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Mental Health Week: Psychiatric Crisis In Hospital ERs

Copley Hospital
A bed in the Emergency Department at Copley Hospital in Morrisville. The medical director of Copley's ER says they do their best to treat psychiatric cases, but the ER is not a therapeutic setting.

People who are suffering psychiatric episodes can end up in the emergency rooms of community hospitals, where doctors and nurses say they are not equipped to provide the treatment these patients need. As Vermont Edition begins a week-long exploration of mental health care in Vermont, we look at the problem of emergency psychiatric care.

The silhouette of a head in profile has the words 'Mental Health Week' inside. Outside the silhouette are the dates March 20-24, 2017 and the VPR Vermont Edition logo.
Credit Silhouette Vector by kolae, iStockphoto.com; Graphic by Meg Malone, VPR
This show is part of a weeklong series of 'Vermont Edition' programs related to mental health care.

Our guests are Mental health Commissioner Melissa Bailey, Dr. Louis Josephson, CEO of the Brattleboro Retreat, and Dr. Liam Gannon, medical director of Emergency Services at Copley Hospital in Morrisville.

This program is part of a weeklong series on Vermont Edition looking at issues related to mental health care and Vermonters' lives. Find more on the "Mental Health Week" series here.

Broadcast live on Monday, March 20, 2017 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.