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Reminder: Make Your Voice Heard! Mental Health Advocacy Day is Wednesday, January 30th to Support Vermont Communities ~ Invest in Mental Health

NAMI Mental Health Advocacy Day 2019

VT DMH is hiring for a newly created position: School Mental Health and Practice Development Coordinator


DMH is hiring for a School Mental Health and Practice Development Coordinator! This is a newly created position that will focus on the Success Beyond Six school mental health system and also coordinate with the Agency of Education on the new Project AWARE federal initiative to raise awareness of student mental health needs.


Here is the link:

Announcing the 2019 DBT Institute! Send in your application today!

This year’s cohort will be accepting clinicians who work with adolescents as well as the usual participants who work with adults. 

This year will have some other changes.  Sue Swindell from WCMHS is again training with us, but with an eye toward growing and sustaining DBT training and practice throughout Vermont. Sue will be working with co-trainers.  These are people with DBT experience from your peer group who are ready to begin training as trainers.  Joining Sue will be Ashely Wight, specializing in DBT for individuals with intellectual disabilities, Demetra Hazatones, working within the community MH system, Danielle Seymour, experienced with both adolescent and intensive outpatient and Becky White who has significant experience doing DBT with adolescents and their families.

Other aspects of the Institute remain the same as previous years.

  • Applications for a limited cohort
  • 8 full-days of training spread across 4 months (March – June)
  • Registration fees - we have managed to provide an extremely reasonable registration fee for you – $450 for VCPI members and $750 for non-members
  • The opportunity to participate in an on-going learning community post-training
  • CEUs are being requested for social workers, psychologists, mental health counselors and alcohol/drug counselors

Specific information can be found on the application itself, which you can access here:  DBT Application FY2019 Institute


Note that the application deadline is February 1st and we will be notifying of acceptance status by February 15th


Questions should be directed to Karen Crowley at karen.crowley@northernvermont.edu or (802) 503-2857


2019 DBT Institute Application

Learn the Difference between HIPAA vs SAMHSA: 42 CFR Part 2

90 Mins Live Webinar
HIPAA vs SAMHSA (42 CFR Part 2)



This lesson will be addressing how practice/business managers (or compliance offers) need to ensure their organization is complying with the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) regulations (42 CFR Part 2) and how this differs from the HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) Privacy and Security Regulations. Read More.

Areas Covered in the Session:

  • Updates for 2018
  • What is SAMHSA
  • What is HIPAA
  • Portable devices
  • When and how records can be releasedRead More.

Who will benefit:

  • Practice managers
  • Any business associates who work with mental health records, substance abuse records, or alcohol abuse records (i.e. billing companies, transcription companies, IT companies, answering services, home health, coders, attorneys, etc)
  • MD's and other medical professionals Read More.


Registration Details:

Register Online.Use your American Express, Visa, MasterCard and others.
Schedule conflict? Sign up for recording of the event available on demand.
Get your group to attend the webinar at a discounted price call +1-800-498-2906.
Register HERE to receive updates on related trainings .





Monday, July 30, 2018

10:00 AM PDT
01:00 PM EDT

Brian L Tuttle, is a Certified Professional in Health IT (CPHIT), Certified HIPAA Professional (CHP), Certified Business Resilience Auditor (CBRA) with over 15 year's experience in Health IT and Compliance Consulting. Read More.

Advanced IPS Training

October 1st – 3rd, 2018

Burlington, VT / Bishop Booth Conference Center

Deepen IPS Practice. Learn the Art of Co-Reflection. Explore Crisis as an Opportunity.

Intentional Peer Support requires an ongoing commitment to learning and growth. Once participants complete a Core Training and begin practicing IPS in their relationships, lots of questions emerge—most commonly, “How do I make this stuff work in my particular environment?”

We developed our 3-day Advanced Training to take IPS practice a step further, play out the principles and tasks using relevant scenarios, heighten self-reflection, enhance ways of building mutual connections, and sustain the practice. Our Advanced Trainings are for anyone who has completed a Core Training.

More information about our Advanced Training

Registrations taken on first-come, first-serve basis. Please register early to guarantee a seat!

Registration Cost:  $750 (includes lunch).

Please Contact Us if you have questions.

For more information and to register click the link:

Advanced October 2018

Taking on our workforce crisis

by Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

I am delighted to announce that the American Journal of Preventive Medicine has released a Special Supplement on workforce developments in behavioral healthcare. You can access this entire document gratis.

Click on link below:


The Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Act of 2018 has been passed by the house!

It has now been received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pension.  The senate is expected to vote on it later this summer.  More info about the bill can be found below.



Valley Vista is hiring!

We could use your help and so could our patients, especially if you know someone looking to make a difference while improving their own quality of life with a job in Vermont.

Valley Vista is hiring! 

An opportunity to make a difference

in the lives of others awaits!

Valley Vista, a 99-bed, accredited and nationally recognized chemical dependency and co-occurring treatment program with locations in Bradford and Vergennes, Vermont, is currently seeking qualified, caring candidates for the following positions, opportunities to help those in need of special talent and unique treatment style:

Recovery Specialist

Valley Vista is seeking Recovery Specialists at our Vergennes location. The primary responsibility of the Recovery Specialist is to facilitate a client's journey towards a positive and successful recovery by making sure the client understands his/her responsibilities in the program while providing guidance and support when needed. All shifts are needed, full time and part time.

Primary Therapist

Valley Vista is seeking a Primary Therapist at our Bradford location. In this role, the Primary therapist serves as the clinician for patients suffering from substance use disorder (SUD) and often times, a co-occurring mental health condition. Responsibilities include providing a comprehensive clinical assessment of new patients, the development of individualized treatment plans, counseling in both individual and group settings, documentation and so much more that will help patients find their path towards enduring recovery. Experience working in a SUD environment and trauma informed care are highly desirable.

Nurse Practitioner

Valley Vista is seeking a Nurse Practitioner at our Vergennes location. As an NP at our small 19-bed women's residential treatment campus, you will handle admissions of new patients, conduct histories and physicals, medical assessments and in consultation with a Psychiatrist, manage psychotropic medications.


Visit www.vvista.net for all openings!

Valley Vista offers a competitive compensation and benefit package including medical, dental, and vision as well as 401k, tuition reimbursement, and 

20 days (four weeks) of Paid Time Off (PTO).

To apply, click on the job title within each posting or visit our website and click "Careers with Valley Vista" at the bottom of each page.

Valley Vista is a part of the Meridian Behavioral Health family and provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

Here is an excellent article by Nev Jones.

An excellent article by Nev Jones who continues to work with Vermont on issues related to early serious mental illness.


MFPCC News Alert – June 11, 2018

Taking on Our Workforce Crisis


by Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

I am delighted to announce that the American Journal of Preventive Medicine has released a Special Supplement on workforce developments in behavioral healthcare. You can access this entire document gratis.

Articles in this special issue cover a broad range of topics. Specifically, they address research on workforce planning, service delivery and practice, and workforce preparation. They also advocate for intelligent allocation of resources to ensure all clients have access to behavioral healthcare.

No more important topic surrounds our field than the current and growing crisis in the availability of well-trained providers. Our baby boomers are retiring, and too few millennials are joining us. Thus, this Special Supplement could not come at a more opportune time. It focuses a spotlight on our human resource issues and provides an important glimpse into new developments that can allay this problem.

On several prior occasions, I have argued that our human resource crisis is far, far too important to be ignored or left to chance. Here is one simple example of the growing magnitude of this crisis: By 2060, almost 100 million Americans will be age 65 and older. Of this total, it is reasonable to estimate that about 20 million persons will require behavioral healthcare services. This latter group would represent an approximate doubling of the number who currently receive behavioral healthcare services today. Clearly, such growth simply will not be achievable unless we have a dramatic change in direction.

What are some of our options?


Read more at: https://www.behavioral.net/blogs/ron-manderscheid/taking-our-workforce-crisis


Create Trauma Informed Schools – One Caring Adult – free online course

Please consider distributing this free online training on school based trauma informed responses to children who have experienced child sexual abuse.  I think it is actually relevant for all kids who have experienced trauma and is really accessible for school staff to take.

This is from our colleagues at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center/Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape.  They have a lot of really great free online courses in addition!

One in six boys and one in four girls will be sexually assaulted before they turn eighteen so it’s clear that most teachers interact with students who have experienced sexual abuse. 

Trauma impacts how students learn and how they interact with adults and peers. However, when educators understand how to care for these students, they can help minimize the impact of trauma and foster resiliency.

Our new e-learning course, One Caring Adult, trains educators on how to do just that.

This three-part course consists of seven videos featuring experts such as a trauma specialist, teacher, psychologist, and sexual assault advocate. The goal of the course is to help teachers learn how to make their classrooms a safe and comforting space for all students.
We know that youth who experience sexual violence are more likely to be revictimized in adulthood, which is why it's critical advocates share this course with educators they work with. The course is free and just requires you create an account our online campus. Learn more about the course and find additional resources on children and trauma.


Managing Older Adults with Substance Use Disorders

Managing Older Adults with Substance Use Disorders

May 16, 2018, Noon to 1:30 p.m. E.T.


Substance use disorders (SUD) are a significant public health concern for the growing population of older adults.

By 2020, the number of older adults with SUD in the United States is expected to rise from 2.8 million in 2002-2006

to 5.7 million. This webinar will describe substance use disorder (SUD) screening tools, how to effectively

diagnose SUD, and available treatment resources. Speakers will also discuss the need for care coordination for

older adults affected by SUD.


Registration Link: https://resourcesforintegratedcare.com/GeriatricCompetentCare/2018_GCC_Webinar_Series/Overview


Part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Geriatric Competent Care Webinar Series


NAMI Vermont’s Pathways to Wellness Conference

NAMI Vermont's Pathways to Wellness Conference is fast approaching in 3 weeks!! Don't miss out on what promises to be an amazing event. Register today!

Pathways to Wellness Conference

Wednesday, May 16, 8:30 am - 4:15 pm

at Champlain College Conference and Event Center

The conference will be packed with timely and informative workshops, inspirational keynote speakers, and the opportunity to network with peers, families and mental health professionals.


The registration fee (which includes continental breakfast, lunch and snacks) is $80 per person/$45 per NAMI member. If there are many in your organization interested in attending, take advantage of the group registration rate of $60 per person for groups of 10 or more.


Full and partial scholarships are available to low-income peers and family members so that anyone can attend regardless of their ability to pay.


The conference is approved for CEU hours for Social Workers and LCMHCs at an additional cost of $10.


Click here to learn more and to register today!

Workshops include:

  • Chittenden County Community Outreach Initiative
  • Intentional Peer Support
  • Lessons from the Field: An Eldercare Clinician's Perspective Working With Some of the State's Most Vulnerable Adults
  • Housing Retention Panel: Helping Those at Risk for Homelessness
  • Creating a Healing Environment: Moving Towards the Elimination of Restraint & Seclusion at CVMC by Redefining its Meaning & Transforming our Culture and Ourselves
  • Finding Hope Through Support

Want to learn more about these workshops? Click here.


Two amazing keynote speakers will be at the conference:

  • Ronald Braunstein: Co-Founder and Music Director of the Me2/Orchestras, the world's only classical music organization for people with mental illnesses and those who support them.
  • Ron Powers: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author who will discuss the social history of mental illness in America while sharing the deeply personal story of his two sons’ battles with schizophrenia.

A special thanks to the conference sponsors: UVM Medical Center, Rutland Regional Medical Center, Brattleboro Retreat, and NorthCountry Federal Credit Union, along with a grant from Vermont Department of Mental Health.


If you have any questions about the event or need help registering, please don't hesitate to contact Laurie Emerson at 802-876-7949 x101 or email: lemerson@namivt.org.

Here’s to Vermont’s Efforts in This Important Area

Behavioral Healthcare Integration

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