GREENSBORO — Greensboro’s town council voted at its meeting Thursday, Sept. 5, to allow the Caroline County Health Department’s Mobile Treatment Unit to establish a weekly visit to the town, allowing residents direct access to opioid addiction treatment.
The 40-foot bus offering on-site care and telemedicine services will be at Greensboro’s River Park from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays.
Residents struggling with addiction can walk in to speak in person to a nurse and peer recovery specialist, or via videoconferencing to an addictions medicine specialist at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.
The bus is the centerpiece of the Eastern Shore Mobile Care Collaborative, a partnership between Caroline County and Maryland officials, and was launched in April to address health care access issues for residents in rural Caroline, Talbot and Queen Anne’s counties, where transportation can be a challenge.
It is available to respond directly to people in crisis, but a few months ago, it started making regular weekly stops in Denton and Federalsburg.
Greensboro Mayor Kevin Reichart said several residents were traveling to those towns to visit the bus, or to the Caroline County Health Department in Denton, so it was suggested a weekly stop be added to Greensboro.
After touring the bus before the meeting, the council voted unanimously to approve the weekly stop.
The bus is parked from 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays at the First Church of God, 101 Bloomingdale Ave., Federalsburg; and from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays at St. Luke’s UMC, 100 S. Fifth Ave., Denton.
Anyone can call 410-479-1882 or dial 211 — Maryland’s resource hotline — to refer themselves or a loved one for treatment on the unit.
The unit will be housed at the Caroline County Health Department, and will respond to calls for treatment from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
More information on the bus or any program offered by the Caroline County Health Department, as well as links to other regional resources, is available at www.carolinehd.org/behavioral-health-addiction-recover, or by calling Program Director Terri Ross at 410-479-1882.