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Addiction And Treatment Services

The Metropolitan Assessment and Treatment  is a social model program providing detoxification services to Bernalillo County residents in need of such services.

People participate in the MATS detox services on a voluntary basis. All services provided and information received are confidential. Services are delivered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

To be admitted to the program, participants must be a Bernalillo County resident or homeless, 18 years of age or older and be in need of detoxification from alcohol or dual substances. 

If the drug used is methadone and the use is more than 30 mgs, the person cannot be admitted. If the drug used is heroin, alcohol, cocaine and the person has not used within the last three days, the person cannot be admitted unless symptoms are presenting.

If the person is on any life-sustaining prescription medications (such as insulin for diabetes), must have the prescription medication with them. (Note: If the person is on psychiatric drugs but does not have the medication with them, the person can be admitted if not presenting and seems stable). 

The person also:

  • Must not have any restraining orders or warrants for arrest.
  • Must not have any appointments within the next 24 hours and up to the next 3 - 5 days. Admission to these services would most likely prevent the person from making that appointment.
  • Must  be mobile or able to move without assistance from others. 

People who would not be able to be admitted to MAT detox include:

  • Any person who is violent, has outstanding warrants, or otherwise needs a secure holding facility, or who has a no-contact restraining order against them.
  • Any person who is under the age of eighteen (18) years.
  • Any person who is the subject of involuntary commitment proceedings or detention without a hearing
  • Any person who requires specialized care not available at the facility.
  • Any person who has a physical or medical condition that is unstable or can only be safely treated in a hospital. 
  • Any person who can be safely maintained and effectively treated in a less restrictive or intensive level of care.
  • Any person who does not voluntarily consent to admission or treatment. 
  • Any person needing assistance with activities of daily living. 
  • Individuals who have previously been to MATS Detox and have been discharged for administrative reasons may not be re-admitted for certain time periods.​

Here are some other commonly-asked questions about MATS:

Q: Is my stay at MATS Detox confidential?

A: Yes. The confidentiality of alcohol and drug abuse patient records maintained by DSAP programs is protected by federal law and regulations (per 42 CFR Part 2). Generally, program staff may not disclose to a person outside the program that a client attends the program, or disclose any information identifying a client as an alcohol or drug abuser unless: The client consents in writing (signed release of information (ROI) on file); the disclosure is allowed by a court order, including a search warrant; the disclosure is made to medical personnel in a medical emergency or to designated and qualified staff for research, audit, or program evaluation. Upon request by the client, discharge summaries or letters of completion may be given to the client and the client may then share copies of these items at their discretion. Absolutely no information pertaining to clients may be released over the phone. If someone besides MATS detox staff inquires as to whether a person is in MATS detox, inquires about the person’s progress, asks about past participation in MATS detox, or asks any other questions about MATS detox clients, the standard answer will be that staff can neither confirm nor deny the person’s presence at MATS detox. 

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