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VT Discretionary Funding Fiscal Year 2018

Center: TI

Program: Opioid STR
State: VT
Grant Award Number: 5 H79 TI080230-02
Congressional District: 0
FY 2018 Funding: $2,000,000
Project Period: 2017/05/01 - 2019/04/30

The Vermont Opioid STR project will support a pilot drug disposal project with Vermont Sheriffs, rapid response funding for prevention projects identified by Vermont's RPP Grantees, enhance Vermont's Prescription Monitoring System's usability, provide workforce development opportunities including Office Base Opioid Treatment training, increase recovery supports in select emergency departments and telephone recovery supports, and community education opportunities through local adult education centers. The project goals are as follows: increase MAT for OUD; increase workforce capacity to treat SUDs; improve coordination of care and retention in treatment; address prescription drug diversion through a drug disposal program; implement community-specific opioid strategies; and decrease opioid-related overdose deaths. The overall population of focus is individuals 18 years or older who are currently experiencing OUD, with components of this project having special populations of focus such as prevention of opioid use for individuals' 18-25 and individuals 18 years or older who enter an emergency department because of an opioid overdose. The objectives are as follows: increase treatment initiation and engagement in OUD treatment; increase access to MAT; increase the number of Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors; increase the number of counties with a permanent drug disposal site; and increase the number of counties with one formal team implementing community-specific opioid strategies. Over the project period this project will serve approximately 13,730 Vermonters through the expanded treatment and recovery services. Of those, 1,090 individuals will be served in the first year, with 12,640 being served in the second year of the project period. This project will increase the workforce, enhance clinical tools to decrease opioid use, increase access to treatment, and enable prevention programs more ability in responding to prevention needs.

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