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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.

DS Standing Committee


The DS 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 Developmental Services on how well HCRS is doing its job.


HCRS’ DS Standing Committee is mandated by the Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living. The Standing Committee must consist of at least 5 members with at least 25% of the DS Standing Committee membership being comprised of people with developmental disabilities. 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 DS Program Standing Committee meets on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 12:00 pm at HCRS’ Springfield office. Please contact the DS 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.

DS State Standing Committee:

Individuals with Developmental Disabilities have a Statewide Program Standing Committee. The Statewide Program Standing Committee advises the Department of Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) on an array of issues important to the population. The Standing Committee has 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 Program Standing Committee; most Standing Committee members are clients and family members. The Statewide Standing Committee is helping the Department of Aging and Independent Living achieve one of its major goals for the 21st Century: to increase client and family involvement in public developmental services in Vermont.

The DS State Standing Committee meets the 3rd Thursday of every month from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm. The location varies although the meetings generally take place at the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce in Berlin. Please contact Lorraine Wargo at (802) 241-2648 for more information or to attend a meeting