California DMC-ODS Evaluation

California's Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System (DMC-ODS) Waiver

The California Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System (DMC-ODS) waiver is a 5-year demonstration project designed to establish how organized substance use disorder care can increase the success of Drug Medi-Cal beneficiaries.

The waiver amendment was submitted by the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in November 2014 and approved in August 2015. With implementation scheduled through 2020, the DMC-ODS waiver is anticipated to expand services available to Drug Medi-Cal beneficiaries, enhance care coordination, and support the development of an organized system of care for substance use disorders in participating California counties.

UCLA has contracted with DHCS to assess the DMC-ODS waiver's success through various evaluation activities. Results and recommendations are then summarized and documented in reports and presentations.

For more information on the UCLA waiver evaluation, please contact Darren Urada, PhD (

Below are links to the DHCS website to learn more about the DMC-ODS Waiver.

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