Mental Health Parity

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.

Future of the Vermont State Hospital

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 progress on the replacement has been slow. Last Spring the Legislature commissioned a study 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 we examine the new report and its recommendations with two of its creators.

Threat to Vt mental health law averted

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.