Massachusetts Addiction Recovery Software, Inc. is creating mobile apps to locate addiction (SUD) treatment and support
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My Motivation

After seeing the death toll from opioids rise to 4-6 people per day in Massachusetts and knowing that nearly the same amount die from alcohol too daily in MA (88k/year in the US), I decided to join the Heroin is Killing My Town Facebook group (as well as several others). I saw that they posted the open detox beds daily but that the numbers changed frequently throughout the day. I realized I could create a mobile app for people to be able to look up the current open beds more easily.

The app has taken several months to develop; the Android version and the backend services in the cloud were developed between September and December 2016 at around a full time weekly commitment, and the iOS app was developed in January and February of 2017.

The App

The app shows the current open beds listings for various types of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) treatment options and the list is updated every 15 minutes from Massachusetts Behavioral Health Access. Not all providers keep their listings up to date, but maybe as the information is made more accessible this will begin to change.

The app also has listings for AA, NA and SMART Recovery meetings around Massachusetts. Each list is filterable by day and city.  I am in the process of adding a tab for Buprenorphine.

More features are planned, but I need to know if this app is helpful and whether there are users of it before I spend more time on additional features.



What The Money Will Be Used For

  • Reimbursement of MA non-profit incorporation registration and public charity registration fees
  • Apple and Google Play app store release fees
  • Web and database servers (currently $13/month, but this may rise to meet a heavier load after release)
  • IRS 501(c)(3) application
  • any legal fees needed for 501(c)(3) application, and Terms of Use and Privacy Policy drafts
  • test devices as needed
  • AppCode license
  • social media ads/promotion fees
  • any other operational costs

To Learn More

To learn more about the app, please visit the web page: https://www.marsi.org

My Motivation

After seeing the death toll from opioids rise to 4-6 people per day in Massachusetts and knowing that nearly the same amount die from alcohol too daily in MA (88k/year in the US), I decided to join the Heroin is Killing My Town Facebook group (as well as several others). I saw that they posted the open detox beds daily but that the numbers changed frequently throughout the day. I realized I could create a mobile app for people to be able to look up the current open beds more easily.

The app has taken several months to develop; the Android version and the backend services in the cloud were developed between September and December 2016 at around a full time weekly commitment, and the iOS app was developed in January and February of 2017.

The App

The app shows the current open beds listings for various types of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) treatment options and the list is updated every 15 minutes from Massachusetts Behavioral Health Access. Not all providers keep their listings up to date, but maybe as the information is made more accessible this will begin to change.

The app also has listings for AA, NA and SMART Recovery meetings around Massachusetts. Each list is filterable by day and city.  I am in the process of adding a tab for Buprenorphine.

More features are planned, but I need to know if this app is helpful and whether there are users of it before I spend more time on additional features.



What The Money Will Be Used For

  • Reimbursement of MA non-profit incorporation registration and public charity registration fees
  • Apple and Google Play app store release fees
  • Web and database servers (currently $13/month, but this may rise to meet a heavier load after release)
  • IRS 501(c)(3) application
  • any legal fees needed for 501(c)(3) application, and Terms of Use and Privacy Policy drafts
  • test devices as needed
  • AppCode license
  • social media ads/promotion fees
  • any other operational costs

To Learn More

To learn more about the app, please visit the web page: https://www.marsi.org

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