Bridges Announces the State's First Mobile Addiction Treatment Unit
Bridges is launching the State's first Mobile Addiction Treatment Team for opioid addiction.The mobile unit will be called M.A.T.T.'s Van. Starting later in March, the Van will be parked twice a week in the parking lot behind West Haven City Hall. Individuals in withdrawal from opioids or otherwise ready to start treatment can visit the van to receive a prescription for a medication called Suboxone to counter cravings and withdrawal symptoms. They will also have access to a peer counselor, a Narcan overdose reversal kit, referral to a treatment center like Bridges, and transportation to a pharmacy if needed to fill the prescription. The service is free and does not require proof of insurance, however individuals must be over 18 to utilize the service.
"Our goal is to save lives and provide faster, easier access to treatment in our towns and neighborhoods," said John Dixon, Bridges CEO & President. "We know that Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the most effective tool we have right now to battle opioid addiction. Taking the first step to treatment is extremely difficult. We hope this mobile service will make that step a little bit easier for many who are suffering and at risk of overdose and death today."
M.A.T.T.'s Van will also park in Milford each week at the Beth El Center on 90 New Haven Ave. It will be staffed by a physician and a peer recovery support counselor. No medication will be carried in the vehicle or by staff. Bridges offers Medication Assisted Treatment at its main clinic in Milford by appointment. Funding for the services is from a grant from the CT Dept. of Mental Health & Addiction Services.