CareSouth Carolina to provide MAT services remotely
CareSouth Carolina, in partnership with several Pee Dee organizations, will provide Medication Assistance Treatment services (MAT) at remote locations for patients struggling with substance use disorders.
Beginning in late February, CareSouth Carolina’s Freedom ROADS unit will begin visiting Rubicon, ALPHA Behavioral Health Center and Trinity Behavioral Care once a week to provide MAT services for patients in the Pee Dee.
MAT is the use of FDA-approved medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral health, to provide a “whole-patient” approach to the treatment of substance use disorders.
Jeri Andrews, mobile health services program director for CareSouth Carolina, said the program will allow the organizations to treat the patient more effectively.
“Many individuals seek help from these agencies,” Andrews said. “In the past, the agencies provided counseling and then referred the patients to our office for medical treatment. With this program, we’ll be able to bring our services to their sites and the individual will be able to receive medication services at the same place they receive counseling.”
The ROADS Team mobile health center will be on-site every Tuesday at Trinity Behavioral Center (1305 N. Main Street, Marion); every Wednesday starting February 27 at Rubicon (510 East Carolina Ave, Hartsville); and every Thursday starting February 28 at ALPHA Behavioral Center (1218 East Blvd., Chesterfield).
All times for the unit will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“It’s very exciting to be able to offer this new service,” Andrews said. “The patient will receive total approach medical care, which we’re able provide through these partnerships.”
The unit is part of CareSouth Carolina’s R.O.A.D.S. mobile initiative (Reach out and Deliver Services). CareSouth Carolina currently has three units- Mobile ROADS, Care ROADS and Freedom ROADS- that provide remote medical care in the Pee Dee.
Should you or a loved one need treatment for Substance Use Disorder, please contact CareSouth Carolina at 843-332-3422 to schedule an appointment.