December 15, 2017

State reduces backlog for opiate addiction treatment

Gov. Phil Scott announced last week that wait lists for opiate addiction treatment have been eliminated in Chittenden County, and that the state can now quickly meet the demand for treatment services statewide.

When visiting Vermont in July, Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Richard Baum noted, “Vermont has made more progress on that challenge (of expanding treatment capacity) than any other state in the country.”

The opening of a new Hub program in St. Albans, expansion of Hub services at the Howard Center – which provides medical services for those struggling with substance use disorder – and additional access to physician practices at the University of Vermont Medical Center have helped close capacity gaps in Vermont’s statewide system.

This work included a team of professionals meeting weekly in Burlington to focus on waitlist reduction, finding needed resources, connecting with those waiting for care and working to break down the barriers in the way of providing care.

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