Information for Providers & Partners

On this page, you'll find information about the following:



Certificate of Approval

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


Commissioner Designation as Physician who can Perform Emergency Examinations


Contracting Opportunities

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



Mental Health Treatment

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.

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.


Training Opportunities

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.


Partnering Organizations

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: