According to WUNC, a mobile health clinic operated by doctors and nurses will travel to rural counties in the northeastern part of North Carolina in order to provide mental health and substance use assistance.
Monarch, a non-profit organization that serves people with mental disabilities and drug dependency, and Trillium, a local government agency that manages people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the eastern part of the state, will be utilizing their extensive experience to work together to provide mental health assistance for northeastern North Carolina.
The mobile clinic, which will be targeting underserved communities, will be alternating from Northampton, Halifax, Nash and Gates counties, and it aims to provide for those who have no access to technology to have telemedicine or vehicle transportation to reach a health center.
The clinic will be a unique chance to provide this type of assistance for many who have never had access to it before, and for those who have, they can pay with most health insurance or Medicaid.
According to the Director of Operations Todd Posey, in the counties where the mobile clinic will be operating, there hasn’t been enough options for people, and as he pointed out “Gates is one of two counties in the state of North Carolina where there are no doctors, like there’s no doctor’s offices in the county.” He continued by saying that the mobile clinic will provide the necessary access in the area and people will be able to go when the clinic arrives in their communities.
The mobile clinic will remain in each county for two days and patients with smartphones and an internet connection can use the services remotely.
For those who are seeking opioid use disorder treatment, the clinic will engage in an induction which will require the patients to be seen two days in a row.
The hours of operation will start from 10 a.m to 3 p.m and people can make walk-in appointments or can call (866) 272-7826 to schedule a consultation.
Here are the locations and dates of the clinic:
- Monday, May 23 and Tuesday, May 24: Halifax County, The John 3:16 Center, 407 E. End Avenue, Littleton.
- Wednesday, May 25 and Thursday, May 26: Northampton County, Garysburg Community Center, 504 NC 46, Garysburg.
- Tuesday, May 31: Gates County, Gates County Community Center, 130 US Highway 158 West, Gatesville.
- Wednesday, June 1 and Thursday, June 2: Nash County, Bailey Pharmacy, 6311 Deans Street, Bailey.