Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital

Psych facility fined $14,000 for not protecting staff from patients

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.

As case delayed again, slain woman’s family criticizes system

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.

SCOV Blog: Involuntary medication ruling appealed

The lower court found that the patient was not competent to refuse medication and his aversion to the medication was a result of schizophrenia.

UPDATED: Rothenberg won’t be reappointed to run psychiatric hospital

Jeff Rothenberg revealed in an email to the hospital’s advisory board that his last day is Friday.

Human services chief promises review of mental health system

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.

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.

Margaret Crowley: Vermont needs to prevent assaults on workers

VSEA believes that no employee should ever have to experience violence against them while at work, no matter the assailant’s mental state.

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.

UPDATED: Involuntary psychiatric hospitalizations increase

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

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.

Inspectors find 44 violations at state psychiatric hospital

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.

Nursing shortage closes unit of Vermont psych hospital

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.

New psychiatric facility hasn’t solved crisis in care

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.

Staffing issues exacerbated by violent patient behaviors at new psychiatric hospital

A doctor at the facility says the combined presence of unmedicated and “criminally insane” patients is driving the high number of violent attacks and creates “a palpable atmosphere of fear among employees.”