Transportation to Substance Use Treatment Coming to Surry County 

(Dobson, N.C.) – One of Surry County’s largest hurdles in addressing substance abuse has been transportation to treatment providers. Thanks to a grant approved by the Surry County Board of Commissioners on Monday, October 19, that obstacle has been overcome. The three-year Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant and Substance Abuse Site-Based Program (COSSAP) Grant will provide $595,568 in funding to fuel a transportation network in Surry County.

A full-time transportation coordinator and three part-time drivers will staff the transportation network. Funding also provides for operational costs of vehicles and fuel reimbursement costs to organizations whose volunteers assist with transporting patients.

“Many residents who suffer from substance use disorder do not have transportation, which presents a huge problem in getting them the help they need,” said Mark Willis, Surry County Substance Abuse Recovery Director. “Hopefully, our transportation program will literally assist in placing them on the road to recovery.”

Also funded by the COSSAP Grant is a full-time data analyst. The analyst will gather comprehensive, real-time information for all County agencies about local substance abuse, analyze the data and disseminate the information to better aid in substance abuse response. The support provided by the data analyst will significantly improve the collaboration of County agencies and sharpen the focus on the County’s growing substance use problems.

Surry County received very close to the maximum grant that could be awarded for a county with a population of less than 100,000. The grant is provided by the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance.

Date: October 22, 2020