Mental Health Oversight Committee to Hold Hearing

A public hearing, the third in a series of four run by the Legislative Mental Health Oversight Committee, is scheduled for Thursday, August 19, 9:30 AM - Noon, at HowardCenter Child, Youth & Family Services building at 1138 Pine Street, Burlington.

According to Rep. Michael Fisher who chairs the Committee, the purpose is to learn about mental health and substance abuse services offered in Chittenden County from the community perspective. "We hope these hearings will shine a light on innovations and initiatives in Chittenden County that are proving successful, and where we are falling short in addressing the needs," Fisher said.

HowardCenter serves Vermont's most populous and urban communities. Bob Bick, HowardCenter Director of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services, stated, "We are encouraged that the Oversight Committee is taking time during the summer to understand the complex challenges we and other agencies address and the needs that continue to demand the attention of our community."

During the August 19 hearing, the Committee will hear from representatives from HowardCenter, Fletcher Allen Health Care, the business community, civic organizations, police departments, and from the Department of Mental Health.

Hearings have been held this summer in Brattleboro and Rutland. The final hearing in the series is planned for St. Johnsbury in September.

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