United Counseling Service divisions recertified

Four members of United Counseling Service’s leadership team testify at the Vermont State legislature.

Four members of United Counseling Service’s leadership team testify at the Vermont State legislature.

Vermont Business Magazine 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 redesignated 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.

United Counseling Service (UCS) is a private, non-profit community mental health center that has been an essential part of Bennington County’s integrated healthcare system since 1958. The organization has been designated as a Center of Excellence by Vermont Care Partners. UCS promotes healthy lifestyles through all its programs and offers care at 15 different facilities, including two primary outpatient facilities in Bennington and Manchester. UCS provides outpatient counseling and addiction 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 early childhood services. For more information visit www.ucsvt.org.


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