Executive Director Corner:

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

It’s been a busy year 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 we have published our first module in the series called Core Orientation for Direct Service Providers, which is considered an essential offering for our members and 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 designed to give new staff the opportunity to hear about the importance of these concepts directly from those who have participated in supports and services.  In addition to the on-line module, there are supporting materials to assist in integrating the information into practice.  We will provide regular updates on our progress with module 2, but for those who would like to play a more active role in development, we are currently looking for new project advisory committee members who are willing to participate in the process of development and review progress along the way.  If you’d like to talk more about this, please contact Amy Stonoha at a.stonoha@snhu.edu or myself at k.crowley@snhu.edu. Additionally, we kicked off the second iteration of the successful Co-Occurring Competency E-Learning Community Project, piloted in 2016-2017.

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, March 12th from 9:30 a.m. to Noon with lunch following at the Waterbury State Office Complex. Please contact me for details and email us to be added to the invite list!

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