Health

In July, Contra Costa implemented a new program for treating substance use disorders. The approach was projected to at least double the number of Medi-Cal patients receiving treatment.

Contra Costa health-care experts tout county’s new substance-abuse treatment program

Contra Costa County has opted into a pilot program for treating Medi-Cal enrollees with substance use disorders. Experts are optimistic that the program will help more people suffering from substance use disorders get treatment quickly.

MAP: An overview of every toxic, contaminated site in Richmond

Over the decades, a sprawling network of shuttered chemical plants and oil refineries has left harmful pollutants in Richmond’s air, water, and soil. According to data collected by the California Department of Toxic Substance Control,...
The High Street bridge in East Oakland, as seen from a balcony in the Fruitvale neighborhood on Tuesday. Heavy smoke from the Sonoma and Santa Clara fires filled the Bay Area, diminishing air quality and restricting views (Photo by Brian Krans)

Wine country wildfires create hazardous air conditions for Bay Area residents

Wildfires in wine country have created hazardous air conditions for the entire Bay Area, affecting most heavily children, the elderly, and individuals with respiratory conditions.