In response to a federal court order, the Vermont Department of Children and Families has ceased operation of an isolation unit at the Woodside juvenile detention facility in Essex Junction.
"The federal court issued a preliminary injunction order on Aug. 9 that Woodside officials propose reforms in three areas: “the use of physical restraint, the use of long-term seclusion isolation and the treatment of residents who are experiencing a mental health crisis.”
The Oct. 11 filing also noted DCF had retained the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administration who had helped DCF set up a training on Sept. 3 at Woodside to address issues around the use of restraints.
DCF has also developed policies to determine when a resident should be transferred to a higher level psychiatric care facility, either when the resident arrives or if the resident’s mental health deteriorates."
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