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February 22, 2023

Spectrum Health to offer mobile treatment for opioid-use disorder

Photo | Courtesy | Spectrum Health Systems Spectrum Health Systems' Charles J. Faris Recovery Center in Westborough

Worcester nonprofit Spectrum Health Systems has launched a mobile van service for opioid use treatment. The mental health and addiction treatment provider will offer all three medications to treat opioid-use disorder and will offer same-day treatment options seven days a week.

The mobile treatment van will offer recovery coaching and mental health services in addition to opioid-use disorder medications methadone, suboxone and vivitrol, according to a Tuesday announcement from Spectrum.

The van will be primarily located at 20 Temple St. in Worcester. The van is also to operate at the Southern Middlesex Opportunity Council location in Worcester at 25 Queen St. Spectrum is working to secure more approved locations, according to a Tuesday press release. 

“This mobile clinic is one of the many tools that is going to help bring our overdose rates and overdose mortality numbers down,” Dr. Matilde Castiel, commissioner of Health and Human Services for the City of Worcester, said in the press release. “Methadone and other MOUD treatments this mobile van will provide eliminates the lethal contaminants that are in every drug sold on the streets, from fentanyl to Xylazine, and will provide access to treatment for those who are homeless – something that is so needed to stabilize people and ideally help them secure housing.”

The mobile treatment is being sponsored by the Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Addiction Services and will be adjacent to the St. John’s Church, providing access to the Food for the Poor Program. 

Spectrum has provided same-day treatment options for opioid-use disorder for over 15 years, offering methadone treatment services to stabilize individuals. 

“While several barriers to treatment access remain for those battling addiction, one of the most prevalent is the inability to access help precisely when an individual is ready to pursue recovery – a window of willingness that can be fleeting,” Heidi Di Roberto, regional executive director for Central Mass. at Spectrum, said in the press release.

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