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  • Writer's pictureJohn Bracaglia

Healthcare Professionals Battling OUD Now Have More Help with Marvin & Bicycle Collaboration

At Marvin, we’re committed to providing a personalized mental health support system for clinicians. In another step towards that mission, we’re excited to announce a new collaboration with Bicycle Health, an organization committed to expanding access to care and ensuring that everyone struggling with OUD — regardless of where they’re from, what they do, or who they are — can get the treatment they need. Starting today, Marvin patients — which include surgeons, doctors, nurses and more — struggling with opioid use disorder will have access to Bicycle Health’s holistic telehealth treatment.

Opioid use disorder (OUD) can impact anyone — regardless of their race, gender identity, socioeconomic background, or occupation. Yet due to the harmful stereotypes surrounding addiction in the U.S., people that don’t fit the mold are often overlooked and underserved by our healthcare system. One group of OUD sufferers that often fly under the radar? Medical professionals.

Between the constant need to make emotionally charged — often life-altering — decisions, to the long hours, and the access to prescription medication, it’s no surprise that many clinicians find themselves turning to substances. Amidst COVID-19, the stresses of working within the healthcare industry have only compounded.

“The immense pressure of COVID exacerbated a long-standing problem in healthcare, many workers across the board struggle with mental health and substance abuse issues. We are excited to collaborate with Bicycle, weaving together our specialties, to play our role in reducing the suffering that torments too many of our beloved care givers,” said John Bracaglia, CEO of Marvin.

Through this relationship, clinicians using Marvin will be able to access Bicycle Health’s holistic Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) — which facilitates safer withdrawal, alleviates cravings, and prevents overdose, and is a sustainable form of addiction treatment. Partnered with Marvin’s holistic, clinician-specific mental health support, Bicycle’s treatment includes:

  • Medication management provided by a licensed medical provider (MD/NP/PA);

  • Access to licensed behavioral health clinicians (LCSW/LMFT) to deliver individual and group psychotherapy;

  • Facilitated online support groups to share their journeys with others, support others, and reflect on ways to achieve emotional growth;

  • On-demand access to clinicians to help patients navigate treatment, referrals and life changes as a partner, mentor, and support system.

Bicycle Health is currently available to patients in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

About Marvin: Marvin is the first mental health program made specifically for physicians, nurses, and other professionals working within a healthcare setting. Marvin’s clinical care protocol has been developed specifically for this population, providing a stepped model of 1:1 teletherapy, group programming, CBT-based workshops, and asynchronous exercises that help to process depression, anxiety, and burnout.

Unlike traditional mental health providers, Marvin has appointments available 24/7, which helps reduce barriers to access (especially for healthcare workers who work shifts that are not always during norma business hours). At a population level, Marvin works with health systems to help evaluate system-wide burnout, and recommends changes to fix underlying drivers of mental health issues.


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