Howard Center Redesignated as Chittenden County’s Designated Agency for Developmental Disabilities

BURLINGTON, VT— Howard Center has been redesignated by the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living (DAIL). The redesignation process included assessments through interviews with various stakeholders and reviews of service delivery, policies, strategic initiatives, and management practices.

The redesignation acknowledges Howard Center’s success in providing quality services for individuals with developmental disabilities across Chittenden County.

“We feel honored and validated by the redesignation. It serves as a good reminder that our dedication to quality and compassionate care is making a difference,” said Tonya Mason, Howard Center’s director of Developmental Services.

The redesignation committee found that Howard Center’s developmental services adhere to the standards set forth in the 2003 Administrative Rules on Agency Designation, aimed at ensuring the delivery of efficient and high-quality services while fostering continuous improvement in our statewide system of care.

Over recent months, DAIL collected comprehensive data to evaluate Howard Center’s compliance with these standards. The assessment included a documentation review, on-site evaluations, and interviews with consumers, staff, and committees.

Bob Bick, CEO of Howard Center, stated, “We are very grateful for the opportunity to continue serving as Chittenden County’s designated agency and continue to prioritize working with the individuals and families we serve to help them live their best lives in our community.”

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