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CA: Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Program

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About MAT:

WestCare California’s OUR WestCare MATTERS provides evidence-based Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for adult men and women within Fresno County who have an opioid use disorder, are covered by MediCal, and are enrolled in or are interested in attending a residential or outpatient treatment program. Our program uses only FDA-approved medications and recovery support services. With a combination of counseling and therapies, MAT can help individuals sustain recovery through a whole-person approach. 

Our services include, but are not limited to:

  • Medication-Assisted Treatment (Vivitrol and Buprenorphine)
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Linkage to recovery support services offered by residential and outpatient programs that includes, but is not limited to:
    • case management
    • employment readiness
    • relapse prevention
    • housing referrals

Referrals can come from:

  • self-referrals
  • residential and outpatient programs
  • hospitals and emergency departments
  • probation and parole offices 

For more information, please call (559) 712-7182 or send an email to

A MAT Progress Story Featuring Roy


Roy is a 54-year-old male who entered into WestCare’s MAT program in February of 2023 while he was participating in the MLK Residential program in Fresno. He had been released from prison in December of 2022 after 10 years of incarceration and decided to seek residential care to address his substance use disorders with the support of his parole officer and linkage from our STOP Area 1 program. He began using methamphetamine at age 14 and opiates at age 22.   

Roy has been an exemplary client in the MAT program. He has participated fully in counseling and medication management appointments, has been compliant with his prescribed Suboxone, and is working on weaning his dose down. His upbeat, optimistic energy and pragmatic attitude are just two of his positive attributes that allow him to work toward his goals and due to this, has been an inspiration to other clients. Despite facing several challenges during his residential stay as well as addressing several physical health concerns, he has not wavered from participating fully in MAT services. Roy is due to complete his residential program on May 2, 2023 and will transition to a recovery residence. He has also identified goals to work toward which include enrolling in school and seeking employment.    

Roy is to be commended for his dedication to sobriety and is a testament to our MAT program! 

Kudos to the MAT team

From left to right: Dr. Herbert Cruz, Jeannette Sawyers, Drew Barnett, Vartanush Mesropyan, and Rosa Perez

We have an amazing team at the MAT program! Our SUD Counselor/Case Manager, Drew Barnett, tirelessly engages with clients to provide them with high quality care to address their needs. Our Certified Nursing Assistant, Vartanush Mesropyan, not only engages in patient care, but branches out to meet whatever needs the program requires. Our Research Assistant, Rosa Perez, works magic by engaging with patients and obtaining SAMHSA required information upon intake and after the clients have completed the program. Thank you all for doing your part to Uplift the Human Spirit! 

Upcoming Event:

Please join us at our Open House to learn about our program, get more information on the services that we provide, and receive a tour! Free and open to the public and community partners. For questions or more information, contact us at (559) 712-7182 or email

MAT Program: Open House

May 23, 2023
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
1900 N. Gateway Blvd. #116
Fresno, CA 93727
Free and open to the public and community partners

Facebook Event page found HERE.

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