About the Department of Mental Health

Commissioner's Welcome

DMH continues to focus on its vision for self-determination, empowerment and recovery. It means being responsible to the need and preferences of consumers and families. The vision challenges DMH to change the culture, philosophy and values, and to fully embrace the concepts of recovery.



It is the mission of the Vermont Department of Mental Health to promote and improve the mental health of Vermonters.


Mental health will be a cornerstone of health in Vermont.  People will live in caring communities with compassion for and a determination to respond effectively and respectfully to, the mental health needs of all citizens.  Vermonters will have access to effective prevention, early intervention and mental health treatment and supports as needed to live, work, learn and participate fully in their communities


We support and believe in the Agency of Human Services’ values of respect, integrity and commitment to excellence and express these as:

Excellence in Customer Service

  • People receiving mental health services and their families should be informed and involved in planning at the individual and the system levels
  • Services must be accessible, of high quality and reflect state-of-the-art practices
  • A continuum of community-based services is the foundation of our system

Holistic Approach to Our Clients

  • We can promote resilience and recovery through effective prevention, treatment and support services

Strength-Based Relationships

  • It is important to foster the strengths of individuals, families and communities

Results Orientation

  • Strong leadership, active partnerships and innovation are vital strategies to achieve our mission
  • We are accountable for results.