New, Med-free Soteria House Opens in Vermont


A new, small residential facility for people experiencing psychological crises who do not want to take medications has launched in Burlington, Vermont. Psychiatrist and MIA Blogger Sandra Steingard is a consultant for the facility, reports Seven Days.

“The first of its kind in Vermont, Soteria is a five-bed mental health treatment facility that focuses on relationships — rather than medication — in a homelike environment,” reports Seven Days. “It isn’t run by mental health professionals, and the doors aren’t locked. There’s a music room, a library, a space for arts and crafts, and a garden. Aside from mealtimes, days at the Soteria Vermont house are unstructured; residents are free to walk the neighborhood, shop or attend classes.”

The facility is named after the Soteria House founded by Loren Mosher in California in the 1970s.

Dream House: Soteria Vermont Welcomes Mental Health Patients (Seven Days, June 3, 2015)