The Green Mountain Care Board has approved UVM Health Network's request to repurpose $18 million from a planned psychiatric hospital in Berlin to other mental health services.
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The money will be used to improve the state's mental health resources, such as expanding access to treatment and providing more support for people with mental health conditions.
The decision comes as Vermont faces a mental health crisis. The state has the highest suicide rate in the country, and many people are struggling to access the care they need. The money from the repurposing will help to address this crisis by providing more resources for people in need.
UVM Health Network has until the end of May to work with the Department of Mental Health to develop a plan for how the money will be used. The plan will need to be approved by the Green Mountain Care Board before the money can be disbursed.