Medication Assisted Treatment Grant Program

Assembly Bill 653 (AB 653) (Chapter 745, Statutes of 2021) was approved by Governor Newsom on October 9, 2021. This bill requires funding competitive grants to counties, and require counties receiving grants to use these funds for various purposes relating to the treatment of substance use disorders and the provision of medication-assisted treatment. The bill also requires grant-funded counties to collect and maintain data on the effectiveness of the program. County data will be compiled into a final report to the Legislature describing the activities funded by the grant program and the success of those activities in reducing drug overdoses and recidivism by people housed in jail and people under criminal justice supervision.

AB 653 also added language to the California Penal Code Section 1., Article 6 (commencing with Section 6047), Chapter 5 of Title 7 of Part 3 to read, in pertinent part:

6047.1. (a) The Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Grant Program is hereby created and shall be administered by the Board of State and Community Corrections.

(b) The board shall award grants, on a competitive basis, to counties, as authorized by this article. The board shall establish minimum standards, funding schedules, and procedures for awarding grants.

On September 6, 2022, Governor Newsom approved Assembly Bill 179 (AB 179) (Chapter 249, Statutes of 2022) (Attachment C-2), amending the Budget Act of 2022 to include $10 million in funding for a new MAT Grant Program to be administered by the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC). (The BSCC is permitted to use up to five percent of this appropriation for administrative costs).


2024 MAT Grants

Request for Proposals (RFP)

In December 2023 the BSCC released the 2024 MAT Grant RFP making $10 million of competitive funding available to California Counties for purposes relating to the treatment of substance use disorder and medication-assisted treatment. The application period closed February 16, 2024. Proposals selected for funding will be under agreement with the BSCC from July 1, 2024, to December 31, 2027. The term of the grant agreement includes a three-year service delivery period and an additional six months to finalize and submit the required Final Local Evaluation Report and financial audit.

MAT Grant RFP and Attachments for Reference


Summary of Key Dates for the 2024 MAT Grant Program

Activity Estimated Date
Proposals Due February 16, 2024
Rate Proposals & Develop Funding Recommendations February - March 2024
Board Consideration/Approval of Funding Recommendations April 18, 2024
Grant Contract Development April - May 2024
Grant Service Period Begins May 1, 2024
Mandatory Grantee Orientation August 2024 - Date TBD
Grant Service Period Ends June 30, 2024
Final Evaluations and Reports Due - Grant Agreement Ends December 31, 2027


Contact the BSCC regarding the Medication-Assisted Treatment Grant

To provide general public comment submit an email to:

MAT Grant contacts: