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The Brattleboro Retreat's Financial Woes: What It Means For Vermont's Mental Health System

Officials at the Brattleboro Retreat, seen here in this February 2005 file photo
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Officials at the Brattleboro Retreat, seen here in this February 2005 file photo, told state officials last week their financial position was precarious enough that they could close, seek sale or dramatically scale back.

The Brattleboro Retreat is in financial crisis. The state’s largest psychiatric facility, and the only inpatient option for children, told state officials last week it would have to close, sell or dramatically scale back without emergency funding. State officials now say an immediate closure is no longer imminent, but much remains uncertain. We're talking about what the Retreat’s financial woes mean for Vermont's mental health system, and how the Retreat—and the state—are moving forward. 

Our guests are:

  • Sarah Squirrell, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Mental Health
  • Louis Josephson, CEO of the Brattleboro Retreat
  • Dover Rep. Laura Sibilia, One of 13 Windham County lawmakers who wrote a letter to the Department of Health and Humans Services supporting the Retreat

The Brattleboro Retreat is a VPR underwriter.

Broadcast live on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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