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Bridging the Divide: A Conference Fostering Collaboration between Primary Care, Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Behavioral Health


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Thank you for visiting our site for the Bridging the Divide Conference, which took place on November 7, 2012. It was a great success!

Please visit our website for information on the 2013 Bridging the Divide Conference, taking place November 8, 2013 at the Hampton Inn in Colchester, VT.

November 7, 2012

DoubleTree Hotel, South Burlington, Vermont


Despite the introduction of the Biopsychosocial Model to medicine thirty-seven years ago, our culture and our health care system continues to operate from an artificial divide between physical health and mental health. This divide is a barrier to achieving the highest quality care here in Vermont and elsewhere across the country.

This will be the fourth annual Bridging the Divide conference. In past years we covered the conceptual underpinnings of collaborative care, how we teach (and learn) collaborative practice, and the evidence supporting taking a more systematic and holistic approach to the delivery of health care. This year we will focus on successful examples of collaboration and integration. We have two exciting keynote speakers, one from a health system providing integrated primary care, behavioral health and prevention services to 12 counties in East Tennesee, and the other from a large multi-specialty health system in Utah that has achieved great success with mental health integration. These examples will be compared and contrasted with our own successes here in Vermont with the Blueprint for Health and the Hub and Spoke Model for substance abuse treatment.

We will also hear from experts on an issue that is commonly shared across primary care and behavioral health: Care for returning military service personnel and their families.


  1. Primary care, mental health and substance abuse clinicians should learn how to implement and work in collaborative practice, including best practices for screening, diagnosis, and management of physical and mental health problems.
  2. Participants should learn about the innovative Hub and Spoke approach to substance abuse identification and treatment in Vermont.
  3. Participants should understand stresses that military service puts on service members and their families and resources for identification and treatment of PTSD, traumatic brain injury and other problems.


The University of Vermont College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Vermont designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.

Credit is pending for the following providers: Mental Health, Pharmacy, Psychology, Drug and Alcohol Abuse Counselors, and Social Workers.

This program has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 7.0 Nursing Contact Hours. (Expiration: 11/7/14)*


The fee includes the comprehensive course syllabus, continental breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks.

Regular Registration (on or before October 17)

Physicians: $225.00
Other Health Professionals: $175.00
Students: $75.00

Late Registration (after October 17)

Physicians: $250.00
Other Health Professionals: $200.00
Students: $100.00


Refunds may be obtained, minus a $50 administrative fee, if notice of cancellation is received by October 17. Refunds are not available after that date.

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