Community Organizations Host June 27 Gubernatorial Forum: Community Health and Support Services

Gubernatorial candidates Matt Dunne, Peter Galbraith, Bruce Lisman, Sue Minter, and Phil Scott will participate in a forum focused on “Community Health and Support Services” in Burlington on Monday, June 27.

The event is presented by Vermont Care Partners, The Vermont Association for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery, the VNAs of Vermont, the Vermont Association of Area Agencies on Aging, the Community of Vermont Elders, and Vermont PBS. Candidates will discuss key issues about how resources can best be directed to strengthen and sustain home and community based services. This is a critical topic for thousands of children, families, and seniors across Vermont, as often the most important aspects of health care happen in homes and communities. Vermont’s public system of community mental health, developmental services, substance use disorder treatment and disability, and aging services are critical to improve health outcomes, reduce costs, and improve satisfaction with the quality of health care in our state. As Vermont strives to redesign oversight, management, delivery and payment for health care, the community based service system may hold the key to success.

The forum is from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. at the Main Street Landing Film House at Lake and College Streets in Burlington, and it will also be streamed live on Vermont PBS at

The event is free, and auditorium seating is first-come, first-served, and an interpreter for the deaf and hard of hearing will be on site. Overflow seating with live streamed viewing will also be available on site. Peter Mallary, Vice President of Government Relations and Community Outreach for The Vermont Association for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery, will moderate the event.

Information: Julie Tessler at or 802-223-1773 x 401.

Howard Center offers life-saving professional crisis and counseling services to children and adults; supportive services to individuals with autism and developmental disabilities who need help with education, employment, and life maintenance skills; counseling and medical services for those struggling with substance use disorders, and intensive interventions and supports for adults with serious and persistent mental health challenges. Last year we helped more than 16,000 people. Howard Center is a funded agency of the United Way of Northwest Vermont.

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