Hospital Diversion Services

The NFI Hospital Diversion Program is a short term inpatient facility for adolescents experiencing acute psychiatric crisis. Adolescents are referred to the NFI 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 NFI Hospital Diversion Program provides crisis stabilization, clinical consultation and treatment planning. The NFI 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 NFI Hospital Diversion Program clinical team works with the adolescent, family and team of providers to create a comprehensive after-care plan upon discharge.

Program Contact:

Anne Peterson, Assistant Regional Director

Phone: 802.658.2004
Fax: 802.658.1922

Program Information:

  • Program Type: Residential (Inpatient Mental Health)
  • Service Types: Behavioral Health Services
  • Gender: Male and Female
  • Capacity: 6
  • Ages: 10-18 years old
  • Length of Stay: 7-10 days

Referring Agencies:

  • Department of Mental Health (DMH) through local screeners and private psychiatric or mental health referral