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Hospital Takes on Peers as New Staff

Hospital Takes on Peers as New Staff

RUTLAND – Implementing mutual peer support as a staff person at a traditional mental health provider was a key topic in an interview with two peer support workers acting in newly created positions at Rutland Regional Medical Center’s inpatient psychiatric unit.

For Thelma Stout, the fact that she’s a hospital employee makes it appropriate to share her strong support for the use of medication with patients on the unit.

“I’m a peer, but I’m not a peer who hates meds,” she said.

She said she has seen drugs work, including for herself – and including for those who receive them involuntarily.

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New Suicide Deaths Lead to Barrier Fencing at Gorge

New Suicide Deaths Lead to Barrier Fencing at Gorge

HARTFORD – Four deaths in seven months lent new urgency to creating a barrier to deter people from jumping from the Quechee Gorge bridge, state authorities say, and a temporary chain link fence is expected be installed there this fall.

JB McCarthy, the project manager, said in late August that a bid had been awarded and materials were expected to be ready for the project in mid-September.

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