The results and indicators presented in this Scorecard were established in the 2012-2015 Agency of Human Services Strategic Plan.

How are Vermonters doing?
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Why Is This Important?

The Agency of Human Services exists to help every Vermonter who needs help, strives to protect our most vulnerable citizens, and hopes to assist every Vermonter develop to their fullest potential. We work in partnership with community providers – in the public, private, and non-profit sectors – who share accountability for accomplishing this complex work.

Across the state of Vermont, from our central office to our twelve district offices, almost 4,000 AHS staff work in concert to support Vermonters. Across our wide scope of services and programs - from substance abuse treatment, housing and employment stability, to family strengthening, public health assessments, and offender re-entry, we see poverty as the root cause for individual and family instability.

The Agency of Human Services strives to reduce the lasting impacts of poverty on individuals, families, and communities, and to create pathways out of poverty. Our individual programs and integrated approach to issues across all Departments work to strengthen the safety net at the same time that we strengthen communities, and support the development of systems that enable people to take care of themselves and each other.

“How is Vermont doing?” The whole-population indicators below help gauge whether progress is being made in Vermont in relation to the condition we want to create. One Agency cannot be accountable for “turning the curve” on whole-population changes, but we are one of many partners with a role to play in making a difference in these trend lines.

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Why Is This Important?

The Agency of Human Services exists to help every Vermonter who needs help, strives to protect our most vulnerable citizens, and hopes to assist every Vermonter develop to their fullest potential. We work in partnership with community providers – in the public, private, and non-profit sectors – who share accountability for accomplishing this complex work.

As a single Agency comprised of six Departments, we take shared responsibility for the social, economic, health, and welfare of all Vermonters, with a special responsibility for the safety and well-being of our most vulnerable citizens. The Agency is accountable for child welfare and protection, the protection of vulnerable populations, public safety for our communities through work with our offender population, public health, the administration of public benefits, support for wellness and mental health, healthy aging and administration of Vermont’s Medicaid public insurance system.

We know that healthy development and healthy behavior across the life span is supported by stable and safe environments – both physical and social. The Agency of Human Services strives to promote the health, well-being, and safety of Vermonters by integrating our approaches to housing, family stability, early childhood and adolescent development, substance abuse, and successful offender re-entry, among other efforts in all of our Departments.

“How is Vermont doing?” The whole-population indicators below help gauge whether progress is being made in Vermont in relation to the condition we want to create. One Agency cannot be accountable for “turning the curve” on whole-population changes, but we are one of many partners with a role to play in making a difference in these trend lines.

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2012
48.3%
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Why Is This Important?

The Agency of Human Services exists to help every Vermonter who needs help, strives to protect our most vulnerable citizens, and hopes to assist every Vermonter develop to their fullest potential. We work in partnership with community providers – in the public, private, and non-profit sectors – who share accountability for accomplishing this complex work.

The Agency is unique in that we administer Vermont’s Medicaid public health insurance system through our Department of Vermont Health Access. As the Agency of Human Services supports the maintenance of wellness and good health through public health awareness, prevention efforts and integrated mental and behavioral health services for our clients, we also strive to assure that all Vermonters have access to insurance coverage for high-quality health care across the lifespan. We assist Medicaid beneficiaries in accessing clinically appropriate health services and collaborate with providers in bringing evidence-based practices to patients. Additionally, we provide leadership for stakeholders to improve access, quality, and cost effectiveness in health care reform.

The Agency is committed to health care reform. It is our responsibility to ensure that the state is providing effective and efficient health care services that improve the lives of the Vermonters we serve, and that that care is affordable and accessible to all.

“How is Vermont doing?” The whole-population indicators below help gauge whether progress is being made in Vermont in relation to the condition we want to create. One Agency cannot be accountable for “turning the curve” on whole-population changes, but we are one of many partners with a role to play in making a difference in these trend lines.

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2016
71%
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