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St. Joseph Recovery Center expands reach

St. Joseph Recovery Center is now offering mobile services in Calhoun County, one of the 10 countries where it offers substance use disorder services. (Photo Provided)

GRANTSVILLE — Calhoun County is now among the 10 counties served by St. Joseph Recovery Center through its mobile site.

Over the past year, St. Joseph has been offering treatment for substance use disorder throughout the state.

A majority of clients face issues with transportation and would have a hard time making the trip to Parkersburg or another larger area to follow up on their treatments, according to a press release from St. Joseph Recovery Center.

“An inability to receive continued medical treatment and therapy support can be very detrimental to individuals in recovery, placing them at higher risk for relapse and overdose death,” the release said.

To expand services to more rural communities, St. Joseph’s for a grant in fall 2019 to obtain mobile clinics. It now has two RV’s that are fully equipped with telehealth equipment.

“The units will spend a full day in each county served, making scheduled stops to provide Medical Treatment, including Medication Assisted Treatment (Suboxone) as clinically indicated, as well as an onsite Laboratory, Therapy, and Peer Recovery Support Services,” the release said.

The mobile services started last week in Calhoun County. Peer support specialist John Pratt said so far it has been well received and much appreciated among clients.

“They’re really grateful. A lot of them haven’t been able to get treatment at all. They’re really excited. I think Minnie Hamilton closed down their medically assisted treatment program and (there was) nothing in that area at all,” Pratt said.

The mobile unit will be in Pleasants County on Mondays, Ritchie County on Tuesdays, Doddridge County on Wednesdays and Wirt County on Thursday.

It will also be available in Calhoun County 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays.

Walk in appointments are often available. For more information, contact St. Joseph Recovery Center at 304-916-1881.

Candice Black can be reached at cblack@newsandsentinel.com.

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