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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
WCMHS Online Fundraiser is Now Live!
WCMHS is sponsoring an online fundraiser on GiveGab to raise money in support of the Imagination Station. Please consider supporting this important fundraising drive which will help ensure that this unique resource is maintained in top quality shape now and into the future. Thank you!
WCMHS Imagination Station
The Imagination Station is now scheduling for individual and group sessions at 23 Summer St. in Barre. Imagination Station is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for use by schools, clinicians, and families or other private parties who have a trained adult to accompany the group for the entire session. 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.
Special Event Scheduled for Imagination Station on December 29th!
On Thursday, December 29, WCMHS will host an open play group time for anyone to come visit the Imagination Station from 10:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. With children on holiday school break, this may be the first perfect time to drop in if you have not ever visited Imagination Station! There will be no charge for this day. Please know that there could be many people in the space that day, so bring what you may need to cope in any situation :). We hope to see familiar faces and to make some new friends. Please share this with anyone you may know who would like to visit us! If you have questions or need directions, please call 479-4055.
3rd Annual Camping for a Cause Sponsered by Barre Interfaith Group
Come out and help raise awareness of homelessness in our community and raise money for Good Samaritan Haven homeless shelter on December 9th at 5:30pm to December 10th at 9:00am. Sponser or be someone who is camping out on a cold, Vermont night to raise awareness for homelessness in our community. This is an opportunity to experience what it is like to be homeless in Vermont – to get a glimpse of what it is like to live on the streets with winter approaching. Learn more about the event at www.goodsamaritanhaven.org.
Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) Course for Interested Community Members Scheduled for February 28th and March 1st
A free YMHFA training will be offered from 8:30am to 12:30pm on the mornings of February 28th and March 1st at the MacFarland State Building in Barre. YMHFA is an 8 hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Please call (802) 505-8149 for more information and to sign up.
Random Rescue Group Starting January 2017
Random Rescue is designed for teenagers ages 13-18 with an interest in volunteering and working with rescue dogs and cats. The new group will have its first meeting on Monday January 23rd from 3:30-5:30 at WCMHS Building C, located at 286 Hospital Loop in Berlin. It will meet in Williamstown on Mondays from 3:30-5:30 through March 13th. If you are interested, please use this application and click here for more details.
Stirling Peebles Recognized as one of Vermont's 40 Rising Stars Under 40!
The Vermont Business Magazine recently published its 40 Rising Stars Under 40, and Stirling Peebles is among that group. We here at WCMHS want to give a big congrats to Stirling for this accomplishment!!
Resources for Childhood and Adolescent Grief and Trauma
WCMHS continues to support Harwood Union, its students and families and our entire community after the tragedy that occurred this fall. We hope that we can provide some useful materials and resources to navigate this difficult time for many. Here is a summary to help understand what could be happening for yourself, your family and friends and self-care ideas that can help you better cope now. Also, here are some guidelines for specifically supporting adolescents and information on trauma and grief across childhood. The following two links will be useful for parents/caregivers and educators. If you are someone you care about needs additional supports, please call our Screening team at 229-0591. Screeners are available 24 hours a day.
Clara Martin Center to Celebrate 50th Anniversary!
Clara Martin Center is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. They are putting on an event called "Celebrating Creativity in Mental Health Wellness and Recovery" on January 7, 2017 at the Chandler Music Hall. The evening will highlight the talents of those who recognize mental health as an essential part of overall wellbeing, featuring an art and writing exhibit from Vermont artists, and capped off by a performance from the Me2/Orchestra.
WCMHS Winter Children's Groups
Many exciting groups groups are being offered this winter. Many groups are ongoing and some start dates are still being determined. Please click here for more information. The groups range from weight lifting for teenage girls and boys to equine assisted therapy. For more information, please contact Karli Clark at 229-0591.
WCMHS Wellness Collaborative Early Winter Groups Schedule Released
The Wellness Collaborative will have new classes starting in November. 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 or Doreen at 479-4083.
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