Through a cooperative agreement with the Federal Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services administration, Vermont has established the VT Youth Treatment Enhancement Program (VYTEP). VYTEP is a primary partnership between the State’s Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs (ADAP) and two adolescent, family, and young adult specialty providers, Centerpoint in Chittenden County and the Youth Service Bureau of Washington County. This partnership also includes evaluation services through the VT Child Health Improvement Program at UVM and leadership and consulting services through ADCARE.
VYTEP is focused on improving services for adolescents and young adults, and on expanding these services throughout Vermont. Primary attention has been given to:
- Increasing access to care, with expanded community-based and co-located services
- Reducing obstacles to care, with services that offer immediate response
- Enhancing existing services and adding options for care, with new models of evidence-based practice
- Strengthening current partnerships and developing new collaborative relationships
Initial 6 month evaluation results are showing improvements in behavioral health indicators, decreases in substance use, and improvements in employment and educational indicators. While lead agencies are located in the Burlington and Montpelier areas, expansion sites have also begun to roll out new services and enhanced programming within 5 additional regions of Vermont. Like to learn more about VYTEP and how these services can help your young person, school, or community? Click here to reach VAATP Vice President Mitch Barron.