Community Support Program (CSP)

The Community Support Program (CSP) assists individuals with mental health issues in achieving and sustaining the highest quality of life consistent with their abilities, needs, personal ambitions, and available resources. The program strives to instill wellness to individuals living in the community.


  • To insure that individuals in the CSP program are treated with dignity and respect, provided opportunities to work, learn, have recreational opportunities, and live in the community based on their personal choices
  • To insure that services provided are individualized and emphasize health, wellness and recovery
  • To insure wherever possible, services be used that are based on evidence-based treatment models
  • To insure that treatment goals are directed by the individual
  • To teach individuals how to handle the stressors they face in life
  • To minimize the usage of psychiatric hospitalizations
  • To minimize the usage of involuntary treatment, either in the inpatient or outpatient settings
  • To identify all diagnoses, both mental illness and substance abuse, and to treat both concurrently and within the same treatment team
  • To provide an understanding of mental illness, of medications, and of feelings
  • To support individuals in gaining self confidence to improve their living situation

Eligibility Criteria
The Community Support Program serves adults, 18 years and older, who meet the specific eligibility criteria set forth by the Vermont Department of Mental Health. The criteria must be met in three categories: diagnostic criteria, recent treatment history and level of impaired role functioning. Although persons with a primary diagnosis of Developmental Disability, head injuries, Alzheimer’s disease, or Organic Brain Syndrome frequently have similar treatment needs, they are not included in this definition.

Specific Programmatic Criteria
Most clinical services are available to all clients in the CSP Program if they are clinically indicated by the individualized service plan developed in collaboration between the client and the treatment team. All CSP clients, regardless of need, are assigned to a primary case manager and are seen at least yearly by a member of the medical team.

Clinical Services

  • Case Management, Outreach
    • Community-based supports
    • Social support services/socialization skills
    • Assistance with activities of daily living
    • Community integration
  • Service Planning and Coordination
    • Assistance with acquiring benefits and the application process
    • Payeeship services
    • Housing support services
    • Difficulty of Care Program and Wellness
  • Recovery Action Plan support services
    • Assistance with accessing medical and dental services
  • Psychiatric Evaluation, Medication Review and Monitoring
  • Individual Counseling
  • Recovery and Wellness Groups
    • Women’s group, writing group, art group, cooking group, health and nutrition group, fitness group, gardening group, walking group
  • Peer Supports
  • Emergency Services

Evidence Based Practice Treatment

  • Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment: Individual and Group
  • Dialectical Behavioral Treatment Programming
  • Wellness Recovery Action Plan groups
  • Seeking Safety
  • Family Psycho-education and Support groups
  • Individual Placement and Supports (IPS) model for Vocational Services

The Community Rehabilitation Treatment Client Handbook from the Department of Mental Health (DMH) can be found here – click on Community Rehabilitation Treatment.