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Mental Health Care Access and Vermont’s Youth – Seat at the Table

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Posted: Feb 04, 2022| Categories: Uncategorized

Danielle Lindley, NCSS Director of CYF, was one of the featured speakers during “Seat at the Table” on January 31st at noon.

Mental Health Care Access and Vermont’s Youth – Seat at the Table

The triweekly “Seat at the Table” series is hosted by Lt. Governor Gray throughout the legislative session to elevate the voices of Vermonters. Each meeting is dedicated to one topical issue facing Vermont communities and is moderated by the Lieutenant Governor. The hour-long sessions begin with a panel discussion, followed by the opportunity for all those present to share their questions and comments. 

As seen in the Times Argus

Excerpts from article:

Danielle Lindley, director of children, youth and family services at Northwestern Counseling & Support Services, echoed Pulcini’s concerns about a lack of resources and personnel. “As the pandemic continues, mental health continues to be impacted and, as a system of care, we are overwhelmed, under-resource and not adequately meeting the needs of our youth,” she said.

Lindley noted that approximately 340 children are currently on a waitlist to access services statewide.

In her program, which provides home and community-based support to children who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, the waitlist currently exceeds 4 0 — an all-time high.

She said Department for Children and Families offices around the state, which are seeing an increase in reports of child abuse and neglect, are operating at 51% staffing capacity.  Read more…

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