New Mobile Health Clinic Providing Access to Medical & Behavioral Care Across RI

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ASHAWAY, R.I. (WLNE) – There’s a new way for Rhode Islanders who need health care to get the help they need.  A new medical clinic on wheels is hitting the road, criss–crossing the state.

CODAC Assistant Medical Director Mary Walton, P.A. says, “We are commissioned to go to rural parts of Rhode Island to give health care in areas where there are low resources and difficulty with transportation.”

The clinic is run by CODAC Behavioral Healthcare, in collaboration with URI.  It’s being funded by a state grant as part of Rhode Island’s response to the opioid crisis.  But, the clinic provides more than just substance abuse treatment.  Patients get free health and behavioral care, including HIV and Hepatitis C testing, crisis stabilization, and they’ll help people get health insurance.

Walton says, “You can come on the van for a prescription for hypertension.  Or, you can come on the van to receive opioid treatment, treatment for cocaine, alcohol, nicotine, and no one would know why you’re coming on the van.  So it reduces the stigma of being treated.”

The clinic will make the same stops on the same days, every week, so people always know where they can find it, and no appointment is required.

CODAC Chemical Dependency Professional Jennifer Camp, R.N. says, “Mondays we’ll be in the Burrillville area.  Tuesdays we’ll be in the Woonsocket area.   Wednesdays, we’re down here, Coventry, Richmond, Hope Valley area.  Thursday is Warren and Bristol.  And Friday is Little Compton and Tiverton.”

If you want more information, visit their website at https://codacinc.org/ or you can call CODAC directly at (401) 461–5056.

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