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In a series of special reports and personal profiles, VPR News explores mental health issues in Vermont.Reports: The Acute Care System; Community Mental Health; Corrections; Involuntary MedicationProfiles: Vermont Mother; Paige Corologos; Anne Donahue; Marla SimpsonThis project was made possible by the VPR Journalism Fund. Learn more about the series State Of Mind.

State Of Mind: A Special Documentary On The State Of Vermont's Mental Health Care System

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The construction site of the new state psychiatric hospital in Berlin.

There’s been a spotlight on Vermont’s mental health care system since Tropical Storm Irene slammed into Vermont and flooded the Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury.

Now, Vermont is building a state-of-the-art new facility in Berlin. But many mental health professionals worry the new hospital won’t relieve the pressure on the system, pressures that currently have patients waiting for days in emergency rooms before a space becomes available in a psychiatric ward in one of the community hospitals.

In this special documentary "State of Mind," VPR looks at the increasing pressure on Vermont's mental health system in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene.

See The State Of Mind series page

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