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CareSouth Carolina to provide medical assistance services remotely

February 21, 2019

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – CareSouth Carolina, in partnership with several Pee Dee organizations, will provide medication assistance treatment services at remote locations for patients struggling with substance use disorders.

Beginning next week, CareSouth Carolina’s Freedom ROADS unit will begin visiting Trinity Behavioral Health Center, Rubicon and ALPHA Behavioral Health Center once a week to provide services for patients in the Pee Dee.

Medical assistance treatment is the use of FDA-approved medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral health, to provide a “whole-patient” approach to the treatment of substance use disorders.

The program will allow the organizations to treat the patient more effectively, said Jeri Andrews, mobile health services program director for CareSouth Carolina.

“Many individuals seek help from these agencies,” Andrews said. “In the past, the agencies provided counseling and then referred the patients to our office for medical treatment. With this program, we’ll be able to bring our services to their sites and the individual will be able to receive medication services at the same place they receive counseling.”

The ROADS Team mobile health center will be on site every Tuesday starting next week at Trinity Behavioral Center (1305 N. Main St., Marion); every Wednesday starting next week at Rubicon (510 E. Carolina Ave, Hartsville); and every Thursday starting next week at ALPHA Behavioral Center (1218 East Blvd., Chesterfield).

All times for the unit will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“It’s very exciting to be able to offer this new service,” Andrews said. “The patient will receive total approach medical care, which we’re able provide through these partnerships.”

The unit is part of CareSouth Carolina’s R.O.A.D.S. mobile initiative (Reach out and Deliver Services). CareSouth Carolina currently has three units – Mobile ROADS, Care ROADS and Freedom ROADS – that provide remote medical care in the Pee Dee.

Anyone in need of treatment for substance use disorder should contact CareSouth Carolina at 843-332-3422 to schedule an appointment.