State Announces Selection of Mobile Opiate Treatment Contractor

For Immediate Release: July 12, 2004

Contact: Barbara Cimaglio
Deputy Commissioner of Health for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs

BURLINGTON - The Department of Health today announced that California Detoxification Program dba Vermont Behavioral Health Services has been selected to provide mobile opiate treatment services in Vermont.

“At this point, we have selected a competent bidder and now we will be entering into discussions with them to develop a program plan that will lead to a contract for services,” said Barbara Cimaglio, deputy commissioner of health for alcohol and drug abuse programs.

On April 1, the Department of Health released the Request for Proposals for Mobile Opiate Treatment Services. The intent is to expand opiate addiction treatment beyond Chittenden County to more rural areas of the state beginning with the Northeast Kingdom .

“Commissioner Jarris and I have been working very closely with town officials and local treatment providers in Newport and St. Johnsbury where we would like to first offer mobile treatment services,” said Cimaglio.

The Department of Health is working with each town to form an advisory group that will help in developing the program plan and facilitate implementation of treatment services within each community.

Addressing Vermont’s drug problems has been a high priority for the Douglas Administration. Until 2002, pharmacological treatment for people with opiate addiction was not available in Vermont. Today, the state has one methadone clinic located in Burlington that serves approximately 100 people and a buprenorphine treatment program has recently begun operating in Central Vermont.

“Offering services in the Northeast Kingdom will greatly increase Vermonter’s access to what, for many, is a life-sustaining medical treatment,” said Cimaglio.