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Crisis Stabilization Program

PROGRAM NAME Crisis Stabilization Program
PROGRAM OVERVIEW The Crisis Stabilization Program is designed to provide immediate residential stabilization for children experiencing an acute mental health crisis.  The goal of the Crisis Stabilization Program is to stabilize children in crisis and to safely transition them back to their communities.
WHO WE SERVE The Crisis Stabilization Program serves 6 children (ages 5-14) from anywhere in Vermont, who have signification behavioral or mental health needs.  Children referred to the Crisis Stabilization Program are in the midst of an acute psychiatric crisis and need immediate short term residential treatment but do not require the level of care provided by psychiatric hospitalization. Only children screened by the designated crisis screening team for their area can be served in this program. Click here for a listing of Designated Vermont Crisis Screeners.
WHERE WE PROVIDE SERVICES The Crisis Stabilization Program is located at our 1138 Pine Street Campus in Burlington, though we provide therapeutic services wherever they are needed to support successful treatment and safe return to the child’s home and/or community.
WHAT SERVICES WE PROVIDE The Crisis Stabilization Program provides immediate short term (less than 10 days) therapeutic residential crisis stabilization services that include:

  • Milieu treatment
  • Psychiatric consultation
  • Clinical case management
  • Individualized clinical assessments
  • Supervised therapeutic visitations
  • Support reintegrating in their home and community
  • Discharge planning
  • Community Referrals

Our program is most effective when families are able to actively participate in the assessment and treatment process.

HOW SERVICES ARE FUNDED Crisis Stabilization services are funded through contracts with the Vermont Agency of Human Services (AHS).  There is no fee to parents or youth for participating in the services provided through our program.
HOW TO MAKE REFERRALS Referrals are made by contacting the local mental health crisis screener.  In Chittenden County, this is First Call for Children and Families – (802) 488-7777. Click here for a list of other designated mental health screeners across Vermont. For more information about this program, contact the Program Coordinator, Annalisa MacDonald at (802) 488-7785 or amacdonald@howardcenter.org.
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