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It has been well established that individuals with mental illness and substance use disorders face numerous barriers to accessing adequate health care treatment including inability to pay, lack of insurance coverage, lack of provider availability, and stigma. The 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment for Washington County, Vermont identified substance use and mental health as priority health needs for the county. The purpose of this project was to evaluate the specific barriers individuals with mental health and substance use disorders are experiencing in Waterbury, Vermont. A survey was distributed to patients being seen at Waterbury Family Practice with behavioral health or substance use disorder diagnoses. The results demonstrated that approximately half of respondents felt they experienced barriers to treatment. The most commonly sited barriers were financial difficulty and lack of provider availability.

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Waterbury Family Practice


mental health, substance use disorder, Vermont

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Assessing Barriers to Mental Health Treatment