NFI Vermont Opens Second Hospital Diversion Program

February 26, 2018

Northeastern Family Institute of Vermont is excited to announce the upcoming opening of the Hospital Diversion Program South which will be located in Brattleboro, Vermont. Northeastern Family Institute will be working in collaboration with Health Care and Rehabilitation Services in order to provide a much needed alternative to psychiatric hospitalization in Brattleboro, Vermont. The Hospital Diversion Program is a short term inpatient facility for adolescents experiencing acute psychiatric crisis. Adolescents are referred to the Hospital Diversion Program by private practitioners and Designated Mental Health Agencies throughout the state of Vermont. This staff secured facility serves individuals ages 10 through 18 who typically reside in the program for approximately 7 to 10 days. The trauma informed staff team is comprised of approachable and enthusiastic residential counselors, competent master’s level clinicians and an experienced psychiatric team; all available 24 hours a day.

The Hospital Diversion Program provides crisis stabilization, clinical consultation and treatment planning. The Hospital Diversion Program places a strong emphasis on client driven treatment with ongoing family involvement. Adolescents collaborate with program clinicians to identify treatment goals for their stay which help guide the overall treatment plan. Throughout their stay, adolescents have an opportunity to reflect on the events leading to their admission, better understand maladaptive coping strategies, develop healthy coping strategies and improve communication with supports. The Hospital Diversion Program clinical team works with the adolescent, family and team of providers to create a comprehensive after-care plan upon discharge. Please contact Anne Peterson (NFI Assistant Regional Director –, Gwen Boynton (NFI Program Director –, or Jen Smith (HCRS – for additional information.