About the Bus
The 180 Bailey Bus is an interim, wait-list management program of Direction 180 that provides methadone treatment to individuals with opioid dependency while awaiting admission into a comprehensive methadone maintenance program. The 180 Bailey Bus is a mobile service that broadens access to methadone treatment in various communities throughout the city. We currently have four sites including Halifax, Dartmouth, Fairview, and Spryfield. This is a daily witnessed ingestion program in which all clients receive their medication daily, dispensed by a registered nurse, on board the mobile unit. Client admission, treatment, and progress is conducted and monitored on board the mobile unit by the prescribing physician, nursing staff, intake coordinator, and case manager. The goal of our program is to reduce the risks and harms associated with ongoing intravenous drug use while awaiting entry into a treatment program. These risks include but are not limited to: overdose, abscesses, cellulitis, endocarditis, the spread of hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS, sex work, criminal activity, and child protection involvement. When a position becomes available with a full methadone maintenance program, clients are then transferred from the 180 Bailey Bus to that program.
180 Bailey Bus Schedule*
8:30am – 9:30am – Halifax (Maitland St.)
9:45am – 10:45am – Dartmouth (Robert Burns Drive)
11:05am – 11:50am – Fairview (Dawn Street)
12:10pm – 12:55pm – Spryfield (205 Hering Cove Road)
*Schedule subject to change.
Holidays and/or other indicated days: All 180 Bailey Bus clients are required to go to 2164 Gottingen Street (Direction 180) between the hours of 8:30am-12:00pm for their medication on these days. Clients will be notified in advance of these changes.