U.S. Sen. Tom Carper and Sen. Chris Coons, along with U.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (all D-Del.) joined members of Brandywine Counseling & Community Services Inc. Sept. 5 to celebrate $757,000 in congressional funding to support BCCS’ Continuous Community-Care Mobile Treatment service.
The CCMT is a mobile healthcare unit created to address historical inequities and disparities in access to medical and behavioral healthcare in Delaware, and it gives BCCS the ability to expand the mobile services already offered. The mobile center addresses medical needs, behavioral health needs and harm reduction on one site and can travel to where it is most needed. It provides care including vaccinations, diabetic care through metformin or insulin, wound care, condoms, common cough medicine, and even snacks and clothing items. The mobile center provides treatment to all, but focuses on bringing care to Delaware’s most vulnerable populations, including the unsheltered, those suffering from mental illness, veterans, ethnic minorities, and pregnant women with substance use disorders.
The unit is anticipated to treat more than 300 patients annually and can also link patients with ongoing care through wraparound services throughout the state.
“Ensuring our communities have access to medical and behavioral health resources is vital, and it is clear that Brandywine Counseling’s dedication to serving people across Delaware is having an impact,” said Carper. “This funding will only enhance their important work and will help them reach even more people who are unable access care in traditional settings.”
“Some of our state’s most vulnerable and untrusting populations are receiving care that would otherwise never reach them thanks to this team,” said Coons. “The team does more than just administer treatments; they offer a lifeline to those who might otherwise fall through the cracks and feel unseen. I can’t wait to see the great work they’ll continue to do thanks to this new federal grant.”
“The federal funding we’re celebrating today will help carry out Brandywine Counseling & Community Services’ focus on continuous medical care, mental and behavioral health care, and harm reduction services across the First State,” said Blunt Rochester. “I’m glad to have done my part in the House to secure this funding, alongside Sen. Carper and Sen. Coons, so the Continuous Community-Care Mobile Treatment project can get off the ground.”
““Every person deserves to feel whole and cared for, period. This mobile unit spearheaded by Brandywine Counseling & Community Services and Gibney Mobile Healthcare will provide quality services to our families,” said Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long, PhD, RN. “Having been boots on the ground as chair of the Behavioral Health Consortium with this remarkable team, I have witnessed how mobile resources address inequities for our families. Thank you to our congressional delegation for answering the call for funding, and the advocates for envisioning a service that will meet folks where they are so no one is left behind. I’m thrilled to see the impact this mobile unit will make across our state.”
"BCCS is honored to receive this funding from Delaware's congressional delegation,” said BCCS CEO Lynn M. Morrison, PhD. “It will enable BCCS to expand its provision of medical, harm reduction, behavioral health and substance use disorder treatment to Delaware's most vulnerable populations which historically face so many barriers to accessing needed – if not lifesaving – care."
“When you're in addiction, other things take a backseat. That can be your health; it could be your family; it could be your job; it could be your home. We didn't want that to be the limiting step whether or not people got healthcare,” said Dr. Sandra Gibney. “So, with Lynn Morrison’s grace and willingness, and the team we assembled – a team which includes mostly volunteers, quite frankly – this grant will allow us to further embed ourselves in the community, to further reach out to those who are not getting services because of inequities, because of where they live. We want to break down those barriers as best we can.”