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Howard Center has a long and rich history as a trusted provider. With a legacy spanning over 150 years, Howard Center has been providing progressive, compassionate, high quality, person-centered care and treatment for those members of our community in need. Founded in 1865 as an agency serving the children of the destitute, it now offers treatment and support for mental health, substance use, and developmental disabilities across the life span.
Our staff of 1,500 provides help and support to over 16,000 people each year in over 60 locations in four counties. We serve people from every county in Vermont.
- Community Outreach Program- a collaboration with six municipalities to embed outreach specialists in local police departments.
- Integrated Access and Intake Service-a single number and an expedited process for community members to access all Howard Center services.
- Expansion of the Collaborative Network Approach- a person-centered clinical approach to working with the individual and their network.
- Expansion of our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work- a welcoming and inclusive environment for all who come through our doors and a commitment to ensuring a culturally competent workforce.
- First Call for Chittenden County provides 24/7/365 crisis support services to all community members in collaboration with first responders, police, and UVM Medical Center emergency department medical staff.
- School based clinicians provide support to students in nearly every school in Chittenden County in collaboration with teachers, school counselors, and paraprofessionals.
- Mental Health and Drug Treatment Court programs provide support to community members in collaboration with the Chittenden County judicial system and the Department of Corrections.
- Housing options and supports are provided in collaboration with the Burlington Housing Authority, Champlain Housing Trust, and Committee on Temporary Housing.
- Services and support are provided to New Americans in collaboration with the Association of Africans Living in Vermont, Connecting Cultures, and the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program.
- Supported employment services are provided for individuals with mental health challenges or developmental disabilities in collaboration with the Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living, vocational rehabilitation, and local businesses.
- Co-located clinical services are offered in many collaborating provider locations such as the University of Vermont Medical Center, physician’s offices, schools, and eldercare settings.