Youth mental health facility to open in March

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BRATTLEBORO — Vermont's Department of Mental Health, the Department of Vermont Health Access, Health Care and Rehabilitation Services, and Northeastern Family Institute, recently announced the March opening of a six-bed hospital diversion program at 945 Putney Rd.

The Department of Vermont Health Access has approved funding with assistance from Vermont's Department of Mental Health to provide additional capacity to ensure expanded crisis stabilization services for youth and teens in southern Vermont. The hospital diversion program is a short-term, home-like, community residential facility for adolescents experiencing acute psychiatric crisis. The program provides crisis stabilization, clinical consultation, care management, and after-care planning.

Adolescents collaborate with program staff to identify treatment goals, which help guide the overall treatment plan. Throughout their stay, adolescents have an opportunity to

reflect on the events leading to their admission, better understand maladaptive coping strategies, focus on skill building, and improve communication with those who support

them. The hospital diversion program clinical team works with the adolescent, their family, and team of providers to create a comprehensive after-care plan upon discharge.

An open house of this new facility will be held on Monday, January 29, from 1 to 3 p.m. All are welcome.

The program is hiring 14 additional staff for direct care and clinical roles. For employment applications, contact HCRS or NFI Vermont, Inc.

This program is a collaboration between HCRS and NFI to provide additional services to youth and families in southern Vermont. The program will be located in the old Tyler Farm House, the last Victorian house on Putney Road. For more information about employment or other opportunities, contact GwenBoynton@Nafi.com or lhinkley@hcrs.org.

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