VTDigger is well positioned to work with Vermont Care Partners to promote the much needed services of its sixteen respective member agencies which, includes NCSS. They also understand how important it is for our elected officials to know how to support the needs of vulnerable Vermonters.
This thirteen week series is a collaboration produced by members of the Vermont Care Partners statewide network of sixteen non-profit, community-based agencies providing mental health, substance use and intellectual and developmental disability support.
Below is the tenth installment of the series from Counseling Service of Addison County (CSAC), that focuses on the impact video-conferencing platforms have had on service delivery since the inception of the pandemic.
Who loves an online meeting? We do! (Really!)
Video-conferencing an unexpected success for enrichment, seeing friends, and having fun in Addison County
Excerpts from article:
Not so long ago, if you heard the onomatopoeic word “zoom,” you might imagine toddlers playing in a sandbox with cars and trucks. For some Gen-Xers, we remember a beloved 1970s Boston-based kids show where Bernadette spins her arms like a butterfly.
Times have changed. Covid-19 safety protocols necessitated the implementation of video-conferencing platforms like Zoom for safe, real-time connections with clients in mental health, substance use, and developmental services programs. It has become an invaluable tool for Vermont’s designated and specialized service agencies to operate and serve the community.
Connections are made
The Center at Court Street is available every day for clients with adult mental health and substance use challenges.
Zylpha Trask coordinates the Adult Group Program. She assembles a schedule packed with skill-building, support groups, and daily check-in groups, and guided peer check-in groups for clients in both Adult Outpatient and Community Rehabilitation and Treatment (CRT) programs. Pre-Covid, all groups were held in person but with the onset of Covid-19, when all support components pivoted to a virtual platform, it was realized that many people with transportation or physical limitations appreciated being able to join a group without leaving home. Read more…
Link to entire article:https://vtdigger.org/sponsored_content/who-loves-an-on-line-meeting-we-do-really/