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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.

Impaired Driver Rehabilitation Program

Crash ProgramThe IDRP Program (Vermont’s alcohol driver education program) is available for people who have had alcohol or substance-related driving offenses and are seeking license reinstatement.

The IDRP Program consists of a group screening (a free information gathering session), an intake (a half-hour appointment during which the evaluator does a brief assessment and discusses IDRP enrollment), a 10-hour education course (school) offered over the course of 4 weeks, and an exit appointment with the evaluator. Individuals required to follow the Total Abstinence guidelines in order to meet requirements for reinstatement do not attend the IDRP School, however they must still enroll in the IDRP Program and complete other requirements.

The IDRP Program mandates substance abuse counseling for individuals who have had more than one DUI, and is sometimes required for first offenders depending on various risk factors.

If you have been referred to the IDRP Program, you begin the process by coming to a screening. No appointment or payment is needed at this point, and the process will be explained by the Screener. These screenings begin promptly at 4:30pm at the following HCRS locations:

  • Springfield: 390 River Street -- the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month
  • Hartford: 49 School Street -- the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month

For more information on the Springfield or Hartford IDRP Program, contact HCRS at 802-886-4500 for additional class areas please visit the  VT department of health IDRP website.