Substance Abuse

Criminal Justice Programs

Our Criminal Justice Programs were created with the recognition that criminal actions are often linked to persistent mental health or substance abuse issues. The goal of our programs is to address the underlying mental health issues and to support individuals while they begin to make changes in their lives.

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.

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.