Health Care

Pathways Vermont gets conditional designated agency status

The Department of Mental Health announced Friday that it will grant Pathways Vermont, a housing and social services nonprofit, a conditional designation as a "Specialized Services Agency" for the upcoming fiscal year.

The designation will allow Pathways to bill Medicaid for certain services and thereby shore up an $800,000 hole in its budget left by sunsetting federal grants.

At a recent public hearing there was an outpouring of support from clients and mental health professionals who believe Pathways has a unique and important approach to helping stabilize the lives of vulnerable people.

Current Specialized Service Agencies, or community mental health centers, had opposed the nonprofits request on the ground that Pathways doesn’t provide services distinct from what they already offer.

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Morgan True

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Morgan True is VTDigger's Burlington bureau chief covering the city and Chittenden County. A Seattle native, he graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism before working for several publications in Massachusetts. He came to VTDigger in December 2013 from The Brockton Daily Enterprise, where he covered government, schools and hospitals in a city of about 100,000 people. Before joining The Enterprise, he worked for The Associated Press in Concord, N.H., where he served as a relief reporter in the Statehouse. He previously worked for The Quincy (Mass.) Patriot Ledger and as an intern at the Worcester (Mass.) Telegram & Gazette.

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