MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Health Department has been awarded a nearly a $10 million grant to help up to 18,000 young people a year at risk for developing a substance abuse problem, officials said Monday.
The five-year grant from the Department of Health and Human Services has two target groups: one is 18-to-25-year olds; the other is people 18 and up to any age who have low education levels and represent racial or ethnic minorities in rural states.
"Acting on early warning signs of addiction, before it becomes a life-long problem, is a core mission of public health," said Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen. "This grant will enable us to fill an unmet need for an estimated 18,000 people each year who may otherwise not have received help."
The Vermont grant from the DHS's Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is one of five across the country. The other four states receiving similar grants are New Mexico, South Carolina, Ohio and New York.
Some of the health care providers that will be taking part in the program are Fletcher Allen Healthcare, the Vermont National Guard's Medical Center, the University of Vermont Student Health Center, and Central Vermont Medical Center primary care.
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