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NO. R-400.  House concurrent resolution honoring Washington County Mental Health Services, Inc. on its fortieth anniversary.


Offered by:  Representatives Grad of Moretown, Anderson of Montpelier, Donahue of Northfield, Dostis of Waterbury, Hosford of Waitsfield, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Koch of Barre Town, McDonald of Berlin, McFaun of Barre Town, Minter of Waterbury, Monti of Barre City, Nease of Johnson, Partridge of Windham, Peltz of Woodbury, Smith of Morristown and Valliere of Barre City

Offered by:  Senator Cummings of Washington District, Senator Doyle of Washington District, Senator Scott of Washington District, Senator Ayer of Addison District, Senator Bartlett of Lamoille District, Senator Campbell of Windsor District, Senator Carris of Rutland District, Senator Collins of Franklin District, Senator Condos of Chittenden District, Senator Coppenrath of Caledonia District, Senator Flanagan of Chittenden District, Senator Giard of Addison District, Senator Hartwell of Bennington District, Senator Illuzzi of Essex‑Orleans District, Senator Kitchel of Caledonia District, Senator Kittell of Franklin District, Senator Lyons of Chittenden District, Senator MacDonald of Orange District, Senator Maynard of Rutland District, Senator Mazza of Grand Isle District, Senator McCormack of Windsor District, Senator Miller of Chittenden District, Senator Mullin of Rutland District, Senator Nitka of Windsor District, Senator Racine of Chittenden District, Senator Sears of Bennington District, Senator Shumlin of Windham District, Senator Snelling of Chittenden District, Senator Starr of Essex‑Orleans District and Senator White of Windham District

Whereas, Washington County Mental Health Services, Inc. was incorporated in February 1963 as the Winooski Valley Family Consultation Service, and

Whereas, on November 16, 1967, the board of directors voted to change the organization’s name to Washington County Mental Health Services, Inc. (WCMHS) to describe more accurately its geographic coverage area, to reflect the nature of the services it provides, and most importantly to enable it to request federal designation as a comprehensive mental health center which would facilitate the receipt of federal financial support, and

Whereas, in the early years, the organization relied largely on state
grants, school system contracts, and contributions from local fundraising for its monetary support, and

Whereas, WCMHS clinical staff began specializing in a number of subfields of mental health care, including high risk clients, children, adolescents, elderly people, people diagnosed with developmental disabilities or substance abuse, and public offenders, and

Whereas, other organizations benefiting from WCMHS professional assistance have included Head Start, Planned Parenthood, and the Vermont Department of Corrections, and

Whereas, WCMHS staff work both at the organization’s headquarters and in the field to supply clients with the counseling they require, and

Whereas, in 1973, three area community mental health centers, including WCMHS, joined forces to form the Orange-Washington-Lamoille Community Service Council (OWL Council) in order to meet the minimum population threshold of 75,000 to apply for a federal mental health services grant, and

Whereas, this coordinated tri-county effort resulted in federal grant support both for facilities and for services, and

Whereas, WCMHS has expanded over the past four decades from being a small organization to a major provider of comprehensive mental health and developmental disability services for over 35,000 central Vermonters

and their families, and

Whereas, WCMHS has been recognized nationally for implementing cutting-edge and cost-effective consumer-centered mental health and developmental disability services, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is pleased to honor Washington County Mental Health Services, Inc. on its fortieth anniversary, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Washington County Mental Health Services, Inc.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont