Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of prescribed medications, in combination with counseling, to treat opioid use disorder. Services include counseling, case management and referrals to help with lifestyle changes.

What Are the Benefits of Medication-Assisted Treatment Services?

Medication-assisted treatment works by reducing cravings in the brain caused by a chemical imbalance. When used properly, the medications have no effect on functioning so they provide a safe way to stop potentially dangerous substance use. The treatment:

  • Reduces symptoms of withdrawal.
  • Provides help with recovery.
  • Improves quality of life and overall health and wellbeing.
  • Helps you live your life and feel like yourself again.

Who Is Eligible for Medication-Assisted Treatment Services?

Texas residents 18 and older with moderate to severe opioid use disorder for at least 12 months in a row. Your financial eligibility is based on your income and expenses, and you may need to pay for some services.



Buprenorphine is used in medication-assisted treatment and office-based opioid treatment services to help people reduce or quit their use of heroin or other opiates, such as pain relievers. Buprenorphine helps control withdrawal symptoms and blocks cravings.


Texas Targeted Opioid Response (TTOR) strategies span the behavioral health continuum of care funding prevention activities, treatment and recovery services, as well as integrated projects. To meet federal grantee requirements, streamline deployment of funds, and maintain quality services, HHSC plans to expand existing contracts and partner with governmental entities such as academic institutions and local mental health authorities that provide outreach, screening, assessment and referral functions.

The TTOR program implemented a continuum of services model to target integrated, prevention, treatment and recovery focus areas as illustrated.  Additional information pertaining to TTOR is outlined in the TTOR Primer.

Who Is Eligible for TTOR Grant Program Services?

People with opioid use disorder, their family members, significant others and supportive allies who are affected by opioid use. People might also have co-occurring use of other substances or mental and primary health conditions

Some programs might have clinical and financial eligibility requirements.


How Do I Get TTOR Grant Program Services in My Community?

Call your local prevention resource center or OSAR center.