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Start by calling (802) 229-0591 to speak to one of our friendly Intake Coordinators. You will be asked what kind of services you are seeking and depending on your answer, you will be directed to the correct person. You may be asked some routine questions and to schedule a brief interview to begin the process of accessing services. If you are not sure what services you are seeking, or what programs we offer, WCMHS will work with you to help you determine and access the services you may need.
If you are interested in Developmental Services, start by calling (802) 479-5012 (x565).
In order to receive Developmental Services, you need to be Medicaid eligible. WCMHS can help you determine your Medicaid eligibility and will work with you to access the services you may need.
Upcoming Events And News
The Imagination Station is Off to a Great Start and Now Scheduling Sessions
The Imagination Station is now scheduling for individual and group sessions at 23 Summer St. in Barre. Imagination Station will be open for clinical supports Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for all partner service agencies and schools. Imagination Station will be open for use by families and other private parties who have a trained adult to accompany the group for the entire session after hours, on weekends and on holidays. The Imagination Station team is working diligently to have as many people be trained as possible to ensure the space can be regularly utilized and enjoyed by all those who can benefit from this wonderful resource. If you are interested in becoming a trainer or to submit a referral form, please contact Heather Slayton at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (802)479-4055.
June is Post-Traumatic Stress Disoder (PTSD) Awareness Month
The United States Senate designated June 27 as National PTSD Awareness Day and The National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder has designated June as PTSD Awareness Month. PTSD for Veterens is a very real concern, and research now shows that it can be treated successfully. PTSD can affect anyone, including children and youth, so building awareness is a critical step to helping people get support for healing and recovery.
WCMHS Communication Training Resources Program to Hold Introductory Facilitated Communication Training on June 30th
A one day introductory workshop on Facilitated Communication (FC) is being hosted at WCMHS Community Developmental Services (CDS) building on June 30th from 9:00-3:30. This workshop will provide participants with a general overview of facilitated communication, a method of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), used by people with limited speaking abilities who have difficulty with reliable, independent pointing. Please see this flyer for more information.
WCMHS Wellness Collaborative Group Summer Schedule Released
The Wellness Collaborative will have new classes starting in May. The Wellness Collaborative aims to raise the wellness and quality of life for clients who are dealing with the challenges and stresses of daily living. Please see schedule to learn more about classes, and dates/times for each class. For more detailed information, please contact Ellia at 479-4083.
WCMHS Children's Groups to Run Throughout Summer
Four new children's groups are being offered this summer in addition to ongoing groups. Please be sure to look into these offerings which include animal assisted therapy group and a cooking, reading and recreational group for youth 10-19 all starting in late June. For more information, please contact Karli Clark at 229-0591.
WCMHS Executive Director Mary Moulton To Serve as President for Vermont Council for the Upcoming Year
The Vermont Council has named Mary Moulton as the President of their Board for the coming year. The Vermont Council is part of Vermont Care Partners(VCP). VCP provides leadership to 16 designated and specialized service agencies that provide developmental, mental health and substance use disorder services in Vermont with the goal of helping people in our communities lead healthy, safe and satisfying lives. VCP support our provider network through: advocacy and policy development; data collection and analysis; education and training; and supporting service delivery, payment reform, technology, program innovation and quality initiatives. Congratulations Mary!
Kristin Chandler Joins WCMHS Board of Directors
Kristin Chandler, current Coordinator of Team Two, the state-wide initiative to increase collaboration and training between mental health and law enforcement services, recently joined the Board of Directors at WCMHS. Kristin comes with many years of experience at the Department of Mental Health(DMH), as DMH Assistant Attorney General, and will now bring her expertise and commitment to her new board position. Please join us in welcoming Kristin!
Governor's Forum On Community Health Issues Held on June 27th
Five candidates for governor offered their viewpoints on Vermont's Community Health Organizations at a Forum in Burlington on Monday June 27th. For a summary of the debate, please click here. If you did not get a chance to watch the event live, visit the Vermont PBS website to watch the now.
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