The Vermont House has passed legislation to strengthen the state’s mental health parity law. We talk with Rep. Mike Fisher who supports the measure. Also, we talk to Justice of the Peace Zeke Church about
the job of marrying couples, and our series of audio postcards from Vermont towns takes us to Reading, population 707.
The Senate has given its preliminary approval to
legislation that strengthens Vermont’s
mental health parity law. But Windham senator Jeannette White
says the actual implementation of the law hasn’t resulted in parity.
The Douglas Administration has been
advocating for a new mental health
facility in Burlington to
replace the century-old Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury. But
the replacement has been slow. Last Spring the Legislature commissioned
on the future of the State Hospital and mental
health care in the state. The study’s findings are being made public
this week. On this episode of Vermont Edition
the new report and its recommendations with two of its creators.
In Washington, the Senate has given its approval to a mental health parity law. There were strong concerns in Vermont that the initial draft of the bill would have watered down key parts of the state’s existing parity law, but the provisions were eliminated from the final version.