The Opioid Intervention Court in the City of Buffalo was established in 2017 as an intervention program to address the growing opioid epidemic in Western New York. This program works with people pre-plea and pre-disposition, giving individuals immediate access to treatment. Participants engage in daily counseling and report to court Monday through Friday to check-in, as well as abide by an evening curfew call in every day of the week.
The first of its kind in the country, the Opioid Intervention Court has provided stabilization services for over 450 people. The program links participants to Medically Assisted Treatment (“MAT”), inpatient services, peer and family support, as well ancillary services such as education and vocational programs, primary care providers, and housing.
Transportation has proven to be a large barrier for the participants. Many of the participants are low or fixed income and the cost of transportation can be a difficult hurdle. Those that are eligible for Medicaid can receive a bus pass, but there is a 5-7 day waiting period. This waiting period occurs at a critical time in the participant’s recovery. This fundraising effort is trying to close this gap by providing day bus passes for those in need. By providing consistent transportation access, participants will be able to get to treatment and to court daily in addition to other sober support services, such as Narcotics Anonymous meetings.
The opioid epidemic has severe impacts throughout the Western New York Community. We are reaching out for community support to assist in our efforts to provide access to services to stabilize people on their journey to recovery from opiate addiction. Your contribution here would provide direct transportation access for participants to get to treatment, access medication, and create drug-free ties within the community.
Any contribution is helpful and will have a direct impact on those attempting to continue on their journey through recovery.