Brattleboro Retreat

Scott signs legislation to expand telemedicine in Vermont

The bill mandates insurance reimbursement for patients to see their doctors from remote locations, including their home. Doctors say telemedicine increases access to specialty care.

Families reach settlement over attack by mentally ill man

Other litigation related to the attack on Michael Kuligoski led to questions about the responsibilities of mental health providers when releasing potentially dangerous patients.

Legislation boosts potential for remote medicine

Lawmakers have approved a bill aimed at expanding telemedicine and mandating insurer reimbursement for such services. Supporters say it could increase health care access in rural areas.

Governor, Brattleboro Retreat talk about treatment needs

Gov. Phil Scott made his first visit to the facility Monday, discussing addiction treatment and mental health needs. Scott and Retreat leaders say solutions go beyond the creation of more beds.

Brattleboro Retreat seeks dismissal of siblings as claimants in wrongful death lawsuit

(This story by Bob Audette was published in the Brattleboro Reformer on April 26, 2017.) RATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Retreat is asking a federal judge to dismiss from a wrongful death lawsuit two siblings of a teenager who died from injuries she sustained following a suicide attempt while at the mental health facility. The Retreat’s […]

Telemedicine on the rise at Vermont hospitals

Hospital administrators say giving patients remote access to routine checkups and specialists can improve care and cut costs. The efforts come as a telemedicine bill, approved by the Senate Friday, aims to increase insurer reimbursement.

Brattleboro Retreat Appoints New Chief Medical Officer

News Release — Brattleboro Retreat Feb. 23, 2017 Media Contact: Jeff Kelliher, 802-258-6132 or [email protected] BRATTLEBORO, VT (February 23, 2016)—The Brattleboro Retreat is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark McGee, MD, as the hospital’s new Chief Medical Officer (CMO). McGee takes over the job from Frederick “Fritz” Engstrom, MD, who has retired from his […]

Louis Josephson: Fragile safety net needs attention

Community-based services, when properly resourced, will keep people suffering from mental health and addiction issues out of our emergency departments.

Bill on mental health ‘duty to warn’ is headed to Senate floor

The Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed S.3, which seeks to clarify mental health providers’ responsibilities when discharging a patient who may be dangerous.

Brattleboro Retreat adopts new approach to treatment

Doctors, nurses and staffers have been undergoing retraining to use two new programs that emphasize mindfulness.

Psychiatric survivors oppose mental health bill

A bill in the Legislature explicitly seeks to overrule Kuligoski v. Brattleboro Retreat.

AG’s office says Brattleboro Retreat probe wrapping up

The lengthy investigation still has one issue unresolved and will conclude “as soon and as efficiently as possible,” an official said. A former Retreat employee alleged Medicaid fraud.

2017 Legislative Preview: Medicaid, mental health and Vermont Health Connect

Medicaid spending will once again be a driving factor in a projected $55 million to $75 million budget gap.

UPDATED: Involuntary psychiatric hospitalizations increase

The state saw 627 adult involuntary admissions and 388 voluntary admissions involving children during fiscal year 2016.