Street-Side Treatment and Support for Opioid Addiction
Bridges' MATT's Van is Connecticut's first Mobile Addiction Treatment Team for opioid addiction. MATT's Van reduces the barriers to treatment by offering individuals a way to get help without having to make an appointment at a clinic and wait to be seen by a clinician.
Eliminate Withdrawal Symptoms and Reduce Cravings
MATT's Van clients are seen immediately by a recovery coach and prescriber; prescriptions for Suboxone are written immediately on the Van with same day unobserved Suboxone inductions. The medication reduces withdrawal symptoms and the chances of a relapse. Clients will have access to a peer counselor, a Narcan overdose reversal kit, referral to a treatment center like Bridges, and transportation to a pharmacy to fill the prescription.
The service is free and does not require proof of insurance however individuals must be over 18 to receive services.
The Van is parked at locations of high need throughout New Haven County:
MATT'S Van hit the streets in the Spring of 2019 thanks to funding from the CT Dept. of Mental Health and Addiction Services, as an innovative response to the opioid crisis.