Gov. Peter Shumlin was joined by administration officials, legislators, and mental health advocates today as he marked the completion of the Middlesex Therapeutic Community Residence. The facility will open Wednesday and will be Vermont's first secure recovery residence designed to serve mental health patients who do not require long-term hospitalization or acute care but who may present a danger to themselves or others.
"I am proud of the progress we have made since Tropical Storm Irene dealt our state such a devastating blow towards building the best community-based mental health system in the country," said Gov. Shumlin. "This secure, seven-bed facility will give some of our most vulnerable citizens the opportunity to recover in a home setting rather than a hospital room. It will also relieve some of the strain on our hospitals, which have stepped up to fill the gap so much during the past 22 months."
Middlesex Therapeutic Community Residence will serve as a temporary facility until the new 25 bed Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital in Berlin opens in mid-2014. The approximately $2 million project is expected to save 60% of the current amount Vermont is paying for similar services.
The Governor also expressed his gratitude to MMIC, who, in partnership with the Department of Mental Health, the Agency of Administration, and the Department of Buildings and General Services, efficiently completed the project.