Listed below are resources that may be of additional assistance.
These resources are not the Division of Disability and Aging Services, but are related resources that are available to Vermonters.
- US Administration on Aging
This site contains a large amount of information focused specifically on elders. It includes: news, research, government publications, access to related sites, statistics, and numerous fact sheets. This may be the best site on the web for general information on aging.
- Alzheimer's Association
The Alzheimer’s Association, the world leader in Alzheimer research and support, is the first and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to finding prevention methods, treatments and an eventual cure for Alzheimer’s.
- Caregiver's Resource Home Page
This site offers several good resources on caregiving.
- Gerontological Society of America
The Gerontological Society of America is a non-profit professional organization with more than 5000 members in the field of aging. GSA provides researchers, educators, practitioners, and policy makers with opportunities to understand, advance, integrate, and use basic and applied research on aging to improve the quality of life as one ages.
- GeroWeb Virtual Library on Aging
You can search or browse through this site for a comprehensive listing of internet resources on aging.
- Green Mountain Passport
Holders of this card have free admission to Vermont State Parks (overnight camping and other park fees are excluded), Vermont State Historic Sites, and events which are fully State Sponsored.
- Managed Care Central
This site is sponsored by Families USA and is helpful for those interested in the consumers' point of view on managed care.
- Medicaid Information
A clearinghouse for government reports, laws, regulations, research, and information about Medicare and Medicaid.
- Medicaid Program Statistics (2082 Report)
This site has downloadable spreadsheets detailing spending for HCFA sponsored programs.
- Medicaid Waivers
This site run by HCFA is dedicated to providing information specific to the Medicaid Waiver program. It provides basic information and access to other Medicaid information.
- Medline Research
A service of the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. A comprehensive search tool for articles related to all aspect of medicine and preventative care. This has very current research information along with abstracts and an article retrieval service.
- National Center of Health Statistics
Access to nationwide and state information about health related topics. This site includes search engines for government sponsored health reports.
- National Health Interview Survey Disability Supplement
Access to the National Health Interview Survey on Disability (NHIS-D).
- Senior Sites
This internet site lists nationwide nonprofit senior housing facilities by state and by county.
- US Census Bureau Home Page
The last word in demographics. This site includes research reports, access to census data, and other government sites.
- US Department of Health and Human Services GILS
The Federal information research site which has a search for manuals, Medicare, Medicaid, preventative care, as well as many other resources.
- US Gazetteer
This may be the most useful site on the entire internet for local demographic information. This site allows you to select information by zip code, town, county, or state. Information is available on age, gender, poverty, income, housing and population. Hundreds of different tables are available for every town.
- ARC of Northwestern Vermont
ARC of Northwestern Vermont a local chapter of the ARC of Vermont based out of St. Albans.
- ARC-Rutland Area
ARC-Rutland Area a local chapter of the ARC of Vermont based out of Rutland.
- Autism Society of Vermont and Autism Information Center
Autism Society of Vermont & Autism Information Center provides information, support and training on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
- Central Vermont ARC
Central Vermont ARC is a local chapter of the ARC of Vermont based out of Montpelier.
- Creating New Partnerships: Including Self-Advocates in Training
A flyer offering suggestions to help ensure self-advocates get the necessary supports in preparing for and providing presentations.
- Green Mountain Self-Advocates (GMSA)
Green Mountain Self-Advocates (GMSA) is a statewide self-advocacy network run and operated by people with developmental disabilities.
- Green Mountain Self-Advocates Our Bill of Rights Video
Contact the Division of Disability and Aging Services at (802) 241-2648 to obtain a copy of the video or DVD.
- To access an accessible Health Care Planning document (California Advance Health Care Directive) that was developed in California for people who do not read click on http://www.iha4health.org/html/advance%20directive%20english.pdf
- Making Meetings Accessible: How to Enable Real Participation
Complaints and Frequently Asked Questions Resources Reference List (January 2004) Broad reaching resource list with description of services and content information.
- National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (AMI) of Vermont
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (AMI) of Vermont is composed of individuals and families dealing with severe mental illness.
Phone: 1-800-639-6480 or 802-244-1558
- Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered
Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) a national self-advocacy organization for people with disabilities.
- Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL)
Vermont Center for Independent Living is a private non-profit organization operated by and serving Vermonters with disabilities.
Phone: 1-800-639-1522 voice/TTY
- Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights (VCDR)
Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights is a statewide coalition of disability advocacy organizations that works closely with its member organizations to empower people with disabilities and assist them to directly participate in legislative decision-making.
Phone: 1-802-223-6140 voice/TTY
- Vermont Family Network
Parent-to-Parent and Vermont Parent Information Center (VPIC) have merged to become Vermont Family Network.
Network of support and information for families whose child has a chronic illness or disability or has been born prematurely. Information Center provides families of children who have special needs with information and support regarding their child's disability, the education process, and community resources.
- Vermont Disability Law Project
Disability Law Project (DLP) provides information, referral, investigation and resolution of legal problems and complaints for people with developmental disabilities.
- Vermont Law Help
Vermont Law Help is a non-profit legal website for non-lawyers. It explains laws that affect Vermonters in an easy-to-read format. It's target audience is low-income Vermonters. They provide legal information, referrals to free legal help, the courts, and social service agencies. They also provide guided links to court forms on the Judiciary's website.
- Vermont Legal Aid
Vermont Legal Aid is a non-profit law firm organized into specialized projects serving clients from six offices located throughout Vermont. It helps Vermonters with non-criminal legal problems if they have low incomes, are elderly, or have a disability.
- Vermont Protection and Advocacy
Vermont Protection and Advocacy works with individuals who are labeled mentally ill and are receiving mental health treatment in a residential facility or hospital, or were recently discharged from a hospital or other residential facility. It investigates: complaints of abuse (physical or sexual assault, verbal abuse, restraint and seclusion, forced treatment, and harassment;) and of violations of individual rights (the right to refuse treatment, right to privacy, access to medical records, confidentiality).
- Assistive Technology Program
The Vermont Assistive Technology Program serves Vermonters of all ages and abilities. VATP provides information and referrals, training for service providers and others, equipment and software demonstrations, tryouts, and technical assistance. Other activities include public awareness, an equipment exchange program, and short term lending of assistive technology equipment.
- Assistive Technology Exchange New England
A web-based equipment exchange that puts assistive technology (AT) equipment not currently being used into the hands of those who need it. The program is designed to facilitate equipment exchange between individuals.
- Research and Training Center (RTC) on Community Living: RTC online publications and products.
- Quality Mall
A place where you can find lots of free information about person-centered supports for people with developmental disabilities.
- Vermont Communication Support Project
Provides specialized communication accommodations for people with disabilities to assure equal access to systems of justice and state services.
- Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association (DDNA) - A website for the association for nurses who specialize in the care of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
- White River Junction Geriatric Services
A listing of all the of long-term care programs offered by the White River Junction VA Medical Center. It also includes names and contact information for all the key personnel.
- Who is a Veteran and Services Overview
A brief description of who qualifies as a "veteran" and a broad overview of the state and federal services available to veterans.
- VA Health and Long-Term Care Services
A description of the structure of the VA Health System with a focus on the White River Junction Medical Center. The programs are mostly in list form so for details you may need to refer to the VA.gov website or other publications listed here for a detailed description of the services themselves.
- Contract Nursing Homes of the White River Junction VA Medical Center
This is a list, as of November 2012, of the nursing homes in the White River Junction VA Medical Center's catchment area that have contracts with the VA. This means that eligible veterans can be placed with them. Please note that the contact people may change but that the list of facilities is stable.
- Contract Adult Day Programs of the White River Junction VA Medical Center
This is a list, as of November 2012, of the adult day programs in the White River Junction VA Medical Center's catchment area that have contracts with the VA. This means that eligible veterans can attend them. Please note that the contact people may change but that the list of programs is fairly stable. Confirming that the program is still participating with the VA at the time of your referral is advised.
- Links for Veterans' Benefits
- Vermont Office of Veteran Affairs Veterans Services Directory
For a good overview of full range of services available to veterans, the website of the Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs is a good place to start. This is also the home page for that office’s site.
- Federal Benefits for Veterans. Dependents and Survivors (2012 Edition)
This is the VA Benefits “bible.” While detailed and full of fine print, it really tells you all you could possibly want to know about the range of benefits from the Veterans Administration.
- VA Health Care Benefits Overview 2012
This is a consumer friendly overview of VA Health benefits. While still fairly lengthy, it has pictures and larger print and, thus, is considerably easier to make sense of than the more detailed sites and publications.
- Health Programs for Veterans
This is a detailed guide for health programs provided by the VA. It, like the Benefits “Bible” is very detailed but contains the full range of information on health benefits.
- VA Guide to Long Term Care
This is a "somewhat" simpler guide to benefits which focuses on long-term care.
- Complaints & Frequently Asked Questions Resources Reference List
Broad reaching resource list with description of services and contact information.
- Information, Referral and Assistance (IR&A)
There are several IR&A resources for Vermonters who are older or have disabilities. IR&As help people with disabilities, older adults, family members, personal assistants, and caregivers find the right service, educate themselves about important issues, and understand various eligibility requirements. In many cases, contacting an IR&A provider is the first step for individuals who need assistance and wish to maintain and/or increase their independence.
- Department of Libraries
The Department of Libraries is responsible for announcing all Public Meetings. This website also contains other helpful links.
- University of Vermont's Center on Disability and Community Inclusion
University of Vermont's Center on Disability and Community Inclusion provides services, supports and education to families, schools and communities and advocacy for the legal and civil rights of individuals with disabilities.
Phone: 802-656-4031 voice/TTY
- University of Vermont's I-Team
University of Vermont's I-Team (Interdisciplinary Team for Intensive Special Education) assists local teams of families, educators, and other service providers to deliver quality educational services to students with intensive educational needs through technical assistance, professional development, and family support.
- Vermont Long Term Care Ombudsman Project Brochure
The Vermont Long Term Care Ombudsman Project is a special project of Vermont Legal Aid. This is an informational brochure on the Vermont Long Term Care Ombudsman Project.
- AHS Contacts - Includes listings for Central Office and Departments.
- Screen Door - The Screen Door is a web-based tool to help Vermonters find out more about the AHS services that might be available to meet their specific needs.
- Vermont 211 - For community, regional, state, and faith based human services information, including AHS services, contact Vermont 2-1-1 by dialing 211 from anywhere in Vermont, or visit their website.
- District Offices - Provides contact information for the 12 AHS District Offices, which can help connect you with human services in your community.
- Emergency Programs - Alphabetical listing of Emergency AHS-related programs, services and supports available to Vermonters.
- Field Services - Created through the 2004 reorganization of the Agency of Human Services, the Field Services Division maximizes the effectiveness of human services in each region of the state. The Division’s scope covers the entire Agency of Human Services, including services provided through state-operated entities as well as those operated by private “designated” agencies.
- Programs & Services - Alphabetical listing of AHS-related programs, services and supports available to Vermonters.
- Vermont Relay Service
The Vermont Telecommunications Relay Service is a free service for all Vermonters, connecting deaf, hard-of hearing, deaf-blind and speech-disabled individuals with users of regular telephones. Whether calling on a standard telephone or a text telephone (TTY, a special phone with a typewriter-style keyboard), relay makes communication simple, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
- Vermont Interpreter Referral Services
The Vermont Interpreter Referral Service (VIRS) provides statewide interpreter and CART referral services for American Sign Language (ASL)/spoken English/oral interpreting assignments in settings such as medical, legal, mental health, employment, educational, civil and recreational situations.
- Volunteer Opportunities
This page gives a listing of a number of volunteer opportunities for Seniors and Retired Professionals.
- Agency of Human Services (AHS) Departments
- Department of Education (DOE) - Special Education
The department’s special education consultants provide technical assistance to schools and other organizations to help ensure that schools understand and comply with federal and state laws and regulations related to providing special education services. In addition, the special education division offers a due process procedure to parents who have concerns about the services offered to their children.
- Vermont Commission on National and Community Service
VTCNCS administers funding to the state's AmeriCorps National service programs and promotes, supports, and recognizes volunteerism and community service throughout Vermont. The commission consists of 15 governor-appointed citizens supported by a staff of four housed in the Secretary's Office in the Agency of Human Services.
- Vermont Department of Labor (VDOL)
VDOL's primary focus is to provide services that assist businesses, workers, and job seekers.
- Department of Transportation (DOT)
Whether you walk, ride a bike, drive a car, or rely on public transit, rail or air service VTrans plays a role in providing those services to Vermonters, the Vermont business community, and those who visit our state.
The Division of Disability and Aging Services is a division of the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living and the department being under the Agency of Human Services is therefore covered under the HIPAA rules, compliances, and regulations imposed by the Agency of Human Services. For more on HIPAA see the link to the State of Vermont Agency of Human Services HIPAA Regulations.
- State of Vermont Agency of Human Services HIPAA Regulations
HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) The Agency of Human Services meets HIPAA's definition of a covered entity and, therefore, must comply with HIPAA. This webpage contains compliances and additional links on HIPAA regulations.
If additional information is needed or if you are unable to open one of the documents please call 802-871-3357.
Help for Vermonters
Help for Vermonters is an Agency of Human Services (AHS) website which contains the following helpful resources:
Other State Links