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Legislature Recognizes HCRS’ 50th Anniversary

HCRS was recognized by the Vermont House of Representatives for our 50th anniversary celebrated in 2017. In a concurrent resolution signed by the Senate and House of Representatives on May 3, HCRS was recognized for many highlights of our history including the opening of the Beekman House residential program in 1979, beginning to offer employment services in 1984, establishing a school-based program in 1987, launching our Police Social Work program in 2002, achieving Joint Commission accreditation in 2003, and opening Vermont’s first Crisis Care Center in 2010.

Valerie A. Stuart, Mollie Burke, and Tristan Toleno, House Representatives for the Windham District, sponsored the resolution in honor of the agency’s 50th anniversary. The resolution further highlights the comprehensive services offered at HCRS: mental health support services, substance abuse services, and developmental disability services.

HCRS CEO George Karabakakis, Ph.D., was asked to attend the legislative ceremony for the signing of the resolution. He states, “We are thankful for the recognition of the Vermont legislature for the services we have provided in our communities for more than half a century. A special thanks to Valerie Stuart, Mollie Burke, and Tristan Toleno for their work to highlight the significant need for social services.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

George Karabakakis with Representative Valerie Stuart