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Mental Health Services at Central Vermont Medical Center

At Central Vermont Medical Center we offer outpatient counseling through our Family Psychiatry medical group practice as well as a 15-bed Inpatient Psychiatry unit for patients with acute psychiatric illnesses.

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According to a recent study conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health, almost half of all Americans have experienced a mental disorder at some point in their lives and almost 30% suffer from one in any given year.

While we may all experience mental health issues on any given day, due to stress, grief or other life occurrences, mental illness, on the other hand, disables a person. Mental illness makes it hard to live a normal life. It is a serious medical condition requiring help which can include medication, hospitalization, therapy or a combination of these.

At Central Vermont Medical Center, we have services that can help you. There are also many other community resources available.

Family Psychiatry

Our Family Psychiatry medical group practice offers psychiatric evaluations and therapyfor children, adolescents and adults. Also offered are psychiatric evaluations for employment, second opinions, schools and medication evaluation. Evaluations include past and present history, diagnoses and recommendation. All reports are kept confidential and released only with the written consent of patients.

Learn more about Family Psychiatry at Central Vermont Medical Center.

Inpatient Psychiatry

Central Vermont Medical Center's Inpatient Psychiatry Department operates a 15-bed unit for patients with acute, short-term, psychiatric assessment, treatment and support.

Learn more about philosophy of care, services and treatment options.

Community Resources

The Health Center in Plainfield has several psychologists and social workers on staff: William Fink, MA; Warren Hathaway, MSW; and Elizabeth Halloran, MA.

For more information, call The Health Center at 802-454-8336.

Washington County Mental Health Services (WCMHS) provides comprehensive, community-based services to adults with serious and persistent mental illness; developmental disabilities, mental retardation and autism; children with severe emotional disturbances and their families; children and adults with acute behavioral problems and a wide range of other challenging behaviors.

For more information, call WCMHS at 802-229-0591

Online Resources

There are many sites on the internet dealing with mental health issues, including the following:

Alcoholics Anonymous: www.aa.org
Al-Anon-Alateen: www.al-anon.alateen.org
Alzheimers's Association of VT & NH: www.alzvtnh.org
American Psychological Association Help Center: http://helping.apa.org/
American Psychiatric Association: www.healthyminds.org
Asperger's Association of New England: www.aane.org
Attention Deficit Disorder Association: www.add.org
Children & Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: www.chadd.org
Cocaine Anonymous: www.ca.org
Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health: www.ffcmh.org
Freedom from Fear: www.freedomfromfear.org
Intoximiters Drink Wheel: www.intox.com
Narcotics Anonymous: www.na.org
National Alliance on Mental Health: www.nami.org
National Center For PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), www.ptsd.va.gov
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism: www.niaaa.nih.gov
National Institute on Drug Abuse: www.drugabuse.gov
National Institute of Mental Health: www.nimh.nih.gov
National Mental Health Association: www.nmha.org