Howard Center expands its substance use treatment services

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Howard Center expands its substance use treatment services

Thu, 11/18/2021 - 9:50am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Howard Center is pleased to announce it will expand its outpatient medication-assisted substance use treatment services to patients served by the regional provider Phoenix House of New England. The organization is discontinuing its service footprint in Northwest Vermont.

With the help of the 12 clinical and program staff who will be joining Howard Center from Phoenix House, the organizations are working collaboratively to put in place a coordinated transition process to ensure continuity of care for patients currently receiving medication-assisted treatment and telehealth services. With this change, Howard Center will be serving an additional 450 patients.

Bob Bick, Howard Center CEO says, “Changes in our healthcare community can be challenging, especially for critical services. I’m grateful to our team at Howard Center and the staff transitioning from Phoenix House for working together to develop our capacity to ensure care remains accessible and available. It’s yet another example of the extraordinary measures our staff take to ensure we can meet emerging needs. I look forward to welcoming our new staff to the Howard Center community.”

Phoenix House’s Vermont programs are part of Phoenix Houses of New England, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) substance use treatment organization that serves more than 3,500 men and women annually through 14 programs in four states. Phoenix House New England’s President & CEO, Pete Mumma says, “We are thrilled that our Vermont clients will continue to benefit from these programs, that our outstanding staff will continue serving the community needs seamlessly and that both programs and staff will be joining such a great organization as Howard Center.”

Howard Center offers a range of substance use treatment services varying in intensity to support thousands of individuals in our community each year. Service offerings include, screening and assessment, short-term stabilization and detoxification, individual and group counseling, medication-assisted treatment, impaired driver rehabilitation programming, and low barrier and harm reduction services. A mobile rural outreach expansion to serve northwestern Vermont is planned for 2022.

ABOUT HOWARD CENTER: Howard Center has a long and rich history as a trusted provider in the community. With a legacy spanning more than 150 years, we have been providing progressive, compassionate, high-quality care and supports to those in need. Today, we offer an array of exemplary mental health, substance use, and developmental services across the lifespan. As Vermont’s largest social service organization, our 1,600 staff help more than 19,000 people each year in over 60 locations throughout Vermont in collaboration with hundreds of community partners. Howard Center’s 24/7/365 crisis service, First Call for Chittenden County, is available to meet the needs of Chittenden County children, adults, and families in crisis by calling 802-488-7777. Help is here. A United Way of Northwest Vermont Funded Agency.

Source: Burlington, VT — Howard Center 11.18.2021