Pictured: Lorna Mattern, Executive Director of UCS and Al Gobeille, Secretary of Agency of Human Services
Vermont Care Partners (VCP) is proud to announce that Washington County Mental Health Services (WCMHS) and United Counseling Service (UCS) have achieved certification as a Vermont Care Partner Center of Excellence. The certification is granted when the agency demonstrates its provision of high quality and accessible comprehensive services to people living with mental health conditions, substance use disorders, and intellectual and developmental disabilities. WCMHS is celebrating its 50th year of providing community based services developing innovative and effective programs that are responsive to the needs of the people of Washington County. UCS is in its 60th year building stronger communities by empowering individuals and families to live healthy and meaningful lives in Bennington County.
The Vermont Care Partner’s Center of Excellence Certification builds upon the work of the National Council for Behavioral Health. The goal of the certification is quality improvement across its 16 designated and special services network agencies using measures that speak to the impact of agency’s services. After a rigorous review by peer leaders and an external blind review from the Jeffords Institute for Quality at the University of Vermont, WCMHS and UCS are now certified as VCP Centers of Excellence for 3 years and are the first two VCP network agencies to achieve this award.
A celebration of the awards was held at Vermont Care Partner’s Annual Conference on March 14, 2018 at the University of Vermont. The conference, “Stepping Forward Together: The Conversation Continues”, was a day-long event exploring health care disparities and the ways providers, policy makers, and other community leaders can ensure their programs are promoting health care equity across all who live in Vermont. Information about Vermont Care Partners can be found at www.vermontcarepartners.org.
Vermont Care Partners (VCP), is a network of community based agencies supporting people with mental health conditions, substance use disorders, and intellectual and developmental disabilities to live healthy, safe and satisfying lives in their community.