Executive Director Corner: January 2017

By Rita Johnson  |  January 17, 2017  |  Co-Occurring,Featured News,Steering committee,Training

It’s been a busy month for VCPI as we continue to discover the many ways we can have a positive impact on the Vermont system of care.  Our membership is increasing and, with bigger numbers, the benefits also grow. Our collaborative participation allows us to add to our initiatives and the opportunities for members to participate in professional development opportunities at no cost.  If you and/or your organization are not VCPI members yet, visit the Membership area of the VCPI website where you can learn more about the membership process and access a listing of current members.  Any of us are happy to talk with you further and you are welcome to call the VCPI office, as well.

To be specific regarding initiatives, we are very excited to announce that the Core Orientation for Direct Service Providers project is officially back underway. Some of you may be aware that this project hit a bump in the early developmental stages, but it has continued to be considered an essential offering for our members as it fills a very important need.   You can read more about the overall project on our website.  At present, a small work-group has established a work plan that allows us to feel confident we will be able to share the content of Module 1 by April 1, 2017.  It seems very appropriate to start with the module that focuses on the values, principles and beliefs that we share as the Vermont System of Care.  The module is being designed to give new staff the opportunity to hear about the importance of these directly from those who have participated in supports and services.  In addition to an on-line module, there will be supporting materials to assist in integrating the information into practice.  We will provide regular updates on our progress, but for those who would like to play a more active role in development, we are currently looking for advisory committee members who are willing to review our progress along the way.  If you’d like to talk more about this, please contact Rita Johnson at r.johnson11@snhu.edu.

Additionally, we are kicking off the second iteration of the successful Co-Occurring Competency E-Learning Community Project, piloted last year.  The information about that first round is available to you on the website and we will soon be updating with new logistical details.  However, we are intending to use much of the same format.  Absolute commitment to the number of sessions, scheduling, etc. will not be made without input of the potential participants.  We are currently asking those who may be interested in participating in this round to submit the form that can be found here.  Also, know that you can call the VCPI office for more information.  Click here to download the form.

Please feel welcome to keep in touch and share your thoughts and ideas about VCPI and the places we are headed.  Maybe you’d like to submit a commentary for the newsletter, or join a work group or just chat about some things.  Call or e-mail anytime:  (802) 503-2857  k.crowley@snhu.edu. Also, we welcome you to join us for our upcoming Steering Committee Meeting, January 24th from 10-1 at the Best Western Windjammer in South Burlington. Visit the VCPI Calendar for details and email us to be added to the invite list!

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