A Human Rights Commission report says the departments of Mental Health and Corrections failed to meet the needs of a man who was placed in a prison segregation unit because of his mental state.
Department of Mental Health
Members of the administration were surprised the budget included the proposal to save money by speeding the process by which patients in severe mental health crisis can be medicated. But they stand by it.
James Pepper, Christopher Herrick, Tom Cheney, Laura Gray and Jahala Dudley also take new positions.
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.
The psychiatric hospital will need to address persistent patient safety issues to continue participating in federal health care programs.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.