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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.

Children’s Standing Committee


HCRS’ Children’s Standing Committee is comprised of community members who are adults with children who have been or are currently in the Children’s Program and who want to support and improve the quality of the services provided in their communities. The goals are to increase community members’ understanding of the Vermont System of Care for youth with serious emotional disturbances and to ensure that the communities served by the Agency have a voice with HCRS’ Board of Directors.


HCRS’ Children’s Standing Committee is mandated by the Department of Mental Health. The Standing Committee must consist of at least 5 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 day to day operation of the organization, and should not be involved in individual funding or service decisions.

Regularly Scheduled Meetings

The monthly meetings are facilitated by an HCRS Children’s Program staff person and are attended by an HCRS Board Member.

The Children’s Program Standing Committee meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 9:30 am at HCRS’ Springfield office. Please contact the Children’s Program Director at (802) 254-6028 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.