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For local business, UCS can help manage employee performance problems. UCS offers confidential, professional assessments and counseling support.

An EAP for your business can help to:

  • Identify troubled employees
  • Motivate them to get and accept help
  • Assess their situation and develop an action plan
  • Assist them in getting the services they need

An Employee Assistance Program also provides coaching and consultation to your supervisors and managers to help them do a better job.

Let EAP Help Build Your Business

To learn more about how an EAP can help build your business, call UCS at 442-5491 in Bennington, or 362-3950 in Manchester. An EAP deals with human problems:

  • Marital Difficulties
  • Family Problems
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Financial Problems
  • Drug Abuse
  • Emotional Difficulties
  • Stress
  • Grief, Loss


When people become dependent on the use of alcohol or other substances, the addiction creates a downward spiral — for an individual, his or her family, and significant others.

With help, the person abusing substances can stop the downward spiral and recover. Ideally, the family and other concerned persons become involved in treatment. Through therapy, community resources, and self-help programs, everyone becomes involved, healthy, and functional.

We Help You Take Control

Our primary treatment services are family and group therapy with education, individual and relationship counseling. We work closely with self-help groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, the Turning Point Recovery Center, Narcotics Anonymous, and Al-Anon provide.

We help people to achieve abstinence, develop a basic knowledge of the self-help program, and formulate a relapse prevention plan.

We believe that recovery from addiction is not an event, but a process that can take months or years, and that ideally family members are involved in the recovery steps along the way.


Individuals Preparing for Life, Action, and Need

Christine Oullette IPLAN Program Manager

Christine Oullette
IPLAN Program Manager

UCS IPLAN provides immediate services for clients returning to the Bennington community from incarceration.


The IPLAN mission is to provide assistance to men and women being released from Vermont correctional facilities with immediate re-entry support services by utilizing an integrated support system. IPLAN clinicians acknowledge that family, social supports, probation officers, and community service providers can influence future behavior and therefore, strive to identify strong networks that reinforce clients’ efforts to avoid criminal activities. When possible, clinicians will incorporate the fore mentioned in building teams of support, identify strengths, set goals, build plans, and develop skills.

Services Offered

  1. Strong transition planning and early intervention.
  2. Clinical case management.
  3. Access to immediate and ongoing evidence-based substance abuse and mental health counseling.
  4. Supported scattered-site housing.

Mindful-Based Sobriety Intensive Outpatient Program  (IOP)

The new MBS IOP program offers evidence-based treatment for adults seeking help with substance use or co-occurring related disorders who meet the American Society of Addiction Medicine Criteria for level II care. MBS IOP is an integrated approach utilizing Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Wellness Recovery Action Planning, Motivational Interviewing, and Process and Change-Based Treatment. “We wanted to develop an innovative IOP; a program that would become “the cornerstone” for a person’s recovery. The value-informed living model provides people with that experience and it’s exciting!”

Intensive Medication Assisted Treatment (IMAT)imat-building

If you are having difficulty succeeding in an office-based opioid treatment program, then talk to your provider about the Intensive Medication Assisted Treatment Program in Bennington Vermont. IMAT is an observed daily dosing office-based opioid treatment using buprenorphine medication, in combination with intense services and behavioral therapies.  We focus on a multidimensional approach to treatment, which involves working closely with a team of medical, clinical and case management professionals who will help you improve the quality of your life by treating your addiction to opiates.

Services provided include:

  • Screening for appropriate level of substance abuse care
  • Biological-Psychological-Social assessment
  • Daily observed medication dosing
  • Individual treatment planning
  • Random observed urine screens
  • Case management
  • Group and individual counseling
  • Referrals to outside support services as needed
  • Aftercare and treatment level transition support

Program Staff

  • Paul DiIonno, MA, CAS, LADC, Program Manager
  • Jamie Kenyon, Office Administrator
  • Dr. Wendy Leffel, MD, DABAM, Medical Director
  • Dr. John McLellan, MD, FACOG
  • Dan Russell, RN
  • Ali Clausnitzer, LCMHC/LADC
  • Ellen Winitzer, Case Manager


Program Hours & Contact Information

Phone 802.445.3039
Fax 802.445.3026
339 Dewey Street, Bennington, VT 05201

Monday-Friday, 8:30am-1pm (after 1pm by appointment only)

Participants in IMAT must be 18 years old and reside in Bennington County.