FEMA Money Comes Through For Mental Health System

On the eve of the Legislative session, the Shumlin Administration says a big funding question has been settled. Federal funds and insurance payments will cover about 70 percent of the cost of a new state hospital and other improvements to the mental health system.

State Loses Another Key Mental Health Official

The state mental health system has suffered another setback with the resignation of the medical director of the Vermont State Hospital. The system was already under strain with patients needing psychiatric help waiting days in emergency rooms for care.

State Addressing Loss Of Mental Health Beds

When Tropical Storm Irene forced the closure of the Vermont State Hospital last year, it meant the loss of more than 50 beds for psychiatric patients. And that has resulted in an increase in the number of people who are waiting in emergency rooms because there aren’t enough mental health beds available.