Mobile Care Unit

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Lansing, MI (January 23, 2020) – In 2019, Mid-State Health Network (MSHN) was awarded a two-year grant to address the opioid crisis by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities Administration.  The funds are being used to support substance use prevention and treatment initiatives across MSHN’s 21 counties including the launch of a mobile health unit currently stationed three days a week in Eaton County.

The mobile health unit project (the “bus”), AIM for Recovery & Wellness, launched in October 2019 at the Real Life Church in Charlotte before moving to its current location at the Barry-Eaton District Health Department, 1033 Health Care Drive in Charlotte, MI, 48813. MSHN is partnering with Recovery Pathways, LLC to provide staffing for the bus. The bus is staffed by fully credentialed, trained staff, including peer recovery coaches who have lived experience with addiction. Individuals can access treatment for substance use disorders on the bus on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 11am to 4pm until further notice. Staff on the mobile unit will offer education, peer supports, direct treatment and referrals to other ‘brick and mortar’ treatment providers.

The AIM for Recovery & Wellness bus offers drug screening, substance abuse counseling, peer supports, syringe support services, overdose prevention kits, and referrals to treatment. “Our goal is to bring the bus to areas in our region where people have limited access to treatment for substance use disorders,” said Dr. Dani Meier, Chief Clinical Officer at MSHN. “We can help them connect to care and resources that will start them on their path to recovery and wellness.”

While focused currently on Eaton County, the AIM bus will eventually be expanding services to other rural counties such as Arenac, Clare and Gladwin counties.

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