Sacramento County Department of Health Services contracts with the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to fund local substance use disorder (SUD) treatment services. As part of the contract with DHCS, Sacramento County Department of Health Services, Behavioral Health Services Division – Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Services (formerly Alcohol and Drug Services) ensures that state SUD treatment requirements and standards are met.
Sacramento County Provider SUD treatment programs are licensed, registered and approved in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
These FAQs are intended to provide clarification about substance use treatment services available through Sacramento County Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Services (formerly Alcohol and Drug Services). If you have questions that are not answered here, please contact (916) 875-2050 or DHS-SUPT@saccounty.net.
What is Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)?
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of medications with counseling and behavioral therapies to treat substance use disorders and prevent opioid overdose. MAT is primarily used for the treatment of addiction to alcohol and opioids such as heroin and prescription pain relievers that contain opiates. There are currently no medications that counteract the specific effects of methamphetamine or that prolong abstinence from and reduce the use of methamphetamine by an individual addicted to the drug (Methamphetamine Research Report, National Institute of Drug Abuse, October 2019).