News & Announcements

Dave Dewey Joins Board

CCS_DeweyDave Dewey recently joined our Board of Directors. Dave is a K9 Handler and Corporal with the Colchester Police Department, and also serves as an instructor for the Vermont Police Academy on “Interacting with People Experiencing a Mental Health Crisis.” He holds an Associate’s Degree in Law Enforcement from Champlain College.

CCS Joins Vermont Care Partners for Major Press Conference

February 24, 2016


Sounding the Alarm- Vermont Care Partners Calls Press Conference to Request 3% Medicaid Rate Increase

Montpelier, VT– Vermont Care Partners (VCP) is holding a press conference tomorrow, Thursday, February 25 from 11:00 to 11:30 AM in the Cedar Creek Room of the Statehouse. The press conference will address the chronic reimbursement challenges faced by community mental health and developmental disability agencies. Vermont’s Designated Mental Health and Developmental Disability Agencies are requesting a 3% Medicaid rate increase for each of the next four years. Consumers, families, board members, community partners and agency leaders are making their voices heard on this critical and timely issue.

Read entire press release here

CCS featured on Local ABC/Fox News programs!


Reporter Megan Carpenter visited CCS during our United Way Week celebration to learn more about CCS – especially our Way2Work supported employment supported employment program, which United Way invests in.

Watch her report here


Champlain Business Journal covers CCS, new collaborative

CCS and its recently announced ARIS Collaborative were featured in the November 2015 issue of Champlain Business Journal. View a pdf of the article


CCS Named Best Nonprofit in Champlain Business Journal Poll!

NFP1For the second consecutive year, Champlain Community Services earned “Best of the Best Business” award as Best Nonprofit Organization in the Champlain Business Journal Readers Poll.

The business monthly boasts a large readership of business owners and professionals throughout Addison, Chittenden, Franklin, and Washington Counties. Given our specialized services in career development and job placement, and our strong partnerships with the business community, recognition from such an audience is particularly welcome.

This year, CCS also earned a Runner-Up certificate in the Socially Responsible Business category. Thanks to all who voted for CCS in this poll!


CCS Joins New Collaborative

IMG_6987Executive Director Elizabeth Sightler announces CCS recently joined in a new collaboration agreement with five other Vermont nonprofits. The partnership creates areas of formal and informal collaboration among the agencies that promise operational efficiencies while strengthening pursuit of shared missions.

CCS joins ARIS Solutions (the shared business office for the collaboration), Families First of Southern Vermont, Lincoln Street, Green Mountain Support Services (formerly Sterling Area Services), and Upper Valley Services in a collaboration specifically designed “to ensure that people with disabilities are included in the fabric of Vermont society.” Read full press release


CCS a National Model for Supported Employment

The 11535809_10155842680860294_2819759218055434643_n[1]Minneapolis Star Tribune is researching Vermont’s approach to supported employment for an upcoming feature. Minnesota, like many other states, is considering best practices for sheltered workshop conversion. On June 22, reporters visited CCS and met with CC management and staff, consumers, and families, and visited a number of employment sites (as well as the Champlain Voices picnic!).

1509012_10155842680865294_2285484985595633958_n[1]Our Way2Work program has earned “National Best Practices” recognition, and been named the top supported employment program in Vermont the past six years. Vermont as a state is setting the tone for states throughout the U.S. looking to convert sheltered workshops to community-based employment opportunities in the competitive economy, and we’re serving in some ways as a national model.