Department of Mental Health

Reed promoted to mental health commissioner; Shumlin announces more staff appointments

James Pepper, Christopher Herrick, Tom Cheney, Laura Gray and Jahala Dudley also take new positions.

Two top officials to leave Agency of Human Services

Susan Wehry will be replaced as DAIL commissioner by Monica Caserta Hutt; Frank Reed will serve as interim head of the Department of Mental Health upon retirement of Paul Dupre.

Details emerge on CMS agreement with Brattleboro Retreat

The psychiatric hospital will need to address persistent patient safety issues to continue participating in federal health care programs.

Auditor slams state’s failure to track social service contracts  

Doug Hoffer says the Agency of Human Services doesn’t always compare contractual requirements with services actually delivered by nonprofit contractors. As a result, he says, “the state cannot ensure that clients are receiving the services they need and the public is paying for.”

Brattleboro Retreat avoids losing federal certification

Psychiatric hospital fails recent inspection, but strikes oversight deal with federal officials to keep its Medicare and Medicaid status beyond a Monday deadline.

Special Report: Two suicide attempts highlight troubles at the Brattleboro Retreat, raise doubts about state oversight

Sen. Claire Ayer said she was disappointed with Retreat officials for not being more forthcoming in public testimony about a series of events on the adolescent unit.

Parents file grievance with Brattleboro Retreat after child’s untimely death

Adolescent in the psychiatric hospital’s care attempted hanging and later died at an out-of-state hospital. Retreat says it doesn’t know if those injuries caused the patient’s death.

State psychiatric hospital has difficulty hiring nurses

The state psychiatric hospital’s patients are the most complex and highly acute psychiatric cases in the state, and the hospital is ramping up occupancy in a “clinically sound” manner, CEO Jeff Rothenberg said.

Springfield Hospital’s CMS certification endangered by violations

The hospital describes itself as the “poster-child” for how the social determinants of health impact a small rural medical delivery system. The local population has high rates of poverty, crime, drug use and low educational attainment.

Psychiatric center in trouble for violating patient rights

A patient at the Windham Center mental health facility was left in restraints for nearly 12 hours and coerced into taking medication, according to an investigation report from the state.

Public records policy treats individual lawmakers like ordinary citizens

The state wanted $450 to compile records for Rep. Anne Donahue that would detail the Department of Mental Health’s knowledge and response to recent issues at the Brattleboro Retreat, the Middlesex Therapeutic Community Residence and Springfield Hospital.

New state psychiatric hospital brings care into the 21st century

The Berlin psychiatric hospital is the lynchpin of the decentralized mental health care system Vermont is building, and it’s a far cry from the facility it was built to partially replace.

Pathways Vermont seeks designated agency status, meets resistance from other mental health programs

Pathways will lose $800,000 when federal grants run out. The nonprofit is applying for Medicaid funding, which would require a state match of $350,000.

Confusion about state hospital fuels lawmakers’ concerns

DMH commissioner said Central Vermont Medical Center wants no part in providing ancillary services to the state’s new psychiatric hospital; CEO said that’s not so.

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