Click on the links below to learn more about programs and services administered by AHS departments and community partners related to supporting Vermonters' mental health as well as substance use treatment and recovery.
Mental Health Services
The Department of Mental Health offers services such as, Adult Mental Health, Children, Youth and Family, Emergency Services, Intensive Residential Recovery, Peer Services, Psychiatric Hospitalization, Residential Services, and 988 the new Suicide and Crisis line available to those in need.
Substance Use Help and Prevention
VT Helplink is a free resource for Vermonters, providing confidential, non-judgmental support and referrals based on your individual needs. A caring Helplink Specialist will listen to you, answer your questions, and help you or your loved one take a step towards recovery.
Visit VTHelplink.org any time or call 802-565-LINK (or toll-free 833-565-LINK):
- Monday - Friday 8AM - 10PM
- Weekends and holidays 8AM - 6PM
The Health Department provides naloxone (Narcan®) and training through collaborations with community-based organizations. These partners distribute naloxone and provide overdose response training, opioid misuse prevention training and referrals to treatment across Vermont.
People who should carry naloxone:
- People who use opioid drugs (either prescribed or illicit)
- Those who interact with people who use drugs (like friends, family, and emergency personnel)
If you or someone you know is struggling with an opioid use disorder or is in treatment, you can get naloxone to carry or keep in your first aid kit at one of our partner distribution sites listed below.
The Good Samaritan Law provides some legal protection to anyone who gives naloxone or calls 9-1-1 in an overdose situation.