Legislature Nixes Peer Respite and Certification Bills

Legislature Nixes Peer Respite and Certification Bills

This spring, the Vermont General Assembly rejected an ambitious bid to expand and improve peer-based mental health services throughout the state. Neither of the two complementary bills drafted by Vermont’s five peer-led mental health organizations – Alyssum, Another...
Budget Gives 8% Rate Increase to DAs

Budget Gives 8% Rate Increase to DAs

The Vermont General Assembly concluded the legislative session on May 12 by passing an $8.3 billion state budget for fiscal year 2023 (FY23), which begins on July 1. $294,407,829 will go to the Department of Mental Health (DMH), $10 million more than it received in...
DMH Seeks to Expand Family Peer Support

DMH Seeks to Expand Family Peer Support

Nonprofits had an opportunity this spring to bid on a contract with the Vermont Department of Mental Health (DMH) to provide peer support for parents of children within the mental health system. DMH’s request for proposals (RFP), issued on April 11, also asked for an...
Assisted Suicide Law Expanded to Include Telemedicine

Assisted Suicide Law Expanded to Include Telemedicine

Nine years after Vermont legalized medical aid in dying through Act 39, the General Assembly updated the statute to permit physicians in virtual care settings to write prescriptions for life-ending medication for terminally ill patients. “When we passed this law,...
VPCH Gets New CEO

VPCH Gets New CEO

In February, the Vermont Department of Mental Health hired Daryl Hall as the CEO of the Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital (VPCH) in Berlin. VPCH’s prior CEO, Emily Hawes, became the Commissioner of Mental Health last year. Hall previously served as the CEO of the...

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