Our mission is to embrace strengths and to acknowledge struggles as we join with individuals, youth, families, and communities to promote growth and healing.

About Us

Northeastern Family Institute, VT (NFI VT) was established in 1984, as a private, nonprofit, Specialized Service Agency (SSA) within the Vermont statewide mental health network.  We are a healing organization, grounded in trauma-responsive care. We value a work and treatment environment of support, belonging and respect.

NFI VT serves individuals, youth and their families, coping with the challenges of severe trauma, emotional disturbances and/or intense dysregulation across settings. NFI has developed a statewide system of community based programs; including Wraparound, outpatient counseling (individual, family and group), therapeutic residential, educational, inpatient crisis stabilization programs, and foster parent support services.

Services may include mental health counseling, case management, diagnostic assessment, intensive outpatient, and educational services.  We also provide enhanced support services for foster care parents and families seeking reunification.

Our specialties include the treatment of chronic and complex trauma, attachment issues, and mood disorders.  Our clinicians acknowledge Racism, discrimination and biases as causes of historical and ongoing trauma.

NFI VT is highly regarded in the state of Vermont by our colleagues and peers as experienced in crafting high quality, client-centered treatment plans, individualized programs and collaborative support systems. NFI trainings and consultation are available to local and regional clinical/community providers, schools, medical and mental health agencies.

NFI VT is certified as a Vermont Care Partner’s Center of Excellence.

Services offered

Wraparound Programs

Wraparound is an intensive, individualized care management process for youths with complex emotional, behavioral needs, and multiple agency involvement.  Clients/families benefit from a coordinated care planning process that produces a single plan of care that engages other agencies and providers. The wraparound process strives to ensure children and youth grow up in their homes and communities. In an effort to support the client/family goals, clinical case managers help to coordinate activities, formal interventions, community services and interpersonal support and assistance provided by friends, kin, and other people drawn from the family’s social networks. (For additional information on the stages and 10 principles of the Wraparound process visit www.nfivermont.org)

Diagnostic Assessment Program

The Diagnostic and Assessment Program (DAP), provides assessment services to children, adolescents, and their families in Chittenden and Franklin Counties. Children and youth are supported through clinical case management and community skills work to remain in the community. DAP can support youth and families by providing a short term therapeutic foster home or supporting their current home environment. Services include clinical assessment of needs for the individual and family, service coordination, community integration evaluations, school coordination, and may also include psychiatric medication evaluation.

Educational Services

NFI operates 4 trauma-responsive community based/day treatment schools; with additional services provided to students throughout Vermont.

Our schools aim to create safe, therapeutic, consistent and structured learning environments. Students learn the social, emotional and behavioral skills needed in order for them to access their education. All of the NFI schools provide tailored instruction, in order to support the individual developmental, academic and social needs of each student. In addition, therapeutic services including family outreach and engagement; individual and group counseling; community activities and coordinated case management services are provided to all students and their families. We strive to provide the necessary supports in academic and behavioral domains so students can graduate or return to their sending school.

NFI Foster Parent Services

NFI Foster Parents provide a structured, well-supervised, nurturing home.  They support children in skill building towards healthy relationships to rejoin their families, promote situations that enhance self-esteem, and encourage constructive problem-solving towards positive life choices.  They are an integral part of the treatment team and work closely with NFI clinical staff to ensure the best possible outcome for the child.  Most importantly, NFI Treatment Foster Parents are committed to the best interests of the child, their primary family, and supporting the child’s comprehensive treatment plan.

Therapeutic Residential Programs (for Youth)

NFI operates 4 therapeutic residential programs throughout Vermont. The NFI residential programs are staffed 24/7. Each residential program is unique with regard to the population, age range and client needs.  Depending on the program, we serve adolescents and transition age youth ranging in age from 10-22 years old.  Our staffed homes benefit youth who struggle with mental health and behavioral issues.  Care is provided from a trauma- responsive approach in a safe, caring, consistent and structured environment.  Program staff work with residents and their caregivers to learn and practice new skills for a successful return home or to independent living.

Hospital Diversion—Inpatient Crisis Stabilization (for Youth)

The NFI Hospital Diversion Program is a short-term inpatient facility for adolescents experiencing acute psychiatric crisis or as step-down from a recent psychiatric hospitalization.  These staff secured facilities serve individuals ages 10 through 18 who typically reside in the program for approximately 7 to 10 days. The trauma-responsive staff team is comprised of residential counselors, master’s level clinicians and an experienced psychiatric team; all available 24 hours a day.

NFI Hospital Diversion Program provides crisis stabilization, clinical consultation, treatment planning and a comprehensive after-care plan for discharge.

Community Partnerships

Children and Family Supports (CFS)

The Children and Family Supports (CFS) Grant in Franklin & Grand Isle Counties is one of the largest in the state. CFS serves a wide variety of children and families (ages 0-18) who are involved with the Department of Children and Families (DCF). Dedicated NFI staff is fully integrated within DCF teams to provide a menu of family engagement services to support, educate and empower families in building safety within their families. We provide a variety of services to carry out this goal which includes: Baby Groups, After School Groups, Family Time Coaching, Family Safety Planning Meetings, Family Group Decision Making, Shared Parenting Meetings, Community Skills Work, Family Finding, Parent Education and Family Support.

The Vermont adoption consortium is comprised of agencies and groups from around the state who have joined together for a common purpose: to support Vermont’s adoptive and guardianship families.

Post Permanency program

NFI’sPost Permanency program offers trauma informed support for families who have adopted children or who hold legal guardianship. With the goal of building healthy family relationships, services include consultation, guidance with birth parent relationships, in home parent education, support groups and referrals to community resources.

Burlington Partnership for a Healthy Community (BPHC)

The Burlington Partnership for a Healthy Community is a Burlington-focused coalition of diverse community partners working collaboratively to address the causes and consequences of substance misuse. BPHC’s work prevents and delays youth use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs through innovative programming and community level strategies. We improve overall health and safety–making healthier choices the easy ones.  NFI supports and promotes the work and mission of BPHC as a fiscal agent, and we help provide administrative and HR resources for the program.

Outpatient Therapy

Crossroads Adolescent, Transition Age Youth, & Adult—Intensive Outpatient Program (DBT treatment model)

The IOP model is intended for individuals who have tried a less intensive level of therapy and have not achieved the stability they want. It can also be beneficial for individuals experiencing an escalation of emotions/behaviors that could lead to hospitalization or as a step down from an inpatient or residential setting.  Participating in the intensive outpatient program involves three hours of treatment daily for 4-6 weeks. Clients will expect to receive supportive counseling, DBT coping skills, individual therapy, crisis services, and medication management.

Family Center

The Family Center is a multi-service outpatient mental health clinic serving children, adolescents, families and adults. While the Family Center provides a broad spectrum of clinical services, the staff specializes in family therapy and the treatment of trauma, attachment disorders, adolescent issues and mood disorders. In addition to offering innovative therapeutic services, the staff provides clinical consultation, psycho-educational evaluations, and in-service trainings.

Training and Consultation

NFI Vermont has grown to become a leader in statewide treatment, training and consultation, especially in the area of complex trauma, and family systems therapy. In addition to training our own staff, each year we help many hundreds of social service providers, educators, and caregivers to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to serve children, youth and families with complex needs.

NFI Vermont, Inc.

Contact

(802) 658-0040

[email protected]

www.nfivermont.org

30 Airport Road, South Burlington, VT 05403

Community Partnerships

NFI Vermont, in collaboration with Health Care & Rehabilitation Services (HCRS), opened the Hospital Diversion Program in Brattleboro in 2018. This program was opened specifically in response to a need for increased access to crisis respite beds for youth. This program is open to all youth (ages 13-18) in the State of Vermont, with priority given to local youth.

The Children and Family Supports Grant in Franklin & Grand Isle Counties is one of the largest in the state. CFS serves a wide variety of children and families (ages 0-18) who are involved with the Department of Children and Families (DCF). Dedicated NFI staff are fully integrated within DCF teams to provide a menu of family engagement services to support, educate and empower families in building safety within their families. We provide a variety of services to carry out this goal which includes: Baby Groups, After School Groups, Family Time Coaching, Family Safety Planning Meetings, Family Group Decision Making, Shared Parenting Meetings, Community Skills Work, Family Finding, Parent Education and Family Support.