SVMC Receives Grant for Prevention of Increased Substance Abuse

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BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Emergency Department at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center has received a grant for up to $440,000 that will help identify patients who are at risk for a substance abuse problem and provide assistance or a referral for treatment.

The Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) grant — a program of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, in cooperation with the Vermont Department of Health — aims to identify those at risk and conduct brief interventions to thwart increased use of drugs and alcohol.

Until recently, alcohol and drug interventions were focused on the 4 percent to 6 percent of Vermonters already abusing or dependent on substances. The interventions did not provide help for the 15 percent who misuse substances and whose increased misuse may lead to greater problems.

Several health care providers are already using the SBIRT model successfully, including University of Vermont Student Health Services, community health centers, clinics for the uninsured, and emergency departments.

The grant provides $220,000 for SBIRT practitioners — two interventionists with training in social work and motivational interviewing and a data entry specialist — along with training for both SBIRT staff and Emergency Department staff. If performance benchmarks are met, an additional $220,000 will be provided in the second year of the program.


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RiseVT's Rise to the Challenge Combines Three Events

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Three events are being held May 17-19 to encourage all, especially kids, to kick off the warm weather with physical activity.

"Our area is so rich with fun and interesting opportunities to move," Bennington County RiseVT Program Coordinator Andrea Malinowski said. "This set of three events highlights some of those great resources and encourages families to increase their physical activity."

The first event, planned for 6 p.m. Friday, May 17, is a hike at the Mile-Around Woods. It starts from John G. McCullough Free Library in North Bennington. This free and family-friendly walk will take participants around the Park-McCullough House or the Mile-Around Woods.

Attendees to the hike will receive a flyer on which they can collect signatures at each of the events. Those who participate in all three become a RiseVT Certified Champion, win special RiseVT and Southwestern Vermont Health Care swag, and are entered to win a raffle of fun summer-inspired prizes.
 

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