Three workers at the Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital were assaulted by a patient.
The Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued three citations to the Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital in Berlin for what inspectors called serious safety violations.
Relatives of Kathleen Smith, who was killed in 2010, say defendant Jose Pazos has been manipulating the system. A hearing Monday to address his mental competency was called off.
The lower court found that the patient was not competent to refuse medication and his aversion to the medication was a result of schizophrenia.
Jeff Rothenberg revealed in an email to the hospital’s advisory board that his last day is Friday.
Al Gobeille said he has scheduled a meeting Friday with hospitals, mental health providers, independent doctors and others to take a broad look at improving care.
Employees at the state facility in Berlin say they are understaffed. Hospital-employed doctors say patients are being “boarded” in their emergency rooms.
VSEA believes that no employee should ever have to experience violence against them while at work, no matter the assailant’s mental state.
Medicaid spending will once again be a driving factor in a projected $55 million to $75 million budget gap.
The state saw 627 adult involuntary admissions and 388 voluntary admissions involving children during fiscal year 2016.
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.
The most serious citations question whether the hospital had an adequately trained nursing director at the time and whether staff correctly diagnosed and planned treatment for patients.
The Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital has been operating at limited capacity for three weeks because of a shortage of nurses, interim Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health Frank Reed said.
Twenty-five percent of the most acutely ill patients who find their way into Vermont’s emergency rooms continue to wait longer than 24 hours for treatment.