Two West Virginia state agencies have partnered to offer free transportation to treatment and recovery care services for people with Opioid Use Disorder.
As of March 2nd, individuals with opioid use disorder will have access to a free ride from the West Virginia Public Transportation Association to treatment. The new initiative is part of the state Opioid Response Grant from the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
The idea is to reduce barriers to receive recovery care services, including medication assisted treatment by offering transportation.
Public Transit Authority currently consists of 18 agencies serving 32 counties. The grant will help expand current offerings including hours and off-route locations. Transportation will be available to eligible individuals within 24 -72 hours of the request, according to a press release, from the state’s Department of Health and Human Resources.
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