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Brattleboro Retreat Opens New 14-Bed Wing

The new 14-bed Adult Intensive Unit at the Brattleboro Retreat psychiatric hospital has officially opened.

Gov. Peter Shumlin, legislators, community leaders, consumers and staff gathered Monday afternoon for a ribbon cutting to mark the privately operated Retreat's new role as part of the state mental health system.

The 14 beds are part of a new statewide system being developed to replace the former Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury, which was closed by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.

The $5 million project at the retreat included renovation for part of one of the hospital buildings and construction of a secure outdoor yard.

The Retreat has had some problems recently including several deficiencies in patient care, as was cited last month by a federal agency.