Information for Providers & Partners
On this page, you'll find information about the following:
- Requests For Proposals
- Certificate of Approvals
- Commissioner Designation as a Physicians who can Perform Emergency Examinations
- Recent Grant Submissions
- Mental Health Treatment and our Designated Agencies
- Quality Management
- Evidence Based Practices
- Training Opportunities and our
- Partnering Organizations
A Certificate of Approval (COA) a legal document that permits and controls the manner in which activities are carried out. They are binding on the recipient and are directly enforceable by prosecution under provincial legislation. Applicant interested in developing projects that approach the expenditure thresholds must initially submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) to the Commissioners of the Department of Mental Health and to the Department of Aging and Independent Living explaining the intent of their project and the estimated projected costs associated with it. For more information about the Certificate of Approval process, please visit the Certificate of Approval page.
The Department of Mental Health will periodically issue Requests for Proposals (RFP). The purpose is to solicit applications to develop new services, expand programs, or implement other initiatives that result from division planning and system development. The original RFP and the resulting proposals will be posted on this page. To learn more about RFPs, please visit the Requests for Proposals page.
The Department of Mental Health has contracts with private, nonprofit community-based Designated Agencies (DA) across the state of Vermont to provide services to people with a wide range of emotional, behavioral and other mental health problems. These designated agencies provide acute and long-term mental health care services.
The Department of Mental Health periodically visits the Designated Agencies throughout the state to ensure the delivery of quality treatment to the people that are seeking services. If you or someone you know has a question or concern about their mental health treatment, please visit the Grievance and Appeals page. To learn more about the quality management process, please visit the Quality Management page.
Designated Agency - Re-Designation Schedule 2009 to 2013
Evidence-Based Practices are those practices for which there is consistent scientific evidence showing that they improve client outcomes. The scientific evidence is comprised of several randomized clinical trials (or quasiexperimental studies with comparison groups) in a variety of typical community mental health settings. The trials, conducted by different researchers, show consistently better results for consumers than alternative practices or no intervention. Currently, six practices have been identified as Evidence Based: Assertive Community Treatment, Family Psychoeducation, Illness Management and Recovery, Integrated Treatment for Mental Illness and Substance Abuse, Medication Algorithms, and Supported Employment. A seventh Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is very close to meeting the standard. Please visit the Evidence-Based Practices page to learn more.
The Department of Mental Health provides training to service providers, therapists, individuals and families, either through Department-sponsored classes and seminars or through other providers. To view the upcoming trainings or to learn more about ongoing opportunities, please visit the Training Calendar or the Training page.
There are many agencies and people that work with or in conjunction with the Department of Mental Health to serve Vermonters. For a list of local organizations, please visit the Local Resources page, which includes many advocacy and peer agencies. For a list of national mental health organizations, please visit the National Resources page.
Some other state entities include:
- Agency of Education (AOE)
- Agency of Human Services (AHS)
- Department of Health (VDH)
- Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL)
- Department for Children and Families (DCF)
- Department of Corrections (DOC)
- Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
- Office of the Public Guardian (OPG)