Adult Outpatient Programs (AOP)

The Adult Mental Health (AOP) program serves adults experiencing mental health challenges. The array of services available for people in the AOP program vary by DA and may include:

Clinical Assessment: Evaluation of an individual’s goals; mental health concerns and the extent to which one’s mental health condition has impacted day to day life; and the strengths and barriers that will impact the success with meeting treatment goals. The assessment informs the development of the individualized plan for treatment.

Service Planning and Coordination: Support staff assist with accessing and coordinating services identified in the treatment plan. Services may include hospital discharge planning and transitions to other programs. Progress toward meeting treatment goals is monitored and treatment plans are updated accordingly.

Community Supports: These supports and restorative services are designed to develop or advance skills and social supports that promote mental and physical wellness. The focus of these services is based on the individual’s needs and are included in the person-centered treatment plan. These services may include promoting self-sufficiency in daily living skills, supportive counseling, support with participating in community activities, communication with people who have been identified as important supports in meeting treatment goals, and other services that support a person to build and sustain healthy personal, family and community relationships. Community supports may be provided individually and/or in a group setting.

Individual, Group, and Family Therapy: Individual therapy uses the interaction between a therapist and the person to identify and alleviate distress, helping to develop strategies that promote mental wellness. Family therapy uses the interactions that involve the therapist, an individual and family members toward the same ends. Group therapy uses interactions that involve the therapist, the individual, and other individuals served in the program.

Medication Evaluation and Management, and Consultation with Primary Care: If appropriate and available, medication evaluation consists of individual consultation with a physician or nurse practitioner about how medication may be a useful tool for the person, prescribing, ongoing monitoring of the effects of the medication use, and coordination with primary care providers as necessary. Supports with Tobacco Cessation and other substance use treatment is also available.

Emergency Care and Crisis Stabilization: The AOP program works with individuals to anticipate and support people through emergency and crisis situations.

Psychoeducation/Recovery Education: Group recovery activities with other program participants promoting wellness, empowerment, a sense of community, personal responsibility, self-esteem, and hope. These activities provide socialization, daily skills development, crisis support, and promotion of self-sufficiency/advocacy.

Each of the Designated Agencies have AOP programs and serve over 6,900 adults annually. For a list of the Designated Agencies and Specialized Services Agencies, please visit the Designated Agency page here.

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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