Lamoille County Mental Health Services
Fall 2019 Newsletter

September: Suicide Awareness Month

Given that September was national suicide prevention month, LCMHS Zero Suicide Committee provided a series of events to further the word on prevention and continue end stigma about Suicide.  The term Zero Suicide is fairly straightforward in that our community partners are implementing ideas on how to lower the risk of a suicide in our area, with a goal of having zero, or no suicides.  Our effort in recognition included a variety of offerings:
  • We offered cards and ribbons to promote talking and listening about suicide and suicide prevention available throughout the month.
  • Our Mobile Crisis Team manager, Monique Reil had a conversation with Roland Lajoie from WLVB about the subject. The recording of the full talk is available in our website
  • We presented two screenings and panel discussions open to the public of the film “Suicide: The Ripple Effect”. The film is a feature length documentary and movement focusing on the devastating effects of suicide and the positive ripple effects of advocacy, inspiration and hope that are helping millions heal and stay alive. The film highlights the journey of Kevin Hines, who at age 19, attempted to take his own life. Today Kevin is a world-renowned mental health advocate, motivational speaker and author who travels the globe spreading messages of hope, recovery and wellness.  For more, visit:
  • We provided two suicide prevention trainings.  These primarily focus on providing information on local and state data concerning suicide, and the use of the Columbia Suicide Severity Risk Scale, a brief screening tool that can help to identify persons at risk of a suicide.
In addition to the suicide awareness efforts, LCMHS staff once again fundraised and joined the annual NAMI walk. It was a beautiful day to walk and advocate for no stigma for mental health!

Unified Electronic Medical Records (UEMR)

What is the UEMR?
The UEMR, or Unified Electronic Medical Records, is an ongoing collaboration between 4 designated agencies, UCS, NCSS, WCMHS and LCMHS in which the agencies are investing on a common software platform for their medical records.

Why we are doing this project?
We have identified that LCMHS’ current electronic medical records (EMR) is outdated, was in the prospect of imminent discontinuation and we had limited support from the vendor, who stopped selling this software years ago. The current EMR system also does not support modern data and health information exchange and we needed a data-driven approach. So we combined forces with 3 other designated agencies that were in similar dilemmas and launched the project in early 2018. By investing on this project, the 4 agencies, now called The Core 4, are taking the opportunity to bring systems that support our businesses into future technologies.

What are we doing?
We are creating and implementing a technology system that supports our growth and continues business improvement through automation and data sharing. When completed, expect the software to do the “grunt” work so staff will do what they do best: help people live productive, self-directed lives.

Where are we today?
We have identified agencies with the same goal (Core 4), and have selected and enter and agreement with the vendor that provided the best product for the agencies. We have established teams to work through different phases of the project. We have essentially replaced all of the existing networks, servers, and connections for the entire technology infrastructure of the consortia, and moved to a hybrid data center which will include using cloud technologies, such as Microsoft Office 365 and the Google Cloud Environment, as well as installed rock solid WiFi at ALL of our locations and replaced staff devices across units, including mobile equipment. The Steering Board guides the configuration and implementation of the systems by supplying subject matter expertise and protects the integrity of business to ensure its needs are met by the systems and software, which is being built and expect to start rolling out to the first agency by March 2020. We are currently working on training and maintenance plans as well, and expect to have the project fully implemented across all agencies by the Fall of 2020.

2019 Annual Meeting

On October 16th, LCMHS staff, consumers, and the Community Members joined to celebrate our successes of fiscal year 2019 (July 2018 through June 2019). We heard testimonials from consumers about their improvement in quality of life, we watched videos of consumers’ accomplishments, we awarded employees for years of services, and for going above and beyond their job description to make the lives of individuals we serve better each day. It was an evening filled with happiness and hope!
Check out our annual report by visiting

LCMHS Thanksgiving Luncheon

Each year LCMHS staff prepare and serve a community wide Thanksgiving meal where we give back through volunteering by participating in feeding our consumers and any community member that wishes to come. Last year alone we served over 100 people with to-go meals not including the over 150 people served during a sit-down family style meal here at the agency. Each year this number is increasing.

This year’s Thanksgiving luncheon will be on Tuesday, November 26th. We welcome food donations (turkeys, vegetables, pies, etc). If you wish to donate, please call Luciana at 802-888-5026 ext. 103 or email

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