Substance Use Disorders


24/7 access to substance use disorder treatment in the Emergency Room

Substance Use Navigator, Compassion Over Stigma
Role of the Substance Use Navigator.

Once immediate medical needs have been addressed, our Substance Use Navigator assists patients of any age, from youth to geriatric, by:

  • Assessing level of care needed for Substance Use Disorder (SUD), including low-barrier access to Suboxone if appropriate
  • Providing
    • SUD consultation for the patient/family
    • Community referrals
    • Post-discharge support
    • Patient advocacy
    • Extensive community collaboration

Free Narcan® upon request

Anyone can pick up Narcan® (naloxone HCI) nasal spray in our Emergency Room. If you have Narcan® nasal spray during an overdose, you may save a life. Our nurses will provide basic training on how to administer it.

Ashlee DeHerrera is the SUDs Patient Navigator at Watsonville Community Hospital. She is passionate about helping patients understand their options for treating their substance use issues and has worked hand-in-hand with countless patients. She was recently a panelist at the screening of the film, Fentanyl High, on May 15, 2024 at Cinelux Green Valley Cinema in Watsonville. For more information about the film, click here.

Contact Ashlee at 831-247-6955 or [email protected]