COVID-19 Update

Shared Living Providers Info Page

HCRS ContactsDS Photo

Laurie Panther, M.S., Program Development Manager

(802) 952-3936 or

Cora Willis-Cooper, Residential Developer

(802) 463-3294 ext. 3151 or

As a Shared Living Provider for HCRS, you are providing the folks we serve the opportunity to build independent living skills, supporting them in accessing their communities, and allowing them to expand their skills in a safe, supportive environment. The work you do as a Shared Living Provider is demanding and can have its own unique challenges.

This webpage is designed to support better communication between HCRS and you. We hope you find it to be a valuable resource, and we welcome your feedback on additional resources we can provide for you here. Please reach out to Cora or Laurie with your thoughts and check back frequently as this webpage takes shape!


SLP Appreciation

Due to the Governor lifting some restrictions, HCRS clients are beginning to receive a phased-in approach to services. This means that clients are beginning to go out into the community again! Though the pandemic is far from over, Vermont as a state is stable, and our appreciation continues for the amazing and creative work of our SLPs to maintain their clients' health, safety, and emotional health during this time. And even though the bonus program has ceased, we are proud to have been able to provide additional financial support. We know the benefits of those bonuses will reach into the future.

"Thanks so much...I just ordered a UV LED sterilizer sani box, for the residence, to sterilize the TV remotes, the keys, wallets, phone, tweezers, clippers, etc. Trying to keep this place and its precious cargo as safe as I possibly can. The extra funds are perfect for purchasing these items that can provide an extra layer of safety and security." -SLP Katherine Nicoli

SLP Coffee Hour on Zoom 

New times and log in for the Coffee Hour! the Coffee Hour now meets on the last Monday of the month from 9:00-10:00 am. Due to increased need for security on Zoom, SLPs have been sent the new ID and password. The previous information will no longer work. If you want to attend the Coffee Hours and did not receive the new information, please contact 

SLP Support Team

New to the profession? Have a challenging situation? Feeling isolated? Or want to run an idea by another SLP? We now have veteran SLPs who want to support their comrades! David & Doreen Scott and Naomi Welch.

David & Doreen

David & Doreen: (802) 885-2414 (


Naomi: (603) 477-4025 (

Movies About People with Disabilities

Crip Camp: On the heels of Woodstock, a group of teen campers are inspired to join the fight for disability civil rights. This spirited look at grassroots activism is executive produced by President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama. This movie is available free on YouTube.

Intelligent Lives: From award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib comes INTELLIGENT LIVES, a catalyst to transform the label of intellectual disability from a life sentence of isolation into a life of possibility for the most systematically segregated people in America. INTELLIGENT LIVES starts three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities - Micah, Naieer, and Naomie - who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce. Academy Award-winning actor and narrator Chris Cooper contextualizes the lives of these central characters through the emotional personal story of his son, Jesse, as the film unpacks the shameful and ongoing track record of intelligence testing in the U.S. INTELLIGENT LIVES challenges what it means to be intelligent and points to a future in which people of all abilities can fully participate in higher education, meaningful employment, and intimate relationships. This movie is available on Amazon Prime.

SLP Trainings

People have really stepped up their technology skills during the COVID-19 crisis. Not all SLP trainings can be done remotely, but Med Ed and Health & Wellness are being scheduled for remote learning. Currently, we are exploring how to create training sessions for the Fall SLP Training - stay tuned!  

SLP Wellness Information

Please read this letter from our new Director of Developmental Services.

And also review this document from DAIL. It has even more recommendations specifically for care providers.


Want to quit smoking? Here's a link to some help. Click on this link to connect to 802Quits. They also have a toll-free number: 800-QUIT-NOW.


Get out of the house for a hike in one of our local State parks. Click on this link to see the State Park information. And on this one for maps.

Meditation: It's not just for hippies anymore! At our last SLP training, meditation came up during the Self Care break out group. Here are some links to informational videos:

A simple way to get started with a 5 minute meditation

The scientific benefits of meditation

More SLP Resources

SLP Application Form

Background Checks - VT Residents

Background Checks - NH Residents

ARIS Solutions Information

Respite Manual for SLP's

SLP Information Manual

Safety & Accessibility Information