Mobile unit for addiction treatment comes to Rifle
October 27, 2020
Colorado’s largest and most highly accessed network of outpatient addiction treatment centers is bringing mobile health to 18 counties in Colorado, including Garfield County. The Front Range Clinic mobile health units specialize in providing medication for addiction treatment (MAT) to people with substance use disorders (SUD).
“Accessing treatment is as easy as calling or knocking on the door,” said Dayna DeHerrera-Smith, Front Range Clinic outreach coordinator. “We want to make access to addiction treatment as easy as possible. You do not need a referral from a doctor’s office. If you or a loved one is interested in treatment, please call us and we can discuss treatment options or schedule an appointment.”
The mobile units resemble large recreational vehicles on the outside and a typical health clinic on the inside. Each unit has three dedicated staff members to provide support services to people experiencing SUD. These staff include a licensed practical nurse, a certified addictions counselor, and a peer recovery coach. Additionally, each unit has access to remote medical services at Front Range Clinic, where a patient can be evaluated by a medical provider that has specialized experience in addiction medicine. Support services offered on the mobile units include peer support, brief intervention, assessment, a prescription for medication-assisted treatment if needed, and linkage to wraparound services.
Each of the six units cover a different geographic area across the state and has a set list of communities that will be visited each week to provide these services. The Garfield County
mobile health clinic will be in Rifle on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the county fairgrounds parking lot just north of W. 12th Street and Howard Avenue, beginning October 2020 and operating through October 2021. The clinic is making plans for a weekly Glenwood Springs location to be added in the future.
“We are excited to be a part of this project and to bring Front Range Clinic’s mission of medication for addiction treatment accessibility to rural and frontier communities,” said Dr. Jeremy Dubin of Front Range Clinic. “These units will allow us to reach the areas of the state that have minimal services and have felt the significant impact of the opioid and overdose epidemic. The mobile units will act as an extension of our brick and mortar services, providing quality and judgement-free care in a highly accessible manner.”
This endeavor reflects Front Range Clinic’s overall mission – “low barrier, high access care,” and it holds true to our ongoing mantra that “our porch light is always on.” No one seeking help is turned away.
To find out more about Front Range Clinic’s mobile unit or to make an appointment, contact the clinic at: 720-699-2311.
The following counties have a mobile health unit and a schedule of services can be found at www.frontrangemd.com/mobile-unit.
- Kit Carson
- Las Animas