Vermont Governor Signs Mental Health Overhaul

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Saying “we will no longer rely on a decrepit hospital to house those patients” (displaced by Hurricane Irene), Governor Peter Shumlin signed into law an overhaul of the state’s mental health system. House speaker Shap Smith added “today we mark the end of an outdated, broken system and celebrate the beginning of a system that will provide more personalized care, closer to home.”

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].

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