The Brattleboro Retreat needs more funding but it won’t close, Rep. Mike Mrowicki (D-Putney) assured the local newspaper. If so, that’s good news – with Woodside juvenile offender center possibly closing, Vermont shouldn’t lose another major, statewide treatment facility.
""There are no in-state options to move all those currently hospitalized at the Retreat," wrote Rep. Mike Mrowicki in an email to the Reformer. "The Retreat is an integral part of the state system for serving people with severe and persistent mental health issues. Half of Vermont mental health adult patients needing hospitalization come through the Retreat." On Sunday afternoon, Mike Smith, the secretary of the Vermont Agency of Human Services issued a press release stating "According to a letter delivered to me on Friday, the Retreat's board has voted to begin the process of either closing or selling the Retreat."
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