Vermont Peer Services Organizations

Alyssum: Operates two-bed program providing crisis respite and hospital diversion and step-down

Another Way: Community center offering outreach, development/enhancement of natural supports networks, support groups, service linkages, crisis prevention, and employment and housing supports.  Specializes in serving individuals who are not eligible or choose not to access Designated Agency Community Rehabilitation and Treatment services.

Copeland Center: Supports training, mentoring and groups focused on the use of the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) self-management and recovery tool among peer and professional service providers.

NAMI-VT: Statewide family and peer organization providing support groups, educational and advocacy groups for individuals with mental health conditions and their families.

Northeast Kingdom Human Services Peer Cadre - Provides respite and peer support for individuals waiting in hospital emergency departments for inpatient psychiatric care.

Pathways: Vermont Support Line - Statewide organization providing community outreach, support groups, local peer-run micro-initiatives, telephone support, referral and emotional support, education, advocacy, and transition support between hospital and community treatment settings.

Pathways Vermont Community Center: Community center offering outreach, development/enhancement of natural supports networks, support groups, service linkages, crisis prevention, and employment and housing supports.  Specializes in serving young adults who are not eligible or choose not to access Designated Agency Community Rehabilitation and Treatment services. 

Soteria: Pathways Vermont’s Soteria is a transitional Therapeutic Community Residence which provides a safe, non-restrictive alternative to hospitalization for individuals experiencing an initial episode of psychosis who wish to minimize their exposure to medications. Soteria offers flexible, person-centered services in a home-like environment. This residential program practices the approach of “being with” –a process of actively staying present with people and learning about their experiences. Soteria believes that strong relationships provide opportunities for powerful transformation. They coordinate with community services providers for housing, education, and employment services. There is optional psychiatric consultation. Soteria views psychiatric medication as one of many tools that a person can use in navigating distress and crisis. Soteria supports residents to make informed choices around medication use. The residence is located in Burlington and has the capacity to serve up to five individuals at a given time.

Vermont Family Network: Empowers and supports all Vermont families of children with special health needs so that all children can reach their potential.

Vermont Federation of Families for Children's Mental HealthSupports families and children where child or youth is experiencing or at risk to experience emotional, behavioral, or mental health challenges.  They are committed to providing families with peer support and information in order to make informed decisions empowering families and youth to navigate service and support systems.

Vermont Psychiatric Survivors:an independent, statewide mutual support and civil rights advocacy organization run by and for psychiatric survivors. Founded in 1983 they offer mutual support, publish a quarterly newspaper that is distributed throughout Vermont, offer patient representation in Vermont psychiatric hospitals and residential facilities, sponsor peer-led support groups, advocate and educate to challenge discrimination, and offer technical assistance to allied organizations. 

Wellness Workforce Coalition: Provides infrastructure and workforce development for organizations that provide peer support.  Activities include: Coordinating core training, Workforce development, Mentoring, Quality improvement, Coordination of peer services, Communication and networking, Systems advocacy

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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