A new substance abuse treatment facility is up and running in Vergennes. Valley Vista, which operates a 72-bed facility in Bradford, began taking patients at the new 19-bed residential treatment location in late April. The opening of the new facility was streamlined after Underhill’s Maple Leaf Treatment Center abruptly ceased operations in February, sharply curbing […]
News Release — Vermont Department of Health May 3, 2017 Media Contacts: Vermont Department of Health 802-863-7281 Valley Vista Rick DiStefano 802-318-5499 Recovery House Network Dale Robb 802-446-2640 BURLINGTON – Vermont’s two residential drug treatment providers have increased the number of available beds for inpatient treatment and are taking referrals, filling the need brought about […]
A treatment program’s collapse and a spike in overdose deaths lead to questions about how the state is fighting the opiate epidemic.
The filing shows assets exceeding liabilities by more than $1 million. “No funds will be available” to former staff owed hundreds or thousands of dollars.
Community-based services, when properly resourced, will keep people suffering from mental health and addiction issues out of our emergency departments.
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.