Austin Overdose Prevention Services (Austin OPS) is a mobile-and-street-based outreach team serving people at risk of opioid overdose in the metropolitan Austin area. We provide the opioid overdose reversal medication naloxone to people who use drugs, as well point-of-care Hepatitis C testing and direct linkage to medication-based treatment for opioid use disorders upon request. Our outreach team is composed entirely of people with lived experience of opioid use disorders and recovery; each team member has years of experience successfully delivering person-centered harm reduction services alongside drug-using communities.

Austin OPS is made possible by a state grant administered through the University of Texas - San Antonio.

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Joy Rucker, Executive Director (THRA) & Outreach Worker (Austin OPS):

(510) 334-9419

2019 Programming Objectives


Provision of/training on naloxone (Intranasal/Intramuscular doses)

  • Targeted outreach to areas, participants, & communities without access to similar, established services

  • Culturally aware, peer-based education & training provided during each encounter

  • Managed cache of overdose reversal medication provided on needs-based basis


Assertive linkage & referral to pharmacological OUD treatments

  • Provide on-demand, direct linkage to partnered providers of medication-based opioid use disorder treatments using treatment slots paid for by Austin OPS


Overdose prevention & safer drug use education

  • Provide safer drug use education and literature during outreach

  • Identify community 'gatekeepers' and secondary educators to expand reach of drug use safety education


Point-of-care Hepatitis C testing with referral to confirmation & treatment

  • Conduct and evaluate regional needs assessment on rolling basis using target populations as primary sources

  • Offer and provide initial HCV testing during outreach

  • Identify/refer participants to partners in follow-up HCV care


Participant Transportation

(based on need)

  • Offer multiple options for no-cost transportation to medical appointments according to individual participant need

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