Hospital Diversion Program

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. These staff secured facilities serve individuals ages 10 through 18 who typically reside in the program for approximately 7 to 10 days. The trauma-responsive 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.

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 teams work with the adolescent, family and team of providers to create a comprehensive after-care plan upon discharge.

Our Hospital Diversion Program is comprised of the Hospital Diversion Program North located in South Burlington, VT and the Hospital Diversion Program South located in Brattleboro, VT.

VIDEO TOUR:  A video tour and general introduction to our Hospital Diversion South program is coming soon.

Program Contacts:

Hospital Diversion Program North (South Burlington)
Eric Low, MA, Program Director
Anne Kneale, MA, Assistant Regional Director

  • Phone: 802.658.2004
  • Fax: 802.658.1922

Hospital Diversion Program South (Brattleboro)
Liz Mueller, LCMHC, Program Director
Anne Kneale, MA, Assistant Regional Director

  • Phone: 802.258.2173
  • Fax: 802.258.2163

Program Information:

  • Program Type: Residential (Inpatient Mental Health), Crisis Stabilization and skills
  • Service Types: Behavioral Health Services
  • Gender: Male and Female
  • Capacity: 6 per Facility
  • 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