Washington County Mental Health Services: Providing Compassionate, Data-Driven, Trauma Informed Care

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By Mary Moulton, MPA. Executive Director, Washington County Mental Health Services, Inc.


Since 1967, Washington County Mental Health Services (WCMHS) has provided services in the Washington County region.  In 2019 WCMHS’ 800+ dedicated staff provided supports and services to 6,570 individuals and over 10,130 community members in total.   Our slogan is “Where Hope & Support Come Together”, and we work hard to ensure that we provide human centered supports with data driven outcomes supported by evidence based, time tested services.

For over 50 years we have worked to serve our community through education, support, and treatment of individuals who live with mental health challenges, substance use issues, or developmental disabilities. 

The mission of WCMHS is to advocate for the inclusion of all persons into our community and actively encourage Self-Determination, Resilience and Recovery.  Whether we are working with a child one-on-one in a school system, providing therapy to an individual in an office setting, meeting someone in their home for an appointment or assisting with a crisis response in our local hospital, we work for successful outcomes and wellness for each individual and family we serve.  We also provide community education through Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid and many other trauma-informed trainings.

Washington County Mental Health Services celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017 and we reflected upon the mission we initially adopted and maintain today – moving people with mental illness and developmental disabilities out of institutions and into our communities.  The greatest knowledge that we have gained in the past 50 years is the realization that all of us need to tend to our mental health, that we all have family members or friends who may be touched by mental illness, developmental disabilities, and substance use disorders.  Our differences have become our similarities.  We take comfort as community members when we realize that we all have the same struggles and, therefore, look to move ourselves and our loved ones to greater health.   

As we look toward the “Roaring 20s of the 21st Century”, WCMHS is proud to have established itself as a primary employer in the Central Vermont region, offering competitive salaries and benefits. We have been awarded Center of Excellence status through our peer organizations. Our teams work with creativity, enthusiasm and often flexibility, to get the job done.  In this day and age, we greatly value those individuals within our workforce who recognize the value of helping others achieve their goals through supporting resiliency and recovery through an individualized approach that requires a range of treatment and support roles. These include entry level supports through licensed clinicians. 2020 will also welcome in a restructuring of some of our Administrative and Technological services, providing job openings in Human Resources, Communications, Training, and Data Analytics. We strive to collaborate with other health and human services partners on behalf of those we serve and demonstrate data-driven outcomes.  We are proud of the innovative and compassionate programming that is the foundation of our organization and invite those seeking an exciting and enduring career to consider joining us!








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Mail: WCMHS, PO Box 647, Montpelier, VT 05601-0647