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About Us

The Santa Barbara County Opioid Safety Coalition

Our Story

The Santa Barbara County Opioid Safety Coalition is a local community coalition dedicated to saving lives and preventing opioid misuse through expanding public education and media outreach, enhancing opioid surveillance, preventing overdose and promoting Naloxone distribution, promoting safe disposal practices, encouraging early intervention, and expanding treatment access and recovery.

The group was formed in 2018 as a task force or action group of the Santa Barbara Fighting Back Leadership Coalition, which has met monthly for the past 28 years to bring together community leaders to reduce substance abuse through a comprehensive, community-wide system of care that includes prevention, intervention, treatment, and aftercare. The Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse is the administrative agency for Santa Barbara Fighting Back, which includes decision makers in county and city government, law enforcement, health care, education, media and business. The Opioid Safety Coalition was formed as a working group of the larger coalition in response to the local opioid crisis.

At the same time, the Santa Barbara County Alcohol and Drug Programs facilitated the creation of a North County Opioid Coalition to address the opioid and associated stimulant use epidemic in the Santa Maria and Lompoc regions of the county.  Stakeholders gathered from local hospitals, the County Public Health Department, substance use treatment programs and other community agencies and organizations to develop strategies to address and combat the opioid and stimulant problem in the North and West County regions. 

The South and North County coalitions have now combined their efforts, and meet jointly each month as the Santa Barbara County Opioid Safety Coalition. These meetings provide an opportunity to identify and address the impacts of the opioid epidemic in all regions of Santa Barbara County and coordinate care for shared populations.

For more information, contact Amy Lopez, Project Manager, Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs.

Santa Barbara County Opioid Safety Coalition
Member Organizations

Access Support Network

Aegis Treatment Centers

CenCal Health

Community Health Centers

Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse

County of Santa Barbara Department of Behavioral Wellness, Alcohol and Drug Programs

Dignity Health, Marian Medical Center

Fighting Back, Santa Maria Valley

Future Leaders of America

Good Samaritan Shelter

Health Management Associates

Lompoc Valley Community Health Care Organization

Lompoc Valley Medical Center

Pacific Pride Foundation

Recover

Sanctuary Centers

Santa Barbara City College, Student Health Services

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital

Santa Barbara County Emergency Medical Services Agency

Santa Barbara County Probation Department

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office

Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics

Santa Ynez Tribal Health Clinic

Santa Ynez Valley People Helping People

UCSB Student Health Alcohol and Drug Program

Wellpath

Our Membership in the California Opioid Prevention Network (COPN)

The Santa Barbara County Opioid Safety Coalition is a member of the California Opioid Prevention Network (COPN), a network for coalitions, organizations, and individuals working at the forefront of the overdose epidemic. Our coalition was awarded three grants to participate in COPN’s Accelerator Program, which provided technical assistance and learning/networking convenings with similar coalitions throughout the state. COPN also sponsors the largest AmeriCorps VISTA program dedicated to opioid safety in the country, with the capacity to place 40 VISTA members in coalitions across California. VISTA members serve for one year, bolstering the impact of coalitions to incite transformational change within health systems and the communities they serve.

The Accelerator grant provided our coalition with a VISTA volunteer and the opportunity to work with consultants on developing a local data dashboard that consolidated data being collected by all of the member organizations about local opioid use, treatment, and community impacts. Our accelerator grant team was also responsible for developing this website to bring attention to the opioid issue in our community and provide resources to individuals seeking treatment, as well as behavioral health professionals and policymakers. Our accelerator grants also expanded our awareness of equity and diversity issues in opioid prevention and treatment and supported our efforts to distribute naloxone. 

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Member Organizations