Certificate Of Need Issued For State Hospital Replacement Beds

06/29/12 6:06AM

Vermont's mental health system is a step closer to recovering from damage from Tropical Storm Irene.

The Vermont Department of Mental Health is clear to move forward with part of a plan to replace mental health beds destroyed by flooding at the state hospital in Waterbury.

The Department of Financial Regulation issued an emergency Certificate of Need yesterday for 14 new beds at the Brattleboro Retreat, six at the Rutland Regional Medical Center and eight at a newly renovated facility in Morrisville. The plan had been approved by the Legislature.

Mental Health Commissioner Patrick Flood calls the approval an important step forward in restoring mental health services in the state.

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