10-Year Planning Process - Mental Health Think Tank


The Department of Mental Health (DMH) is in the process of collecting public input in order to write a 10-year plan for an integrated and holistic health system.  The Department began a stakeholder engagement process in June, traveling around the state to Rutland, Burlington, St. Johnsbury, Randolph and Brattleboro for a total of 10 listening sessions. More than 300 people attended those sessions, where we facilitated small group discussions in order to get detailed input on what Vermont’s future mental health system of care should be – what it should look like, how it should function, what the priorities should be and more. All of the notes from those listening sessions are organized by region can be found here.

We are following the listening tour with a “Think Tank” comprised of people with lived experience, peer support specialists, providers, legislators and others interested in the mental health system of care.

In order to ensure the Think Tank would be representative of the broad range of stakeholders and yet be small enough to be able to work, we selected members via an application process. The application was emailed to all of the contact lists the department has for designated agencies, hospitals, advocacy groups, standing committees and more. We also posted the application on the DMH website, which we announced at each listening session. 

The Think Tank will meet five times over this fall and early winter in order to create the contents of a 10-year plan for mental health. The plan will include short term, mid-term and long-term strategies for the system of care that support goals identified by Vermonters during the Listening Tour and will be delivered to the legislature in January 2020.

Meeting information and materials

Day 1 September 23, 2019 

Day 2 October 8, 2019 

Day 3 October 29th, 2019

Day 4 November 22, 2019


Access and Flow



Person Centered Services and Equity

Intergration and Structure

Funding and Parity

Other Resouces








Contact Information

Department of Mental Health
Commissioner Sarah Squirrell
280 State Drive, NOB 2 North
Waterbury, VT 05671-2010
Phone: (802) 241-0090
Fax: (802) 241-0100

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