Martha’s Vineyard to Get New Suboxone, Mental Health Clinic

OAK BLUFFS – Martha’s Vineyard Community Services has announced the opening of their new Suboxone clinic on the MVCS campus.

The ‘Island Intervention Center’ will provide a triage system for urgent care, emergency services, brief interventions, assessments, and immediate access to appropriate services for both mental health and substance use disorders.

“The reasoning behind the center is to try to have people come to a space where they might not necessarily need to go to the ER, they might need a higher level of care, but not necessarily emergency services, so it’s trying to cut down that rate,” said Communications Manager Mary Corba.

MVCS will expand the range of options available for people needing substance use disorder services to include Suboxone, a Medical-Assisted Treatment used for opioid addiction.

In addition to Suboxone, MVCS will offer Vivitrol, a MAT for alcohol and drug addiction; the New Paths Intensive Outpatient Program; and Recovery Coaching.

“We need to have sources in place, and a continuum of care here for all facets of mental and behavioral health, especially substance use,” said Corba.

These resources are available to currently enrolled clients and require on-site behavioral health counseling, in addition to medication management.

The new Intervention Center is funded by a grant provided by the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health.

Grand-opening will take place on Tuesday, May 22nd at 12:00 pm, at 111 Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557 (Building C).

ByJOHN BONDAREK, Cape News Center

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