Committees, Workgroups, and Initiatives

Each unit of the Department of Mental Health has supporting committees, boards, and workgroups that advise, provide input, make suggestions, and/or perform supervision for those that use or provide those services.

Please visit the Meetings & Events page to find out when and where the Department of Mental Health's Committees are meeting.

Minutes for all of the committees below are posted on the Minutes Archive page.

 

Department Wide  

  • State Mental Health Planning Council:  Planning Councils are comprised of a wide range of stakeholders including adult consumers of mental-health services, family members, parents of children and adolescents experiencing a serious emotional disturbance, providers of mental-health services, advocates, and other interested members of the community.

  • Care Management Workgroup: The care management system is a core component of the Futures Plan. The care management program will ensure that the system can manage and coordinate movement within the system, so that indivduals have access to the appropriate level of care needed. The system will help to ensure that the most integrated and least restrictive care consistent with safety is being delivered.

  • Transformation Council: The purpose of the Transformation Council is to provide a forum for the exchange of views and ideas among the multiple stakeholders of the Vermont mental health community and to offer advice to the Commissioner. In particular it is designed to inform the Futures Planning process, to explore the issues that impact the transformation of the delivery system, and to arrive, whenever possible at a common understanding of planning and policy initiatives as these impact mental health services and support recovery.

  • Emergency Services: This page is a resource for ongoing development of emergency services and supports.

  • Transportation: This page is a resource on transportation issues relating to mental health.

  • Suicide Prevention: The Suicide Prevention group was created after the closing of the Vermont State Hospital when the question arose whether or not there was a rise in suicides.

  • Peer Services: This page is a resource of peer services and organizations, initiatives to build a statewide peer services network, and planning groups working on implementation of these objectives. 

  • Warm Line: This page provides an inventory of existing warm lines and documents initiatives to develop a new, 24-hour statewide, peer-run warm line.

  • Housing Vouchers: This page is a resource of housing subsidies and services, data and reporting of housing utilization, and ongoing development of housing programs. 

  • Proposal Review: Current proposals under review.

  • Statewide Standards Workgroup: This page is a resource for the group that was created to report and emergency involuntary procedures of seclusion and restraint for individuals in the custody of the Commissioner of Mental Health.

 

Adult Mental Health

 

Child, Adolescent, and Family Unit

  • State Program Standing Committee:  There is a State Program Standing Committee for each Department of Mental Health population served. Each State Committee is comprised of between 9 and 15 members, appointed by the governor, a majority of whom will be disclosed consumers and family members.

     

  • Local Program Standing Committee: Each service provider must be governed by a board made up of citizens who are representative of the demographic makeup of the area served by the agency. There must be a Local Program Standing Committee of the board for each population served. For Specialized Service Agencies and contracted providers, their Board of Directors acts as their Local Program Standing Committee. Each committee is comprised of at least five members, a majority of which are disclosed consumers and family members.
      
  • Act 264 Advisory Board: The Advisory Board is made up of nine members appointed by the governor, including equal numbers of parents, advocates, and providers. The Board's purpose is to advise the secretaries of the Agency of Human Services and of the Agency of Education, and the commissioners for mental health, child welfare, and disabilities on:
    • matters relating to children and adolescents with a severe emotional disturbance.
    • the development and status of the system of care.
    • yearly priorities on the system of care for submission to the legislature.
       
  • Act 264 Local Interagency Teams: If a child's personal Treatment Team is unable to agree upon or implement a Coordinated Service Plan to meet the needs of the individual and his/her family, they can bring the problem to their Local Interagency Team (LIT). The Team is composed at a minimum of representatives from the community mental health center, local school districts, the local office of the Department for Children & Families, Division of Family Services and family members. Their purpose is to provide technical assistance to a Treatment Team to implement a successful Coordinated Service Plan and to help develop the system of care in that region. The Coordinator for each Local Interagency Team may be reached at your community mental health center.

     

  • Act 264 State Interagency Team: If a Local Interagency Team is unable to resolve the difficulties of implementing a child's Coordinated Service Plan, it may refer the situation to the State Interagency Team (SIT) for additional technical assistance.

    The State Interagency Team is composed of similar representatives from state level offices and a family representative. The State Interagency Team will suggest solutions for individual situation as well as works to develop solutions to problems that occur across the system of care as a whole.

  • Psychiatric Medications for Children and Adolescents Trend Monitoring Workgroup:The Psychiatric Medications for Children and Adolescents Trend Monitoring Workgroup reviews Medicaid prescription drug data in order to identify trends, or other indicators of areas of potential focus, and acts as an advisor to Departments as well as the DVHA Drug Utilization Review (DUR) Board. 

  • Psychotropic Medications Workgroup:  Created to review the use of psychotropic medications for children and adolescents in Vermont. 

  • Child Trauma Workgroup: The Agency of Human Services (AHS) Child Trauma Workgroup was formed in 2004 as a subcommittee of the AHS Trauma Cluster. These groups were formed in response to the recognition by the Vermont Commission on Psychological Trauma that many people obtaining AHS services have multiple or complex experiences of trauma in their history and that this has significant implications on how to provide services that are supportive and effective. The Child Trauma Workgroup currently functions with collaborative public/ private membership from AHS, Department of Mental Health, Department for Children and Families, Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, Vermont Adoption Consortium, Vermont Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, Washington County Mental Health Services, HowardCenter, Northeastern Family Institute, New England Counseling and Trauma Center, and trauma survivors/parents.

  • Intensive Family Based Services: The Intensive Family Based Services (IFBS) Workgroup has been formed to review the current Intensive Family Based Services program. The workgroup includes - Department of Mental Health, Department for Children and Families/Family Services, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs, Juvenile Justice and the provider system. The workgroup will:

     

    • identify the best mental health, substance abuse, child welfare and juvenile justice practices for family treatment and support
    • Recommend a practice model for Vermont to the commissioners of the participating departments
    • Identify the implementation requirements including training, leadership, management and resources
    • Recommend a model to the Justice for Children Treatment Service Workgroup

 

 

To view the meeting minutes from any of these meetings, please visit the Minutes Archive page.

If you are interested in becoming involved in any of these groups, please contact the Department of Mental Health at

(802) 828-3824.