HCRS hires new children’s division director

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Wed, 02/14/2018 - 8:22am -- Denise Sortor

Health Care and Rehabilitation Services (HCRS), southeastern Vermont’s community mental-health agency, announced today that it has hired Jennifer A Smith as the new Director of its Children, Youth, & Families Division. Smith brings extensive experience in community-based youth programs, both in Vermont and Massachusetts, to the non-profit agency. Providing clinical and administrative oversight to many non-profit agencies serving children and adolescents over the last 28 years, Smith is well prepared to take this role to new heights. Smith earned her Master’s degree from UCONN’s School of Social Work in Connecticut.

Smith states, “I am thrilled to return to Vermont, where there is such a strong culture of community collaboration and support for the youth and families we serve.” Smith lives in Williamsburg, MA with her two dogs and many chickens. She relishes time with her two granddaughters, ages 10 and 12, and spends as much time as possible outdoors hiking, gardening, and biking.

HCRS’ Children, Youth, & Families Division Director position recently opened when Will Shakespeare, Director since 2005, retired at the end of 2017.

“We are delighted to welcome Jennifer to our Senior Leadership Team,” said George Karabakakis, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, HCRS. Her vast experience and expertise in both treating and supervising clinical work with children and families who are struggling with mental health issues is a valuable asset for the agency.”

About HCRS

Founded in 1967, HCRS is a non-profit, community mental health agency serving Vermonters in Windham and Windsor counties. HCRS serves over 4,000 individuals every year through its mental health, substance abuse, and developmental disabilities programs. The Agency provides holistic care for clients, supporting them with employment, housing, transportation, and other social service needs. Visit www.hcrs.org for more information.