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RSVP Operation Dolls & More provides 15,000 Toys During Annual Event

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Rutland, Vermont—Despite the challenges of 2020, RSVP & The Volunteer Center volunteers helped provide approximately 15,000 new and restored toys to almost 1,200 Rutland County children through this year’s 20th annual Operation Dolls & More Drive-Thru event.

During normal years, the program partners with Trinity Church in Rutland for a complete holiday event where gifts are distributed. This year, to observe COVID-19 safety precautions, the program hosted 40 “stations” for a drive-thru event, where organizations and non-profits could pick up gifts for distribution. Operation Dolls & More is a beloved program and holds an essential event every year to help provide holiday hope and relief for parents.

“Giving these gifts to families in need helps families take a burden of their plates when it comes to figuring out how they are going to provide Christmas gifts to their children,” Says Maryesa White, Program Coordinator at RSVP & The Volunteer Center.

“This helps parents and caregivers concentrate on providing other essential items, whether that’s food or paying bills, etc. I feel like our program really helps families with the feeling of hope when this time of year brings many down, not knowing if they can provide for their families.”

Work on this event begins in February of each year, with volunteers making and restoring items year-round. This year, 97 volunteers contributed 25, 406 hours to make the program a success. Dues to COVID-19, volunteers were not able to work in group settings as they normally would. Instead, they worked at home, picking up and dropping off supplies as needed.

While this year’s event wasn’t as festive as years past, it safely and successfully accomplished its mission: to help parents and caregivers offer holiday cheer to kids.

“Every child should wake up on Christmas morning to at least one gift–even if it is something small. This not only helps by putting a smile on their face, but also parents get to see the joy of their children opening a gift on Christmas morning when they thought they may not be able to get them anything.

This program has helped thousands of children over the years and we are still going strong. Our goal is to help even more families next year during the holiday season.”

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SVCOA Honors Cinda Donton as Community Partner of the Year

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Community Care Network congratulates Cinda Donton, of Rutland Mental Health Services, for being named Community Partner of the Year by Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging. Read the full press release below.

“Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging (SVCOA) has named Cinda Donton of Rutland Mental Health Services – Community Care Network, and Doug Jones of Meals on Wheels of Rutland County – TRIO Community Meals, as the agency’s 2020 Community Partners of the Year.

“We’re proud to honor Cinda and Doug for their significant contributions to SVCOA and older Vermonters throughout our region,” said Chris Adams, Development and Communications Director with SVCOA. “Both individuals have been incredible resources in our community for decades, supporting so many through their hard work, compassion and professionalism.”

Donton, who is contracted by SVCOA to serve as its Elder Care Clinician, provides mental health support and counseling to older Vermonters throughout Rutland County. She has served in this role for the past 20 years. 

“In addition to serving countless clients, Cinda spearheaded the creation of substance abuse support for older Vermonters, a model that may be replicated in other areas of the state, and has provided caregiver counseling to numerous caregivers needing support to continue to provide care to their loved ones,” said Dana McMahon, Rutland County Aging Services Director with SVCOA. “Cinda has also been an asset to SVCOA staff and other community partners in providing training and sharing her vast knowledge.”

Jones, General Manager of the Rutland TRIO Community Meals team that is contracted by SVCOA to support its Meals on Wheels program, has served in his role for 34 years.

“Doug’s dedication, hard work and countless hours served have kept Meals on Wheels running strong despite all the challenges being thrown at us on a daily basis during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Courtney Anderson, Nutrition Director with SVCOA. “Doug’s forward thinking has enabled the production of an additional 1,000 meals per day on top of the normal daily production to build up a stock of frozen meals and plan for worst-case scenarios with the pandemic. Doug has not only gone above and beyond for our clients and our community, he has also offered assistance to other meal providers across the state to help them keep up with demand. Doug has shown tremendous leadership over the past 34 years and is a true asset to our organization.”

About SVCOA

Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging exists to be a community force in creating and sustaining opportunities for elders and caregivers in our region to help assure that elders are able to maintain maximum independence and quality of life. For more information about SVCOA, visit www.svcoa.org(link is external).”

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InterAge Adult Day Program Closes

Thank You InterAge

On June 30, the InterAge Adult Day Program will close its doors due to financial struggles brought on by extended closure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. InterAge has served the Rutland community for nearly 30 years, providing respite for caregivers while creating a safe, caring, and engaging community for clients.

We are saddened to close this wonderful program, and we celebrate the decades of dedication and the relationships our InterAge staff have built with clients and their families. While we are sad, we also celebrate the invaluable work of our InterAge staff.

To Loryn, Barb, Cindy, Kristi, Amy, Sierra, Carol, Kathleen, Shayna, and Marilyn : thank you.

Please find Director Loryn Hamilton’s statement below:

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Crisis Team Offers Emotional Support During Food Distribution

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On April 24th, the Vermont National Guard was distributing meals at the Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport. When the Agency of Human Services called on the Community Care Network Crisis Team, they were able to jump into action. The team showed up to provide in-person support for those in distress, offering encouragement, a listening ear, company, and additional resources.
It’s important to understand that emotional distress takes many forms, and the need for mental health support increases when we are in uncharted territory. It’s normal to need and seek support. Our community is certainly in uncharted territory right now, but we can and will get through this by continuing to show up for one another.

On April 24th, the Vermont National Guard was distributing meals at the Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport. When…

Posted by Community Care Network on Tuesday, May 5, 2020
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Early Childhood Team Receives Stewart’s Holiday Match Grant

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For the third year in a row, Community Care Network’s Early Childhood Team has been awarded Stewart’s Holiday Match grant in the amount of $500. This grant will be used to support the Parent Child Interaction Therapy and Child Parent Psychotherapy programs. The funding comes at a time when offering these services is a challenge due to social distancing.
The Early Childhood Team continues to provide PCIT and CPP by way of telehealth, as a means of continued support for families and children who have experienced severe trauma. Learn more about the Early Childhood Program at https://rmhsccn.org/page-2/23/child–family
To learn more about Stewart’s Holiday Match, visit their website at https://www.stewartsshops.com/community-giving/.

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Community Care Network Open and Available for Community Mental Health Support

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The COVID-19 pandemic, and the isolation and life changes that accompany it, places a strain on everyone’s mental health. This can be especially acute for many people who struggle with mental health and substance use issues in their daily lives.  Community Care Network (Rutland Mental Health Services and Rutland Community Programs), a provider of clinical and support services for individuals and their families living with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and substance use disorders, remains a resource for the Rutland community during these trying times. 

We are here to support you, even if you have never needed support for emotional distress in the past. It’s normal to need a different type of support during difficult times. 

Community Care Network is prioritizing community safety and responding to the increasing need for mental health support by making services accessible to individuals isolated at home via telehealth, offering extended on-call hours, and continuing intake of new clients. 

Telehealth Resources: 

Many clinical services (mental health support and substance use disorders treatment) are now offered virtually using telehealth platforms, and the agency has ensured HIPAA compliance for privacy and security. 

Crisis and Emergency Service Resources: 

Our mental health Crisis Line is open 24/7 and ready to support anyone feeling anxious, overwhelmed, depressed, unsure, or in need of help. Even if you are not sure who to call, our Crisis Team can help triage your needs through the crisis line. 

  • Crisis Line: If you or someone you know is in crisis, the Emergency Services team is here to help.  Call 802-775-1000, and a crisis worker will assist you. 
  • Telehealth Crisis Services: Our Crisis Services are also available to people when they are in the Rutland Regional Medical Center Emergency Department if they need our help and are not yet connected with support.  We provide this help via telehealth.

Our Emergency Services team works closely with local and state healthcare providers to assist those who may need inpatient hospitalization support. If you think you need any of these services, call the Crisis Line and we can help determine the best steps to get the support you or your loved one need. 

Behavioral Health On-Call Resources: 

CCN Behavioral Health Staff have created extended on-call schedules to assist the Crisis Team with any increased call volume, creating a support network for those already enrolled in our services. This means Crisis Line callers can expect enhanced support from the Community Rehabilitation Treatment team, the Adult Outpatient Team, the Evergreen Substance Use Support Team, and the Child & Family Team. 

New Client Intake:

New clients interested in accessing Community Care Network’s services can call one of the  Intake phone lines below, where they will be assisted by an clinician and receive a screening to help determine the right course of treatment.  

Community Care Network Intake Lines: 

  • Adult Mental Health Services: 802-775-4388
  • Child and Family Mental Health Services: 802-775-2381
  • Developmental Disabilities Services: 802-775-0828
  • Substance Abuse Services: 802-747-3588

Community Care Network continues its COVID-19 response with guidance from the CDC, the Vermont Department of Health, and State of Vermont directives. If you need help, but are not sure who to call, our Crisis Team is prepared to triage needs through the crisis line. 

For updates on Community Care Network’s response to COVID-19, visit www.rmhsccn.org/COVID-19-updates

Connect with Community Care Network: 

Website – rmhsccn.org

Facebook – facebook.com/RutlandMentalHealthServices/

Instagram – Instagram.com/community.care.network

For updates on Community Care Network’s response to COVID-19, visit www.rmhsccn.org/COVID-19-updates.

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Supporting Children & Families During COVID-19

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Community Care Network was proud to join Vermont Care Partners and the VT Digger in contributing to a sponsored content series highlighting the work of Vermont’s Designated Mental Health Agencies. This year, we focused on how our Early Childhood Program and Rutland County Head Start are collaborating to support children and families emotionally and developmentally during these unprecedented times.

CCN Staff featured in this article:

-Lauren Norford, LICSW, Program Manager for Early Childhood Services

-Karen Grimm, LCMHC, Manager of School-Based Services

-Kelley Todriff, Assistant Director at Rutland County Head Start

-Marie Gilmond, Director of Administration for Rutland Community Programs

Read the VT Digger article here: https://vtdigger.org/sponsored_content/vcp-supporting-children-and-families-during-covid-19-community-care-network-rutland-mental-healths-approach/

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CSJTI Presents “Resilience” Film Screening and Panel Discussion

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at Tuttle Theater

CSJ’s Traumatology Institute in partnership with Rutland Mental Health Services and Community College of Vermont is pleased to present a special screening of Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope.  This powerful one-hour documentary film delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and chronicles the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent Toxic Stress.  Stressful experiences in childhood have a lifelong impact, and have been linked to heart disease, cancer, substance abuse, and depression.  However, as the experts and practitioners profiled in Resilience are proving, what’s predictable is preventable.  These physicians, educators, social workers, and communities are daring to talk about the effects of ACEs, and they’re using cutting edge science to help the next generation break the cycles of adversity and disease.
Discussion of the film will follow, and the public is invited to attend.
Panelists include Dr. Robert Walsh, Clinical Director of the CSJ Traumatology Institute, Rebecca Day, Clinical Supervisor YTS/JOBS at Rutland Mental Health and Kelly Moriarty, Director of Counseling Services at College of St. Joseph.
Free and open to the public.

 

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