Berlin, Vt. — At his weekly media briefing, Governor Phil Scott highlighted available resources and new state investments passed this year to combat the opioid epidemic and support those with substance use disorder, including nearly $9 million in new investments for prevention, treatment and recovery.
The Governor was joined by state leaders from the Department of Health, as well as representatives from the UVM Health Network, community prevention coalitions and health care providers.
In total, across all funds, the state budget this year invests $66.2 million for substance use programs at the Vermont Department of Health. This includes nearly $9 million in new or additional state funding for the following:
$4 million to local and regional substance misuse prevention coalitions
$2 million for substance use disorder treatment and recovery beds
$1.2 million in rate increase for preferred providers to support treatment and recovery
$1.54 million for recovery centers, employment services and regional recovery partners, like Jenna’s House
If you or someone you know is struggling with substance use, or in need of services, you can access the following resources and supports:
Central Vermont Prevention Coalition (cvprevention.org)
Central Vermont Treatment Partners (cvmc.org)
Prevention Works VT (www.preventionworksvermont.org)
More details can be found by clicking here to view the press conference.