People who are suffering psychiatric episodes can end up in the emergency rooms of community hospitals, where doctors and nurses say they are not equipped to provide the treatment these patients need. As Vermont Edition begins a week-long exploration of mental health care in Vermont, we look at the problem of emergency psychiatric care.
Our guests are Mental health Commissioner Melissa Bailey, Dr. Louis Josephson, CEO of the Brattleboro Retreat, and Dr. Liam Gannon, medical director of Emergency Services at Copley Hospital in Morrisville.
This program is part of a weeklong series on Vermont Edition looking at issues related to mental health care and Vermonters' lives. Find more on the "Mental Health Week" series here.
Broadcast live on Monday, March 20, 2017 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.