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Vermont Department of Mental Health renews UCS as designated agency serving Bennington County

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United Counseling Service (UCS) received notice from the Department of Mental Health (DMH) Commissioner, Emily Hawes, LADC, that its divisions of Children, Youth, and Family Services (CYFS), Adult Outpatient Services (AMH), Community Rehabilitation and Treatment (CRT), and Emergency Services (ES) programs are re-designated for the next four years. The comprehensive re-certification review process included quality service reviews, a review of compliance with the designation standards, and interviews with consumers, family members, board and staff members, standing committee members, and community partners.

In the official Agency Designation decision, Commissioner Hawes commended United Counseling Service (UCS)’s leadership and staff for the excellent work they are doing and expressed sincere appreciation to the agency for its demonstrated commitment to improving the lives of Vermonters with mental health needs in Bennington County.

“The four-year designation and comments of the Commissioner reflect our ongoing dedication to the Bennington County community,” says Lorna Mattern, Executive Director of UCS, “and our team’s tireless efforts and expertise”.  

The review included recognition for UCS’ innovative treatment models including Finding Access to Services and Treatment (FAST), Psychiatric Urgent Care for Kids (PUCK), and equine-assisted therapies. The agency’s peer-led local program standing committees and thoughtful partnerships with local and state police were also acknowledged.

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