mental health

Senators seek $30.2 million to increase pay for mental health workers

The bill passed the Senate Health and Welfare Committee unanimously Friday and now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Senate acts to ease psychiatric backlog in emergency rooms

It passed a bill that’s expected to help. And Senate President Tim Ashe says he has asked the Human Services Agency for a plan to do more.

House committee prioritizes four mental health bills

Rep. Bill Lippert, D-Hinesburg, the chair of House Health Care, said the panel hopes to pass all four bills before crossover.

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.

Senate passes bill to expand doctor recovery program

The Vermont Senate passed a bill, S.14, on Friday that would extend the scope of a program that helps doctors recover from substance abuse. The voluntary Vermont Practitioner Health Program was designed to protect the public. Many doctors are referred to it by the Vermont Board of Medical Practice. If the bill becomes law, Vermont […]

Brattleboro Retreat adopts new approach to treatment

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

Education, child care, mental health key issues at budget hearing

Witnesses said level funding is a major problem for local agencies that provide mental health and disability services.

Workers call for more resources to treat psychiatric patients

Employees at the state facility in Berlin say they are understaffed. Hospital-employed doctors say patients are being “boarded” in their emergency rooms.

New station chief focusing on opiates, mental health response

Lt. Anthony French, a 19-year Vermont State Police veteran, has assumed command of the Westminster barracks.

Public hearing will check in with mental health workers

The Vermont Legislature will hold a joint hearing on the status of front-line workers at mental health facilities, including the Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital in Berlin. The House Health Care Committee and Senate Health and Welfare Committee are holding the hearing Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 11 of the Statehouse in Montpelier. […]

Mental Health Advocates Rally for Mental Health Advocacy Day

News Release — NAMI Vermont Jan. 20, 2017 Contacts: Laurie Emerson – NAMI Vermont 802-876-7949 x100 – Peter Mallary – VAMHAR 802-223-6263 – Julie Tessler – Vermont Care Partners 802-279-0464 – MONTPELIER, VERMONT—Hundreds of Vermonters will rally together at the State House for Mental Health Advocacy Day on Tuesday, January 31st from […]

Grace Cottage Hospital adds ‘safe space’ for mental health patients

Vermont’s smallest hospital has joined some others in creating a special room in response to an increasing number of people seeking emergency mental health treatment.

‘Grenon Group’ offers fixes for mental health crisis response

They include improving police training, increasing funding for mental health services providers and establishing a commission to review police use of force. The goal is to avoid another death like Ralph “Phil” Grenon’s.