Vermont Department of Health received a 5 year -10 million dollar grant award from SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment to implement evidence-based SBIRT services to identify and reduce substance misuse in Vermont adults aged 18 and older. The grant objective is to serve a total of 95,000 adults ages in ten practices across the state.
VT SBIRT will be implemented in the following healthcare settings:
- Community Health Centers (FQHCs)
- Community Health Centers of Burlington
- Community Health Services of Lamoille Valley
- Little Rivers HealthCare
- Northern Tier Center for Health
- The Health Center in Plainfield
- Clinics for the Uninsured
- People’s Health and Wellness in Barre
- Bennington Free Clinic
- Rutland Free Clinic
- University of Vermont-Student Health Center
- Emergency Departments
- Central Vermont Medical Center Emergency Department
- Rutland Regional Medical Center Emergency Department
Who will be helped by this initiative?
This grant extends Vermont’s progress under the blueprint for health initiatives by further integrating behavioral health with medical care to reduce substance use risk for all Vermonters. Healthcare providers receive SBIRT training to address the risk associated with substance misuse as they would approach other chronic health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes to make it part of the routine care in healthcare settings.
Previously, the focus of substance abuse treatment resources and money were spent on the 4-6% of Vermonter’s already abusing or dependent on substances. Instead, SBIRT focuses resources on the larger majority of citizens (25%) that currently misuse substances, in attempt to intervene briefly but effectively to thwart increased use. A primary group to be served in this project is Vermont adults who have lower income, have received less formal education, and are of diverse racial/ethnic background. A second group is young adults aged 18-25, selected because of this group’s high rate of misuse of alcohol and other drugs, combined with its having the highest unmet need for receiving treatment.