Introducing the New England Prevention Technology Transfer Center: A Virtual Town-Hall Meeting

Introducing the New England Prevention Technology Transfer Center

This year marks the launch of SAMHSA’s brand new training and technical assistance model for the nation’s prevention workforce, the Prevention Technology Transfer Center. This new model sees the launch of 10 regional PTTCs across the country, ready to support the workforce in translating prevention research into practice. This will be done through a full variety of training and technical assistance programs designed for all levels of experience.


In this 1-hour virtual town-hall meeting, you will be introduced to the New England Prevention Technology Transfer Center, housed and administered by AdCare Educational Institute of Maine, Inc. You will meet the New England PTTC staff, get an overview of the PTTC model, and learn the goals, objectives, and planned services of the program.


At the conclusion of the presentation, the meeting will be opened up to participants for some guided discussion and feedback around the training and prevention workforce development needs in the New England region. This will be an opportunity to provide us with your perspectives and experience to help shape the trainings and technical assistance programs offered in the New England states.


The virtual town-meeting will be held on three different dates via Zoom Meeting:

- January 31st, 1:00-2:00PM

- February 14th, 1:00-2:00PM

- February 21st, 1:00-2:00PM

Click here to register: New England Prevention Virtual Town Meeting


Make Your Voice Heard! Mental Health Advocacy Day is Wednesday, January 30th Meet Us in the State House Cafeteria at 8:00 a.m. “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:

50th Anniversary New England Summer School of Addiction and Prevention Studies Worcester State University – Worcester, MA – June 3 – 6, 2019

Summer School Program

The New England School of Addiction and Prevention Studies, commonly called Summer School, is a four-day intensive experience for participants to further their knowledge, skills, and experience in the field of substance use disorder services through in-depth coursework. Persons from all disciplines who are concerned with alcohol, tobacco and other drug related issues, persons new to the field, and persons in behavioral health and allied human services whose activities require a general knowledge of substance use disorders are invited to attend.

For more information, please visit https://www.neias.org/page/SS19_GeneralInfo


NAMI – VERMONT ANNOUNCES 2019 MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCACY DAY – January 30, 2019 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the State House, Montpelier

Mental Health Advocacy Day

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

8 am  - 2 pm

Vermont State House, Cafeteria and Room 11

We need your support at Mental Health Advocacy Day. We will be advocating to improve mental health policies, and urging lawmakers about the importance to “Support Vermont Communities ~ Invest in Mental Health”. Please join us at the State House. The agenda includes activities that will be of interest for every mental health advocate and supporter including advocacy training, opportunities to interact with legislators, providing testimony and listening to personal stories of lived experience.


  • Call or email your legislator to schedule time to meet with them on the 30th!
  • Meet one-on-one or in groups with other advocates to discuss topics.
  • Click here to find your legislator. (http://legislature.vermont.gov/people/)
  • Share this information with your network – we need a strong presence at the State House


Who Should Attend: Mental health advocates, peers, family members, professionals, providers, community members and mental health stakeholders.

7:30-10 A.M. ~ REGISTRATION (Room 11 – hearing room on first floor directly beneath the House Chamber):

  • Upon arriving, visit us in Room 11 to register, pick up the agenda, talking points, map of State House rooms, and other relevant information.
  • Join us at the Card Room in front of the Cafeteria
  • Registration is available from 7:30-10 a.m.
  • Pick up a sticker to wear and show your support of Mental Health Advocacy Day.
  • Depending on how early you arrive, you may be able to meet with your legislator before committee meetings begin at or around (8:30 A.M.)


Testimonials for committees are at the discretion of the committee chairs. Everyone is welcome to sit in on the committee sessions. Space is limited – so arrive early. The committee testimonies are scheduled within one week of the event. Some testimonials may be scheduled in the afternoon.

9:00-9:50 A.M. ~ ADVOCACY TRAINING: (Room 11)

Learn from Peter Mallary and Ed Paquin on how to share your story and advocate for an improved mental health system of care with legislators. This training will provide some skills to use for the event day, and beyond!


State leaders will share their insights on the “State of Mental Health in Vermont”.  Everyone should attend this event. Team Two awards and legislative awards will be presented. Room 11 is the large meeting room off the main hallway on the first floor of the State House near the coat room.

11:00 A.M. ~ SHARING OUR STORIES (Room 11):

Sign up or contact us if you are interested in sharing your story of recovery, poetry, or other information (3-5 minutes).

NOON ~ CAFETERIA: Meet with your legislator for lunch in the cafeteria to advocate for increased funding to ensure mental health services are accessible in the community and for sensible mental health care policy.



  • Capitol Plaza parking lot (metered).
  • Off street parking (metered on most streets near the Statehouse, but some free street parking can be found further away)
  • Department of Labor parking lot on Green Mountain Drive (free) – second left from interstate, past first traffic light.
  • Capitol Shuttle runs every 20 minutes from 7:20 am – 5:20 pm

CAR POOLING: We encourage car pooling. Contact your co-sponsoring organization who may be able to coordinate rides from your area.

Hosted and organized by:
NAMI Vermont
Vermont Association for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery
 Vermont Care Partners

For more info: Contact Laurie Emerson at NAMI Vermont at lemerson@namivt.org;
call 802-876-7949 x101

Support Vermont Communities ~ Invest in Mental Health

For more info: Call 800-639-6480 x101 or visit www.namivt.org

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

If you haven’t seen this yet, here is another chance to find out about the movement that is sweeping across Vermont!

Resilience Oct 17

Resilience - The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope

Join the Youth Mental Health Movement

All young people deserve to grow into healthy, self-sufficient adults. But one in five children experience a mental illness each year. And 20 percent of teens struggle with depression before they reach adulthood. A few weeks ago, National Council President and CEO Linda Rosenberg announced a two-year learning opportunity to reduce the impact of anxiety, depression and suicide among underserved youth ages 10 to 24. To make a difference in the lives of youth, we need your help! Join the initiative and create better supports for young people experiencing mental health challenges while also empowering youth to engage in meaningful community change. Get connected to coaches, mentors and subject matter experts who can help you adopt and sustain leading-edge mental health supports in your organization. You’ll learn to:

  • Connect young people with new kinds of mental health supports and research-based treatment.
  • Connect youth to one another as project leaders and advisors.
  • Connect communities with these new approaches.
  • Connect applicants to funding (up to $100,000 per site) to support these efforts.

Ready to get started? Apply today. Want to learn more? Visit the Youth Mental Health Call for Applications for more information. Applications are due by 11:59 pm ET on Friday, October 5, 2018. Know someone who may be interested in the project? Pass it along. If we work together, we will reach our goal – helping healthy children grow up in healthy communities. Together our voices can make a difference.

Northern Vermont University advances mental health and addiction counseling initiatives in Vermont and beyond

News Release -- Northern Vermont University August 27, 2018  JOHNSON, VERMONT — Two new programs put Northern Vermont University at the forefront of mental health and substance use disorder counseling initiatives in Vermont. A new master’s degree program and the housing of a statewide cooperative for improving practice will enhance the mental health and addiction counseling landscape in Vermont and beyond. The initiatives offer students a new way to pursue an NVU master’s degree in counseling, support workforce development at NVU and around Vermont, and enrich services for consumers. NVU: Read More Here: https://vtdigger.org/2018/08/30/northern-vermont-university-advances-mental-health-addiction-counseling-initiatives-vermont-beyond/


Exciting News!! Approved CCV Course – An Introduction to Clinical Skills for Apprentice Addiction Professionals (AAP’s) – New Online Course offered by CCV

Exciting news! Register for September!

The Office of Professional Regulation has approved the CCV course developed for Apprentice Addiction Professionals (AAP’s) as meeting the educational requirements for that credential. The electronic course will be offered this fall - PSY-1711 Addiction: An Introduction to Clinical Skills.

The course is posted on the CCV fall schedule webpage: https://andromeda.ccv.vsc.edu/Learn/Grid/SiteList.cfm…

Here is a link to the course description:
PSY-1711-VO01 ST in PSY: Addiction: An Introduction to Clinical Skills: Meets Online | Open Seats/Section Limit: 11/16

If people link on the course description, they can also view the course Moodle site which is also now open for public view: https://learn.vsc.edu/course/view.php?id=5742

Students interested in this course can find information on the CCV webpage about the admission process, tuition, financial aid, payment options, and online learning. For questions, contact Diane Hermann-Artim, CCV Associate Academic Dean at Diane.Hermann-Artim@ccv.edu or by phone at 802 388-5371.

CCV has a third party payment process for employers who may be interested is providing tuition assistance to employees before the start of the semester.

Fall 2018 registration runs through August 24th, although if there is space CCV will allow people who have completed the admission process to enroll after this date. Ideally people enroll before August 24 so they have time to meet with advisors if they like and take an online learning workshop.

If you know of anyone looking… Valley Vista is hiring! An opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others awaits!

Valley Vista

Valley Vista is hiring!
An opportunity to make a difference
in the lives of others awaits!
Valley Vista, a 99-bed, an accredited and nationally recognized chemical dependency and co-occurring treatment program with locations in Bradford and Vergennes, Vermont

Valley Vista Career Opportunities V

Collaborative Network Approach (CNA): June Conference and Regional Gathering

Collaborative Network Approach (CNA): Applications with individuals experiencing early psychosis and other psychiatric crises

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - Collaborative Network Approach (CNA): Applications with individuals experiencing early psychosis and other psychiatric crises

Friday, June 15th and Saturday, June 16th - The 4TH Annual Gathering of Programs Working With Dialogic Network Practices

See attached brochure for details and how to register:

CNA-June Conference flyer 2018

VCPI Steering Committee Meeting scheduled for Monday, March 12, 2018 Please join us!

Belinda Bessette introducing the showing of the movie Resilience at Steering Committee meeting in January 2018

A showing of the movie Resilience at our VCPI Steering Committee meeting on January 11th was very well received and we wish to thank Belinda Bessette (NCSS) for providing the opportunity to view the movie and for introducing the showing to our committee. Thank you, Belinda!

Our next Quarterly Steering Committee meeting will be held at the Waterbury State Office Complex on Monday, March 12th beginning at 9:30 a.m. and will run until 12:00 p.m. with lunch following the meeting. Please join us for the meeting and stay to network during the lunch hour. If you plan to attend, please email Amy Stonoha at a.stonoha@snhu.edu to rsvp and order your lunch choice. We hope you can join us!

New Course Announcement!

Module-1-Announcement with YouTube Link

VCPI is excited to introduce our first module in the series of training curriculum focused on orienting new direct service providers to effectively partner with those who seek support within the Vermont System of Care. It seems most appropriate to start this series with the cornerstones of effective practice.With a focus on the values, principles, and beliefs, this first module in the series 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 and encourage effective partnering with other professionals. In addition to an on-line video module and accompanying workbook, there are supplemental materials that will assist with integrating the information into practice.

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