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Chittenden Clinic receives patient-centered medical home recognition from NCQA

Mar 9 2023, 2:20 PM

Burlington, VT—Howard Center’s Chittenden Clinic has been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Patient-Centered Medical Home. The recognition is effective from February 2023 until February 2024.

The Chittenden Clinic specializes in providing medication-assisted treatment for individuals with Opioid Use Disorder. The clinic offers a comprehensive program that includes medical, therapeutic, and case management services to help individuals overcome their addiction.

The Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition acknowledges the clinic's commitment to providing quality and patient-centered care, incorporating best practices and standards set by the NCQA. The recognition is a testament to the clinic's hard work and dedication to putting the needs of their patients first.

"We are proud to receive this recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance," said Dr. Heidi Melbostad, Director of Medication Assisted Treatment Programs. "At Chittenden Clinic, our top priority has always been providing high-quality, patient-centered care, and this recognition is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff."

Howard Center provides a comprehensive range of treatments and services for people with mental health, developmental, and substance use issues, and public education to raise awareness and decrease stigma. Howard Center’s next educational conference on April 19 will feature speakers Nadine Burke Harris, Dacher Keltner, BJ Miller, Jeffrey Swanson, and Anna Malaika Tubbs. Registration is open at

For questions and media inquiries, please contact Paul Detzer at or 802-488-6911.

ABOUT HOWARD CENTER: Howard Center has a long and rich history as a trusted provider in the community. With a legacy spanning more than 150 years, we have been providing progressive, compassionate, high-quality care and supports to those in need. Today, we offer an array of exemplary mental health, substance use, and developmental services across the lifespan. As Vermont’s largest social service organization, our 1,600 staff help more than 19,000 people each year in over 60 locations throughout Vermont in collaboration with hundreds of community partners. Howard Center’s 24/7/365 crisis service, First Call for Chittenden County, is available to meet the needs of Chittenden County children, adults, and families in crisis by calling 802-488-7777. Help is here. A United Way of Northwest Vermont Funded Agency.

ABOUT NCQA: The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations and recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. Its Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is widely used as a performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion has been recognized with the Excellence in Diversity Award from the Chesapeake Human Resources Association. For more information, visit NCQA's website at, follow them on Twitter @ncqa, and connect with them on LinkedIn at


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