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Vermont: C

Grading the States 2009 Report Card: Vermont

Vermont has made progress in recent years, but can do far better. In 2006, its mental health care system received a C grade. Three years later, the grade is the same. Full narrative (PDF).

Grades by Category Detailed Score Card (PDF)

  1. Health Promotion and Measurement: C 25% of Total Grade
    Basic measures, such as the number of programs delivering evidence-based practices, emergency room wait-times, and the quantity of psychiatric beds by setting.
  2. Financing & Core Treatment/Recovery Services: C 45% of Total Grade
    A variety of financing measures, such as whether Medicaid reimburses providers for all, or part of evidence-based practices; and more.
  3. Consumer & Family Empowerment: C 15% of Total Grade
    Includes measures such as consumer and family access to essential information from the state, promotion of consumer-run programs, and family and peer education and support.
  4. Community Integration and Social Inclusion: D 15% of Total Grade
    Includes activities that require collaboration among state mental health agencies and other state agencies and systems.


  • State police academy training
  • WRAP and culture of peer-led crisis services
  • Veteransí services
  • Increased crisis beds

Urgent Needs

  • Leadership for a comprehensive replacement solution to Vermont State Hospital
  • Continue hospital quality of care improvement
  • Maintain gains in housing and veteransí services
  • Address mental health workforce shortage

Additional Information and Resources

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Grading the States 2006 Report Card: Vermont

"Alternatives to restraint and seclusion must be improved statewide."