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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.

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