Mission and Vision

Contact for team

Kara Haynes (802) 447-2780 and Darcy Oakes 802-447-6946

Standing Agenda

  • 15 minutes of agency introductions and updates
  • 15-20 minutes of detailed referral and program presentation from a program in community
  • 20 minutes of case consultations
  • 5 minutes of feedback on the meeting (what went well, what should we change, etc.).

Meeting dates subject to change, but we generally meet bi-monthly on the first Thursday of the odd months.  Meetings are at 2:30pm and the locations rotate.

Meeting Notes


  • March 5, 2020 – 2:30pm at Bennington CCV Community presenters are JobCorps and Governor’s Institutes of Vermont



FREE Training/Resources:

Lunch and Learn TOMORROW at 12pm: Trauma-Informed Distance Learning: A Conversation with Alex Shevrin Venet of Middlebury College.  Will be live broadcast on YouTube

  • Resources for Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth: 9 Strategies for Quarantining in a Non-LGBTQ+ Affirming Environment: With help from queer therapists and experts from The Trevor Project
  • Direct Online and Phone Support Services for LGBTQ Youth: The Human Rights Campaign compiled some resources that LGBTQ youth and their parents/guardians can access online or by phone.
  • Outright Vermont has moved their Friday Night Groups to Zoom. This peer-based group could be especially helpful for youth who are looking to connect with other Vermonters.
  • UVM Extension/4-H Virtual & Summer Learning Opportunities :Learn more about each program and register  If your school does not support the use of Zoom, then please reach out to Lauren.Traister@uvm.edu
  • Virtual Enrichment Learning Opportunities,  Each Weekday @ 3 pm: Monday – Distance Learning Social – Paper Chair Challenge (engineering design process); Tuesday – QuaranTeen Time – Getting College & Career Ready with guest presenter VSAC Outreach Counselor Lindsay Carpenter – this week’s focus in career exploration/career pathways; Wednesday – QuaranTeen Virtual Science Cafe – The Making of a CRISPR Cell Line: A Lab Story; Thursday – Distance Learning Social, participants meet back up to share this week’s engineering design challenge.

Online Trainings: 

  • ICYMI: Strategies and Resources for Students with Complex Support Needs in Distance Learning Environments: A webinar hosted by NTACT is now available to review (both the recording of the ~90 minute webinar as well as the resources discussed) 
  • March 18th at 3pm – Transition 101: Overview for Personnel New to the Field of Secondary Transition for Students with Disabilities – This webinar is being offered, primarily to help prepare team members who are new to secondary transition for the Capacity Building Institute (May 5 – 7, 2020). All are welcome. Dr. Jim Martin, retired from the University of Oklahoma – a widely recognized researcher and teacher educator in secondary transition for students with disabilities – will lead this webinar for NTACT. Free – Register HERE.
  • March 31st from 11:30am-1pm Supporting Youth who are Experiencing Homelessness: Achieving Employment through VR and Other Partners – This webinar will provide an overview of the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program and national partners serving homeless youth, such as the National Network For Youth (NN4Y).To continue promoting the philosophy of Youth Voice  in discussions involving youth service delivery, the highlight of this webinar will be a youth panel. Participants will learn about the services available through VR and best practice for VR and agencies serving Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) and from the youth themselves about what works best for them.  Free – Register HERE.
  • April 16th from 2-3:30pm – Locating, Serving, and Supporting Youth with  Disabilities Involved in the Justice System – Often, Youth involved in juvenile justice or multiple systems (e.g., juvenile justice and foster care) have lower levels of employment outcomes and vocational rehabilitation services engagement. This webinar will feature best and promising practices for service delivery, outreach, and support of youth with disabilities who are involved in the justice system or multiple systems. By presenting findings in of evidence-based literature on successful interventions for outreach and service delivery, the presenter will help summarize the state of evidence for practitioners and engage participants to explore service strategies possible in their settings.  Free – Register HERE.

In Person Trainings:

    • May 8th (all day) 14th Annual Child Psychiatry in Primary Care Conference – UVM Davis Center – The 2020 conference will feature lectures on a broad variety of topics from a clinical and public health perspective. Faculty includes recognized experts in their fields, both from the University of Vermont and local community. The atmosphere will be friendly and informal and there will be ample time for questions and discussion with faculty and colleagues.  Topics will include:  Assessing Risks After School Violence Threats, Applying Motivational Interviewing Techniques, Integrated Care Forum, and Social Anxiety Disorder.  This program is applicable to Pediatricians, Family Medicine Physicians, Nurses, Mental Health Professionals, Educators, Social Workers, and others interested in child psychiatry.  Attendees at the end of the conference should be able to: Diagnose and design a preliminary treatment plan for youth with social anxiety disorder; Provide evidence-based guidance to parents about the different types of praise and their impact on motivation and self-esteem, and; Utilize evidence-based treatment strategies for pediatric patients in mental health crisis.  See event website for registration and cost, HERE.



Bennington County area resources

Affiliated Schools

  • Arlington Memorial High School
  • Bennington School
  • Burr & Burton Academy
  • Community High School
  • Long Trail School
  • Manchester Village School
  • Mt. Anthony Union High School
  • Southwest Vermont Career Development Center