Journeying Back to Myself: Restoring Trust in Vermont’s Mental Healthcare System

I feel like I am finally coming awake from a deep, heavy slumber. I can stretch a few inches taller and shake the cold out of my limbs. I can feel the warmth of the sun glinting down on me, returning energy to my body. I can see the beauty and the color of life again, hear the sounds of the season all around me. After being lost in the polarities of my worlds not once, not twice, but three times now, I find it necessary to look back and marvel at the journey that has brought me here.

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Older adults are unique in their needs; many suffer from substance use disorders

Karen always had an active life full of family, friends, work and community involvement. Now the kids have flown the coop, her years of employment are over and medical conditions limit her ability to get out and about. She found that her feelings of depression and anxiety which used to be manageable became more difficult to bear and her drinking started to get out of control.

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Employment brings purpose, builds community

Have you ever known someone that seems to run into bad luck but somehow perseveres? Despite multiple losses and hardships, Mark is someone with a rock-solid work ethic. In the summer, he often works two jobs and will walk miles to get to them. He takes pride in his work and has a positive attitude that inspires his co-workers.

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Many youths who are in a behavioral or mental health crisis end up in Hospital Emergency Departments

In reviewing available data, United Counseling Service (UCS), the state’s designated agency for Bennington County, and the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) discovered that in the fourth quarter of 2018, 294 child and adolescent crisis assessments were completed in the SVMC Emergency Department. Tragically, 82% of all children and adolescents who presented in the ED in a crisis were discharged home without a treatment plan with the average length of stay being 20 hours.

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Reducing suicide deaths takes a community

Both nationally and regionally, most people who have died by suicide have not sought help from a mental health provider in the months leading up to their death, but nearly half had seen a primary care provider within a month of their passing.

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VCP 2020 Legislative Agenda

Legislative Agenda for 2020 - Working Draft 1 Maintaining our Commitment to Vermonters Designated and Specialized Service Agencies (DA/SSAs) are nonprofit community-based agencies doing the work of the state to meet mental health developmental disability and substance...

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VCP Quality Director Cath Burns Honored with Statewide Award

Vermont Care Partners’ Quality Director Cath Burns Ed Sbardellati Award a Feature of Vermont’s Annual Success Beyond Six Behavior Intervention Conference Congratulations to our colleague, Cath Burns, for receiving the Ed Sbardellati Award for Excellence and Innovation...

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