The three state-designated agencies provide services for six Vermont counties, and each describes significant losses and strains as a result of the opioid epidemic.
This year alone, the police department has responded to 166 calls about people needing help for a mental health issue.
“The organization does not make its governing documents, conflict of interest policy, or financial statements available to the public,” it says in recent tax returns filed with the Internal Revenue Service.
The losses were incurred during the final three years of Judith Hayward’s tenure as head of the Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont. When Hayward retired, she received $686,000 from the agency.