mental health

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.

Sandra Steingard: Creating lives of meaning

Howard Center, while not ignoring the achievements of modern technology, is deeply imbued with the values of the narrative of recovery.

Johnson realigns oversight of mental health, tech and more

The new House speaker created an Energy and Technology Committee and moved mental health jurisdiction to the health care committee.

‘Celebrating Creativity’ event aims to promote mental health

Clara Martin Center will mark its 50th anniversary Saturday with an evening featuring Me2/Orchestra, the world’s only classical music organization created for instrumentalists with mental illness.

2017 Legislative Preview: Medicaid, mental health and Vermont Health Connect

Medicaid spending will once again be a driving factor in a projected $55 million to $75 million budget gap.

South Burlington man charged with possessing firearm

A South Burlington man who is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition is facing a federal charge. Randy McEntee, 20, pleaded not guilty Monday in federal court in Burlington to unlawful possession of a firearm. Prosecutors say having the gun was illegal because of a previous state court decision. McEntee had been placed in his […]

Involuntary psychiatric hospitalizations at record high

The state saw 627 adult involuntary admissions and 388 voluntary admissions involving children during fiscal year 2016.

Home and Community Based Services Reminder for Public Comment

News Release — Home and Community Based Services Dec. 12, 2016 Contact: Jennifer Rowell [email protected] As mentioned in the November 28, 2016, Department of Mental Health Advisory, DMH is seeking public input on its assessment of the Home and Community Based Services Rule and how it applies to Children’s Enhanced Family Treatment (EFT, formerly children’s […]

Treatment facility stops taking patients with recent suicide tries

Spring Lake Ranch changed its practices after state regulators cited it for failings in connection with a patient who died by suicide. The executive director says the policy is temporary.

Calvin Moen: Listen to the voice of pysch patients

There is no link between a psychiatric diagnosis and violence; those of us diagnosed with so-called mental illnesses are more likely to be victims or survivors of violence.

Segregation of prisoners with mental illness declining

Inmates in a specialized unit at the Springfield prison had previously been held alone in cells for up to 23 hours a day. Rights advocates hailed the change in practice but want it enshrined in policy.

Vermont to lose funding source for psychiatric hospital

The federal government is putting a stop to the way the state has used Medicaid money to fund certain facilities that don’t qualify, as well as other programs.

Retreat CEO urges mental health investment, reform

Louis Josephson, Brattleboro Retreat’s president and chief executive officer, argues that “there is no mental health system” currently. He’s pushing for changes he believes will lower costs and improve care.