Individuals of any age may contact ACT 1 if they feel they are incapacitated due to alcohol or other drugs. They may also be referred by the police, friends, family, clergy, or a community member. Once at ACT 1, individuals have a clean, safe, supervised setting where they can stay while they regain their sobriety.
Following an initial screening, individuals may stay at ACT 1, be referred to the hospital for medical attention, released to a family member, or referred to protective custody.
ACT 1 follows a goal-directed approach toward intervention and treatment while recognizing that many clients are in the midst of a life crisis. ACT 1 helps the person and family through the crisis, promotes stability, and recommends an appropriate follow-up level of care and assists with referrals.
ARCh (Accessing Resources for Children)
ARCH helps children and young adults up to the age of 22 who have an intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, or an emotional or behavioral challenge.
The program helps families get the support they need to care for their children or adolescents. The specific types of support may include help to coordinate services, family support, specialized behavior consultation, and family respite.
ASSIST Crisis Stabilization
ASSIST is a six-bed crisis stabilization program for any Chittenden County resident who is experiencing a psychiatric crisis.
The goal is to help people remain in the community and avoid hospitalization. The program provides 24-hour staffing and support. In addition, ASSIST helps clients who are leaving a hospital or other inpatient setting transition back to living in the community. Staff supervise and monitor clients who are undergoing a medication change or transitioning from an in-patient hospital stay to living in the community.
Staff work with clients to develop an individualized treatment plan. As ASSIST is just one component of a network of services, clients are encouraged to pursue other community organizations and services that may support them. Referrals to ASSIST are received through crisis services, case managers, and hospitals.
Autism Spectrum Program
The Autism Spectrum Program (ASP) provides year-round intensive, specialized instructional and behavioral treatment and support to individuals ages 2-21 who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Services are provided in home, school, and community settings and target the teaching and shaping of essential social communication, adaptive behavior, daily living and functional learning skills using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. Consultation and training services are also available.
Children are referred through their Local Education Agency, UVMMC, or by family members. For additional information about referrals, call 802-488-6000.
Avenue 7 offers transitional housing for 18-28 year olds with an intellectual disability or autism, and who receive Home and Community Based Services. The supportive residential community helps individuals gain the skills they need to live independently. An on-site residential advisor provides support when needed. The program is a partnership with the Burlington Housing Authority, and each person living at Avenue 7 leases their individual residence with the support of a Section 8 housing voucher.
For more information, call 802-488-6000.
The Baird School provides an alternative educational environment for children ages 5-14 and grades K-8 with social, emotional and/or behavioral challenges.
We offer academic, social, emotional, and behavioral programming to students who have significant challenges in these areas. Our skilled staff help students develop skills and strategies that help them be successful at school, at home, and in their community. In addition, our clinicians provide transition support for students who are planning to return to public school.
Students are referred by their Local Education Agency, the Department of Mental Health, or the Department of Children and Families.
The Bridge Program provides short-term stabilization and detoxification in a non-medical setting for individuals ages 18 and older who are experiencing problematic alcohol or other drug use.
The Bridge Program is staffed 24 hours a day. We provide related services by coordinating with the University of Vermont Medical Center Emergency Department and through referrals to other Howard Center services, depending on each individual’s specific needs.
Bridge offers medical oversight, coordination of services for injection drug users, clinical assessments, and referrals for individuals needing more intensive treatment. Continuing care plans are developed with each client, and ongoing support after discharge is available through free, daily community support groups.
Clients are referred by the court system, primary care providers, friends, family, clergy, a concerned community member, and by self-referral.
Career Connections offers adults in the Community Support Program career counseling, job development, post-employment support, benefit counseling, self-employment opportunities, supported education for individuals returning to or beginning college, and a variety of job training programs.
Career Connections focuses on an individual’s unique interests, strengths, abilities and educational and life experiences.
Individuals are primarily referred by case managers and psychiatrists in the Community Support Program. Self referrals are also encouraged.
For more information about Career Connections, call 802-488-6035 or 802-488-6000.
Centerpoint Adolescent Treatment Services
Centerpoint Adolescent Treatment Services includes counseling services and educational support through the Centerpoint School.
Through the counseling services, students receive support to address issues in their lives that may affect their educational success. Specific services may include individual, family, and group counseling and intensive outpatient treatment for teens.
The Centerpoint School serves students ages 12-18 years old, grades 7-12, with emotional, behavioral, mental health, or special learning needs who have been referred to the school through the special education department of their home school. The School provides educational supports and programs to teens, young adults, and their families faced with emotional, behavioral, mental health, substance use, or special learning needs.
Centerpoint is a collaboration of three agencies: Howard Center, Northeastern Family Institute, and Matrix Health Systems.
Centerpoint School serves students ages 12-18 years old in grades 7-12. The School provides educational supports and programs to teens and young adults with emotional, behavioral, mental health, substance use, or special learning needs. The School is one component of Centerpoint Adolescent Treatment Services, and students receive additional support, as needed, to address issues in their lives that may affect their educational success. Specific services may include individual, family, and group counseling and intensive outpatient treatment for teens.
Students are referred to the School through the special education department of their home school.
Child and Family Outpatient Services
Our Child and Family Outpatient Services provides counseling for Chittenden County children, adolescents, families, parents, grandparents, and caregivers. The program offers individual, family, couples, group, and play therapy. Services are provided at Howard Center offices, in many Chittenden County schools, and at the Milton Family Community Center. The outpatient team offers a comprehensive array of general mental health and specialty services, including psychosexual assessment and evaluations.
In addition, the program offers Fire Wise Kids of Vermont for children and youth who misuse fire and STAR Groups (Sexual Trauma and Recovery) for children ages 5-12 and their caregivers.
Our medication-assisted treatment program at the Chittenden Clinic prescribes methadone, buprenorphine, or naltrexone dosing for individuals seeking substance use treatment for opioids.
In addition, we will make sure you have additional support throughout your recovery, including counseling, and referrals to other programs for help with housing, employment, transportation, and medical needs. For more information about the Chittenden Clinic, call 802-488-6450 or 802-488-6000.
Howard Center Developmental Services supports children and adults with diverse needs and challenges in the area of communication. Being able to communicate effectively helps clients live to pursue their goals to continue their education, gain meaningful employment, develop healthy relationships, live independently, and be active members of their community. We believe that all people can develop their communication skills with the right supports and training.
We provide assistance with augmentative communication (AAC) for people with limited speaking abilities, American Sign Language (ASL), English language instruction for New Americans, and literacy to help people develop their reading and writing skills for communication. We are strongly committed to the use of technologies that will help people use their preferred method of communication.
Current Howard Center clients can let their parent, guardian, or Howard Center clinician know that they want to explore communication support options. For more information about our communication services, please call our Developmental Services Offices at 802-488-6500 or 802-488-6000.
Community Outreach Program
The Community Outreach Program in the participating communities of Colchester, Essex, Hinesburg, Milton, Richmond, Shelburne, South Burlington, Williston, and Winooski was inspired by Burlington’s Street Outreach model. In the participating towns, Outreach Specialists work in partnership with local and regional law enforcement to respond to individuals with unmet social service needs, often due to mental health or substance use issues.
Community Support Program
The Community Support Program serves Chittenden County adults 18 and older with severe and/or persistent mental health challenges who meet specific eligibility requirements set by the state.
The program helps people to recover and lead fulfilling lives. Professional clinical staff provide assessment, case management, supportive counseling, employment services through Career Connections, housing assistance, residential services, social and recreational opportunities, medical evaluation, and psychiatric consultation.
Clients participate in establishing an individualized treatment plan and goals. Services are provided at Howard Center sites, community locations, and in client homes. For more information about specific services, visit our Community Support Programs page.
In addition to self-referrals, clients may be referred by hospital, social workers, social service professionals, or family members.
Drug Treatment Court
Our Drug Treatment Court is part of a national effort that recognizes that criminal behavior is often the result of a mental health or substance use issue. Our goal is to provide treatment, avoid incarceration, and help individuals develop a healthy lifestyle.
We offer assessments, including psychiatric assessments when needed, individual and group counseling, intensive outpatient treatment, and an aftercare group for graduates.
Our case managers meet with each participant on an ongoing basis to help them connect to other resources for supports, such as medical needs, employment, disability determinations, housing, food, transportation, vouchers, and counseling.
Early Childhood Program
Our Early Childhood Program serves children ages 0-6 who are experiencing social, emotional, and behavioral challenges, and their parents and caregivers. The Program is also the Chittenden County early childhood family mental health provider for Children’s Integrated Services and the mental health consultant for Head Start classrooms.
The Early Childhood Program offers:
- Home-based parenting education and support.
- Supportive counseling for children.
- Consultation, advocacy and case management.
- Behavioral consultation and support in childcare, preschool, and Head Start classroom settings.
The Program provides training, consultation, and education to caregivers and providers who support young children and families. Anyone who is supporting or caring for a young child may contact the Early Childhood Program to make a referral. For more information about our services for young children, please call 802.488.6619 or 802-488-6000.
The Eldercare program at Howard Center is part of a statewide collaboration between Vermont’s Designated Agencies, such as Howard Center, and Area Agencies on Aging to provide mental health and co-occurring treatment to elders in their homes. The goal of the program is to make sure vulnerable and homebound elders ages 60 and older who are experiencing psychological or emotional distress have access to the help they need. The Eldercare program is able to work with individuals in their homes and eliminates barriers to treatment, such as transportation.
Enhanced Family Treatment
The Enhanced Family Treatment (EFT) program provides services in the community and in the home for Chittenden County children and adolescents ages 4-22. EFT is provided to children and families who need additional support, other than what community programs are unable to offer.
EFT provides short-term, child focused, family centered treatment. The program is individualized to meet the unique needs of each child and family. This service helps children and families build skills to remain in or return to their home, schools, and communities. EFT offers 24-hour crisis support via phone or onsite, depending on the needs of the family. Each family is matched with a clinician and living skills worker(s) who collaborate to support identified goals. When appropriate, EFT can offer foster care, shared parenting, and respite services.
Family and Community Based Services
Our Family and Community Based Services provide individualized, child-centered and family-friendly support to help families with children from age 5-18 who have significant emotional, behavioral, or mental health challenges.
Family and Community Based Services offer therapeutic supports which may vary in type and intensity, as they are based on each family’s specific needs. Services may include assessment, in-home family support, parent education related to child development and mental/behavioral health, living skills for specific skill development for children, crisis intervention, and advocacy to help the family access needed services and supports.
Family Respite helps caregivers who provide ongoing care for an individual with a developmental disability. Through Family Respite, caregivers can arrange and pay for short-term care, so they have a break and can attend to their own needs or the needs of other family members. Family Respite can be used in planned or crisis situations.
Family Respite funds may only be used to pay a homecare provider/employee to provide direct care for an individual. Direct care providers are hired by the family that is providing ongoing care. Funds cannot be used to pay for camp or to pay an organization, agency, or facility.
Fay Honey Knopp School of the Park Street Program
The Park Street Program provides comprehensive treatment in a residential setting for young men ages 12 – 17 with sexual harming behaviors. Residents attend the onsite Fay Honey Knopp School which provides differentiated academic instruction, experiential learning, and embedded therapeutic interventions where students develop the skills needed to safely reintegrate back into the least restrictive environment for successful community living. Clients are referred through their local team of providers in conjunction with the Department of Mental Health or the Department of Children and Families.
First Call for Chittenden County
802-488-7777: First Call for Chittenden County serves clients and the community regardless of age or diagnosis.
Our trained, professional staff are available 24/7/365, regardless of the type of service. When you call First Call, you can expect phone support, crisis intervention and assessment, referrals to appropriate services, and connection to follow-up care. We will collaborate with emergency responders during a crisis as needed.
Please remember that during a medical emergency call 911 immediately.
Flexible Family Funding
The Flexible Family Funding (FFF) Program recognizes that families are often able to provide the best care for a child or adult with a disability. However, sometimes families need additional support to care for a loved one at home. Through FFF, individuals with a developmental disability and their families receive limited funding to make it easier for families to support loved ones with developmental disabilities at home.
The Flexible Family Funding (FFF) Program provides limited funding to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. The goal is to help families to be able to live together. The individual and the family can decide how the money will be used. Usually, families use the funds for goods or services that are not covered by Medicaid or private insurance.
To receive FFF, individuals must be eligible for Developmental Disabilities Services. If you think you or a family member is eligible, our Howard Center staff can help you with the application process. For more information, call 802-488-6500 or 802-488-6000.
Impaired Driver Rehabilitation Program
Howard Center offers the Vermont State approved Impaired Driver Rehabilitation Program (IDRP) for individuals who have had their license suspended because of an impaired driving violation. Individuals must complete the IDRP before they can have their driving privileges reinstated.
The IDRP offers the State of Vermont specific evaluation, 10-hour education, referral to treatment, and review of any other applicable requirements for driving privilege reinstatement. Howard Center offers several options for completing the program, including evaluation appointments via Zoom or in-person and monthly and weekend programs.
Clients may refer themselves or they are referred by the Department of Motor Vehicles or the Chittenden County State’s Attorney Office.
The INCLUSION Program serves children and youth in grades K-12 with serious emotional, behavioral and mental health needs. Master’s level specialists partner with public school staff to develop and manage all aspects of the behavioral and therapeutic elements of a student’s educational program. A continuum of intensive supports and services are offered within the regular education environment, and also through tutorial services, to ensure that a student’s needs are fully addressed without placing undue demands on the school’s regular staff. Family services and summer programming are also provided.
Students are referred by their Local Education Agency.
For more information, call 802-488-6000.
Intensive Family Based Services
Intensive Family Based Services (IFBS) helps families when a child under 18 is at risk of being removed from the home because of severe emotional and behavioral issues, serious social problems at school or within their family, or for safety reasons. The program also provides support when children return to their home following an out-of-home placement.
The intensive services focus on the unique needs of each family and help family members
- Recognize and build on their strengths.
- Identify and gain skills to make healthy changes for the whole family.
- Address potential barriers to progress.
- Become familiar with community resources.
Services are usually provided in the client’s home or in community settings where the family spends time or identifies need.
Intensive Outpatient Counseling
Our Intensive Outpatient Program helps individuals achieve or maintain sobriety.
We offer intensive support for anyone who is making the transition from residential or community based treatment or for those who need more than weekly individual and/or group counseling can offer. Clients may choose our Burlington or St. Albans location.
Jarrett House offers crisis stabilization beds for Vermont children and youth ages 5-13 who are experiencing an acute mental health emergency. Jarrett House provides short-term, out-of-home care in a staff-secured setting with the following supports:
- 24/7 therapeutic staff supervision.
- Evaluation of acute mental health status.
- Treatment and discharge planning.
- Psychiatric consultation.
- Medication management.
- Intensive care coordination.
Referrals to the program are made through the local designated mental health agency crisis team or primary care provider. For information about Jarrett House call 802-488-6000 or Howard Center’s First Call for Chittenden County at 802-488-7777.
Jean Garvin School
Since 1997, the Jean Garvin School has been serving students ages 12-18 and in grades 7-12 who are struggling to be successful in school. We offer educational programming and unique learning opportunities to inspire personal change and well-being. Our staff is dedicated to working with our students, their caregivers, and their teams to create and nurture an experience of safety and trust. Our goal is to provide a safe educational and therapeutic environment that helps students achieve success in school, in the community, and at home.
In addition to offering basic courses of study in math, language arts, science, social studies, and health, we offer intensive special education, therapeutic behavioral intervention and treatment, counseling, social skills training, and family support.
For more information about the Jean Garvin School 802-488-6000.
The JOBS Program provides comprehensive case management, therapeutic and employment support for adolescents and young adults (ages 16-21 years) who are experiencing mental health challenges.
The program helps youth find and maintain employment, while developing independent living skills in order to live successfully in the community.
Clients are referred through staff in other Howard Center programs and by other community providers. JOBS is a collaboration between Spectrum Youth and Family Services and the State of Vermont Department of Vocational Rehabilitation.
Mental Health Court Programs
Unlike other courts, the Mental Health Court is a problem-solving court that brings together judiciary, prosecution, defense bar, and Howard Center to help non-violent offenders find restoration in recovery and become productive citizens.
The Court links offenders who would ordinarily be under the supervision of the Department of Corrections to Howard Center and other community resources. Individuals must meet the court requirements and agree to
- mental health assessments
- individualized treatment plans
- ongoing judicial monitoring to address both the mental health needs of offenders and public safety concerns of communities.
Rapid Intervention Community Court (RICC) is a collaboration among the Chittenden County State’s Attorney’s Office and community partners to provide treatment and services for some of the common root causes of criminal behavior such as substance use. Howard Center provides assessments, treatment, and referrals.
Individuals are referred through the Department of Corrections and/or the Chittenden County State’s Attorney Office.
Parent Child Interaction Therapy
The Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) program helps parents with children age 0-6 who are experiencing social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. Parents and children take part in family playgroups, and therapists offer immediate feedback to help parents develop effective parenting skills. The “real-time” feedback gives parents the chance to focus on positive behaviors while they practice using consistent discipline strategies aimed at improving relationships with their child.
Park Street Program
Park Street is a community-based residential program providing treatment to families and adolescent males, ages 12-17 with sexual harming behaviors. Through the use of a cognitive behavioral based model with the Good Lives Model concepts and trauma-informed approach, Park Street works collaboratively with youth, their families and referring agencies to modify inappropriate sexual behavior through a strengths-based skill building focus. The goal is to inspire personal change that will promote youth to care about themselves and others and to be responsible for their own behaviors.
Park Street Program helps by offering:
• 90-day assessments and long term treatment
• Individual, group and family therapy
• Psychiatric consultation and medical oversight
• Community reintegration support
• On site educational programming through the Fay Honey Knopp Memorial School
• Safety and behavioral stability
• A holistic model of individualized care with emphasis on addressing sexual behaviors in conjunction with other co-occurring mental health disorders
Clients are referred to the program through the youth’s local team of service providers to include the Agency of Education with either the Department of Mental Health or the Department for Children and Families taking the lead in the process.
For information about a PREA safe environment at Park Street, please click here.
Pine Street Counseling Services
Pine Street Counseling Services offers outpatient services for adults with mental health and/or substance use issues. The program promotes wellness and recovery in all areas and through all phases of a person’s life. Clinicians help clients focus on their strengths and encourage self-care, connections to others and the community, and independence.
Pine Street Counseling provides:
- Individual and group counseling.
- Case management.
- Psychiatric services.
Clients refer themselves to the program or they may be referred by another state/community agency.
Project Hire provides career development and employment support and assistance to individuals with intellectual disabilities.
The program helps adults find meaningful, competitively-paid employment. The specific supports and services offered are individualized for each person, based on their interests and employment goals. Typically, these include employment skill and interest assessments, work experiences, internships, job search and development, on-the-job training assistance, and on-going support to job seekers and their employers.
Individuals may refer themselves, or they may be referred by other providers, educators, or family members.
Howard Center participates in the nationwide Project SEARCH collaboration that helps interns with intellectual disabilities to gain and maintain employment through trainings, internships, and career exploration.
For more information about Project SEARCH, call 802-488-6555 or 802-488-6000.
Howard Center works in partnership with the state Reach-Up program to help eligible parents gain job skills and find work so they are able to support their children. Howard Center clinicians and wellness coaches work with clients on Reach-Up who are struggling to meet their goals due to substance use and/or mental health challenges. The specific services include Howard Center assessment, individual and group therapy, service-coordination and community support. Through this close working relationship with Reach Up, we are able to provide immediate access, engagement services, and a community-based service approach that helps overcome barriers like transportation and child care. This program is offered in Chittenden and Franklin Counties.
For information about Howard Center’s collaboration with Reach Up, call 802.488.6000.
The Resource Center is a welcoming and friendly center for individuals with a developmental disability, with various activities throughout the day (Monday- Friday). All activities at the Resource Center are free for Howard Center clients and are adjusted to meet all ability levels. The Resource Center is an engaging place to meet friends and to learn new skills. Visit our After High School and Community Support page for a full list of our many groups. View the March 2020 Calendar for events and activities at the Resource Center.
For many people, the recovery process includes periods of use and non-use. Safe Recovery is a safe place for people to come to for support, even if they are currently using. Helping someone stay safe today, whether or not they are using today, is an important part of supporting their recovery. The Safe Recovery Program offers a variety of services, including
- HIV and Hepatitis C testing.
- Syringe exchange program.
- Free anonymous distribution of Narcan overdose reversal kits.
- Fentanyl testing strips
- Drug treatment options counseling.
- Referrals to treatment programs, including the Chittenden Clinic.
- Referrals to community resources for housing, health insurance, and legal problems.
Unlike many other Howard Center programs, clients do not need to have an appointment to receive services. However, for more information, clients can call Safe Recovery at 802-488-6067 or 802-488-6000.
The Safety Connection program helps people with intellectual disabilities or autism live independently in the community setting of their choice. The program assists youth in transition, single adults, families, and elders who wish to age in place. Safety Connection works with clients and their support teams which may include Howard Center staff and community partners. This program offers the least intrusive community living support offered by Howard Center, and special technology helps clients connect to trained clinicians when needed.
Safety Connection offers different levels of support based on individual need and preference. The use of home security technology, call buttons, and supervised smoke detection provide immediate access to an experienced Safety Connection Operator between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
St. Albans Outpatient Substance Use Services
St. Albans Outpatient Services provides quality outpatient substance use counseling to Grand Isle and Franklin County residents.
The program includes individual and group substance use counseling. Specific treatment options and intensity vary according to individual needs and may include individual therapy, group therapy, case management, and/or intensive outpatient treatment.
Clients refer themselves to the program, or they may be referred by another state/community provider, partner, or organization.
St. Albans Substance Use Crisis Program
The St. Albans Substance Use Crisis Program provides a safe and supervised environment for individuals who are incapacitated due to alcohol or other drugs until they can regain sobriety.
School Services Program
The School Services Program provides social work services and therapeutic interventions for children ages 5 to 22 and their families. Services are provided through the public schools to address a range of needs that impact healthy development and school success. Howard Center’s masters-level clinicians work in nearly all of Chittenden County’s schools, in addition to home and community settings.
Students are referred by their local school, a community agency, or by family members.
For more information about the School Services Program, call 802-488-6000.
START (STABILIZATION, TREATMENT AND RECOVERY TEAM) – A Community Peer Support Team
Through outreach, engagement, and connection, START peer community recovery specialists offer mental health recovery support that is strengths based and hope driven. Our stories, though diverse and unique, emphasize resiliency and recovery as we move toward creating relationships that allow us to learn and explore possibilities together. Our work incorporates and reflects the principles and tasks of Intentional Peer Support. Our team is available seven days a week, and peer community recovery specialists work from 11 am – 7 pm. The team provides community-based peer support services and support by telephone and video telehealth. To make a referral call 802.488.6000 or 802.488.6464
START PEER SUPPORT PROVIDES:
- In-home and community connection
Street Outreach Program
The Street Outreach Team works with individuals in the downtown Burlington Business District who have mental health, substance use, homelessness, and unmet social service needs. The team helps to coordinate services for those individuals, and the primary goal is to increase access to services for all individuals. A secondary goal is to address concerning behaviors that require immediate intervention but do not rise to the level of an emergency response.
The Team works closely with service providers, police, and merchants to address behaviors that may impact the downtown area, stigmatize vulnerable populations, or put them at risk of losing access to resources or incurring criminal charges.
SUCCEED is a post-secondary education program for students with intellectual disabilities or autism that is offered by Howard Center in collaboration with area colleges. The program includes four areas of focus:
- Campus Life
- Career Development
- Student Housing
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SUCCEED students participate in a college experience that prepares them for a future of success, creativity, and contribution to their community. While enrolled in the program, students receive support from SUCCEED staff and feedback from their peers, professors, employers, and organizations. When students graduate, they have the skills they need to:
- Live in their own apartment.
- Develop meaningful friendships.
- Obtain fulfilling employment.
- Establish community connections.
To apply, students must submit an application and participate in an interview with SUCCEED staff.
Transition House (T House)
The Transition House (T House) is a residential home for cisgender males and transgender females ages 16-22 who have been in long-term residential programming and are continuing treatment in a less restrictive, transitional setting. The program helps youth with complex behavioral, mental health, and substance use needs by offering individual and family therapy, vocational/educational support, and service coordination for each resident.
The T House works with the Department for Children and Families (DCF) and the Department of Mental Health (DMH) which refers youth to the program.
For information about a PREA safe environment at Transition House, please click here.
Westview House is a day program for Chittenden County adults who have been diagnosed with a major mental illness. Clients live in a variety of residential settings, including Howard Center supported homes, and they visit Westview during the day. Lunch is served every weekday so that clients can get a nutritious meal while socializing with others. Individuals are encouraged to volunteer or seek part-time work, often through Career Connections, a Howard Center supported employment program for individuals with chronic mental health challenges.