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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.

Hilltop Recovery Residence

Hilltop Recovery Residence, Westminster, Vermont

Hilltop Recovery Residence, Westminster, Vermont Hilltop Recovery Residence is an eight-bed, staff secure Level III recovery residence designed to assist individuals who are experiencing “first break” psychosis. Hilltop offers a highly therapeutic, non-institutionalized environment in a peaceful, home-like setting to assist individuals in their process of recovery. Hilltop offers a unique approach to recovery by way of comprehensive, individualized supports through individual and group psychotherapy, family counseling, community activities, expressive therapies, and vocational supports. Hilltop Recovery Residence seeks to expand the scope of practice to assist each individual in the resolution of psychosis through a multi-disciplinary approach to care, in addition to or beyond use of anti-psychotic medication. The program’s strengths based, personalized approach to care is fundamental to the program’s purpose to ensure each person gains the personalized skill set to understand their experiences and establish a plan for recovery moving forward.

To establish a research-based, outcomes driven, sustainable impact in the recovery of young adults who are experiencing early episodes of mental illness.

To offer a preventive approach to younger adults who are experiencing early episodes of mental illness within a therapeutic, non-institutional, home-like setting.

Hilltop Recovery Residence, a program of Vermont Southern Alliance for Community Care, is a collaborative partnership between HCRS, United Counseling Services, and Rutland Mental Health Services.

For more information, please contact the Residential Services Program Director at (802) 732-8343 or visit the Hilltop Recovery Residence website below.

Program Website:www.vtsacc.org