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Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Ryther’s MAT program is designed to serve young people who are struggling with substance use disorders, particularly opioid use disorder. This population includes individuals between the ages of 12 and 25 who are experiencing problems related to opioid use, such as addiction, withdrawal symptoms, and cravings who are in or near King County. Program participants are often houseless/unstably housed or at risk of being houseless.


The MAT treatment team is a collaborative, multidisciplinary, cross-organizational group that works together to provide holistic care to individuals with substance use disorders, addressing not only their physical health but also their mental, emotional, and social needs. Ryther’s MAT program aims to provide young people with low-barrier resources and support to overcome opioid use disorder and achieve recovery. These programs aim to address the unique needs and challenges faced by young people with substance use disorders and provide them with a pathway to a healthier and more fulfilling life.

What We Offer:

  • Medication therapy for Opioid Use Disorder/Fentanyl Use: Suboxone, Naltrexone/Vivitrol, and Sublocade

  • Connections to traditional treatment such as outpatient or inpatient treatment.

  • Intensive case management support from licensed substance use disorder professionals and case managers.

  • Connections and referrals to wraparound services. These include mental health support, housing, education, employment, medical care, basic needs assistance, legal system navigation, and more.



MAT Treatment Plan:

  • Medical Provider: A licensed physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant who prescribes and manages the medication used in the MAT program.

  • Counselor or Therapist: A licensed mental health professional who provides individual and group counseling sessions to help the individual manage their addiction, cope with stress and other challenges, and develop new skills for recovery.

  • Case Manager: A professional who helps coordinate the individual’s care and assists with accessing resources such as housing, education, and employment support.

  • Nursing Staff: Nurses who assist with medication administration and monitoring the individual’s health status throughout the treatment process.

  • Peer Support: An individual in recovery from addiction who has received specialized training to provide support and guidance to others in treatment.

  • Family or Support System: MAT programs may also involve family members or other support systems in the individual’s treatment plan. This may include family therapy sessions, education about addiction and recovery, and other supportive services.

MAT Referrals Can Be:

  • Self-referred

  • Community referrals, or

  • Referrals from other organizations

Our Partnerships:

  • Kaiser Permanente: prescribes medication

  • YouthCare: connects youth and young adults with Ryther staff

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