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Legislators Ponder Future of Vermont Psychiatric Hospital

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Vermont legislators are concerned about the future of the Brattleboro Retreat, which is working to correct violations that could jeopardize its federal funding and certification.

Peter Albert, vice president for government relations, told members of the Mental Health Oversight Committee on Thursday the Retreat awaits a surprise inspection by federal regulators, which will occur by Aug. 15.

The psychiatric hospital has been treating patients for 179 years. It's provided the largest share of acute psychiatric care capacity to fill the gap created by the forced closure of the 54-bed Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury.

The Burlington Free Press reports the panel spent much of its meeting receiving briefings on the state of the mental health system 11 months into a reorganization triggered by the closure of the state hospital.

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