All Programs



ACT I provides 24/7/365 information, referral, screening, and assessment services for individuals of all ages who are or are suspected to be incapacitated due to alcohol or other drugs.

Contact ACT I: 802.488.6425

After Hours On-Call Support

After Hours On-Call Support helps Chittenden County individuals with intellectual disabilities or autism who are in need of urgent support and crisis intervention. Services are available from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. weekdays and throughout the weekend.

After Hours On-Call Support: 866.331.1419.

ARCh (Accessing Resources for Children)

ARCh serves children and young adults up to the age of 22 who have an intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, or an emotional or behavioral challenge.

Contact ARCh: 802.488.6500 or 802.488.6600.


ASSIST helps any adult resident of Chittenden County who is experiencing a psychiatric crisis. The program is volun­tary and referrals are evaluated on a case-by-case basis to individualize treatment.

Contact ASSIST: 802.488.6411.

Autism Spectrum Program (ASP)

The Autism Spectrum Program (ASP) provides support services to individuals ages 2-21 with an autism spectrum disorder.

Contact ASP: 802.488.6681.

Avenue 7

Avenue 7 is a transitional housing model for individuals ages 18-28 with an intellectual disability or autism and who receive Home and Community Based Services. It offers a supportive residential community for those who need to learn the skills necessary to live independently. Individuals served may be transitioning from their family home or from another residential support program. All participants share the common goal of living independently with success.

Contact Avenue 7: 802.488.6517.

Baird School

The Baird School provides an alternative educational environment for children ages 5-14 and grades K-8 whose needs cannot be met in a regular educational environment due to social, emotional and/or behavioral challenges.

View the 2015-2016 Baird School Calendar.

Contact The Baird School: 802.488.6839.


The Bridge Program provides short-term stabilization and detoxification in a non-medical setting for individuals ages 18 and older who are experiencing problematic alcohol or other drug use.

Contact The Bridge Program: 802.488.6425.

Centerpoint School

Centerpoint School serves students ages 12-18 years old, grades 7-12, with emotional, behavioral, mental health, or special learning needs. For more information, visit the Centerpoint Adolescent Treatment Services web site at

Contact Centerpoint School: 802.488.7711.

Child and Family Outpatient Services

The Child and Family Outpatient Services provides counseling for Chittenden County children, adolescents, families, parents, grandparents, and caregivers.

Contact Child and Family Outpatient Services: 802.488.6647.

Children's Crisis Stabilization Beds

Crisis stabilization beds are available to support Vermont children and youth ages 6-14 who are experiencing an acute mental health emergency.

Children’s Crisis Stabilization Beds: 802.488.7785.

Chittenden Clinic

The Chittenden Clinic Medication-Assisted Treatment Program provides outpatient treatment and pharmacotherapy (methadone and buprenorphine) for individuals who are opioid dependent.

Contact Chittenden Clinic: 802.488.6450.

Communication Supports

Our communication supports help individuals with an intellectual disability or autism who have communication challenges which affect their ability to express their wants and needs, socially interact with others, and participate in community life.

Communication Supports: 802.488.6527.

Community Friends Mentoring

Community Friends Mentoring (CFM) is a community-based mentoring program that supports area children ages 6-12 who can benefit from extra support due to stressors in their lives.

Contact CFM: 802.488.6650.

Comprehensive Care

Comprehensive Care Programs provide 24/7, out-of-home care and/or community-based services for children ages 5 to 21, depending on the specific program.

Contact Comprehensive Care Programs: 802.488.6726.

Consultation and Training Services

Consultation and Training Services provides support for school personnel, police departments, medical personnel, public officials, private practice physicians, therapists, and other professionals whose work is based on helping individuals and families in the community.

Consultation and Training Services, Schools: 802.488.6679.


The CRASH program serves individuals in Chittenden and Franklin Counties who have an impaired driving offense. CRASH completion is required for reinstating driving privileges whenever there is a suspension for an impaired driving offense.

Contact: 802.488.6151.


Early Childhood Program

The Early Childhood Program serves children ages 0-6 who are experiencing social, emotional, and behavioral challenges, and their parents and caregivers. The Program is also the Chittenden County early childhood family mental health provider for Children’s Integrated Services.

One specific service is the Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) coaching program, which works with the parent(s) and child together to improve family relationships and to give parents the confidence to use effective parenting skills. Another component is the Winooski Family Center, a collaboration of Howard Center, the Winooski School District, Winooski Housing Authority, and the City of Winooski.

Contact The Early Childhood Program: 802.488.6757.

Family Advisory Council

Community Advisory Group for CYFS.

Family and Community Programs

Family and Community Programs provide individualized, child-centered and family-friendly supports to help families with children from age 4-17 who have significant emotional, behavioral, or mental health challenges.

Contact Family and Community Programs: 802.488.6635.

First Call

First Call helps children, adolescents, and families with children in crisis, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The definition of crisis is determined by the caller.

First Call 24/7 Crisis Line
Phone: 802-488-7777

First Call Youth Yellow Pages
An online guide to area resources for children and adults. 

Flexible Family Funding Program

The Flexible Family Funding (FFF) Program provides limited funding to assist unpaid family members, guardians, or caregivers who live with a child or family member with an intellectual disability or autism and who meet eligibility guidelines. The goal of Flexible Family Funding is to provide support and resources to help families stay together.

Contact Flexible Family Funding Program: 802.488.6549.

Howard Center Training Series

Continuing the decades-long tradition of our Addictions Academy, Howard Center is proud to offer a brand-new series of training workshops. This year's series focuses on mental  health and substance abuse issues. Based on in-put from clinicians and supervisors, we've designed our workshops to incorporate the most up-to-date informaiton available to enhance your clinical practice. Drawing on years of experience in the field, our instructors will teach the biological, psychological, social, and ethical aspects of mental health and substance use disorders treatment, along with practical clinical skills that are sure to be of valuable use in your own practice. Please join us for what should prove to be a series of interesting and illuminating seminars.

View the 2015-2016 Howard Center Training Series Schedule with workshop descriptions.



INCLUSION provides intensive, individualized support to Chittenden County children in grades K-12 with serious emotional, behavioral, and academic challenges who have not been able to be served with the most intensive public school based supports.

Contact INCLUSION: 802.488.6600.

Jean Garvin School

Jean Garvin School provides a therapeutic educational program offering unique learning opportunities to inspire personal change and well-being for adolescents, ages 12-18 years, grades 7-12.

View the 2015-2016 Jean Garvin School Calendar.

Contact the Jean Garvin School: 802.488.6767.

JOBS Program

The JOBS Program provides comprehensive case management and employment support for adolescents and young adults (ages 16-21 years) who are experiencing mental health challenges.

Contact the JOBS Program: 802.488.7270.

Mental Health Court Programs

This three-phase, problem-solving court operates under a specialized model in which the judiciary, prosecution, defense bar, and Howard Center work together to help non-violent offenders find restoration in recovery and become productive citizens.

Contact Mental Health Court Programs: 802.488.6120.

Mobile Crisis

The Mobile Crisis Team provides immediate crisis intervention and evaluation services to Chittenden County residents 18 years and older—and their support systems—who are experiencing a mental health crisis.
Contact Mobile Crisis: 802.488.6400.


Northern Lights

Northern Lights is a supportive residence for 11 women who are under the supervision of the Department of Corrections and who have reached their minimum sentence and have at least one year of supervision left on their maximum sentence. They must be eligible to receive a Section 8 voucher. The program targets women from Chittenden County, but women from other counties may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

Contact Northern Lights: 802.488.7008.

Park Street Program

The Park Street Program provides intensive residential treatment to adolescent males ages 12-17 with sexual harming behaviors.  Residents attend the onsite Fay Honey Knopp School, a licensed school that provides a supportive and safe educational environment that offers educational, therapeutic, and transition services.

Contact The Park Street Program: 802.488.6775.

Peer Access Line (PAL)

The Peer Access Line (PAL) provides peer support for people who use mental health services. PAL staff are available by phone Thursday-Sunday, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Contact The Peer Access Line: 802.321.2190.

Pine Street Counseling Services

Pine Street Counseling Services provides outpatient services for adults with mental health and/or substance use issues.

Contact Pine Street Counseling Services: 802.488.6100.

Project Hire

Project Hire provides career development and employment support and assistance to individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Contact Project Hire: 802.488.6555.

Resource Center

To find out what's going on at the Resource Center this month, view or download the December 2015 calendar.


Safe Recovery

Safe Recovery serves people who are currently using cocaine, heroin, other opioids, or other drugs, or who are in early recovery from opioid dependence.

Walk-ins are welcome or call 802.488.6067 to make an appointment.

Safety Connection

The Safety Connection program helps adults with intellectual disabilities or autism live independently in the
community setting of their choice. The program assists youth in transition, single adults and families, and elders who wish to age in place. Safety Connection works alongside clients and their support teams which can include both Howard Center staff and community partners.
Safety Connection: 802.488.6500.

School Services Program

The School Services Program helps children from ages 3 to 22—and their families—who face a broad range of challenges that may impact learning and school behavior. Howard Center masters-level clinicians work in nearly all of Chittenden County’s 50+ schools where many of the services are provided.

School Services Program: 802.488.6664.

St. Albans Outpatient Substance Abuse Services

St. Albans Outpatient Services provides quality outpatient substance abuse counseling to Grand Isle and Franklin County residents.

Contact St. Albans Outpatient Substance Abuse Services: 802.488.6265.

St. Albans Public Inebriate Program

The St. Albans Public Inebriate Program (PIP) provides a safe and supervised environment for individuals who are incapacitated due to alcohol or other drugs until they can regain sobriety.

St. Albans Public Inebriate Program: 802.488.6265.


START (Stabilization, Treatment, And Recovery Team) is a community program within Crisis Services that provides support to individuals ages 18 and older who are experiencing emotional distress and/or an increase in mental health symptoms. The goal of the program is to help prevent the need for higher levels of care services, such as the hospital or police.

Contact START: 802.488.6424.

Street Outreach Program

The Street Outreach Team provides a range of services for adults, young adults, and families in and around the downtown Burlington Business District and in city neighborhoods. Many of the individuals helped do not receive services from any other primary service provider.
Street Outreach: 802.488.7013.


SUCCEED is an innovative post-secondary education program for students with intellectual disabilities and autism, provided by Howard Center in collaboration with area colleges.

SUCCEED: 802.488.6580.