are underway at the Brattleboro
Retreat. The psychiatric hospital will open a new Adult Intensive Unit next
week. The facility is part of the state’s new plan to serve mental health
patients following the closure of the Vermont State Hospital by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene.
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.
The state is moving with
plans to replace its Waterbury psychiatric hospital with new beds at other
facilities around Vermont. But the transition has been
rough for patients and the medical hospitals where they’ve been cared for since
the Waterbury facility was flooded by Tropical Storm Irene.
Federal Emergency Management Agency has ruled against the state of Vermont in a decision that affects plans to replace the state hospital in Waterbury. FEMA
determined this week that the hospital was damaged but not destroyed by
Tropical Storm Irene.