A Policy Analysis of California's Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System (DMC-ODS)

The purpose of this policy analysis is to examine the California's Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System (DMC-ODS) pilot program. This policy was created to address the social problem of access to quality treatment along a continuum of care for those who suffer from substance use disorders (SUDs). The analysis involves a brief overview of SUDs and treatment in the United States, the history of the policy, the policy's objectives, implications, and topics for discussion. To conduct this analysis, government publications, evaluation reports, issue briefs and policy documents were utilized. The policy analysis was guided by David Gil's (1992) theoretical framework as adapted by Jillian Jimenez (2015) (Appendix A). The findings of this analysis suggest that though the DMC-ODS pilot program is not without challenges, it is beneficial for those with SUDs and has been a victory for SUD treatment as a pilot program.