Steven Morgan, former Project Developer of Soteria Vermont, provides an overview of this state-funded initiative. Soteria Vermont intends to “work with people having a first or second psychotic break who have not had substantial exposure to neuroleptic medication.” According to the Pathways Vermont website, its primary service will be “interpersonal relationship-building in a safe, flexible, empowering, and homelike environment. Additionally, Soteria Vermont will offer trauma-informed peer supports, Naturopathic consultation, voluntary medication in selective instances, techniques for stress reduction, access to creative tools, skill development, gardening, healthy food, and the ability for folks to continue social roles.” Soteria Vermont is expected to open in mid-to-late 2013.
Mad in America will be tracking the progress of the Soteria Project in Vermont as part of its on-going chronicle of alternative approaches in mental healthcare.
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