About the Community House

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Program Components

Community House, Inc., is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization located in Brattleboro, Vermont, which offers a structured short-term residential stabilization and assessment program to assist children ages 6-12 who are generally under the care of the Vermont Department for children and Families, or the Vermont Division of Mental Health. These children may be in a placement crisis, are presenting with behavioral difficulties and require short-term residential treatment services.

The general length of stay is 30-90 days. An additional 30 days is available for treatment transition, as needed, upon mutual agreement by Community House and the referring agency.

Community House is licensed as a Residential Child Care Facility by the Vermont Department for Children and Families.

In addition to the residential program, Community House also offers a small non-residential Day School Program for children referred by local elementary and middle schools. The school is licensed by the Vermont Agency of Education as an approved General and Special Education Independent School for grades K through 8.

Client / Target Population

The Community House Residential Program is designed to assess the emotional needs of children who are not able to be safely treated in a community-based setting. We work to stabilize their behaviors as well and coordinate with the child's treatment team to plan for the next step upon their discharge from the program.

The Community Schoolhouse is an alternative school serving children, grades K-12, who are also experiencing emotional/behavioral challenges. It has been determined by their sending schools that their educational needs cannot be adequately served in a public school setting.