There aren’t nearly enough inpatient beds in Vermont for children in mental health crisis. Instead, kids who are a danger to themselves and others wait idly — for days — in emergency rooms.
Last year at UVM Medical Center in Burlington, 73 children spent an average three and a half days waiting for placement somewhere else. Many spent much longer. Parents, doctors, even hospital officials agree this is an urgent problem.
There is a child psychiatric facility with twelve beds — six newly reopened — just across Lake Champlain. The UVM Medical Center helps run the facility. The only problem: Vermont kids aren’t getting to use it.