About Us

Our Mission is to create caring communities where people seeking mental health find hope, compassion, and excellent clinical care.

About Us

Collaborative Solutions is a leading provider of community recovery residences in Vermont for people seeking treatment for mental health and co-occurring disorders. At CSC, our mission is to create caring communities where people seeking mental health find hope, compassion, and excellent clinical care. As a provider of Level III Care Homes, CSC offers nursing and psychiatric services, as well as clinical, and case management services both on-site and in the community. Our recovery philosophy is simple: We believe that with personalized treatment, opportunities for growth, support, and a nurturing environment, all individuals can grow, thrive, and heal from emotional distress, illness or injury. Our staff and residents work together to create a shared community of mutual respect, recovery and safety. We are dedicated to our residents, and welcome people of all abilities, ages, countries of origin, gender identities, sexual orientation, religions, and creeds to experience outstanding care at our three locations in Vermont.

Our History

In 2007 The Howard Center, The Clara Martin Center, and Washington County Mental Health Services joined forces to launch Collaborative Solutions (CSC). Founded with the mission to create caring communities where people seeking mental health find hope, compassion, and excellent clinical care, CSC was formed as a supportive step for folks transitioning from treatment at Vermont State Hospital, back into the wider community.

CSC’s first location–Second Spring South–opened its doors in August 2011 as a licensed Level III Care Home, and was a refuge for Vermont State Hospital patients from the start. While CSC was still preparing to open South’s doors, tropical storm Irene devastated VSH–sending 8feet of water into their basement psychiatric unit. When VSH called, CSC answered, and within hours of frantic coordination, resource pooling, and lengthy van rides, the organization pulled together to house its first 8 residents. The move had an impact on residents’ quality of life that long outlasted the events of the flood. As a step forward from hospitalization, folks could now access treatment while experiencing community reintegration and rural life on a picturesque 45 acres in Williamstown, Vermont. 

11 years later, CSC operates 3 community recovery residences (now including Second Spring North in Westford, and Pearce House in Williamstown), can house up to 30 residents, and has been instrumental in the recovery of hundreds of people-–all with an unwavering dedication to the organization’s mission of hope, compassion, and excellent clinical care. 


At CSC our recovery philosophy is simple: We believe that with personalized treatment, opportunities for growth, support, and a nurturing environment, all individuals can grow, thrive, and heal from emotional distress, illness, or injury. As a provider of Level III Care Homes, we offer nursing, psychiatric, clinical, and case management services. Our approach to care is person-centered–people receiving treatment are listened to, and lead the way in their own recovery. 

In addition to traditional treatment, residents enjoy creative activities such as art, writing, music, cooking, exercise, caring for animals, and more. Our staff and residents work together to create a shared community of mutual respect, recovery, and safety, and folks often express finding value and meaning during their stay with us.


CSC welcomes people from all walks of life seeking treatment for mental health or co-occurring disorders to experience hope, compassion and excellent clinical care at our three pristine locations in picturesque Vermont. We believe it is a privilege to be associated with our residents’ journeys, and that with proper support recovery can be accessible to everyone.

If you’re interested in learning more about CSC’s offerings for yourself, a loved one, or a client, please reach out via our “Contact” page. Our team will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Meet Our Staff

Collaborative Solutions

Scott Acus – MA, MSW, LICSW

Executive Director


Marianne Mullen – MSL, CPC

Director of Team Development


Christopher Pollard

Director of Risk Management


Dyamond Maskell – BSN, RN

Director of Nursing & Case Management


Alexander Noftz

Operations Manager


Adelit Rukomangana

Second Spring North Program Director


Shireen Yahyazadeh

Second Spring South Program Director


Robert Farrell

Pearce House Program Manager

Staff Highlights

Section coming soon!

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Referral Process

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Feeling Suicidal?

Chittenden County: 802-488-7777
(Howard Center First Call)
Washington County: 802-229-0591
(Washington County Mental Health Services Screeners)