Substance use disorder (SUD)

In this section you will find resources for SUD prevention, promotion, and treatment. You will also find legal guidance for providers working with patients with SUD.

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), substance use disorder (SUD) is a [preventable and] treatable mental disorder that affects a person's brain and behavior, leading to their inability to control their use of substances like legal or illegal drugs, alcohol, or medications.

The Health Care Authority (HCA) integrates state-funded (Medicaid) services for SUD. We support providers with funding, training, and technical assistance to ensure effective SUD prevention and treatment services.

We partner with communities, organizations, and families to proactively prevent early use of alcohol and other drugs. We also provide funding and oversight for SUD treatment services for people enrolled in Apple Health (Medicaid). This includes alcohol use treatment, involuntary treatment, medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD), and opioid use treatment.