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'They Are Us,' Part 4: Community Mental Health

Anne Donahue mid-swing with a bat on a field
Anne Donahue, courtesy
State Rep. Anne Donahue, pictured during a turn at bat, is also the editor of "Counterpoint" published by the organization Vermont Psychiatric Survivors. This "They Are Us" episode looks at challenges in Vermont's community mental health care system.

How should people live long term in our state if they have a serious mental illness? The hope is that they’ll find ways to integrate into their communities with support, but that’s proven tough to accomplish. In this show we look at the challenges in our community mental health care system.

Listen to the full episode above. Have feedback or a story to share? You can leave a comment on our main series page.


  • Ken Libertoff, former director of the Vermont Association for Mental Health
  • Anne Donahue, state representative from Northfield and Berlin, editor of Counterpoint
  • Greg Mairs, operational director of adult services at Counseling Service of Addison County
  • Mary Moulton, executive director of Washington County Mental Health Services
  • Michael Hartman, adult mental health director at Lamoille County Mental Health
  • Connie Stabler, mother and Howard Center board member
  • Louis Josephson, president and CEO of Brattleboro Retreat


Aired Thursday, Nov. 15 at 5:44 p.m.

Music for the series used with permission by Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Esmerine.

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