The Department of Mental Health has experienced a series of
setbacks recently. Commissioner Patrick Flood has resigned and the department’s
medical director just announced that he will also step down in a month. These
departures are complicating the progress of an interim state hospital.
These departures come as news of emergency room stays for
mental health patients are on the rise again. For someone going through a
psychotic break, a hospital’s emergency room is not the best place for
treatment. And it puts a tremendous strain on the emergency departments’
Acting Mental Health Commissioner Mary Moulton and State
Senator Diane Snelling, a member of the Legislative Mental Health Oversight
Committee, discuss the challenges the Department of Mental Health is facing and
the plans for navigating forward.
Also in the program, Vermont
Human Rights Commission Executive Director Robert Appel is stepping down. He talks about the big
issues he’s worked on during his tenure.