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New “MyRides” program offers DC residents free rides to/from opioid-use treatment
DFHV partners with DBH and Via to target transportation barriers for individuals needing access to opioid use disorder treatment
June 15, 2021 (WASHINGTON, DC) – The Department of For-Hire Vehicles (DFHV), in partnership with the Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) and Via, has launched the MyRides program to provide free on-demand rides to and from treatment services for individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD).
Nationwide, a major challenge for individuals seeking treatment for OUD is transportation to-and-from clinic visits. DFHV, DBH and Via teamed up to deliver an innovative solution to that problem in the D.C. metro area through the MyRides program.
“We are excited about this partnership that will break down transportation barriers in getting people critical access to treatment for opioid use disorder said DFHV Director David Do. “My Rides will make it easier for people to get the help they need.”
Authorized behavioral health workers can also use the MyRides program to provide clients with door-to-door service to treatment appointments. In addition, peer support workers can use the program to meet patients in the field.
This initiative is supported by Federal State Opioid Response grant funding. Rides are provided by Via’s existing service in the area. Via’s flexible technology platform enables convenient scheduling, booking, and real-time tracking information and updates to healthcare providers and passengers.
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