The VACN is a staff-secure, short-term treatment program providing Comprehensive Assessment & Stabilization services to support adolescents, families, and community stakeholders. The Newbury House is a stunning former bed and breakfast that is located on 250 beautiful acres in Newbury, Vermont. The property also includes a trout pond.
The VACN provides up to 8 assessment beds, 2 of which can be utilized for stabilization beds, to serve male youth ages 11 to 17 who are identified by the Central Review Committee (CRC) as requiring an assessment to determine treatment needs.
Program Philosophy & Goals:
Assessment and treatment approaches towards adolescents displaying concerning behaviors has changed dramatically throughout recent years in response to emerging research and experience. Empirical examination of what works in treatment during the past two decades has increasingly shown the importance of community-based treatments wherever possible and involving supportive family in all treatment settings (e.g., Office of the Surgeon General, 2001). Organizations have emerged that have heightened awareness of existence of effective treatments, including such as the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. The VACN program is founded on the philosophy that all residential treatment should be considered “respite.” It is a chance for the family and other stakeholders to “catch their breath” and evaluate what is and is not working, and to develop a new plan of care to enable the adolescent to succeed in the least restrictive community-based setting possible. Based on this philosophical underpinning, the primary goals of the VACN program are:
To provide needed short-term (up to 90 days) respite and support to the caregiver and community stakeholders;
To stabilize the adolescent clinically and behaviorally;
To provide a comprehensive and holistic assessment, including a review of the impact of trauma on the adolescent; and
To successfully transition the student to the least restrictive environment possible, as agreed by stakeholders.
While not always possible, the presumptive goal is that transition will be to a community-based setting, whenever possible. We believe a quality, comprehensive clinical assessment is a key component to achieving the goals of the program since a plan of care that does not contemplate current conditions, future needs and levels of risk will ultimately fail.