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First in a month's long series from VT Dept. of Mental Health

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A game-changer; embedded mental health crisis specialists within Vermont State Police

" Previous to the pandemic, I used to provide mental health care in roughly 25 percent of my clinic visits. Since the pandemic, this has increased to 50 to 60% of my daily practice."
- Dr. Ashley Miller, pediatrician and owner of the South Royalton Health Center.

Taking an early lead in supporting children and families through the pandemic can have lasting effects.

"Looking at my screen
Faces smiling back at me
Connections are made"
(Haiku from anonymous CSAC bard, 2022)

“[I] have never testified at the Legislature that we're concerned about the health and safety of some of the people we serve.... I've never [before] said that.” - Julie Tessler, Executive Director, Vermont Care Partners (VCP)

With COVID-19 creating many difficulties for nursing homes, the Adult Family Care model can be an appealing option for individuals seeking a more comfortable and enriching home environment.

“Since the pandemic started the frequency of overdoses has been heartbreaking. We need to reach people who can’t get to our brick-and-mortar sites,” said Grace Keller, Director of Howard Center’s Safe Recovery program where the mobile clinic will be based.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Surgeon General of the United States have all declared the state of children’s mental health a national crisis. That’s because a great many kids and their families in the US and in Vermont are experiencing issues in life like those described in this article. Families have never before been in such distress as they are these days.

Vermont Care Partners is encouraging Vermonters to call their legislators and demand that the state lift the agencies’ Medicaid rates to meet the current need, and to increase yearly funding moving forward.

Interviews with Rachel Cummings and Beth Sightler, executive directors at Counseling Service of Addison County and Champlain Community Services, respectively.

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