Vermont will never achieve rational cost control, universal access and better health for its population until our reform efforts shift dramatically to focus on primary care, prevention and other health-related community services.
Much like knowing how to administer CPR, understanding how to support someone in a mental health crisis can be a life-saving skill.
A working group’s debate around forensic hospitals — which are inpatient psychiatric facilities that treat individuals involved in the criminal justice system — underlines the challenge in addressing one of the root causes of some of Vermont’s most high-profile violent crimes.
Staffing has been tight for years, but a recent Covid-19 outbreak sidelined 30 staff members at one time, causing a backlog in child and adolescent admissions.
The Burlington Police Department is seeing a rise in mental health-related calls. The citizen oversight Police Commission asked the City Council and the mayor to convene a summit to come up with a solution.
The study found that issues relating to immigration status, isolation and work safety cause nearly 40% of Latino dairy workers in the state to experience clinically significant levels of stress.
The nonprofit community mental health agency serving southeastern Vermont has agreed to pay $170,000 for improperly submitting insurance claims for services provided by an ineligible employee, the Vermont Attorney General’s Office said Tuesday.
On average, young people visit Rutland’s emergency room for mental health reasons more often than in most other parts of Vermont. Officials hope a new program will meet the needs of kids and families while keeping them out of the hospital.
If we cannot fathom a hospital turning someone with chest pain away or making them wait days, then we should not tolerate a medical system that leaves the mentally ill to languish without care or sends them to jail for a supervised bed.
Patronage. Politics. Human greed. A very poor mix for human health care.
Legislators want to be sure that the state actually addresses the problem. “Who’s watching the chicken house?” said Rep. Woodman Page, R-Newport. “This is a real serious issue.”
The beleaguered agency needs to do more than just clean up internal practices before its status is reinstated, the group said.
The state has reached a “crisis point” in the time it takes for kids to get mental health care, said Mental Health Commissioner Sarah Squirrell. But it won’t be an immediate fix.
“One child waiting more than a day is a crisis. Nineteen waiting for days is unthinkable,” said Rep. Anne Donahue, R-Northfield.