Life has changed dramatically in the past few weeks, but Vermont’s designated and specialized service agencies are still here to help. Vermont Care Partners (VCP) agencies are now meeting the mental health, substance use disorder and developmental services needs of Vermonters via video and phone. Our virtual doors are open. Clinical assessment, individual therapy, and 24/7 mental health crisis response – among other services – are all just a phone call away.
“The ability to use video technology that protects people’s privacy has been crucial for us during the Coronavirus crisis,” said Elizabeth Sightler, Executive Director at Champlain Community Services in Colchester. “Our Direct Support Professionals can support people remotely to provide the same high-quality therapeutic care that we were providing before the crisis in offices and through home visits to keep everyone safe and healthy. We provide our staff with Personal Protection Equipment for those times when in-person supports are needed. Our staffs are on the front lines.”
Governor Phil Scott has designated mental health, substance use disorder, and development disabilities services staff as essential workers. In addition to the clinical services we offer, our residential staff, therapeutic school staff, shared living providers, and foster parents are working selflessly and tirelessly to support Vermonters in our residential programs.
You can find your local agency, or learn more about how to access services here. Intake phone numbers and crisis lines one click away here. More about information about Vermont Care Partners and our network of sixteen agencies specializing in mental health, substance used disorder, and developmental disability services and supports in every community in Vermont is available at vermontcarepartners.org.