The Department of Mental Health (DMH) contracts with community providers of mental-health services for adults with severe mental illness. The public mental-health system has Ten Commissioner-designated nonprofit agencies (Designated Agencies, or DAs) in all major geographical areas of Vermont and one Specialized Services Agency (SSA).
DMH central office staff provide leadership and direction for the community-based public mental-health system as well as program and service monitoring and assessment to assure adherence to state and federal regulations and to monitor the quality of services and supports delivered by DAs. DMH also operates the Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital (VPCH), Vermont’s only public psychiatric hospital and Middlesex Therapeutic Community Residence, a locked residential facility for adults with serious mental illness.
Additionally, DMH contracts with Designated Hospitals (DHs) for emergency inpatient psychiatric assessment and treatment of adults and youth in need of acute care that cannot be provided in a less restrictive setting. Designated Hospitals also provide voluntary inpatient psychiatric services and limited partial hospitalization.
For more information about services please contact us at 802-241-0090.