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. ACT I offers a clean, safe, supervised setting for clients to regain sobriety.

Following screening, individuals may stay at ACT I, be referred to the hospital for medical attention, released to a family member, or referred to protective custody. ACT I follows a goal-directed approach toward intervention and treatment and recognizes that many clients are in the midst of a life crisis. ACT I helps the person and family through the crisis, promotes stability, and recommends an appropriate post-intervention level of care and assists with referrals.

Clients are referred by police, friends, family, clergy, or a concerned community member and by self-referral.

Contact ACT I: 802.488.6425. 

After Hours On-Call Support

Please see First Call for Chittenden County, or call 1-802-488-7777.

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

The Autism Spectrum Program  provides behavioral treatment and support services to individuals ages 2-21 with an autism spectrum disorder.

For more information, call 802.488.6600.

Autism: Information and Resources

Howard Center provides services and supports for individuals with autism from birth through adulthood.

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 2016-2017 Baird School Calendar.

View the 2017-2018 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.

In an effort to increase access to care for those struggling with opioid dependence, Howard Center, Community Health Centers of Burlington, and University of Vermont Medical Center are working together to address this problem.

Please download and fill out the attached form and send it to one of the above mentioned agencies in order to be listed on our community waitlist. This will allow us to discuss your potential treatment and find the best option for you.

The completed form can be emailed back to, or dropped off in person to one of the agencies.  You can also mail this back to our office at One South Prospect Street, Burlington, VT 05401.

Read stories of recovery in the special National Recovery Month issue of the Chittenden Clinic Newsletter.

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

As of July 1, 2017, Community Friends Mentoring was absorbed by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vermont (BBBSVT). 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vermont is an independent affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. BBBSVT has expanded its one-to-one professionally supported mentoring program to include Chittenden County children and youth age 6-18.  

If you are interested in volunteering as a Big Brother or Big Sister, or if you would like refer a child, please contact the BBBSVT Chittenden County office at 802-689-0092; or visit

Community Outreach Program

In February 2018, Howard Center and the municipalities of South Burlington, Colchester, Williston, Winooski, Essex, and Shelburne announced they will launch a new community program to serve adults, children, and families. Inspired by the Burlington Street Outreach model, the Communtiy Outreach Program is designed to create a supportive presence in the participating communities by working with local and regional law enforcement to respond to individuals with unmet social service needs, often due to mental health or substance use issues.

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 is now the Impaired Driver Rehabilitation Program, and it continues to serve 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.


Depression: Information and Resources

While we all may experience depression at some time or other throughout our lives, the extent and severity may vary greatly from person to person. Learn about some of the symptoms, causes, and treatment for depression.

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: 802.488.6619.

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 for Chittenden County

One team. One number. 802.488.7777

Anyone can contact First Call for Chittenden County for help in a crisis or for support or information about community services. The caller defines the crisis. The clinicians offer phone support, intervention, in-person assessment and referrals. First Call works with children, adults and families, and partners with schools, police, medical and mental health providers, and others.

In addition, First Call for Chittenden County also responds when there is a community tragedy and, when requested, provides suicide prevention trainings.

First Call for Chittenden County also produces 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.

Foster Care

Therapeutic foster care is a planned and time-limited supported living arrangement for children who need additional support and care outside of the home environment. Foster parents can make a significant impact on a child’s well-being by helping children form connections with caring individuals and forging positive relationships and healthy relationship-building skills. 

Howard Center Training Series

Continuing the decades-long tradition of our Addictions Academy, Howard Center is proud to offer a new series of training workshops. This year's series focuses on mental  health and substance abuse issues. Based on in-put from staff and community members, the wroshops present 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 2017-2018 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.

For more information, call 802.488.6600.

Jean Garvin School

Jean Garvin School is a State Board of Education approved independent school. It 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 2017-2018 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

Please see First Call for Chittenden County, or call 1-802-488-7777.


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.

Opiate Use: Information and Resources

Howard Center offers various programs and support services for individuals seeking recovery from opiate use.  This series of pages on our website offers information abouit opiate use and treatment and includes links to numerous resources.

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, therapeutic, and safe educational environment.

Contact The Park Street Program: 802.488.6775.

For information about a PREA safe environment at Park Street, please click here.

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, view or download the December 2017  or the January 2018 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.

Safe Recovery provides free support throughout the recovery process, from active use to sustained recovery, including during any periods of relapse. In addition, the program seeks to reduce the incidence of drug-related harm, such as a fatal drug overdose.

The specific services include syringe exchange, drug treatment options counseling, case management, HIV and

Hepatitis C testing and linkage to treatment, and Hepatitis A/Hepatitis B vaccination. Safe Recovery provides overdose prevention education and distributes overdose rescue kits with Naloxone (a nasal spray used to reverse an opioid overdose in progress).

Clients may refer themselves and walk-ins are welcome. Clients may also be referred by other Howard Center programs or other social or medical programs. Many services are anonymous, including syringe exchange, HIV testing, Hepatitis C testing, and overdose prevention, and clients are not required to give their name.

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.


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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.

Transition House Program

The Transition House is a residential program for adolescents and young men age 16-22 which provides supportive housing and preparation for independent living. This program provides youth who have high-risk, harmful and/or delinquent behaviors with the opportunity to live in a supervised setting in order to build the skills necessary to be successful as adults.

Contact the Tansition House Program: 802.488.6702.

For information about a PREA safe environment at Transition House, please click here.