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Welcome to the Vermont Agency of Human Services (AHS)



Hal Cohen's PhotoI’m honored to have the opportunity to serve in this key position as Secretary of the Agency of Human Services (AHS).  The Agency of Human Services (AHS) has the widest reach in state government and a critical mission: to improve the conditions and well-being of Vermonters and protect those who cannot protect themselves. Whether helping a family access health care or child care, protecting a young child from abuse, supporting youth and adults through addiction and recovery, providing essential health promotion and disease prevention services, reaching out to elder Vermonters in need of at-home or nursing home assistance, enabling individuals with disabilities to have greater independence, or supporting victims and rehabilitating offenders, AHS serves Vermonters with compassion, dedication and professionalism. 


My goal as Secretary is to put a plan into action to best support our shared mission to improve the health and well-being of the thousands of Vermonters who count on the Agency for support and assistance and to protect those who cannot protect themselves.  I’ve come to know and partner with much of the Agency, and I am confident the AHS will continue to serve Vermonters through the dedication, innovation, and commitment of the hardworking staff and individuals at the Agency. The AHS strives to better the lives of Vermonters, and we hope this website can be a useful tool in gaining access to the many services the Agency provides.




Hal Cohen, Secretary
Vermont Agency of Human Services
280 State Drive - Center Building
Waterbury, VT  05671-1000

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