Community-based services, when properly resourced, will keep people suffering from mental health and addiction issues out of our emergency departments.
Maple Leaf Treatment Center
The physicians working with Maple Leaf Associates have found space to see their outpatient clients, and other inpatient providers plan to add beds.
Close to 160 opioid-dependent patients receiving buprenorphine and counseling through Maple Leaf Associates outpatient services will now need to make other arrangements to continue their medication and therapy.
The decision surprised state officials. The Underhill center has nearly a third of the state’s inpatient drug treatment beds and had been working to rebound from a temporary closure.
“They didn’t have enough staff for what we were billing for, that’s the bottom line,” said one former employee of the treatment center.
Investigators found that multiple complaints from clients at the treatment facility weren’t referred to Adult Protective Services as required.
Maple Leaf closed temporarily this month due to a large number of vacancies. The inpatient facility is expected to reopen in mid-February if it can fill open positions. Current and former employees say the vacancies are directly related to a hostile work environment.
While the state is investigating complaints against the drug treatment facility in Underhill received in December, the closing was a decision between Maple Leaf’s administration and state officials because of staffing issues.