A Spartanburg-based facility that provides outpatient care for people with substance use disorders is expanding its footprint with a clinic in Greer.
The Forrester Center for Behavioral Health opened its medication-assisted treatment walk-in clinic in the Daily Bread Soup Ministries-Greer Soup Kitchen.
Within the Forrester Center’s Greer MAT Clinic, located at 521 E. Poinsett St., there is a nurse practitioner, counselor, and peer recovery coach. Those in need will receive prescriptions for suboxone, vivitrol or naloxone depending on medical need. Overdose reversal kits are available at no cost.
The clinic opened on September 20.
Susan O’Brien, CEO of the Forrester Center for Behavioral Health, said a state group had identified Greer as a hotspot for fatal and nonfatal opioid overdoses. Staff at the facility noticed the need for a clinic in the area after spending time distributing naloxone in Greer and helping people with treatment services at Greer Relief.
“It’s a play,” O’Brien said. “We’ve set it up with private spaces and cabins where privacy is assured and we’re HIPAA compliant.”
Until clients are stabilized, they come in weekly to see a nurse practitioner and get continuation or prescriptions. Clients receive seven-day prescriptions and meet with a recovery coach and counselor to work out a treatment plan.
The Forrester Center for Behavioral Health specializes in outpatient treatment services for people with substance use disorders. In addition to outpatient treatment, clients may receive drug treatment, medical services, and counseling services.
“The goal is to stabilize people and help them re-enter the labor market and help them develop skills and coping mechanisms to continue to improve, to do well and to have a high life. quality,” she said.
The Greer MAT clinic at the Forrester Center is open Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. All insurance and Medicaid accepted. The clinic has funds to also provide all services to those who are uninsured.