Medication Assisted Treatment
This service provides Medication Assisted Treatment for those suffering from opiate use disorders. Opiates include heroin, morphine, oxycontin, and other narcotic pain killers. Medication Assisted Treatment is also available for those suffering from alcohol use disorders, and involves the use of medications to decrease cravings, decrease side effects of withdrawal, and to provide improved motivation to abstain from substances.
The Behavioral Health Department has fully re-opened all of our locations for in person and walk-in care. At this time, masks are required at all of our facilities, even for people who have been fully vaccinated. Visit SLOPublicHealth.org for the latest COVID-19 updates.
Effective March 6, DUI programs will operate Monday – Thursday. See full updates on the main DUI web page.
Who can use this service?
Anyone can use this service who has a substance use disorder and is in need of assistance to abstain from alcohol, opiates, or methamphetamines.
- Program participants must have a substance use disorder and not be under current physician care or with a pain management clinic.
- Program participants must be 18 years or older.
Is there a charge for this service?
This service is provided free of charge for Medi-Cal beneficiaries and on a reasonable sliding fee scale.
- Income levels and household size are assessed and fees are determined upon a percentage.
- Medi-Cal beneficiaries' fees are covered by Medi-Cal.
When and where is this service offered?
This service is available throughout the year during regular business hours except during scheduled holidays. The services are available in the four (4) Drug and Alcohol Services clinic locations in Paso Robles, Atascadero, San Luis Obispo/Johnson Avenue, and Grover Beach.
Location, directions and hours of operation
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2180 Johnson Avenue San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
1523 Longbranch Avenue Grover Beach, CA 93433
3556 El Camino Real Atascadero, CA 93422
805 4th Street Paso Robles, CA 93446
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, we are still accepting admissions to the MAT program. To start the process, please call out San Luis Obispo office at 805-781-4753 to complete our walk-in process over the phone.
In effort to comply with out Shelter at Home order, our services will be provided over the telephone or via telehealth A knowledgeable MAT staff member will assess the need for a face-to-face visit for the initial MAT appointment.
Following Public Health screening guidelines,any clients with an appointment will be asked to wait outside the doors until they are screened by a staff member for symptoms of illness: cough, fever, sore throat, shortness of breath; and asked if you or anyone in your household have been sick in the last 14 days. Your temperature may also be taken. If you are seen in person, physical distancing will be maintained at all times.
Naloxone, also known as NARCAN® is a life-saving medication that is used to reverse an opioid related overdose. Naloxone works by blocking opioid receptor sites, reversing the overdose and allowing the person to breathe. It can be safely administered by laypersons vis nasal spray.
Anyone can purchase NARCAN® Nasal Spray directly from a pharmacist without a doctor’s prescription. All major pharmacy chains (such as CVS, Walgreen's, and RiteAid) stock NARCAN® Nasal Spray, so it’s convenient for you to obtain today.
- Speak to your local medical provider. NARCAN is FREE with Medi-Cal. Private insurances have varying co-pays.
- You can also go to any of our Drug and Alcohol Clinics to obtain one FREE Naloxone Nasal Kit and a prescription for Naloxone. While you do not need a prescription for Naloxone, a prescription does come with three refills.
- SLO Bangers Syringe Exchange has the intramuscular version of Naloxone for free upon arrival. It is given in a confidential setting, and is open Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30 at the Public Health Department, 2191 Johnson Avenue, SLO. Call (805) 458-0123 for more information.
SLO Bangers Syringe Exchange serves our County and provides new syringes at 1:1 exchange. They are located in the Public Health building, 2191 Johnson Avenue, and are open on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-7:30pm. Contact the coordinator at 805-458-0123 for more information.
Other services they provide are:
- Hepatitis C and HIV testing (get $10 to stay for your result)
- Offer the opioid overdose reversal medication, Naloxone, for free.
- Provide a variety of sizes and gauges of syringes, as well as other sterile items used in injecting substances, such as cottons, cookers, waters, and more.
- Provide referrals to things such as substance abuse and medication assisted treatment (MAT).
Please contact our access line at 1 (800) 838-1381 for information or to schedule an appointment. All services are available in Spanish.
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