Vermont Legal Aid is pressing the Agency of Human Services to reduce a backlog
in investigations of reports of abuse of elderly and vulnerable adults. The
cases range from physical abuse to financial exploitation.The agency hopes to eliminate the backlog by January and prevent future ones by filling open staff positions.
Agency of Human Services Secretary Doug Racine discusses a new plan for replacing the Vermont State Hospital and better serving mentally ill people in crisis. We also look at other issues within the largest state agency.
The state is having trouble processing all of the applications it’s receiving for benefits like food stamps, health care and housing assistance within the state and federally mandated 30-day window. Plus, the number of people incarcerated in Vermont is on the decline.
We talk with Secretary Rob Hofmann about the types of cuts expected in the agency, and how it will affect its organization. Also, a preview of the NH legislature, and a remembrance of artist Stephen Huneck.