Policies, Regulation & Legislation

The Government Modernization, Efficiency, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2005 requires State agencies to post information on their websites about public meetings, proposed regulations, and how to comment or otherwise participate. The Department of Mental Health (DMH) seeks comments on all proposed regulations, in keeping with Vermont’s commitment to provide meaningful involvement in government decisions. DMH also welcomes your participation in public meetings.


Department of Mental Health Strategic Planning 

The Department of Mental Health is in the process of developing a 3-5 year strategic plan, and we are soliciting feedback from interested parties about our plan. For more information about the strategic planning process that has occurred to date and the feedback we have received, please view the Strategic Planning page.


Mental Health Legislation

To learn about current legislative bills and their status, please visit the "bill tracking" section of Vermont State Legislature's Home Page by clicking here.

To access recent Legislative Reports, please see the Legislative section of the Reports and Data page.


Policies Under Review

Department Wide Policies

Adult Mental Health

Children & Family

Middlesex Therapeutic Community Residence


Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital


Statutes and Rules that Affect Mental Health Services

Home Providers and Respite Workers (18 V.S.A. § 7103) (Also known as Peggy's Law) was passed in Vermont in May 2002 to assure that home providers and day/overnight respite workers have relevant information about mental health and developmental services consumers so that providers can make an informed decision about whether to agree to provide care for a consumer in their own home. Additional information and the disclosure form can be found in the following documents.





Public Forum – Pavilion Office Building – 109 State Street – Montpelier VT 

January 6, 2015 - 9:00 AM               

Written comments will be accepted via email at Jennifer.Rowell@vermont.gov or US Mail (Department of Mental Health, Waterbury VT) until Friday the16th.