The Substance Abuse Treatment Certification Rule provides certification and operational requirements for Vermont Department of Health approved and preferred providers.
Preferred Providers - Substance Use Disorder Treatment Standards are the procedural guidelines of practice for all DSU-funded substance use disorder treatment services in Vermont.
The Compliance Assessment Tool (CAT) is used during site visits to determine a Preferred Provider’s level of certification compliance by:
- Providing transparency about the Preferred Provider's compliance status;
- Highlighting areas that require action or emphasis; and
- Evaluating the level and type of technical assistance needs.
Certification requires site visits to DSU-funded programs providing substance use disorder treatment to assess program compliance with Substance Use Disorder Treatment Standards.
There are several approaches and models for implementing continuous quality improvement, which can be applied to substance use disorder treatment providers, in addition to a variety of other settings. The Process Improvement Model of continuous quality improvement uses the Plan, Do, Study and Act cycle.
The Plan, Do, Study and Act Cycle
Each step of the PDSA cycle involves activities that give you opportunities to involve your staff, include your clients, and ensure a relevant, achievable and successful improvement process.