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“Angela at the CA Bridge program saved my life.”

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A patient and a Substance Abuse Navigator, smiling and looking at camera

As part of their unique model, all CA Bridge sites have a Substance Use Navigator (SUN) to help identify and treat patients with acute substance use symptoms need of care—helping patients to access medication for addiction treatment (MAT) and get the support they need, when they need it most.

24/7 access to medication for addiction treatment at CA Bridge sites, for patients in need

“Angela at the CA Bridge program saved my life,” wrote a patient after receiving support from a Substance Use Navigator (SUN).

Part of the program’s unique model, all CA Bridge sites have a Substance Use Navigator (SUN) to help identify and treat patients with acute substance use symptoms who are in need of care. SUNs help patients access medication for addiction treatment (MAT), as they are two times more likely to remain in care than those who are given referral information alone.

Vanessa Lara, a SUN with PHI’s CA Bridge program, describes why the role is integral to the program model: “Substance Use Navigators provide awareness and education to help de-stigmatize substance use disorders in hospitals so that patients are more willing to talk, engage, and ask for help.”

SUNs are a critical component of how the CA Bridge model ensures that people with substance use disorder receive 24/7 high-quality care, leading to life-changing results.

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