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UVS Collaborative Crisis Services

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The UVS Comprehensive Collaborative Crisis Services program is a proactive response to the stressed Vermont Developmental Disabilities system. Our mission is to address the critical lack of crisis capacity in the state.

 

We offer a wide range of crisis intervention services, including:

  • Skilled local crisis teams

  • In-home and mobile supports

  • Crisis homes

  • Transition homes

  • After-hours support lines

Program Overview

​In collaboration with the Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living (DAIL), we operate crisis homes as shared resources. These homes offer short-term crisis bed supports and alternative crisis resources to individuals served by various agencies.

Our program is funded through a combination of state investment, local funding, and revenue generation. We have demonstrated success in stabilizing individuals, mitigating homelessness and hospitalizations, and promoting stability and continuity of care during transitions. Notable achievements include the establishment of crisis homes, providing safe and supportive environments for individuals experiencing crises.

Program Overview

  • We respond to the stressed Vermont Developmental Disabilities (VT DD) system by offering crisis intervention services.

  • Our aim is to stabilize individuals in crisis, mitigate homelessness and hospitalizations, and promote stability during transitions.

  • We operate collaborative crisis homes, provide in-home and mobile supports, transition homes, and after-hours support.

  • Our funding is secured from DAIL and supplemented by local resources, enabling the purchase and operation of crisis homes.

 

Operational Model

  • We utilize a collaborative approach with DAIL and other agencies to allocate crisis resources effectively.

  • We offer short-term crisis bed supports with the possibility of extension, alongside alternative crisis resources if beds are unavailable.

  • We employ a skilled team, including crisis coordinators, support staff, behavior specialists, and nurses, to provide 24/7 crisis support.

  • We implement a structured referral and intake process, ensuring thorough assessment and individualized support plans.

 

Outcomes and Successes

  • Since March 2022, our program has served 16 individuals, with a mix of clients from UVS and other agencies.

  • Notable successes include the establishment of two crisis homes, providing safe and accessible environments.

  • We have demonstrated effectiveness in supporting individuals through various crises, including housing loss, caregiver fatigue, psychiatric hospitalization, and transitions from incarceration.

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