Documentary Sheds Light on Mental Health Court

Documentary Sheds Light on Mental Health Court

The term “mental health court” has the ring almost of an oxymoron. But for some criminal justice reformers, such programs (which include Vermont’s Chittenden Adult Drug Treatment and Mental Health Court Dockets) demonstrate a means of reducing the rate of...
Editorial: New Week, New Ideas

Editorial: New Week, New Ideas

How should psychiatric survivors and ex-patients interact with mainstream progressive demands for a fully funded mental health system? On July 31, the popular HBO show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver aired a 25-minute video essay about mental healthcare in the...
Forensic Care Working Group at Loggerheads

Forensic Care Working Group at Loggerheads

After receiving an extension on a pair of reports owed to the state legislature earlier this year, the Vermont Department of Mental Health (DMH) offered an update in July to the General Assembly’s Joint Legislative Justice Oversight Committee on the progress – or lack...
Self-Neglect Cases on the Rise

Self-Neglect Cases on the Rise

The annual number of referrals for self-neglect received by Adult Protective Services (APS), a subdivision of the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living (DAIL), increased by 50% between 2017 and 2021. The major jump occurred in 2020, when...

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