Industry Bulletin | December 7, 2012
As reported in the Vermont Digger on November 29, 2012, the state began construction on a seven-bed psychiatric facility in Middlesex this week despite a pending appeal of its zoning permit. The residential facility is part of the state’s mental health overhaul, started after Tropical Storm Irene destroyed the state’s 54-bed psychiatric hospital in Waterbury. Since then, state officials have scrambled to find open beds to treat psychiatric patients, and they say the facility is meant to temporarily meet patient needs until a permanent fix is found. The sooner the facility is available for patients, say mental health officials, the more money it will save the state and taxpayers. It costs $1,500 a day to house the kind of low-risk patients who would be treated in Middlesex in acute care hospitals. Director of Mental Health Services Frank Reed is overseeing the planning of the residential facility in Middlesex. He said that the state estimates the new facility will save the state roughly $500 a day per patient. That figure includes construction and operational costs.
Contact information: Frank Reed, Director, Vermont Department of Mental Health, Redstone Building, 26 Terrace Street, Montpelier, VT 05609-1101; (802) 828-3824; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web Site: www.mentalhealth.vermont.gov