Howard Center: When you need us, where you need us, Help is here.

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A Single Phone Number is All You Need

With more than 60 programs, we know it can be challenging to find the right program for you or your loved ones. That’s why this year we introduced a single phone number for people seeking information or services: 802-488-6000. When you call 802-488-6000, a member of our 11-person Access and Intake team will provide support, conduct a brief screening, schedule an intake assessment, connect you to the appropriate services, and offer information about other community resources, if necessary.

Reaching Out to Chittenden County Communities

Last spring, we partnered with the municipalities of South Burlington, Colchester, Williston, Winooski, Essex, and Shelburne to create a new Community Outreach team to serve adults, children, and families.

Inspired by our award-winning Burlington Street Outreach Program, the new initiative creates a supportive presence in the participating communities where Community Outreach Specialists work in partnership with local and regional law enforcement to respond to individuals with unmet social service needs, often due to mental health or substance use issues.

Support for the initiative came from the State of Vermont Agency of Human Services, our partner communities, and the University of Vermont Medical Center.

“Howard Center’s award-winning Street Outreach team has a long and successful history of providing consultation and intervention in the Burlington area. It’s a natural progression to begin to provide similar services and support to our neighboring communities.” — Catherine Simonson, Howard Center Chief Client Services Officer

Same-day Treatment for Opiate Use

In its 17-year history, Safe Recovery has helped people with an opioid use disorder stay safe throughout the recovery process by providing HIV and Hepatitis C testing, syringe exchange, free Narcan overdose reversal kits, fentanyl testing strips, and drug treatment counseling and referral.

However, individuals who came to Safe Recovery were not able to receive buprenorphine as part of a Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) plan. Often, they were put on a waiting list for treatment, even though they wanted to begin treatment immediately.

Thanks to a $525,000 federal grant supported by Senator Leahy, Safe Recovery now provides buprenorphine to people who need it on the day of their visit.

“This grant will fulfill a critical need, putting essential treatment medication in the hands of those who need it most, and when they need it most.” — Senator Patrick Leahy

Our Community is Stronger Because of You

On November 14, over 150 community members joined with us to celebrate Gretchen Morse as the 2018 Help is Here Award honoree. The award recognizes an individual whose contributions personify the agency’s mission and demonstrate a passion for helping the people we serve.

Gretchen was chosen for her long-time support of Howard Center through her work as Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Human Services, Executive Director of the United Way of Chittenden County, and in the Vermont House of Representatives.

Sponsors of the 2018 Help is Here Award celebration include Hickok & Boardman Insurance Group, University of Vermont Medical Center, Geri Reilly Real Estate, Four Winds Consulting, L. Brown & Sons Printing, and W.B. Mason, with additional support from numerous local businesses.




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