United Counseling Service (UCS) recently received its designated agency recertification from the Vermont Agency of Human Services. Designated agencies are community mental health and developmental service organizations responsible for providing services to individuals with mental illness or significant behavioral health needs, children with severe emotional disturbance or behavioral health needs and individuals with developmental disabilities. As one of only seventeen designated and single service agencies in the state, UCS is held to high rigorous standards by AHS and by Vermont statute to meet a variety of service needs in Bennington County.
The Department of Mental Health commends UCS’ s leadership and staff for the excellent work they are doing and expresses sincere appreciation to the agency for its demonstrated commitment to improving the lives of Vermonters in Bennington County.
From an original staff of six and a budget of thirteen thousand dollars in 1958, UCS has grown steadily with the aid of federal and state funding and support. Today UCS employs 300 with an $18 million dollar annual operating budget. This tremendous growth demonstrates UCS history of responding to real and changing needs in the community.
“We continue to dedicate ourselves to building a stronger community for the individuals and families we serve and for our staff and this recognition affirms that we are achieving that goal” said Executive Director, Ralph Provenza.
United Counseling Service provides outpatient counseling and substance abuse services, emergency mental health services, extensive rehabilitation services, home and school-based services, employment services for people recovering from mental illness or with developmental disabilities and the nationally recognized Head Start program.