The Act 264 Advisory Board
- The Act 264 Advisory Board is made up of nine members appointed by the governor, including equal members of parents, advocates, and providers. The Board’s purpose is to advise the secretaries of the Agency of Human Services and of the Agency of Education, and the Commissioners for Mental Health, Child Welfare, and Disabilities in the areas of:
- Matters relating to children and adolescents with any disability and their families;
- The development and status of the inter-agency system of care; and
- Yearly priorities for the inter-agency system of care.
Building Bright Futures (BBF) Regional Councils
- BBF Regional Councils are influential in Vermont’s early chilldhood system of care, health, and education. Local partnerships are comprised of parents, school districts, government, early childhood and child welfare providers, physicians, advocates, and any other interested community members.
Division of Disability and Aging Services State Standing Committee
- The State Program Standing Committee advises DDAS on the performance of the developmental disability service system with respect to hiring key management; evaluation of quality; State System of Care Plan; department policy; and complaints, grievances and appeals.
Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities
- The Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities promotes equal employment for all citizens of Vermont by advising the Governor on current issues affecting employment of people with disabilities, and through partnerships between business, government and people with disabilities.
Local System of Care Plan
- Each children’s mental health and developmental disability service provider must be governed by a board made up of citizens who are representative of the demographic makeup of the area served by the agency. For specialized service agencies and contracted providers, their Local Program Standing Committee acts as their governing board. The Vermont State System of Care Plan describes the nature, extent, allocation and timing of services that will be provided to people with developmental disabilities and their families.
Medicaid Exchange and Advisory Board
- The Medicaid Exchange and Advisory Board advises and informs the Department of Vermont Health Access on policy development and program administration for the state’s Medicaid-funded programs and Vermont Health Connect.
State Standing Committee
- The State Standing Committee is responsible for participating in the development of the state system of care plan and in the agency designation process, and for advising DMH on key issues and developments, such as hiring of key management, evaluation of quality, departmental policy, and other matters. Members are also involved in the re-designation process for the state’s designated mental health agencies. This group meets monthly. Members are governor appointed through recommendations from DMH. This committee should have 9-15 members. A majority of the members must be individuals who are willing to disclose the fact that they are consumers of services offered by the program or a member of a consumer’s family. There are no requirements for the composition of the remaining committee members. The purpose of the State Program Standing Committee is to involve people receiving services and others not employed by the Department of Mental Health (DMH) in the areas of:
- Reviewing agency-specific performance
- Decision-making regarding policy
Vermont Autism Task Force
- The Vermont Autism Task Force coordinates the efforts of interested parties who serve individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families, and to promote the implementation of best practices throughout the state of Vermont.
Vermont Inter-Agency Coordinating Council
- The Vermont Inter-Agency Coordinating Council (VICC) is mandated by federal law and is appointed by the governor to advise and assist Children’s Integrated Services to implement the requirements of Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The VICC meets quarterly to inform, guide, and support the belief that all children can reach their developmental potential. The goal is to continuously improve services for Vermont families and their children with developmental delays or at risk for delay, ages birth to five. The Council is family-centered and includes parents of young children with special needs as equal partners. Each meeting has opportunities for public comment when visitors can address the VICC about any relevant topic or concern. Fill out an application here.
Vermont Special Education Advisory Council