A virtual program in Western New York is exceeding expectations.

BestSelf Behavioral Health says it has helped more 50 people with substance abuse disorders through its 24-7 virtual medicated assisted treatment centers. That is double the initial goal set three months ago.

"This virtual hub is saving lives,” stated Elizabeth Woike-Ganga, president and CEO, BestSelf Behavioral Health. “We knew this type of a resource was sorely needed in our community and that many with the need for treatment were not seeking it through traditional channels. This generous funding and the support of Congressman Higgins is vital to our efforts, and we are looking forward to working with multiple community partners on this project."

These centers provide on-call care without a referral from a doctor.

“The opioid epidemic has long impacted the Western New York Community and the COVID-19 has only exacerbated the challenges that people struggling with addiction face,” said Congressman Brian Higgins. “This grant funding, provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), was an investment in removing barriers and increasing access to life-saving treatments by reaching those in need where they are in the community. Under the trusted leadership of BestSelf Behavioral Health, this program will only continue to further its impact, save lives, and make a difference for many Western New York families.” 

BestSelf received more than $2 million for the centers from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations grant program.