Vermont Business Magazine Howard Center’s Career Connections supported employment program for adults with mental health challenges recently received high marks from the Vermont Department of Mental Health. Based on the December 2016 review, Career Connections was awarded the highest rating in Vermont at this time, 118 out of a possible 125. Because of its exemplary rating, Career Connections has been recommended to other states and countries as a model for similar programs.
The report cited the Career Connections program for its “concerted efforts to adhere closely to the components of evidence based supported employment and for its commitment to continuous quality improvement so that it may offer the best services possible for people.”
Marlene Williamson, Career Connections supported employment coordinator, said, “The recent review is a great tribute to our staff who work to ensure that adults with mental health challenges receive the support they need to attain meaningful employment.” Last year the program assisted 150 individuals and helped 38 people become employed. The Career Connections supported employment program is just one of numerous services provided through Howard Center’s Community Support Program (CSP). Other services provided by CSP include case management, life support skills, and housing, crisis, outreach, and peer services.
Howard Center offers life-saving professional crisis and counseling services to children and adults; supportive services to individuals with autism and developmental disabilities who need help with education, employment, and life maintenance skills; counseling and medical services for those struggling with substance abuse, and intensive interventions for adults with serious and persistent mental health challenges. Last year we served 8,366 clients. In addition, each year we provide support to thousands of individuals (particularly through our 24/7 crisis services) who do not officially enroll as clients. Howard Center is a funded agency of the United Way of Northwest Vermont.