TORRINGTON — McCall Center for Behavioral Health recently expanded its Medication-Assisted Treatment services, including the launch of the Mobile Wellness Van and the increased availability of same day, on-site initiation of prescription medication for the treatment of addiction, according to a statement.
The expanded MAT services, which combine the use of medications, counseling, and behavioral therapies, will now be immediately available for those struggling with addictions. It breaks down one of the most significant barriers to help; the stigma of taking that first step of walking into a clinic. The van is out in communities in northwest Connecticut, helping people where they’re at, without the need of an appointment or proof of insurance, according to the statement.
“We are losing too many precious lives to addiction, even more so now since the advent of COVID-19. Ready access to MAT, the most effective treatment for this disorder, can be hard to procure,” said Maria Coutant Skinner, executive director. “Our hope with the launch of McCall’s expanded MAT services is to connect more people who are suffering in silence with our highly trained staff to develop an optimal course of treatment that will aid in overdose prevention and sustainable recovery.”
The van is equipped with an exam room and staffed with a recovery coach and prescribing doctor. Directly from the van’s exam room, a person with a substance use disorder will now be able to get a prescription for medication to curb cravings and help with withdrawal symptoms. They will also be able to set up an appointment for follow-up care at McCall or another treatment facility and be connected to community resources to help with any additional needs. Funding for the services is from a grant from the Connecticut Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services, according to the statement.
McCall Center for Behavioral Health’s Torrington location now offers same-day MAT injections to treat opioid use disorder Monday through Friday, according to the statement. McCall offers two variations of injectable medicine, Vivitrol and Sublocade. Both allow the client to have a continuous release of medication over the course of 30 days, eliminating the need to remember to take a daily dose. Clients only need to be seen for a quick appointment once a month that now can be made the same day if needed. Each injectable works differently, providing clients with options for recovery. Vivitrol is typically used to help clients reduce cravings and Sublocade is provided to those struggling with withdrawal symptoms, according to the statement.
To find out where and when the Mobile Wellness Van will be available next or to book a same day MAT injection call 860-496-2100. Follow McCall Center for Behavioral Health on Facebook or Instagram for real time updates.