Kletter, Jason

Jason Kletter received his Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology. He is President of Bay Area Addiction Research and Treatment, and also President of the California Opioid Maintenance Providers (COMP), the statewide coalition of drug treatment providers, and serves on the national board of American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD).

Eliminating Medi-Cal Drug Treatment Costs Much More Than It Saves

By Jason Kletter
Bay Area Addiction Research and Treatment

The governor has proposed to eliminate all Medi-Cal funding for drug treatment. On a single day this fall, the governor’s proposal would cut off methadone treatment for 35,000 heroin and prescription drug addicts. Intended to save state funds, the proposal would end up costing much more than it would save. California would immediately lose $61 million in federal matching funds to save $53 million in state funds. California would risk losing another $100 million in federal Substance Abuse Prevention&Treatment block grant funds, due to our failure to “maintain effort.”