2017 Opioid Prescribing Rule
- Rule Governing the Prescribing of Opioids for Pain (link is external)
- Opioid Prescribing Rule - What You Need to Know (link is external)
- Rules for Prescribing Opioids for Pain & Vermont Prescription Monitoring System - Frequently Asked Questions: For Prescribers (link is external)
- May 17, 2017 Webinar (link is external) & Handout (link is external)
Vermont’s new Opioid Prescribing Rule requires that an Opioid Patient Information Sheet and an example Opioid Prescription Informed Consent form be provided by the physician (or other prescriber) to any patient receiving a new opioid prescription. The information sheet provides patient education about the risks of taking opioids, and provides guidance on the safe storage, and proper disposal of opioids. The consent form should provided with the information sheet and should be signed by the patient and kept on file at the medical practice office. The documents have also been translated into Arabic, Burmese, French, Kirundi, Nepali, Somali, and Spanish to provide to new Vermonter patients.
Vermont Prescription Monitoring System
The amended Vermont Prescription Monitoring System (VPMS) law requires all providers who prescribe controlled substances to enroll in VPMS and expands query requirements (Act 75, Section 11). Visit the VPMS page for more information.
Alcohol & Drug Counselors - AAP, CADC, LADC
The Vermont Secretary of State’s Office of Professional Regulation (link is externalis responsible for certification and licensure of Apprentice Addiction Professionals (AAP), Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CADC), and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LADC).
Alcohol & Drug Prevention Practitioners - CPS
Competency standards for substance abuse prevention practitioners are established by the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (link is external) (IC&RC). For practitioners interested in becoming a Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS) contact the New Hampshire Prevention Certification Board. (link is external)The Department of Health, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs periodically offers the national Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) as an introduction to the alcohol and drug prevention field.
The Vermont Association for Mental Health & Addiction Recovery (VAMHAR) provides workforce development training, including Vermont Recovery Coach Training, which is a comprehensive, current, interactive training designed to equip participants with the basic tools, skills and resources vital to becoming an effective recovery coach.
Prescribers of Controlled Substances
The Division of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Programs is committed to supporting the development and maintenance of a qualified and competent workforce. For upcoming training opportunities and continuing education resources, visit ADAP's Workforce Development page.
The Substance Abuse Treatment Certification Rule provides certification and operational requirements for Vermont Department of Health Approved Providers and Preferred Providers.
Effective 2/1/17: Substance Abuse Services Guidelines
The Health Department's Division of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Programs performs site visits to funded programs providing substance abuse treatment. During these visits, we use the Substance Abuse Services Guidelines as a way to assess program compliance. These guidelines of practice should be considered procedural guidelines for all publicly funded substance abuse treatment services in Vermont.