Addiction is a disease of the brain where people find it difficult to control a substance or behavior that causes psychological or physical harm. Drug and alcohol addiction can be challenging to overcome without help.
Texas provides funding to many programs that help people addicted to drugs, alcohol, or behaviors. The Texas Health and Human Services (THHS) department is a resource for people of Texas who want to find help in healing their addiction. The service Is called Outreach, Screening, Assessment, and Referral (OSAR) and is an excellent starting place for people looking to find a treatment program.
Some people struggle to make the critical decision to find help because they cannot pay for it. The THHS works with treatment centers across Texas and funds substance abuse services to people in need. There are many free programs available depending on the severity of each case. The types of programs available are:
Intensive Residential Services,
There is limited availability with all state programs and state-funded programs, and some people may receive higher priority. The higher priority groups must be admitted to treatment within a specific timeframe
Pregnant women who are struggling with drug and alcohol addiction must be admitted within 48 hours
Men and women who inject drugs are admitted within 14 days
Anyone who has been evaluated as a high risk for overdose is admitted within 72 hours
Anyone referred by the Department of Family and Protective Services is to be admitted within 72 hours
Outreach, Screening, Assessment, & Referral
The Outreach, Screening, Assessment, and Referral (OSAR) is a service that is available to people who are interested in services to help them with their substance abuse. OSAR is incorporated into Local Mental Health Authorities (LMHA) and Local Behavioral Health Association within the 11 Texas Health and Human Services Regions. The only requirement to access the OSAR program is to reside in Texas.
OSAR is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can contact the OSAR LMHA in your area.
StarCare Specialty Health System services 42 counties in Texas under Region 1. They help people diagnosed with mental illness, disabilities, or substance abuse disorder. StarCare supports people through outreach, screenings, assessments, and referrals by conducting screenings to gather information about the extent of the substance abuse to provide the appropriate resources.
StarCare Contact Information:
Crisis: 806-740-1414 or 800-687-7581
OSAR: 806-740-1421 or 844-472-8810
Helen Farabee program serves region two under OSAR to help individuals with substance abuse. They offer assessments to understand the severity of the substance abuse, counseling, education on dependency and coping skills groups, day and evening adult programs, drug testing, access to detox, and inpatient.
Helen Farabee Center Contact Information:
Crisis phone: 800-621-8504
Main phone: 940-397-3300
Substance use disorder: 940-397-3391
OSAR: 325-673-2242 Extension 100 (Abilene and surrounding counties)
OSAR: 940-224-6200 (Wichita Falls and surrounding counties)
LifePath Systems helps people who struggle with substance abuse and helps them understand their illness and find ways to reduce the impact on their lives.
LifePath Contact Information:
Main Phone: (972) 562-0190
My Health My Resources (MHMR) provides treatment and recovery services for people suffering from substance abuse disorders and trauma-sensitive substance use treatment.
Crisis phone: 800-866-2465
Local: (817) 335-3022
Toll-Free: (800) 866-2465
TTY: (817) 569-4488
Under OSAR services, Andrews Center Behavioral Healthcare System uses License Chemical Dependency Counselors (LCDC) to provide screenings and assessments for individuals seeking help for substance abuse.
Andrews Center Contact Information:
Crisis phone: 877-934-2131
Main phone: 903-597-1351
Burke runs their drug and alcohol abuse screenings through the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council of Deep East Texas (ADACDET)
Burke Contact Information
Crisis phone: 800-445-8562 or 800-392-8343
Main phone: 936-634-5753
Gulf Coast Center offers free screenings and referrals through OSAR. The OSAR counselors are mobile and provide walk-in screenings at the Gulf Coast Center’s three locations.
Gulf Coast Center Contact Information:
Crisis phone: 866-729-3848
Main phone: 409-944-4365
OSAR phone: 844-704-1291
Phone: 800-643-0967 or 409-944-4365
Bluebonnet Trails offers OSAR services through their OSAR Program that covers a 30-county area of Central Texas. Bluebonnet focuses on long-term recovery and support through a step-down plan from each level for people struggling with substance abuse.
Bluebonnet Trails Community Services Contact Information:
Crisis phone: 800-841-1255
OSAR phone: 844-309-6385
The Center for Health Care Services provides care for children and adults with mental health conditions, developmental disabilities, and substance use.
The Center for Health Care Services Contact Information:
Crisis phone: 800-316-9241 or 210-223-7233
Main OSAR phone: 210-261-3076
PermiaCare (formerly Permian Basin Community Centers) LMHA
PermiaCare provides services to help people who struggle with substance abuse get back to a satisfying, responsible, and productive life.
PermiaCare Contact Information:
Crisis phone: 844-420-3964
Main phone: 432-570-3333
OSAR/Substance Use Referrals: 844-420-3964
Texas residents 13 and older can receive free screenings and referrals and offer personal help to a substance abuse treatment center that fits their needs.
Emergence Health Network Contact Information:
Crisis phone: 915-779-1800
Main phone: 915-887-3410