions, and student support services, Aven currently serves as a Clinical Services Manager at Kinark Child and Family Services, managing a Live-In-Treatment Program and three outpatient treatment programs. Maintaining a part-time private practice, Aven’s multidisciplinary and integrative approach focuses on trauma and resilience among under-served communities.

June Price Tangney, Ph.D

Dr. Tangney received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UCLA. She is currently University Professor and Professor of Psychology at George Mason. She is a Recipient of International Society for Self and Identity’s Distinguished Lifetime Career Award and Fellow of the Association of Psychological Science and of APA’s Division of Personality and Social Psychology.

Dr. Tangney is coauthor (with Ronda Dearing) of Shame and Guilt, coeditor (with Ronda Dearing) of Shame in the Therapy Hour, coeditor (with Jess Tracy and Richard Robins) of The self-conscious emotions: Theory and research, and coeditor (with Mark Leary) of the Handbook of Self and Identity. She has served as Associate Editor for Self and Identity, Consulting Editor for Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Psychological Assessment, Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, and Journal of Personality, and is currently Associate Editor of American Psychologist.

Her research on the development and implications of moral emotions has been funded by NIDA, NICHD, NSF, and the John Templeton Foundation. Currently, her work focuses on moral emotions among incarcerated offenders. She draws on theory and research in psychology and criminology to develop novel interventions that leverage inmates’ moral emotions and prosocial values. A recipient of GMU’s Teaching Excellence Award, Dr. Tangney strives to integrate service, teaching and clinically-relevant research in both the classroom and her lab.

Christina Veselak, MS, LMFT, CN

Founder and Director of the Academy for Addiction and Mental Health Nutrition

Christina T. Veselak, MS, LMFT, CN, is the founder and director of the Academy for Addiction and Mental Health Nutrition, which teaches practitioners around the world how to use diet, along with amino acid and nutrient therapy, to help prevent cravings and recurrent drug use. She has been a licensed psychotherapist working in the SUD treatment field since 1985 and a certified nutritionist specializing in mental health and addiction recovery since 1993.

Sean Bezdek, LMFT, MBA

Sean is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 25 years of experience working in mental health and substance abuse settings, in inpatient, PHP, and private practice. He holds b a master’s degree in Marital and Family Therapy from Philips Institute and an MBA from Baker College.

Sean’s clinical practice has specialized in working with Personality Disorders, Couples, Adolescents, and individual suffering from chronic mental illness. As a clinician Sean enjoys working with clients who can be resistant to traditional treatment and believes in the philosophy of “You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make them drink. BUT you can feed them saltines to make them thirsty!”

Sean is the Program Director for Akua Mind Body’s Sacramento inpatient mental health program. His prior leadership experience includes oversight of acute inpatient, utilization management, hospice/palliative care, home health and skilled nursing. Sean’s approach to management is to ensure the work that needs to get done gets done. “Our job is patient care. This include everything from making coffee to running groups. There is not one person who is more important that the other when it comes to providing exceptional care to the clients we serve.”