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HCRS, NFI open hospital diversion program for youth

An open house at this new facility, which will be fully operational in March, will be held Monday, Jan. 29, from 1 to 3 p.m. All are welcome. The program is hiring also 14 additional staff for direct care and clinical roles. For employment applications, contact GwenBoynton@Nafi.com or lhinkley@hcrs.org.

BRATTLEBORO—Vermont’s Department of Mental Health, the Department of Vermont Health Access, Health Care and Rehabilitation Services, and Northeastern Family Institute (NFI), announced plans to open a six-bed Hospital Diversion Program at 945 Putney Rd.

This program is a collaboration between HCRS and NFI to provide additional services to youth and families in southern Vermont. The program will be located in the old Tyler Farm House, the last Victorian house on Putney Road still standing north of the West River.

The Department of Vermont Health Access has approved funding with assistance from Vermont’s Department of Mental Health to provide additional capacity to ensure expanded crisis-stabilization services for youth and teens between ages 10-18 in southern Vermont.

In a news release, HCRS said the Hospital Diversion Program is “a short-term, home-like, community residential facility for adolescents experiencing acute psychiatric crisis. The program provides crisis stabilization, clinical consultation, care management, and after-care planning.”

Adolescents collaborate with program staff to identify treatment goals that help guide the overall treatment plan, according to HCRS.

Throughout their stay, HCRS said, adolescents “have an opportunity to reflect on the events leading to their admission, better understand maladaptive coping strategies, focus on skill building, and improve communication with those who support them.”

Upon discharge, the Hospital Diversion Program clinical team works with the adolescent, their family, and a team of providers to create a comprehensive after-care plan.

For 33 years, Northeastern Family Institute has been a Vermont nonprofit agency serving the mental health and special education needs of youth and their families across the state. NFI serves more than 2,800 youth and their families annually.

NFI has had a similar program that has been running in South Burlington for more than 20 years, and they say the introduction of this sister program in Brattleboro will double the number of available beds in the state.

This is particularly important as the numbers of children spending time in emergency rooms while waiting for appropriate mental health care continues to be a problem.

Founded in 1967, HCRS is a nonprofit, community mental-health agency serving Vermonters in Windham and Windsor counties. It serves more than 4,500 individuals every year through its mental-health, substance-abuse, and developmental-disabilities programs.

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Tamara Stenn (Brattleboro, Vermont, US) says...

Thanks for writing this Elayne. I was thinking the same thing myself. The silence we received from the hospital is quite deafening. Unfortunately we\'ve had to continue working with the hospital as other (minor) heath issues come up.

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Judith Skillman (Newcastle, US) says...

Excellent and informative writing about the media and about the state of our nation. We must support the press speak truth to power, now more than ever before.

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Ruby Bode (Westminster, Vermont, US) says...

We are also obliged to criticize the press when they merely echo the lies of the powerful. In this case, much of the press has taken a side, not just against the policies of the President, but against the election itself on behalf of the parties of war and Wall St. Just as the US has in the past agitated in other countries for coups against democratic outcomes they don’t like, much of the press, including this editorial, is now agitating for a coup here at home.

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Peter Ford (Dallas) says...

Nailed it - Thank you.

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TB Smith (Ba, Oklahoma, US) says...

The divisiveness brought on by this shamefully poor excuse for a president has been once again, borne out by this article, and the responses to it .. his most devoted followers are the most gullible and easily swayed sheeple since the \"Kool-Aid party in Jonestown\" ... those who stand up the most fervently to this dictator \"wanabe\", will , inthe end, see him and the fellow purveyors of his garbage rhetoric like FOX News, Alex Jones, Breitbart, etc., crumble and be dumped like stale crackers (pardon the pun) .. we must impeach this tyrant before too much damage is done, either from within or outside our borders.

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Ruby Bode (Westminster, Vermont, US) says...

So it’s OK that access to outlets that simply recognize Trump as President is indeed being shut down? But isn’t that exactly what this editorial is against? Should outlets that cheered on Obama’s wars and love of Wall St have likewise been shut down? Only John Birch Society–inspired screeds against Trump indicate the “legitimate” press?

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TB Smith’s comment in apparent support of the us-vs-them tone of this editorial illustrates why so many people distrust so much of the press (although, again, it appears to be only pro-Trump and anti-imperialist outlets that are actually being shut down): They are promulgating hysterical claims about fascism, Russians, and “crackers” not in the interest of the people, but wholly on behalf of the neoliberal/neoconservative program of Reagan, Clinton, Bush, and Obama to deny Trump the Presidency and even remove him from office – not democratically, but by coup if necessary. That makes the press rather anti-democratic and, indeed, against the people.

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Amelia Stone (E Dummerston, Vermont, US) says...

Kudos to the Boston Globe for encouraging newspapers across the country to remind us all of the value of a free press, and to the Commons for hearing that call. The NYTimes article, A Free Press Needs You, concludes with the following: \"If you haven’t already, please subscribe to your local papers. Praise them when you think they’ve done a good job and criticize them when you think they could do better. We’re all in this together.\" Today I plan to subscribe.

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