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“Amy” is an amazing young lady who came to HCRS in 2007; she had been placed in residential school due to her uncontrolled behavior issues and inconsistent home life and had a State appointed legal guardian. With the help of HCRS, Amy was placed in more stable home environment with a family that she had already established a relationship with during emergency respite care. With natural supports and the supports from HCRS; Amy has been able to establish a safe and more consistent relationship between herself and her biological family; she has been able to maintain gainful employment; and just last year was legally appointed to be her own guardian. Amy started working part-time at a grocery store and a department store. In 2010, Amy successfully completed a 3 month internship as a front desk clerk. This internship opportunity really helped build Amy’s vocational skills and professional self esteem. Since this internship, Amy has flourished at work and socially.

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.