Vermont marks opening of new psychiatric hospital

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BERLIN (AP) - Vermont officials are marking the opening of a new psychiatric hospital in Berlin that's replacing the Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury that became unusable after flooding from Tropical Storm Irene.

On Tuesday, Gov. Peter Shumlin cut the ribbon on the 25-bed, state-of-the-art Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital in Vermont.

The Berlin facility will be used to care for the state's mentally ill in conjunction with the Rutland Regional Medical Center and Brattleboro Retreat.

The new psychiatric hospital cost $28.5 million with the costs split between the state of Vermont, the Federal Emergency Management Agency insurance proceeds.

Mental Health Commissioner Paul Dupre says the hospital is designed to promote recovery.


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