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New state psychiatric hospital brings care into the 21st century

Vermont's new state psychiatric hospital with 25 beds is preparing to receive its first patients in August.

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

Hilary Melton, executive director of Pathways Vermont, testifies Monday, April 14, 2014, at a public hearing before Department of Mental Health officials. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

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

Rep. Martha Heath, D-Westford, chair of the House Appropriations Committee, heard testimony Wednesday on the Budget Adjustment Act. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

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.

Rent assistance for mentally ill should come with support services, lawmakers say

State Mental Health Commissioner Paul Dupre testified before the Legislature's Mental Health Oversight Committee at the Statehouse on Thursday. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Mental Health Oversight Committee concerned that housing aid alone is not enough for many patients.

Need for child mental health services growing, lawmakers told

Charles Biss, right, Charles Biss, director of the Child, Adolescent and Family Unit of the Vermont Department of Mental Health, listens to testimony at the Legislature's Mental Health Oversight Committee hearing on Wednesday. Photo by Viola Gad/VTDigger

Keeping acutely ill adolescents and children close to families during treatment is vital, officials say.

‘One-hour requirement’ controversy slows down emergency restraint regulations

AJ Ruben, attorney for Disability Rights Vermont, testifyies before the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules at the Statehouse on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. Photo by Viola Gad/VTDigger

The main area of contention surrounds who should tend to mentally ill patients within an hour after they have been involuntarily restrained or secluded.

DMH study finds treatment needs unmet for inmates with “serious functional impairments”

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Eighty percent of the SFI inmates interviewed are prescribed psychotropic medications and 74 percent have a history of psychiatric hospitalizations.

Resignation of DMH medical director expected to delay opening of Morrisville facility

Less than one month after the commissioner of Mental Health resigned, the department’s medical director is following suit. These two blows have hit the Vermont Department of Mental Health during a vulnerable time, while it is in the middle of revamping how psychiatric care is provided in Vermont. When Tropical Storm Irene damaged the Vermont […]

State moves ahead with Middlesex mental health facility

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The permit issued by the Middlesex Zoning Board of Adjustments is now valid; a neighbor moves ahead with an appeal.

Neighbor of proposed Middlesex mental health facility files permit appeal

Brian Hannon stands by the fence on his property that sits roughly 50 feet away from the plot where the state plans to build a temporary mental health facility. Photo by Andrew Stein

Brian Hannon, one of six abutting landowners to the state property slated for the facility, filed the sole appeal last month to a zoning permit issued by the local Zoning Board of Adjustments.

Mental Health Commissioner Patrick Flood’s departure lamented

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“He’ll be sorely missed, and it’ll take our entire team to replace what he knew,” said Mary Moulton, who is Flood’s interim replacement.

Certificate of need OK’d for state hospital replacement beds

The certificate of need, issued by Steve Kimbell, commissioner of the Department of Financial Regulation, gives the go-ahead for a $15.2 million statewide project.

DMR gets emergency Certificate of Need

The Department of Mental Health today received an emergency Certificate of Need that will allow it to move forward with key components of a plan approved by the Legislature for a replacement of mental health beds destroyed by Tropical Storm Irene.

DMH announces CMS notified Brattleboro Retreat of deficiencies

The Department of Mental Health today announced that the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid have sent a letter to the Brattleboro Retreat stating that the Retreat is at risk of losing it’s Medicare provider agreement July 30, 2012.

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