Information for Health Professionals & Prescribers

ScreeNing, brief intervention & referral to treatment

SBIRT is a public health approach to delivering early intervention and treatment services. It is an evidence-based protocol both for people with substance use disorders and for those at risk of developing them. With SBIRT, screening, intervention and treatment all happen in a medical setting such as a primary care office, hospital emergency department or community clinic. These medical providers in turn form closer relationships with the substance abuse treatment providers in their area, developing a ‘warm hand off’ protocol for patients who need targeted treatment.

SBIRT providers are helping to integrate health systems to care for the whole individual. The SBIRT website and tools are available to support all health care providers. 

Vermont prescription monitoring system

VPMS is a highly effective tool to reduce drug abuse and diversion. VPMS collects, monitors and analyzes electronically transmitted prescribing and dispensing data submitted by pharmacies and dispensing practitioners. This information is used to support and coordinate clinical care and substance abuse prevention. It can also help us to understand the patterns of controlled substance prescribing and dispensing in Vermont. VPMS now has data-sharing agreements with New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire. Find out more and log into VPMS

chronic pain management

A new rule, which goes into effect July 1, 2017, will for the first time ever give guidance to prescribers and set legal limits on the dosage and number of opioid painkillers that may be prescribed. In drafting the rule, the Health Department hosted 19 meetings and conference calls with a range of providers and stakeholders, including physicians, pharmacists and dentists from around the state and around the country.

Read the new rule – Rule Governing the Prescribing of Opioids for Pain
Find resources for patients and providers – including information to give to opioid patients.