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“David” an 8 year old boy with classic Autism, came to us after being removed from his home by DCF. He was non-verbal, using grunting sounds and pointing or acting out to communicate his thoughts and feelings. He had an intense fear of going outside and making transitions to new places was overwhelming for him. His academic skills were extremely low and he was not getting any real educational services due to the upheaval in his life. HCRS staff immediately began to identify the services he would need to progress and grow. A shared living provider was found who has given him a wonderful family environment to live and grow in. David now goes to school for the whole day. He is using his words more than ever and instead of pulling on someone or grunting or pointing, he is prompted to use requests like “ Can I use the computer, please,” without being told.

CRT Standing Committee


The CRT Standing Committee participates in the development of the local system of care plan and advises the Board of Directors of HCRS and the Department of Mental Health on how well HCRS is doing its job.


HCRS’ CRT Standing Committee is mandated by the Department of Mental Health. The Standing Committee must consist of at least five members with at least 51% being comprised of individuals who are willing to disclose the fact that they are clients of services offered by the program or a member of a client’s family. At least one member of the Standing Committee must be a voting member of HCRS’ Board of Directors. It is important to note that the Standing Committee is not designed to become directly involved in the day-to-day operation of the organization, and should not be involved in individual funding or service decisions.

Regularly Scheduled Meetings

The CRT Program Standing Committee currently meets on the 1st Monday of each month (except in July and December) 12:00-1:30 pm at the Robbins Building Board Room in Springfield with video from the Hartford and Fairview Street in Brattleboro offices. Please contact the CRT Program Director at (802) 886-4500 for more information or to attend a meeting.


Clients receive a stipend as well as a mileage expense reimbursement for each Standing Committee meeting they attend.

CRT State Standing Committee:

Each of the two major populations served by the Department of Mental Health – adults with severe mental illness and children and adolescents experiencing a serious emotional disturbance and their families – has a Statewide Program Standing Committee (SPSC). The State Standing Committees advise the Department of Mental Health on an array of issues important to each population. Both of the Standing Committees have responsibilities that are described in the Administrative Rules on Agency Designation, §3 (revised June 1, 2003). Clients, families, and providers are all represented on the State Standing Committee; most Standing Committee members are clients and family members. The State Standing Committees are helping the Department of Mental Health achieve one of its major goals for the 21st Century: to increase client and family involvement in public mental health in Vermont.

The CRT State Standing Committee meets the 2nd Monday of every month at 12:00 noon (except when it falls on a holiday). Meetings are currently held at the Redstone Building, 26 Terrace Street, Montpelier. Please contact Frank Reed at (802) 652-2000 for more information or to attend a meeting.