Department Initiatives


Current Initiatives


♦ Mental Health Transformation Grant

Name: Mental Health Transformation Grant

Funding Source: SAMHSA Mental Health Transformation Grant

Duration: October 2010 to September 2015 (5 years)

Total Funding for the duration of the grant: $ 3,670,995

Description: This grant will develop peer-based prevention and early intervention services and supports for young adults (ages 18 – 34) with or at risk of serious mental illness.

DMH Contact:  Nick Nichols at 802-828-3817 or

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♦ Young Adult in Transition

Name: Young Adults in Transition

The Young Adult in Transition grant is funded by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for six years to develop systems of care for young adults who are between 16 and 21 years old. Currently, we see a huge decline in the use of mental health services among young adults who reach the age 16. We are exploring ways to increase access and use of mental health services for this age group of Vermont citizens. Please visit the Young Adult in Transition page for more information about this project.

Funding Source: SAMHSA Cooperative Agreements for Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program
Duration: October 2008 – September 2014 (6 years)
Total Funding for the duration of the grant: $9,000,000
Description: This initiative will develop a system of care for Vermont’s transition-aged youth (ages 16 through 21 inclusive, with their families) with severe emotional disturbance to have adequate preparation and the necessary supports to be productively engaged in the community and free from incarceration. 
DMH Contact: Charlie Biss, 802-951-0134,



Prior Grant Initiatives


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