Starting March 2, a joint effort between the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) and West Virginia Public Transit Association (WVPTA) will provide free transportation to both treatment and recovery services for those with opioid use disorder.
“Transportation to care in our rural state can be difficult,” Christina Mullins, Commissioner for DHHR’s Bureau for Behavioral Health, said. “We believe this initiative will improve access to treatment and recovery resources to ultimately create healthier individuals, families, and communities across West Virginia.”
This transportation will be provided through WVPTA, which is made up of 18 public transit agencies serving 32 West Virginia counties. The association will provide both urgent and non-urgent transportation under the agreement, within 24-72 hours of any requests made. It will also expand the usual routes outside of traditional public routes.
This effort was made possible by a State Opioid Response grant provided by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.