As a new support for individuals and families impacted by the effects of mental health and substance use issues, the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health officially opened the Sussex County Bridge Clinic July 15 at the Promise Access Center in Georgetown, providing screening and referrals to treatment, as well as additional services. The Sussex County clinic joins a similar clinic which opened in March near New Castle.
The clinic is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, and is available to all Delaware residents at the Thurman Adams State Service Center, 546 S. Bedford St., Georgetown. The clinic’s services, which do not require an appointment, include: screening and referrals to treatment; evaluations conducted by qualified, licensed clinicians; guidance navigating the care network; and training for administering naloxone, an overdose-reversal medication.
Transportation to and from the facility may be available; all services are provided regardless of ability to pay.
“In opening this Sussex County Bridge Clinic, we are providing rapid access to qualified clinicians who can help individuals and their families to understand what type of treatment is needed for loved ones and how to engage with the treatment system,” said Dr. Kara Odom Walker, Department of Health and Social Services secretary and a practicing family physician. “For too many Delaware families in the throes of a behavioral health crisis, they can be overwhelmed simply by trying to navigate the system. The bridge clinic provides an in-person starting point.”
Walker said the new clinic will help engage high-risk populations in treatment, one of four main recommendations from a team of researchers and clinicians at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In April 2017, Walker asked Johns Hopkins to conduct a review of Delaware’s addiction treatment system. In July 2018, the Johns Hopkins team issued a 33-page report that proposed four main strategies: increase the capacity of the treatment system; engage high-risk populations in treatment; create incentives for quality care; and use data to guide reform and monitor progress.
“Our bridge team leads with care and commitment,” said Elizabeth Romero, Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health director. “Persistence is a core principle, and they will never give up helping a client along their journey to recovery.”
For more information, call the Sussex County Bridge Clinic at 302-515-3310.