Crisis Stabilization Support


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.

For more information about ASSIST, call 802-488-6411 or 802-488-6000.

Jarrett House Crisis Stabilization Beds

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.


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