Outpatient Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Services

Our Counseling Department is located at 27 Naek Road, Suite 4 in Vernon. Tel: (860) 872-9825.

Counseling Hours

Monday through Thursday, 8:00am - 8:00pm (Closed from 12:30pm to 1:30pm for lunch)
Friday, 8:00am - 1:00pm

Hockanum Valley Community Council, Inc. is a private non-profit social service agency located in the town of Vernon Connecticut.

We are a state licensed Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Clinic offering a wide range of counseling services and group work. We serve adults, adolescents and children (ages 7 and up) in the towns of Vernon, Ellington, Tolland and the surrounding area. We are available for any clients experiencing emotional, behavioral, or substance-related disorders with individual, family, or group therapy, as well as medication management.

Clinical Services

  • Psychiatric services for medication evaluation and medication review
  • Individual short term counseling
  • Marriage and family therapy
  • Counseling for couples
  • Substance abuse assessment and treatment
  • Counseling for children and teens
  • Anger Management Groups
  • Relapse Prevention Groups
  • Substance Abuse Education Programs
  • Parenting Education Program
  • Family Violence Education Program


  • Board Certified Psychiatrists
  • Graduate level and licensed professionals


  • Sliding scale
  • Title XIX and General Assistance clients accepted
  • Medicare
  • Commercial insurance billed


  • Early morning, day and evening appointments available.
  • Call 860-872-9825 to schedule an appointment.

Intake and Evaluation

  • For your convenience, you may now download the initial intake form and fill it out ahead of time. Please print the entire form (10 pages) and read it carefully. Complete and sign the first six (6) pages and bring them with you to your first appointment. (Pages 7-10 are for your records only.) If you have any questions, we can help you at your Intake appointment. Please click here for the initial intake form. The intake form for children and teens is now available for download. Please click here for the Child/Teen Intake Form.
  • The Intake Meeting or Substance Abuse/Mental Health Evaluation is the initial meeting with clients seeking services at HVCC. It is an assessment of the presenting problem and the client's family, medical, mental health, substance abuse, and legal history.
  • Based on the information provided by the client at Intake, treatment recommendations are made and approved by the Director of Counseling.
  • Clients will be informed of their treatment assignment within one week.
  • Referrals to Psychiatric Evaluations are made once the client is established (usually after three sessions of therapy). However, if a referral is made from a higher level of care, a referral for Psychiatric Evaluation may be made at Intake. Efforts are made to expedite Psychiatric appointments for emergencies.
  • If the initial evaluation indicates a need for a more appropriate level of care, then referrals to other treatment programs in the area will be made. In this situation, you may expect a phone call or letter from the Intake Clinician to inform you of these treatment recommendations. In addition, he or she will assist you in the referral process.

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(Note: For your safety, we have security cameras as well as lights in our parking lots.)