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Behavioral Health Services

Welcome to the Behavioral Health Division at Northwestern Counseling & Support Services. This division provides a range of community-based services to children, adolescents, adults, and families living in Franklin and Grand Isle Counties. Most of our services are designed to meet the needs of adults; however, the overlap in Crisis, Integrated Health and transition aged young adults into our Outpatient and CRT programming allows us to serve a range of client’s needs.

Services within the Behavioral Health Division include: Crisis & Mobile Outreach Services, Integrated Health Services, Outpatient Services, and a range of services through the Community Rehabilitation & Treatment (CRT) Program. Programs and services continue to change to meet new and growing demands. To improve access to services, we have added our rapid access clinician, expanded our mobile outreach team to serve those who might not otherwise seek care, and worked with our community partners on projects to increase access in alternative settings. To address growing acute care needs, we enhanced our crisis bed program, expanded our outreach services to law enforcement by providing embedded clinicians, continued our commitment to a position at Northwestern Medical Center’s Emergency Department, and continue to support the Zero Suicide model of care to support suicide prevention and awareness. To enhance the wellness of our clients, our Integrated Health Team in primary care practices expanded and CRT programs offer a range of wellness activities and evidenced based practices to enhance both mental and physical health.  We continue to seek more effective ways to evaluate the impact of our services and look forward to developing more data based performance system to improve the care we provide. 


Belinda O. Bessette, LICSW
Division Director
Behavioral Health Services Division

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